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Disney World is OPEN! What a Disney Trip Looks like in 2020 and 2021.

Updated: Oct 10

Disney has been reopened for several months now and they have their policies and procedures down to a smooth science. We visited Disney for a week-long getaway to experience the new park guidelines ourselves and today I'm sharing what it's really like at Disney World in 2020.

Here's a round-up all the new updates at Disney World:

Face Masks

Both guests and cast members are required to wear face masks while inside the parks and likely at Disney Springs, as well. Disney has released their own like of character-inspired masks, see them HERE.


Masks must be worn at all times inside Disney parks and at Disney resorts, and can only be removed when eating or drinking while stationary. At the resorts, you can remove masks while in your private guest room and also in the pool areas for swimming. Additionally, there are 'relaxation stations' set up in each Disney park as a place where you can safely socially distance and remove your mask for a break.


While the masks did get hot and uncomfortable, my kids didn't complain and all decided they'd rather be INSIDE Disney with a mask than home without ;)

Lowered Crowds & Park Pass Reservation System

During 'Phase 1' Disney Parks will be operating at up to half-capacity, and Phase 2 up to 75%.  Crowds are being kept well below capacity through an online Park Pass Reservation System. After a guest purchases a Disney vacation package or tickets, they can reserve their park passes inside their www.MyDisneyExperience.com account {feeling confused by all these terms? We work through each step with our clients. See more info about our Disney Planning Services here.

Temperature Checks

All staff will be required to undergo temperature checks at the beginning of each shift.  Guests will also have their temperature taken digitally before entering the park.



Liberal use of Sanitizer Stations

Located at the exit of each attraction is a hand sanitizing station for guests to easily and touch-free sanitize their hands.  In addition, cast members are wiping down all surfaces and attractions on an hourly cycle throughout the day.



Limited Restaurant Seating

Dining at Disney is limited at this time. Select quick-service and table-service restaurants inside the parks and at Disney resorts are open with more scheduled to open over time. Because of the social distance spacing necessary, reservations are limited at indoor, sit-down meals and we highly recommend making advance dining reservations which can now be made 60 days in advance.


HUGE pizza at Via Napoli inside Epcot's World Showcase

Quick-service locations are strongly recommending the use of mobile order on the MyDisneyExperience App and some will ONLY allow you to order using the app. Other changes to dining inside Disney include additional precautions like disposable napkins, utensils, and digital menus accessed through a QR code on your smartphone.


Attractions, Entertainment, & Characters

Here are some changes were seeing in the parks:

  • Social distancing markers between groups

  • Spacing between rows on attractions and ride vehicles

  • Hourly sanitizing of all ride vehicles

  • Parades and firework shows have been discontinued at this time

  • No up-close character interactions, characters can be seen in various locations around the park from afar (grab a selfie), as well as in unscheduled mini-parades throughout the day.



While Disney is different in many ways, the magic is absolutely still there and they're working so hard to bring joy to your family and keep you safe at the same time! We've compiled all the essential information you need to know about visiting Disney World right now: updated policies, park touring strategies, resort information + a free quiz to determine whether or not it's the right time for you to visit.


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'Essential Guide to Disney During COVID' now!




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