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  • Writer's pictureErin

Walt Disney World During a Pandemic

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

Like everyone else, my travel plans for 2020 were disrupted. As a person with severe wanderlust, I had to leave town. I made sure to take every precaution I could: extra masks, hand sanitizer, and speaking up when people were within six feet of me.

I know this isn’t for everyone, given what is going on in the world. It is important to decide what will be best for you and your family. I just wanted to share a little about my experience traveling during the pandemic.

I chose to go to Walt Disney World. There were two main reasons I chose Disney:

  • I am a Disney fanatic

  • I read about everything the company was doing to keep people safe.

Walt Disney World was constantly wiping down surfaces, asking people to wear their masks to cover both nose and mouth, markers on the ground in ride queues to keep people socially distant and limited capacity. They would also take my temperature every time I entered the park.

In some areas, the limited capacity was evident, like in the picture. While at other times, it felt like just a normal day pre-COVID. I found it more difficult to remain socially distant, but not impossible. For me, the easiest solution was to walk around a store for a minute.

While my experience was different than in the past, I still enjoyed the magic of just being there. There are no character meet and greets, but cavalcades (one float parades) pass by so you can still see the characters. In some cases, the characters were standing in a roped-off area so you could see them from a distance.

While wait times for attractions have increased since this past summer, the wait did not feel as long. The lines are stretched out with social distancing and are constantly moving.

Overall, I felt very safe while in the parks and would happily go back.

Don’t forget to check out my Disney page to start planning your next trip. I’m here when you are ready.

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