The magic is BACK at the Walt Disney World® Resort and we could not be more excited. Stepping through the gates last week was not only the best feeling, but also an emotional one. To hear guests cheering and see them hugging (their families) when they stepped through the gates was something literally out of a fairytale. To be frank, it was wonderful. During this time, many feel they are ready to visit the parks and others would prefer to wait a bit longer. Those are private and personal feelings and feelings we certainly will not give our opinion on. For those who are ready and others who would like to know what to expect prior when they are ready to visit – we are here for you!
Disney Park Pass Reservation System:
In order to manage crowd levels and capacity during the initial reopening phase, Disney introduced a new park reservation system called the Disney Park Pass. In order to enter a theme park, guests will be required both park admission and a park pass reservation. Guests will even be able to check availability prior to purchasing park tickets.
Currently, park hopping is not available at the Walt Disney World® Resort.
Disney has taken extra steps to enhance their cleaning efforts throughout the parks and the resorts. Extra attention will be given to high-traffic areas, trashcans have their lids propped open and attractions will be cleaned and sanitized every two hours. At the resorts, housekeeping has been modified to minimize contact within private spaces.
Throughout the parks, guests will notice signage and ground markers in many locations to assist guests navigate common areas and line queues. Guests are asked to stand 6 feet apart in the line queues and to kindly observe the markings. There are times when the line markings are further than 6 feet apart, please understand they are there for a reason and do not take the liberty to stand where you “think” they should be. In addition, physical barriers have been added to areas where it is a bit difficult to maintain a safe distance. You will see the clear barrier at cashier stands, ride queues and even on attractions.
Reduction of Contact:
Disney is encouraging cashless transactions and mobile ordering at most locations. While we were personally a bit worried about mobile ordering (we use Disney gift cards), Disney added the availability to pay with the gift cards – so we are hooked!
Face coverings are required for all guests ages 2 and up. At all times, the mask must remain on your face covering your nose and mouth (unless eating, drinking, or swimming). Cast members will correct you if seen otherwise. Masks must be secured to guests faces. Guests may not wair gaiters or bandanas. There are areas within the park that you can take your face mask off for a rest. Guests who take their masks off on attractions will not receive the attraction photo (if the attraction has a photo potion).
Temperature screenings are required to enter locations of the Walt Disney World® Resort. Screenings are contactless and stress-free. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4ºF temperature will be directed to an area for rescreening. If the temperature remains 100.4ºF at the rescreening the guest and their party will not be permitted to enter.
Parades, Character Greetings and Nighttime Spectaculars:
To allow for physical distancing, parades, character greetings, nighttime spectaculars and some shows will not take place during the initial reopening phase. Characters will be around in cavalcades; however, guests will not be permitted to come close for posed pictures.
Dining Plans and Character Dining:
Dining plans are currently not available. During the initial reopening phase, there are currently two locations on property where modified character dining experiences are offered. These two locations are Topolino’s Terrace and the Garden Frill.
Dining reservations can be made 60 days prior to arrival. Keep in mind, not all locations will be open and available for reservations.
Disney is monitoring the number of guests within merchandise locations. Some locations will offer a virtual queue if too crowded, however most locations will have specific entrances and exits.
Photopass photographers are available within the park. Currently, guests are not permitted to take their masks off for photographs. Remember, locations that have attraction photos will not be given to guests who remove their face coverings.
Currently, Disney will not be offering fastpasses during the initial reopening phase. Rise of the Resistance will have a virtual queue.
So, these were the most common questions we were asked after visiting the parks. If you have more, contact us! We want you to have as much knowledge prior to traveling as we can offer. It is important to us that you are not only having a magically happy time, but that you feel comfortable while you are there. Is it different? Yes. We cannot deny that. But the escape from reality is real and the happiness is something that only visitors can feel for themselves. We hope that when you are ready and when it is right for you, you enjoy the magic that you so rightfully deserve.
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