More than two months after shuttering due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, most of the Fantawild theme parks in China have reopened, and the safety measures they are employing provide a preview of what visitors to U.S. attractions may experience in a post-coronavirus era.
Like most tourist attractions across Asia, the 18 resorts across China operated by Fantawild Holdings closed their gates earlier this year, but as of April 22 nearly all of the company’s theme parks have reopened.
However, it isn’t exactly back to business as usual yet, because Fantawild has implemented some strict new social distancing safety restrictions. Many of these safety measures align with our speculations about what Orlando’s attractions must do in order to reopen, and watching Fantawild’s efforts may prove a peek into the future of Western theme parks.
For starters, Fantawild is capping total daily attendance at 50% of maximum capacity, and limited the number of people inside the park at any given time to 30% of maximum capacity. All guests will need to make an advance appointment online using their name, and staggered entry times will be assigned.
All guests at Fantawild parks must wear face masks, and are subject to a touchless temperature check at the park entrance. Once inside, visitors are reminded to remain at least one meter away from each other.
Throughout the Fantawild parks, cleaning personnel will use disinfectant and ventilators to frequently sanitize all public areas every day. Indoor attractions will operate, with Fantawild employees disinfecting seat arm rests and 3D glasses after each use. Restaurants will use disposable utensils and separate diners’ tables.
Most significantly, Fantawild attractions will employ scattered seating, and only fill every other seat, leaving the seats immediately beside and behind every guest empty. This effectively reduces the theoretical hourly capacity of every attraction by at least 50%.
What do you think about the measures Fantawild parks are taking to reopen? Would you feel comfortable visiting a theme park using similar procedures, or do you feel these restrictions would ruin the experience? How much money would you be willing to pay for a vacation under these circumstances? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!