Walt Disney World is known as “the happiest place on earth”, but after being closed for four months during COVID-19, Disney World reopened in July with a lot of changes. Like many places that have started to reopen, it’s not what it used to be before the pandemic.
In addition to the many health and safety measures in place like forehead temperature scans at security checkpoints as guests enter the gates, you have to make reservations online to accommodate the parks’ limited capacity.
There are sanitizer stations and reminders to wash hands, designated waiting spots, the requirement to wear masks, and foot patters to be followed when walking in stores.
The parades and character meet-and-greets are also gone and they’ve been replaced with unscheduled “pop-up” appearances in the parks. One positive thing is that the wait times for the parks’ most popular attractions are pretty much gone.
If you’re planning on visiting Disney World, make sure you make your reservations early including for dining because eating while walking has been banned. Also, come with extra masks as you’ll sweat through your masks quickly in the Florida heat.
Before you plan your visit, be aware that some parks, hotels, and restaurants may be limited in capacity or unavailable. To stay up to date on the latest information check out the park’s official website.