Preparing for Disney World: Visiting During Coronavirus

Disney World is reopening their parks after a months long closure due to COVID-19. And while the Most Magical Place on Earth is welcoming back excited families, there are many changes to the parks.

You'll find fewer entertainment option, no character meet and greets, social distancing and mask rules (you can read more about what to expect at the parks here)

So here are some of the things that you can do to prepare yourself and your family for a trip to Disney World during this pandemic.

Masks at Disney World 

Disney World has been updating their mask rules as CDC guidelines have changed. Currently, Unvaccinated guests are asked to wear a mask at the parks at all time. Disney will not be asking for proof of vaccination, so we are on the honor system.

All guests will be required to wear masks in certain areas of the parks. Here is where all guests, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask:

  • Disney transportation (Magical Express, Disney buses, the monorail, skyliner, and boats)
  • All indoor areas (including attractions, restaurants, shops, common areas, etc)

If you are planning on heading to the parks during this time I would first suggest you try various types of masks. While there are a ton of fun designed cloth masks, you might find paper masks to be easier and more comfortable to breath in.

If you go this route make sure you bring enough with you. You can buy bulk paper masks online.

A different style mask might also be the way to go. Masks made out of cooling or breathable material might also work better for you.

Just make sure if you go with a different style mask that it still follows Disney's mask guidelines, which are:

  • Fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Be made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable

No matter what type of mask you chose, I would have everyone in your group practice wearing the masks for long periods of time. Go for long walks, spend time outside, and just get used to the feeling of the mask. They might not be the most comfortable thing to have to wear, but the more you wear it the easier it will be.

Get Your Phone Ready

I already have an entire article about getting your phone ready for Disney World, but if you are visiting during the COVID restrictions at the parks, there are a few other things that you will want to have ready and that you'll want to be familiar with before you go.

First, I would figure out how to scan QR codes on your phone. Most newer phones will be able to do this just by opening up your camera app, and bringing the view close to the QR code.

If you have an older phone, or your phone does not have this function, there are several QR code apps that you can download to your phone before you go.

Play with this feature and know how to use it before you head to the parks. With restaurants going as touchless as possible, you can expect menus to be mostly non-existent. Guests will be able to scan a code in order to access a menu.

You'll also want to be familiar with the My Disney Experience App before you head to the parks. For a basic overview of the app you can find the full article here.

In the app you can find things like park hours (which have changed wildly due to COVID). You'll also be able to easily locate hand washing stations, which will be important during this time.

Prepare Your Expectations

There is no getting around it. The parks are different right now. And that is something that you and your entire family should be prepared for if you are visiting during this time.

Currently you'll find the following things have been suspended:

  • Character meets
  • Parades
  • Fireworks
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Spas

You will also find limited availability (and less flexibility for walking up) at restaurants. Limited hours at pools. And resort day trips or hoping wont be an option unless you have a restaurant reservation.

You also are not guaranteed entry to any park unless you have a park reservation. So prepare yourself for a more relaxed Disney trip.

You can still have a magical experience! Just know that it wont be the typical Disney World experience.

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