Several proposals for reopening theme parks include requirements that parks operate at no more than some certain percentage of their capacity. Maybe it's 25 percent, or 50 percent, or 75. But what does "50 percent of capacity" even mean for theme parks?
Truth is that parks almost never operate at 100 percent of their physical capacity. The only time you see that at Disney parks is during Christmas week, when some parks have closed their gates to new guests. And sprawling parks such as Epcot never hit capacity. So "50 percent of capacity" at a big theme park can look a lot more like a typical summer day in the parks than the sparsely attended, socially distant experience that I believe that many people, including elected officials, are envisioning.