Disney World has gone to the full max in regard to park safety in their reopening phases with limited capacity, social distancing, and plexiglass in high traffic areas. For guests looking to pull off a last-minute Disney World trip it’s easier than ever with no need for months of planning.
1. Make Your Park Pass Reservations
One of the ways that Disney World has limited capacity is to require advance park reservations, so this is your first step to planning a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Disney World has created the Park Pass system for guests to make advance reservations for each day of their visit choosing between the four theme parks. Currently, there is no park hopping allowed and guests are required to make a reservation for each day.
Here is how you make a Park Pass Reservation:
- Link your park tickets/admission to your Disney account. You will need valid park admission to make a reservation.
- Create your party. Before you make a reservation, you’ll be prompted to create a party from your Family & Friends list on your account. This ensures your group has the same reservations for your trip.
- Select a date and park. Choose the date and time you’d like to visit from the available reservations.
- Review and confirm your plans. You will also be prompted to agree to a COVID-19 liability waiver.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the park seeing the most demand since the newest attractions, like Rise of the Resistance and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, reside in that park. We outlined tips for getting your tickets and Park Passes coordinated in our Disney World tickets guide.
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2. Learn the Safety Policies
Disney relies on guest cooperation to create a safe environment for guests and cast members during this unusual time. Guests ages two years and older are required to wear face coverings at all times except when dining or swimming. Disney has continued to update their policy on face coverings during the reopening with additional specifics to this rule such as: no gaitors/bandanas, face coverings cannot have valves or holes of any kind, and guests must remain stationary when removing a mask to eat or drink.
You can also expect to see new safety policies such as limited capacity in dining locations, plexiglass installed in ride queues, increased cleaning measures, and sanitation of ride vehicles every two hours.
You can read all about the new safety policies at Disney World to see how Disney has gone above and beyond to make their parks as safe as possible.
3. Stay On-Site for an Enhanced Experience
Staying on site at Disney World is a great way to remain inside the bubble of the magic and that’s no different during a pandemic. Considering Disney’s attention to detail and cleanliness, staying on-site is perhaps the best way to ensure that you are reducing the amount that you come in contact with the outside world.
There have been changes to Walt Disney World’s resort hotels, though most are now open with some delayed openings later this fall. You can expect to see higher attention to detail in cleaning and sanitation in your hotel room along with social distancing measures implemented with your check in/check out process.
4. Utilize a Touring Plan
Currently most of our tried and true methods for Disney World touring plans are out the window but during this reopening we’ve seen a pattern emerge that’s worth noting.
If you’re looking to avoid bottlenecks in the parks, consider arriving an hour after the park opens and staying until it closes. Most guests, likely concerned about shorter hours, arrive right when it opens and we see the most congestion during this time. And since guests are arriving early, they end up leaving earlier which makes the end of the day at the park the least crowded.
5. Watch for Unique Character Interactions
Disney has pulled out all their creative touches with the way they’ve created unique character interactions to ensure social distancing between guests and cast members.
You might see Merida or Gaston riding horses down Main Street, spontaneous character cavalcades or Winnie the Pooh catching butterflies on the lawns of Epcot. The character cavalcades are unannounced to prevent guests from congregating before hand but if you hang around the parks long enough you will see them.
With wait times the lowest we’ve seen in years at Disney World and Disney level attention to detail with safety, this is a great time to plan that last-minute trip to Disney World.
Writer’s Bio: Lindsay Brookshier is the editor of MickeyVisit.com and DisneyDose.com. Their tips help people save money and experience more at Walt Disney World and Disneyland and have been featured in Forbes, Travel+Leisure, the LA Times, Yahoo! News, and more.