The One Thing I Miss About Pandemic-Era Walt Disney World

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While it seems so far away from us now, the pandemic was still a part of our lives just a year or two ago. Masks, vaccines, and social distancing were still being implemented in some places, but less and less as more time went on.

We’re all rushing to forget about how we lived during the pandemic, especially because of how frightening and uncertain it all was…but it wasn’t all bad. Although masks can be uncomfortable and life without a vaccine was frightening, there was one aspect we may have taken for granted: social distancing.


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Walt Disney World Resort may be the Most Magical Place on Earth, but we wouldn’t be surprised to hear it referred to as the ‘Most Popular Place on Earth.’

Guests constantly flock to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Disney Springs. These theme park and shopping center areas seem to get increasingly crowded every time we visit.

Sometimes, it can feel a little claustrophobic, and it makes us yearn for the days of six feet between each Guest.

After all, being crammed together with other Guests can easily take the magic out of the Disney experience.

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For one, the proximity truly does spread sickness. Large crowds of complete strangers, all talking, laughing, coughing, and sneezing without a mask in sight can spread all sorts of germs.

If you always get sick after visiting Walt Disney World despite washing and sanitizing your hands, this may be part of the reason why.

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Many ride queues involve being crammed together with other Guests in tight hallways and spaces, making it hard to breathe without feeling a little claustrophobic and uncomfortable.

Another reason to miss the social distancing era is that the ample space between Guests meant nobody was stepping on anybody’s shoes or running into anybody in line, no matter how excited they were for the attraction.

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In short, social distancing really did bring comfort to Guests who need their personal space at the least and reduce the spread of illness at the most, making it something worth mourning.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.