After visiting Disney Springs on its reopening day, we gained insight into what the new health and safety procedures at Disney World could potentially look like.
While a lot of the protocol and changes were expected, some things actually surprised us!
Propped Open Trash Cans
One of the health measures we did not expect to see were the flaps in the trash cans being propped open. This completely makes sense when you think about it. Trash cans are high touch points, and with the flaps propped up, guests do not need to worry about touching them.
Functioning Water Fountains
Meanwhile, a high-touch area that we were surprised to see functioning were the water fountains. Throughout the day, we noticed that those we continuing to work, despite reports saying that Disney would be turning those off. Hydration is always key and access to clean water is perhaps a requirement for businesses.
We did, however, notice plenty of hand sanitizer and hand washing stations to help guests feel safe and healthy.
Barely Any Face Masks Being Sold
Another thing that surprised us was the lack of face masks being sold throughout Disney Springs. While we did spot them being sold at Vera Bradley for $8 per mask, we were expecting a much more widespread presence. With Disney-owned and operated retailers like World Of Disney set to reopen on May 27th, perhaps we may start to see more face masks being sold at those shops.
Balloons For Sale
While we were surprised at what WASN’T being sold, we were also surprised by something that WAS being sold — balloons! These are the only official piece of Disney merchandise being sold at Disney Springs today.
Crowds Were Quieter Than Anticipated
Something we noticed right away when we arrived at Disney Springs was just how quiet it was! While we anticipated more guests arriving throughout the day, the crowd level at Disney Springs remained surprisingly low throughout our visit. There’s no denying the hype around the first major Disney World destination reopening. However, the fact that there could currently be fewer visitors from outside states may be what led to the low crowds, along with the fact that the complex opened midweek.
What has surprised you the most from Disney Springs’ reopening day? Let us know in the comments!
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