Disney CEO Explains Why Disney World Is Opening AFTER Universal

Earlier, we shared that Chapek had spoken out about why the parks would be opening in July.

Bob Chapek

Now, Chapek has expanded on his initial statements going into a bit more detail as to why the park is choosing to open over a month after other theme parks like Universal Studios, which is reopening June 5th.

With major Florida-base theme parks such as Universal Studios and SeaWorld set to reopen in early June, Disney World has decided not to reopen its parks until July. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will be the first to reopen on July 11th while Epcot and Hollywood Studios will follow on July 15th.

Mickey Pretzel!

But when asked why Disney is planning on reopening its parks much later when compared to other Orlando-area attractions, Chapek stated the following:

Chapek told Bloomberg in an interview, “We feel this is the right time for us, in July. We’ve got a different situation, frankly, than Universal does because we’re much bigger. We have a much more complex business. We’ve got a different labor situation, and at the same time, we’re also going to be implementing a reservation system for our guests. And it’s gonna take some time to take the millions of reservations that we’ve already got on our books and then switch that over to a new reservations system, so we think July is the right time for us.”

Monorail at Disney World

Disney has released few details about their new reservation system yet, but shared that we should know more soon. In the meantime, Disney World’s new ticket sales and hotel reservations have been put on pause.

Universal, on the other hand, will be implementing capacity restrictions without the use of a reservation system. You can read their full reopening plan here.

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