• Elizabeth Perry

5 Tips for Visiting Walt Disney World Now


Walt Disney World is open and welcoming guests with the majority of their attractions operating, and many of their on-site hotels and transportation options are open – plus, there are some delicious and fun festival events for guests to enjoy this winter and spring! In order to facilitate the safety of guests and Cast Members, Walt Disney World has new safety measures and procedures in place. Here are some key tips to make sure that you stay safe and make the most of your trip to Walt Disney World!


Have Your Face Coverings Ready


As part of the resort’s safety measures, everyone is required to wear a face covering during their visit. They must cover your nose and mouth and be secured under your chin, fit snugly against the sides of your face and be secured with ear loops or secured around your head, and consist of at least two layers. Neck gaiters are not allowed. Also, per CDC guidelines, children under the age of two are not required to wear facial coverings. Since you’ll be wearing your face covering for most of the day, bring multiple masks to switch out throughout the day if one gets wet. Your own personal hand sanitizer is a good thing to bring, too. Additional health and safety restrictions are in place – be sure to check them out here.


Disney Park Pass Reservations


Park attendance is managed through the Disney Park Pass system, which Guests will use to make theme park reservations. To enter a park, both a park reservation AND valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for each person in your party ages 3 and up. All Guests will be required to make a reservation in advance for each park entry. If you have a multi-day ticket, you will be required to make a park reservation for each date of your visit. Park Pass availability is limited, so it’s best to make these reservations as soon as possible.


You Can Park Hop Again!


Park Hopper benefits have returned! With a valid ticket with Park Hopper benefits, guests can visit more than one Walt Disney World theme park in the same day, with some modifications in order to manage theme park capacity.


With the updated Park Hopper® experience, Guests must make a Disney Park Pass reservation for the first park they plan to visit (reservation requirements are subject to change) AND enter that first park prior to visiting another. Additionally, the will be set specific Park Hopper® hours during which this option will be available. Park Hopper® hours will start at 2 p.m. each day and end at the park’s scheduled close time. Guests will soon be able to check the My Disney Experience app for the most up-to-date Park Hopper® hours, as they could start earlier at a later date, depending on the day and park.


The My Disney Experience App is Your Friend


The My Disney Experience mobile app puts a ton of planning information and features at your fingertips! With the app, you can unlock your resort room door, check updates to park hours and dining availability, check in for your dining reservations, and check wait times and attraction availability.


One of my favorite features in the app is Mobile Ordering – this allows you to order food from most quick-service restaurant locations in the theme parks, and pick up your food when you arrive. Quick-service restaurants are strongly encouraging guests to use this in order to promote social distancing. You’ll also need the My Disney Experience app in order to sign up for boarding groups to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – more on that here.


Take a Break at Relaxation Stations


In addition to planning out what you want to do during your days at the theme parks, make sure to slot in time to take breaks. There are designated Relaxation Stations available at each theme park where you can recharge and relax with your face covering off. You can find them in the following locations:


Magic Kingdom:

  • Fantasyland at Pete’s Silly Sideshow

  • Frontierland at the Golden Oak Outpost

  • Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant

Animal Kingdom:

  • Discovery Island at Pizzafari

  • Asia next to Up! A Great Bird Adventure

Epcot:

  • United Kingdom next to Rose & Crown

  • Future World between Mission: Space and Test Track

  • Norway Pavilion inside Akershus Restaurant

Hollywood Studios

  • Galaxy’s Edge near Rise of the Resistance

  • Animation Courtyard inside Star Wars Launch Bay

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