Sunday, August 16, 2020

Is Walt Disney World Safe?




When I told people we were going to Walt Disney World, they were like, "Okay? But there's a pandemic going on."

My sarcastic self was like:



But I knew Disney was taking all these measures to keep everyone safe. We had a trip planned in June, it was canceled, so we moved to August. I had heard about all the safety measures and was curious to see them.

To start off with, temperatures are checked before even entering the park.



Bag checks are pretty easy. No one touches your stuff unless the alarm goes off. It went off for me since I had portable batteries but the man checking wore gloves.

Oh, and there's signs everywhere:




There are safety markers:



Sanitizer stands are sprinkled all over the parks.


Plus, there's hand washing stations:





Want to eat? Well, you'll have to mobile order. This means it's not crowded inside the food places. When your order is ready, you can go inside and tables are marked off if they are too close to others.

The cast members make sure your mask is on correctly. If it looks like it's dipping below the nose, one will pop up and kindly remind you to pull up the mask. I saw kids running around with a mask and they were quickly told to put it back on. In a polite Disney fashion.

Yes, you MUST keep masks on when you take photos with Photopass cast members, but I think it's a great memory. "Remember that one time we went to Disney during a pandemic?" There are many Photopass cast members around the parks so it's still worth the cost. (Note: they will not take photos with your phone currently.)



If you get tired of wearing your mask, there are relaxation stations throughout the parks where you can go and take them off. If you're going in the summer, it gets HOT so breaks are a must.



Want to see characters? You still can! But from a distance.






Also, trash cans are propped open so you don't have to touch:



Buses are boarded by number with safety partitions. A lot of rides had these as well to separate parties:




Did I feel safe? Yes. It's safer there than a grocery store. I know my grocery store doesn't have tons of sanitizer around and most workers won't correct people wearing a mask incorrectly.

Were the parks truly low capacity? Yes. I've gone where you've been shoulder to shoulder with strangers. Granted, Hollywood Studios seemed more crowded because it's a smaller park, but all ride wait times were under 60 minutes. Most were under 30. This was Epcot in the afternoon during our Food & Wine walk:




Would I recommend going? Well, that depends. I'm not about to urge everyone to vacation during a pandemic. But I will say that my family felt safe. My mom went with us, and she's in her 60s, so she's in that cautious area. I saw tons of babies. So really, it's up to you. Yes, it's not quite the same: no fireworks, no up close character meet and greets, limited shows...but YOU create the magic.





We made a lot of fantastic memories and this will truly be a trip I remember forever.



32 comments:

  1. This looks great. I am so glad that you and your family were still able to have an awesome time. Yes, it does look safer than my grocery store anyway. Lol!!

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  2. I have actually never been to a Disney park before. I have been starting to travel slowly in my own country and did notice how much effort the public places are putting into keeping everything sanitized.

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  3. Looks like a great time! I’m not brave enough being pregnant (or energetic lol)

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  4. It looks like they have really gone far to make sure that the parks are safe. I am not planning a trip but this could be the best time to go and beat larger crowds.

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  5. That looks like you had a great time! It does look like they are providing a ton of safety measures.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this post. I can’t wait to visit Disney again.

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  7. Glad to see that they are keeping things safe. I would have a hard time wearing a face mask so I will wait on Disnsey.

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  8. It's really interesting to see what they're doing at Disney. I loved your comment about the pandemic at the beginning. I received a comment about Instagram because some friends and I went to a small touristy town and it was dead. Someone commented saying we're in a pandemic. I'm aware. Getting out to explore during a pandemic isn't for everyone, but for some it's incredibly helpful for the mental health toll this can take. There are towns that are able to have people pass through and do well with masks and social distancing and utilizing outdoor spaces. If that's not right for your town, that's totally fine. It's worth having your businesses update Google, though.

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  9. I was totally living vicariously through you during this trip. I want to go since it's so empty, but also not capable of surviving that heat right now.

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  10. The precautions they're taking at Disney are great! I'm glad you all were able to enjoy your time there and have fun! I really like the mask relax stations!

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  11. It seems like you had a great time. Glad to hear there are plenty of safety measures in place. I'm glad the cast members made sure people wore masks.

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  12. Looks like so much fun and I'm sure it's great with reduced crowds. Can't wait to get back to Disney.

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  13. I'm so glad to see that they are taking so many steps to make it safe! I would definitely enjoy that it's not as busy as normal.

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  14. It's great to see Disney is taking so many precautions. I would feel safer there than any grocery store!

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  15. I absolutely love what Disney is doing to continue. I think it's great that they're both putting forth an effort to enforce safety while also keeping the magic of Disney alive.

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  16. It is so nice to hear that you are still enjoying Disney while following their safety and health protocols. I am happy for all of you for this trip, always keep safe.

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  17. I am still not comfortable over the large people gatherings and try to limit my presence as much as I can while still living my own life.

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  18. Walt Disney World seems to be a very safe place! I hope that anyone can feel safe in any other place!

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  19. I’ve not been to Disney World in forever. It’d be great to revisit one day when it’s safe.

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  20. I would say pass to visiting places for now. Be safe all while enjoying.

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  21. I'm glad that Walt Disney World observe this safety measure. It's always interesting to visit and have fun there with your loved ones.

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  22. It's great to know that Disney is taking all the necessary precautions. And glad y'all had fun. -LYNNDEE

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  23. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I think a lot of people have been wondering about this.

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  24. The Nicholas Cage Gif made me CRACK UP! I totally relate! I definitely want to go to the parks soon, I mean there's barely any lines compared to normal and I'll rock my mask all day for that! Though I won't be bringing my 3 year old because he is unable to wear a mask, at 3 he doesn't understand and fights me... but my daughter and I are ready!

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  25. When you are a Disney fan, no one can stop you! Same as what K-pop fans feels, etc. Good they observed sanitation.

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  26. You go girl! I have spent two weekends away in my state and have flown 3 times since this "pandemic" started. I am also an essential worker via my hubby's biz. Worked the entire time and have yet to get sick. But I haven't been sick in years. So I plan on keeping up the enjoyment! The only thing I did have to do was delay my London trip. So that isn't happening this fall, but I a sure I will spend a couple more weekends in the mountains instead!

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  27. It is interesting to hear about your experience there. It sounds like they are doing a good job, and making sure they are as careful as possible.

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  28. It will be a long time before I do anything like this but I'm glad you had a good trip.

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  29. I must say that Disney world is taking good measures during the pandemic. And thank you actually for posting this because even me and a friend of mine from there, were discussing on it and she was thinking of taking her daughter to take to Walt Disney World but wasn't sure if its safe. I'll send her this post!

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  30. Disney World is such a wonderful place to take the family. They are doing everything they can to keep everyone safe.

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  31. Looks like it is safe to visit there. But I will wait after some time I will be taking family there.

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