There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when planning your next trip to Walt Disney World. We always suggest using a travel advisor, our personal favorite is Key to the World Travel. There are many updates to guidelines and procedures due to continued updates based on guidance from health authorities.
Visiting the official Walt Disney World website can be a little confusing as it is not consistently updated with the most accurate and current updates. We have put together a very thorough “Know Before You Go” to use for all of your planning needs.
Cleaning procedures have been enhanced throughout Walt Disney World Resort. There has been extra attention given to higher-traffic areas in theme parks and resort hotels. Public elevators and escalators, handrails, benches, tables, handles, restrooms, transportation vehicles, and more are frequently cleaned.
Additionally, housekeeping services have been modified at Disney Resort hotels to include enhanced cleaning and reduced contact. Disney has taken a deliberate approach to implementing a number of health and safety measures based on guidance from various governmental authorities and health agencies.
Disney Resort Hotel Must Review the Health Acknowledgment:
Before traveling to Florida, you will need to make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to Florida. Visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/ for information. Guests who are under isolation or quarantine orders must not enter Walt Disney World Resort.
By entering Walt Disney World Resort, you are confirming that you and all persons in your party are not experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at CDC.gov, including:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine
- Are not under any self-quarantine orders
Temporary adjustments are in place to promote physical distancing. Physical distancing measures may include:
- Signage and Ground Markings: Please follow directional signage and ground markings, which have been installed throughout Walt Disney World Resort to help Guests better navigate common areas while practicing physical distancing.
- Physical Barriers: Physical barriers have been added in select places where it is difficult to maintain strict physical distancing guidelines. These may be visible in areas around cash registers or at Guest Relations, for example, to help promote proper distances between people.
- Parking: Cashless payment is recommended at the auto plazas. Cars will be directed to park in every other parking space at the theme parks.
- Training: Cast Members are trained to engage with Guests and promote physical distancing guidelines in common areas and queues.
Experiences may be modified in order to reduce contact. These include:
- Cashless Transactions: At this time, it is recommended all Guests use cashless payment options, including debit cards, credit cards and Disney Gift Cards. Guests can also opt for contactless payment options—such as mobile wallets—or use cash to purchase a Disney Gift Card at Guest Relations and select merchandise locations. Disney Resort hotel Guests can also use MagicBands to charge their purchase to their Disney Resort hotel folio.
- Modified Housekeeping: Housekeeping services have been modified at Disney Resort hotels to include enhanced cleaning and reduced contact.
Park attendance is managed via the Disney Park Pass reservation system—now available to Guests with valid admission. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for Guests ages 3 and up.
Booking Your Park Reservations
The Disney Park Pass system is now open to Guests with valid admission. The number of theme park reservation days you can hold at one time varies based on your plans:
- Disney Resort and other select hotel Guests can make park reservations for dates during their stay for the number of days that they have valid theme park admission.
- Annual Passholders can make theme park reservations for up to 3 days at a time, and for their length of stay if staying at a Disney Resort or other select hotel.
- Existing ticket holders can make reservations for the number of days of valid theme park admission.
Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:
- Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
- Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.
Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with existing rules. The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.
Temperature screenings are required for entry to some locations. You will be required to undergo a temperature screening with no-touch thermometers before entry to some locations at Walt Disney World Resort, including the Walt Disney World theme parks, the Disney Springs area and table-service restaurants at Disney Resort hotels.
Based on guidance from health authorities, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 F or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. Those with temperatures 100.4 F or above will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed entry either.
Before you leave home, be sure to check the temperatures of everyone in your party—including yourself—as an extra layer of precaution.
My Disney Experience App
Helpful features include:
- Mobile Order Service for Dining: Please order ahead and save time at select dining locations using mobile order service. We highly recommend that you use this service during your visit.
- Scannable Codes for Select Restaurant Menus: While at a table-service restaurant, you can scan a code to access the digital menu.
- Online Check-In at Disney Resort Hotels: To aid in physical distancing efforts, we strongly recommend that you use Online Check-In Service prior to your arrival. When your room is ready, you’ll get a room-ready notification. Then, you can use either a MagicBand or the app’s digital key feature to enter your room!
We STRONGLY suggest using a travel advisor/agent to book your trip to Walt Disney World® to maximize your experience. There is so much to take into consideration now with the new guidelines.
Are you ready to book your trip to Walt Disney World® or Disneyland®? Having a travel advisor means someone there to have your back in any occurrence! There is no additional cost to you and you have peace of mind knowing that your vacation is in good hands. Contact our friends at Key to the World Travel® for a free, no-obligation quote for your next trip. Click here to have a travel advisor from Key to the World Travel® contact you today.
Source: Walt Disney World Website