All four Disney World theme parks are now reopened. But, our biggest question we’re getting — is the magic still there?
Upon reopening, Disney World has implemented a number of new health measures to help ensure the safety of guests and Cast Members. So, with all of the changes in place, is Disney World still fun?
Let’s take a look at our experience with different areas of the parks to see what conclusions we can draw!
Rides & Attractions
In the initial phase of reopening, some Disney World attractions are unavailable. While most of the rides are up and running, a large number of the shows such as Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo — The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and more, are NOT currently being performed.
But even though some attractions and entertainment offerings are missing, we have noticed that the wait times for most of the rides have been relatively low in the days since the reopening. We’ve regularly seen the wait times for super popular attractions like Flight of Passage and Peter Pan’s Flight as low as 5 minutes throughout the day!
This seems to be the case in three of the four parks. Although the wait times in Disney’s Hollywood Studios have been notably higher than the other parks, they are still less than you would have found pre-closure. Since reopening, we’ve enjoyed the opportunity to hop on super popular rides with a minimal wait — but if you’re a huge fan of the shows, fireworks, or parades, you’ll probably feel like you’re missing out on a decent amount of the Disney magic.
Here’s the full list of the rides, attractions, and entertainment that reopened with the Disney World parks!
For some guests, a trip to Disney World isn’t complete without the chance to hug Mickey Mouse. But since character meet-and-greets are currently suspended, that won’t be happening anytime soon! Most character dining has also been paused, with the exception of modified character dining experiences at Topolino’s Terrace and Garden Grill. We had a blast seeing the characters dance around the restaurants while we took socially distanced selfies — but if you’re big on getting autographs and interacting with the characters up close, it might be a bit of a letdown!
But there is another way you can see the characters — there are different cavalcades and processions that make their way through each of the parks at random points throughout the day. This has been one of the things we’ve absolutely loved about the reopening! It’s a fun way to spot our favorite characters without having to wait in a long line or scope out a parade spot for hours.
Much like the modified character dining, it might not be for you if you’re all about the up and close interaction — but we’re loving this new way to “meet” the characters!
Health and Safety Measures
There are a number of other health and safety measures that have changed our experiences in the parks. For one, all guests aged two and older are required to wear a mask at all times except while eating or drinking. And this definitely took some getting used to at first. But we’ve found that while wearing a mask in Disney World isn’t ideal, there are plenty of steps we can take — like bringing plenty of spares, and testing our masks beforehand — that make it a much more comfortable experience. So, while wearing a mask isn’t our favorite way to do Disney, it hasn’t kept us from having fun!
Plus, there are several ways that social distancing measures are being implemented to help guests maintain space. This includes social distancing markings on the ground in queues, reduced seating on attractions, and reduced capacity in restaurants and shops. This has made our experience in the parks different, but it hasn’t necessarily had a negative impact — since the overall capacity of the parks is also reduced, it hasn’t caused wait times to explode or made dining reservations impossible to get at this point.
And some of the other health procedures have hardly even been on our radar throughout our time in the parks. The temperature check process is quick and easy, and we’ve barely noticed this additional step for entry. And increased sanitation measures might be a bit more noticeable when rides briefly go down for cleaning, but overall this hasn’t had a huge impact on wait times.
For us, none of the new health and safety measures have prevented us from enjoying our time in the parks.
So, is Disney World Still Fun?
Let’s start with the simple answer — yes, we have still had fun on our visits to the reopened Disney World parks. BUT, that might not be the case for everyone right now. If you absolutely have to do one (or a few) of the things that aren’t currently available on your Disney World vacation, that could have a huge impact on your trip.
While there is still plenty of Disney World magic, there’s no denying that the current experience of being in the parks is different than we are used to. Whether the current Disney World experience is right for you is ultimately up to what you and your family want from the experience.
If you are looking to enjoy a lot of rides at Disney and don’t mind the lack of fireworks or live shows, there is a lot to do at Disney World right now. However, if you feel uncomfortable with wearing a face mask in the heat, or know that Disney World just isn’t complete for you without park-hopping and fireworks to end your night, it might be best to wait until those things come back to the parks.
While we don’t think now is the best time for your first Disney World trip or your once-every-few-years trip, we’ve found that the parks are still fun — but they’re definitely different!
Would you visit Disney World during the initial reopening phase? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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