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Visiting Disney During a Pandemic

Your vacation may look different than the last time you visited, but I promise you will find new ways to create magical moments! Here are some things to keep in mind when you visit.

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Make sure you have park reservations

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Park attendance is now managed via the Disney Park Pass reservation system to manage attendance and promote physical distancing.  This is only available to Guests ages 3 and older with valid admission.  Make sure prior to purchasing tickets you check theme park reservation availability.  Park Hopper benefits will now be available to Guests who purchased a ticket or annual pass for more than one park per day after 2PM.  We highly recommend you make your park reservation as soon as you complete your ticket purchase, as availability can change until the reservation is finalized. Click here for Disney’s Park Pass Availability Calendar.

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Bring plenty of face masks/face coverings

Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up).  Make sure you bring your own face coverings and always wear them, except when dining or swimming.  All face coverings should be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material.  They must fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin.  Cast Members will be watching to make sure you are wearing your masks correctly.  At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.

Use the My Disney Experience App

The app has helpful features like mobile order service for dining, scannable codes for select restaurant menus and online check-in at Disney Resort Hotels.  You will also be able to check wait times for attractions before deciding if you want to stand in the que. 

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Temperature Screenings are Required in Some Locations

You will be required to undergo a temperature screening with no-touch thermometers before entry to some locations at Walt Disney World Resort, including Walt Disney World theme parks, the Disney Springs area, and table-service restaurants at Disney Resort hotels.  Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4F or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance.  Those with temperatures 100.4F or above will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed entry either.  So, make sure to bring your own thermometer and check temperatures of everyone in your group before heading to these locations.

Talk to kids about social distancing

As a parent myself I know how hard it is to keep a little one standing still and in one place.  Talk to your kids about the importance of giving people six feet.  Cast Members will be making sure you are physically distancing in the parks.  You can always give them a little screen time that they crave while waiting in long lines.

Bring your own water

If you do not want to pay $3 per bottle you will want to bring your own water with you.  Most of the water fountains are now turned off.  You can ask for a refill at any quick service location. 

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Be ready to stand in lines

Due to physical distancing, there will be extended queues.  Many of the lines will be a lot further away from the ride entrances but that is mostly due to physical distancing requirements.  You will need to look for Cast Members holding a sign to mark the end of the line.  The lines do move quickly, but they can feel a lot longer than they are.  Use the My Disney Experience App to check wait times before getting in line. 

Be prepared to look for the correct entrances and exits

Make sure to look for arrows and signs indicating where the entrances and exits are.  This is to help with distancing as well as managing the capacity inside attractions, shops, and restaurants.  The entrances you may be used to using might no longer be the correct one.

Be prepared to find a place to sit to eat or drink

Removing your face covering is only allowed when you are actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.  So, find a place in the shade and take a few minutes to rest and enjoy your food and beverages.

Be there for rope drop

When you get there first thing in the morning you will find a smaller crowd and can do many of the more popular attractions with shorter wait times. 


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