With Walt Disney World Resort just weeks away from opening up its famous parks, many guests are excited, yet a little anxious to return with the new safety guidelines in place. Disney has expressed that they are taking the safety and health of both guests as well as Cast Members very seriously. Here are 5 ways Walt Disney World Resort is promoting safety during their reopening.
1. Disney Resort Hotels- Disney is staggering the reopening of its multiple resort hotels. Disney Vacation Club properties were the first to open and other resorts will slowly join them. Guests are encouraged to use Disney’s online check-in through the My Disney Experience App, which will allow guests to go directly to their room without having to stop at the front desk. Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing methods are being used, and items that are often touched (such as remote controls and door handles) are being sanitized more often. A new chat feature on the My Disney Experience App will also allow guests to remotely chat with guest services if they are in need of assistance. Resort pools will have limited hours and capacity as well. All guests age 2 and older will be required to wear a mask (with ties or ear loops) at all times in common areas of the resort hotel unless dining or swimming.
2. Theme Parks- Just as there are new rules and regulations for Disney Resort Hotels, there will be new rules and regulations for Disney Parks. As with resort hotels, all guests age 2 and older will be required to wear a mask at all times while visiting a Disney park. Disney has implemented a new Park Pass system in order to keep track of guest capacity and ensure that capacity is limited. Now, in addition to park tickets, guests must also have park reservations made by obtaining a park pass for the day. Park-hopping will be prohibited for the time being. There will be no parades or nighttime shows, and social distancing will be implemented. Enhanced sanitation will also be utilized at all Walt Disney World parks, and transportation will be running at limited capacity for social distancing.
3. Dining- Disney has set up multiple measures to ensure safety while dining on property. We have seen these implemented at select open Disney restaurants in resorts and Disney Springs. Most character meals have been suspended, and Disney will not be serving food buffet-style but instead will offer family-style dining. Guests are encouraged to mobile order at quick-service locations using the My Disney Experience App. and use the mobile check-in option to check-in for table-service meals. At all meals, any time guests are not seated with their party a mask will be required. Paper menus or a digital QR code will be available in lieu of standard menus. Restaurants will be at a limited capacity to ensure proper social distancing. The Disney Dining Plan has also been suspended until further notice.
4. Hand Washing/Sanitizing Stations- Disney was already adding hand washing and sanitizing stations throughout the parks even before the closure, and we can bet we will see even more of them upon reopening. Guests will be given multiple options and opportunities to keep their hands clean and germ-free to promote safety.
5. Temperature Checks- If you are planning on coming to Walt Disney World Resort property, be prepared to have your temperature taken with a “no-touch” digital thermometer. Guests with temperatures 100.4 F and above will not be permitted to enter.
While there is no sure way to guarantee safety to all guests, we can trust that Disney is doing the best they can to keep all guests and Cast members safe and healthy.