We’ve been informed by several Cast that the employees in this photo have since been identified and reportedly either reprimanded or terminated by management. Cast Members are expected to “lead by example”, and many guests expressed having qualms about the reopenings after seeing this scene at the reopening previews. We were in the park the very day that viral photo was taken, and saw no such crowding anywhere in the park throughout the duration of the preview. The way the entrance is set up for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, there is a hand sanitizer dispenser at the entrance, and many have to briefly stop for it to dispense. The attraction had been closed due to weather conditions earlier, and had just reopened in this very moment. However, no such context was given when this photo was reposted, which unfortunately furthered the guest uproar. There was also no follow-up in terms of how quickly this crowd was dispersed after the photo was taken.
Despite our misgivings about indoor mask-free “Relaxation Stations”, our observations on the reopening so far have been fairly positive, with mask enforcement throughout and pretty much all guests and Cast Members observing physical distancing rules. Every attraction (with the exception of Splash Mountain) was practically a walk-on, with large, expansive walkways virtually empty given the limited capacity for previews.