Everyone has been dealing with quarantine life because of COVID-19. It has definitely changed the way that most people are thinking and living, and no one expected this to happen. It’s crazy how not being able to go on a Walt Disney World vacation can make you miss it even more. The parks are now open and things look quite a bit different. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your post quarantine Walt Disney World vacation.
1. Know that Face Coverings are Required
Face coverings are now required to be worn if you are on Walt Disney World property. This includes the theme parks, the public areas at the Walt Disney World resorts, and Disney Springs. You must wear a face covering at all times, unless you are eating or swimming. You can make it fun by designing your own and make it part of a theme. Disney also has some that you can buy to keep up the Disney spirit. It’s up to you which one you wear, but know that it is a requirement. Make sure you have several for each member of your party. That way, you can switch if one gets sweaty or wet.
2. Bring an Extra Battery Pack & Charger
Disney is really pushing the My Disney Experience App, so make sure that you have a way to charge your phone while you’re at the parks. Bringing an extra battery pack and charger will make things a lot easier for you.
3. Make a Park Reservation
You will now have to make reservations to get into a theme park, since Disney will be limiting capacity. Annual Passholders will also have to make reservations and will not be able to just walk in. If you are a Walt Disney World Hotel guest that does not guarantee you a reservation into the theme park.
4. Understand Temperature Checks are Mandatory
Temperature checks will now be mandatory before entering. It is extremely easy, they hold the thermometer near your forehead. It takes about two seconds and then you’re on your way. It is pain free and touchless, but a great way to make sure everyone stays safe. If the temperature of anyone in your party registers over 100.4 degrees, you will be able to sit down and cool off for a few minutes. If you don’t pass the second time, no one in your party will be allowed to enter the park.
5. You’ll Be Washing Your Hands, A LOT!
Hand sanitizer will be provided before you arrive at each attraction. It is still recommended that you bring your own small bottle, though, so you can use it whenever you want. Handwashing stations will also be available to keep germs away.
6. You’ll Need to Follow Disney Markers
Since regulations have recommended 6 feet between parties you will notice markers on the ground that have been measured for you. Your party will stand on a marker and move from marker to marker. There also could be markers that tell you where not to stand. Disney has taken all the guess work out for you. Disney will be doing extensive cleaning from benches, to railings, to rides, and so on. They’ll also be spacing parties on all attractions. There will be no Single Rider lines.
7. Plan to Stay Hydrated
Any month can be hot in Florida, but the summer months are especially hot and humid. It is important to stay nice and hydrated. Water fountains may not be the best idea when trying to stop the spread of germs, so bringing your own water or asking for a free water cup is probably the safer choice.
8. Get Ready for Mobile Ordering & Touchless Payment
To limit the number of interactions with others, Mobile Ordering will be key during the reopening. You can order your food through the My Disney Experience App. Other forms of touchless payments will also be accepted. Using cash is not recommended, it is for everyone’s safety.
9. No Need to Worry About FastPass+
Fastpasses are not being used, at least for the foreseeable future. Disney will be using the stand by and FastPass+ lines all for standby. That way, guests can be spaced apart. All attractions will be stand by only.
10. Understand Dining will be Different
Restaurants will be looking a little bit different. The Disney Dining Plan will no longer be an option. This will be a hard change for many Walt Disney World guests, since it is a popular add on. Virtual menus will become the new normal, and the restaurants will be following the recommended guidelines for capacity and distance between parties. Extra cleaning will also be done at all restaurants.
11. Don’t Plan To Hug Characters
Since Disney is trying to maintain social distancing, you will not be able to have an actual meet and greet with characters. That being said, Disney has promised Character Cavalcades for the theme parks. You will still be able to see your favorite Disney characters, you just won’t be able to get up close photos or hugs.
12. Parades & Fireworks Shows are a No-Go
There will also be no parades or firework shows because they are trying to not have large crowds congregating in one spot. At Magic Kingdom you will see spontaneous fireworks shoot off at night with unexpected timing. Revised versions of the Epcot Festivals are also in place.
Walt Disney World is going to look a lot different than you’re used to. These are baby steps to get you back to the most magical place on Earth, while keeping everyone safe at the same time. Disney will closely evaluate the situation, and make changes when necessary. The magic might look a bit different, but it will still be there.