Since Walt Disney World closed for the COVID-19 pandemic, things have looked a little bit different. To enter the Park Guests would only have to scan their Magic Band or Park ticket to enter. On August 23rd, 2021, Disney’s Animal Kingdom brought back the biometric finger scanner to enter the Park. Today August 25th, 2021, EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios followed and brought back the finger scanner to enter. No word yet if Disney’s Magic Kingdom has started the same policy.
Many Guests are concerned that this may be a possible way to spread COVID-19 and other illnesses. It is said that Cast Members are wiping down the finger scanner between each Guest. Guest concerns are real, though. The Delta variant has been running rampant in the Central Florida area, and hospitalizations are high. The positivity rate has been a concern for many, so some wonder why this is the time to bring back another touch point.
There are hand sanitizer dispensers around the Parks and resorts very often; they are empty, so you may want to bring your own to be safe. Walt Disney World did reinstate an indoor mask policy for all Guests and Cast Members to help try to stop the spread of COVID-19. Walt Disney World is also constantly cleaning all touchpoints, including rides, tables, benches, And other high-traffic and touch areas. All we can do is do our best to keep ourselves and others safe during these crazy times. You can see all the updated policies here.
Many Guests still do not feel safe going to Walt Disney World at this time. You need to use your judgment on whether you feel like this is the right time for you to visit Central Florida or any of the theme parks. Let us know what your thoughts are on our Facebook page about this change and if you think it’s too early to bring back the biometric scanners.