6 Little Things That Aren’t Working in Disney World Right Now

As Disney World has reopened, we’ve been visiting the parks in ways that we never have before.

Cinderella Castle

From limited capacity, to low wait times, new Character Cavalcades, and more, there’s a lot to enjoy while you’re in Disney World right now. However, there are a few small things we’ve seen around the parks that aren’t working as well.

6 Little Things That Aren’t Working in Disney World Right Now

Traffic Control in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Although the parks have had pretty low crowds since we’ve returned to Disney World, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is one of the most popular parts of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, especially with Rise of the Resistance.

Millennium Falcon

Unlike much of the other parts around the park, Galaxy’s Edge doesn’t have directional arrows or distancing markers on the ground. Since so many people are milling about to wave to Chewbacca or pick up a new lightsaber to add to their collection, it can get a bit crowded around certain areas throughout the day.

Galaxy’s Edge

While people still try to maintain distancing, there have been a few bottleneck problems in the park that we’ve noticed throughout the busiest times of the day. We think it might help to have more distancing efforts in Galaxy’s Edge, especially since there is Stand By only available at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and limited Boarding Passes at Rise of the Resistance that disperse crowds even more.

Barriers on Attractions

Disney World has been placing distance between guests in ride queues and on attractions. While some parties are seated in every other row, a few other rides in the parks like the Kilimanjaro Safaris have plastic barriers placed between them.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Although these are put in place as a health and safety precaution, we wonder if forgoing guests . While we know Disney is doing everything they can to keep people safe, the partitions haven’t felt very sufficient in keeping guests separated from another.

Flight of Passage

Instead, we’ve noticed better ride procedures in Universal Orlando where there is more distancing, reduced capacity, Virtual Queues, and required hand-sanitization at their attractions.

Read all about the ride process in Disney World!

Rainy Day Crowding

There’s been limited capacity all throughout the park with distancing markers on the ground and even Virtual Queues at the stores. While it might seem like the rides or restaurants would gather the most crowds, the largest amount of people happens when it rains in the parks.

Rainy Day in Hollywood Studios

Before the closures, it would be totally normal for all of us to gather underneath dry areas or inside stores. However, now with distancing measures in place, the crowding indoors (or even outside) can be a problem since many people are just looking for a place to escape the rain.

Cinderella Castle

Moving forward, we think iDisney World could benefit from setting up some sort of rainy day regulations to make sure that distancing measures are still followed (even with unpredictable weather).

Ride Break-Downs

Although attractions have distancing markers in lines, we’ve seen some problems happening when rides break down. Since most people usually just chill in the queues until the attractions start up again, guests have just been sitting down on the ground like they would pre-closure.

Rise of the Resistance

However, when people are sitting down, the plexiglass barriers are practically useless since they’ve only been installed at the top section of certain lines. Guests sitting on the floor also causes some crowding where distancing isn’t necessarily followed.

Peter Pan’s Flight

Since rides breaking down and starting up can be unpredictable (we’ve been stuck in line for an hour before), this is a problem that’s not going away any time soon. We understand wanting to sit down if you’re waiting a long time to board an attraction, especially if you’re traveling with young kids.

Frozen Ever After

However, Disney may need to put certain attraction guidelines for break-downs in place, as well as installing partitions that would separate guests, even if they’re on the ground.

Monorail Procedures

While we’ve missed the Monorails and the iconic safety dialogue that plays overhead, the health and safety regulations inside the cars have us a little bit wary. Although the Monorail has placed partitions in the middle of the cars and limited the amount of people on either side, we still haven’t felt the best about the transportation situation.

Monorail Peach

Each side of the car has two parties, but the Monorails don’t have any guidelines for distancing measures between the people in them. Cast Members usually tell guests which side of the car to be seated at, but that’s not necessarily the rule each time.

Monorail Barrier

There’s been a few situations where a Cast Member would just find a car that had room for more guests, even if it would mean more than two parties. We’ve even had people sit next to us on the same bench, instead of the opposite side of the Monorail.

Monorail

Since Disney has put health and safety guidelines in place, we think it would be helpful to have specific procedures that have to be followed (maybe even putting stickers where guests are able to stand or sit to keep guests apart from one another).

Take a look at all of the reopened Disney Transportation!

