After months of the most magical place on Earth being shut down due to the current coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19), Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will officially reopen July 11, followed by Hollywood Studios and Epcot on July 15.
But, should guests be grabbing their Mouse ears just yet? Is it actually safe to go?
Amid the current pandemic, businesses are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of their patrons, and Disney World is following suit. Keep reading to find out more about the new safety measures that have been implemented inside the parks.
Is it safe to go to Walt Disney World in 2020?
If you're looking to experience the magic of Walt Disney World, first, you have to make sure there is availability inside your specified park. No longer are guests able to come-and-go after obtaining a ticket. Disney has a new reservation system, which limits the number of guests inside each park.
At this time, no park-hopper tickets are available, so customers will have to plan accordingly and pick only one of the four parks per day.
So, you've made a reservation and have scored access to the parks, right? While at the parks, you are required to wear a mask at all times, unless you are eating or drinking, or in the newly implemented "Relaxation Stations" in which your mask can be temporarily removed.
According to a YouTube video posted by Prince Charming Dev, the check-in process may take a bit longer, but Disney put up social distancing parameters to keep their guests safe.
Here are all the safety precautions the Disney parks have implemented during COVID-19.
Since there are a limited number of guests allowed in each park, don't expect crowds. But that doesn't mean you won't have to wait in long lines ever. Additionally, the lines may sometimes look longer than your expected wait time as social distancing guidelines are enforced.
As Prince Charming Dev mentioned in his video, there are markers on the floor of where individuals should stand in line, keeping patrons at a safe distance. There are also plexiglass walls that were put in place to ensure someone does not accidentally breathe on another person while passing them in line.
Hand sanitizer stations can be found before you get on the ride and when you exit. The video also noted that "cast members" (aka Disney employees) will frequently stop the rides and sanitize it thoroughly before letting guests back on. While this can back up ride lines, just remember it's for your safety.
If you're planning a vacation to Disney, keep in mind that character interactions, nighttime parades, some dining services, and the iconic holiday event, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, have been canceled. The full list of canceled events can be found on the Disney website.
Though Disney has implemented changes to help keep their guests safe during the current pandemic, the parks have also issued a warning to everyone who is traveling to Walt Disney World, stating, you and your fellow travel companions could potentially get exposed to COVID-19.
While there are frequent sanitations and limited contact with other individuals outside of your party, it is up to guests to decide if they are willing to take the risk.
The best way to prevent contracting or spreading the coronavirus is with thorough hand washing and social distancing. If you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, which include persistent cough (usually dry), fever, shortness of breath, and fatigue, please call your doctor before going to get tested. For comprehensive resources and updates, visit the CDC website. If you are experiencing anxiety about the virus, seek out mental health support from your provider or visit NAMI.org.