ALL the Health & Safety Procedures We’ve Seen at Disney World!

Disney World is back open.

Cinderella Castle

We’ve taken you with us on a tour all over the property to the resorts, Disney Springs, and the parks. Now that we’ve returned back to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom today during their grand reopening, we’ve looked at the crowd levels, wait times, and new Character Cavalcades!

As Disney goes forward with opening EPCOT and Animal Kingdom on July 15th as well, the parks have been following strict health and safety measures. In order to protect both guests and Cast Members, Disney has been shifting its regulations according to guidelines set by officials.

Health and Safety Signs

During our return to the parks for the grand reopening this weekend, these are all the health and safety guidelines you need to know in Disney World!

Masks

Face masks are required at the theme parks. Disney World has recently updated their requirements for face masks, noting that they must be secured with ties or ear loops, and that at this time neck gaiters and open-chin triangle bandanas are not considered to be “acceptable face coverings.”

©Disney

Unlike Universal Studios, we had to keep our face masks on during water rides, along with all other rides. Because of this, we would definitely recommend bringing a back up with you to the parks!

Face Masks on Water Rides

There are a few spots where you are able to take off your face mask. Both Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom had Relaxation Stations, spots where you are able to take off your mask while sitting and social distancing. At Magic Kingdom these are located across from Golden Oak Outpost…

Golden Oak Outpost
Golden Oak Outpost

…at Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus…

Pete’s Silly Sideshow
Relaxation Station at Pete’s Silly Sideshow

…and at Tomorrowland Terrace.

Relaxation Station in Tomorrowland
Relaxation Station

Read more about the Magic Kingdom Relaxation Stations here!

For Animal Kingdom, you’ll find the two Relaxation Stations at Pizzafari…

Pizzafari Relaxation Location
Pizzafari Relaxation Location

…and Upcountry Landing across from the Up show.

Upcountry Landing Relaxation Station
Upcountry Landing Relaxation Station

Click here to read more about the relaxation stations at Animal Kingdom!

Temperature Checks

Prior to entering any of the theme parks, you are required to have your temperature taken. 

Temperature Screening at Ticket and Transportation Center

Guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed into the parks.

Read more about the new temperature check and security screening process at Disney World here!

Hand-Sanitizing Stations

Throughout the parks, you will also find both hand-washing stations and sanitizer stations at various spots.

Hand-Sanitizer

We spotted a variety of hand sanitizing stations throughout the park, including before and after a number of rides.

Be Our Guest

Click here to read more about the ride process at Disney World!

Distancing Measures

Just like we have seen at Disney Springs and the hotels, there are markers through the queues and high-traffic areas that help to maintain physical distancing between guests.

Markers in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue

These can be found on the rides in both line, and also towards the loading area where you will be asked to wait.

Journey of the Little Mermaid

At stores, there is also signage marking both entrances and exits in an effort to control the flow of traffic.

Entrances and Exits

We also spotted areas in pre-show rooms, like this one before Dinosaur, that has areas where guests could or could not stand. For Dinosaur, guests were able to either stand and watch the pre-show on one of the allotted spots, or could walk through to the loading area.

Dinosaur

Read more about the modified pre-show process at Disney World here!

We also spotted a variety of plexiglass barriers. These could be found in lines, in areas where the line can split up into two parts next to one another.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

And also at loading stations, where there were barriers in between each numbered row.

Expedition Everest

Additionally, we spotted plexiglass on some ride vehicles. On Jungle Cruise, for example, there was a plexiglass barrier separating riding parties, with only a limited amount of people riding in each boat.

Jungle Cruise

Additionally, there was a clear plastic hanging between the guests and the skipper, so that they would not be in contact with one another.

Jungle Cruise Skipper

Read more about our time at Disney World’s reopened Magic Kingdom here!

Signage

As we’ve seen at Disney World’s hotels and Disney Springs, Disney has health and safety signage everywhere. These include signs emphasizing the new health and safety procedures being implemented at Disney World.

Health and Safety Signs

There are also signs throughout the parks in an effort to control social distancing. In Quick Service restaurants and anywhere else with seating, you will see certain tables marked off as closed in an effort to ensure people are not sitting too close to one another.

Seating Sign

In stores, there is also signage at the checkout areas, and throughout the building to control the flow of traffic.

Magic Kingdom

Read more about the shopping process at the reopened Disney World here!

Touchfree Entry and Contactless Payment

As another health and safety precaution, Disney has tried to make everything as contact-free as possible. For entry into the parks, you now just scan your ticket or MagicBand, and no longer need to scan your fingerprint.

MagicBand Scanner

Disney has also tried to put an emphasis on contactless payment as much as they can. One major example of this is asking guests to use Mobile Order for their Quick Service meals.

Aloha Isle Mobile Order

At Quick Service restaurants, you will now find signage with a QR code that can be scanned to pull up a Mobile Order menu (alternatively, you can access it through My Disney Experience). Once ordered, you must wait outside of the restaurant until you get a notification that your food is ready.

Satu’li Canteen

For table service restaurants, you are also given a QR code to scan to get your menu instead of getting a physical menu.

Tiffins QR Code Menu

Read ALL about the new Quick Service dining process at Disney World here!

Disinfecting Rides

Throughout the day, Disney has been closing their rides for ten to fifteen minutes at a time to fully disinfect the ride vehicles and area.

Cleaning Jungle Cruise

When we went to ride Na’vi River Journey, we were told by a Cast Member that it would be fifteen minutes, as they were cleaning everything down. Once cleaned, we were able to proceed onto the ride.

Na’vi River Journey

For Splash Mountain, we were able to see them spraying down boats as well.

Cast Member sanitizing the log on Splash Mountain

We also spotted surfaces at restaurants, and high-touch areas around the park being thoroughly cleaned throughout the day.

Satu’li Canteen

Overall, Disney has added a variety of major health and safety procedures at the park, and we will continue to keep you updated on any further developments!

Click here for EVERYTHING you need to now about Magic Kingdom’s reopening in Disney World!

Will you be going to Disney World in 2020? Let us know in the comments below!

Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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