No Starbucks Mobile Order

Quick Service locations have been using Mobile Order to make sure that guests can get food to-go easily or keep people separated from one another in the dining locations. However, Starbucks inside of the parks at places like the Main Street Bakery and Creature Comforts has only been using Stand By lines during the reopening.

Starbucks Cast Member

Although these are arguably some of the busiest spots in Disney World, we’re surprised that Mobile Order still hasn’t been put in place at the bakeries through the My Disney Experience app. Starbucks in Disney Springs has been primarily using Mobile Order through the Starbucks app, so it would only make sense for the parks to be operating in the same way.

Main Street Bakery Line

While there have been less crowds, the morning rush for breakfast and coffee is still a thing. Although we aren’t sure if the amount of people coming to Disney World is going to pick up speed any time soon, Mobile Order might be important to keep distancing guests and cut down on the longer lines.

Check out the ultimate guide to Mobile Order in Disney World right now!

Although there are still parts of Disney World that could use some improvement now that the parks and resorts have reopened, we’ve had plenty of great experiences returning again. However, the different guidelines have continued to be updated with the unprecedented events happening right now. While we know that Disney will continue to make necessary changes, we hope to see some of our suggestions incorporated in the parks and resorts too!

These are the policies that Universal Orlando are handling better than Disney World!

What are some of your experiences that you’ve had in a re-opened Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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8 Replies to “6 Little Things That Aren’t Working in Disney World Right Now”

  1. With the exception of the Galaxy’s Edge area issues, I feel that this article is a little off the mark. Partitions on the floor because people are sitting?? You have to accept some of your own responsibility. “Disney bubble” doesn’t mean you get your own bubble. If you are worried about people being close to you on the monorail, get off or just pray your mask is protecting you for the time you are in transit.

  2. If you’re this terrified of being around or even seeing other human beings in medium proximity to one another, perhaps going to the parks right now just is not for you.

  3. It’s rather odd that no article is mentioning one of the biggest turn offs which is that Disney has not lowered their prices given all the limited experiences they are offering. No parents wants to take their child and spend this kind of money when a lot of the things little kids love about the park visit have been suspended. Nor does anyone have the time to arrive home and then quarantine for 14 days after the average 7 day trip. The thought of vacationing is just one big hassle at the moment unfortunately.

  4. I’ve noticed in a few other Disney world vlogs on YouTube that once people get inside the skyliner gondolas they are Taking their masks off. I feel that’s very unsafe especially since Disney isn’t wiping down each gondola before the next party gets on. That makes me feel like the virus can spread very easily that way. And those gondolas have cameras in there and obviously the speakers. so can’t the cast members come online and tell them “please put back on your mask(s) ??
    That’s just my feeling on the situation at hand.

  5. Air can easily flow under and around those plastic sheeting barriers. There are gaps. Galaxy’s Edge is in need of crowd control. If it is too crowded we leave. It is important to remember that you may have to politely stick up for yourself. If a cast member seats someone who is not a member of your party on your bench. Speak up. Or get off and speak up to a manager. Just be respectful, but realize if your not comfortable, you may have to step out of the situation yourself. We were following a family not wearing masks in the small world line. We passed a manager cast member, once we realized they were not going to remedy the situation, we left the ride line. Fortunately, we are frequent visitors and are happy to just be at the parks enjoying what we can safely. It is definitely not a good time to visit if you are hoping for the perfect vacation. In the end you should never put yourself or your children in a situation that feels unsafe. We were there for 4 days 3 weeks ago and we have remained healthy. We wore our masks and avoided anyone not following the rules. It is safer than going to the grocery store in my state where we have no mask or social distancing requirements.

  6. Whoever writes these articles has a lot of Covid anxiety. The safari barriers have never caused me stress – other than the fact that airflow is decreased and it gets really stuffy.

    And people sitting during ride breakdown? That’s not a Disney problem. If people are worried, then don’t sit.

    I love AllEars, but you guys always seem a little overly critical. It’s an amusement park. It’s not a necessity, so people who go are accepting a certain amount of risk.

    1. The problem with the whole philosophy of “accepting your own risk” is that with pandemics one person’s risk affects me and my family. This isn’t like someone deciding if they want to wear a seatbelt. If someone decides to accept more risk than another person and contracts covid they can spread it to those that did not accept that extra risk. People who may have no choice but to leave their homes due to having essential work for example. We are each other’s keeper in this situation and should decrease our risk as much as possible for one another’s benefit.