On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, I had the opportunity to experience the enhanced health and safety measures in place. From face coverings to physical distancing and everything in between, here is everything that you need to know about the phased reopening and the truth about what all of that really feels like!
I can say, without a doubt, that I saw countless Cast Members continuously cleaning high-touch areas throughout our entire stay. Handrails, ride vehicles, elevators, tables, and more were constantly cleaned and disinfected. Additionally, we noticed hand sanitizer and hand washing stations everywhere we looked at Disney Resort hotels, as well as in the parks.
Physical distancing was easy to maintain throughout the Resort hotels and the parks. Signage and ground markings were abundant and easy to follow. We did notice excellent compliance with guests following these. Physical barriers are in place where physical distancing isn't possible. This includes areas around cash registers or hotel desks. Cashless payments are preferred throughout hotels and parks.
Mousekeeping (or housekeeping) has been modified to include enhanced cleaning and reduced contact. Other measures include:
Every guest, ages 2+ is required to wear a face covering. NO exceptions. Guests are required to provide their own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. While eating/drinking, guests must me stationary and maintain physical distancing. Face coverings must be made with at least 2 layers of material, fully cover nose, mouth, and chin, and be secured with ear loops. Neck gaiters, bandanas and face coverings with valves, mesh material, or holes are not allowed. For more information regarding face coverings, be sure to check out my infographic here. All Cast Members are also required to wear face coverings.
Temperature screenings are required for entry to all parks, Disney Springs, and at table-service dining locations. Temperature is taken via no-touch thermometers. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 F or above will be directed to a "cool-down" location for rescreening and assistance. Those with temperatures 100.4 F or above will not be allowed entry, nor will those in their party. I strongly encourage all clients to bring a thermometer with them on their trip to check the temperatures of everyone in their party as an extra layer of precaution before leaving the hotel for the day. This way you can seek medical attention immediately if needed and there are no surprises when your party arrives to the aforementioned areas.
Odds and Ends
Prior to a trip, you will be required to electronically agree to a health acknowledgement waiver, make park reservations, and check the Know Before You Go site for the most updated information. Make sure that you have the My Disney Experience app downloaded to your phone! Don't forget, Walt Disney World is the Happiest Place on Earth. Even though, in this season of life, everything feels different and foreign, entering Disney still feels as magical as ever!