At the Magic Kingdom, and every other theme park at Walt Disney World, it doesn’t matter if you’re a pirate, princess, pixie, prince, lost boy or lost girl, the magic now requires everyone ages two and older to wear a mask. But Disney World has created places Guests can take off their masks and relax.
Disney’s mask-free “Relaxation Zones” are being installed in every theme park–Magic Kingdom, in particular, hosts three–where Guests can take refuge in shaded or air-conditioned rooms and have the opportunity to remove their masks.
If you are planning a trip back to the theme parks, and are looking to take advantage of these areas, here is what you need to know.
Inside the Magic is following along with all of the safety protocols put in place by Disney in order to remain safe during this unprecedented time.
Where are they?
At the Magic Kingdom, “Relaxation Zones” can be found at the following locations.
Tomorrowland Terrace in Tomorrowland.
On the edge of Frontierland and Adventureland
Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus in Fantasyland
What is the seating arrangement?
Magic Kingdom’s relaxation zones are meant to seat parties at tables spaced 10 feet apart. This social distancing is enforced by the removal of chairs and the addition of placards at certain tables. The entrances and exits are clearly marked to enforce a one-way crowd flow.
Disney Cast Members confirmed that the relaxation zones open one hour after park opening and close one hour before park closing. It is still unclear if Disney will set time limits on how long Guests can occupy a table at its relaxation zones, or if they will become so popular that virtual waitlists will have to be utilized to ensure as many as people as possible can get a break. This is something that we will find out as time goes on in the days and weeks following the parks officially reopening.
Related: Walt Disney World Face Masks FAQ
Please keep in mind that these three spots are maskless oases among a park with very strict mask protocol. Guests are required to wear masks at all times when outside of the relaxation zones. An entire team of Cast Members (called the Incredi-Crew) has been recruited to enforce mask-wearing and social distancing around the theme park, and a safety message will be played over the speaker system throughout the park.
Walt Disney World announced the creation “Relaxation Zones” when they first proposed their reopening plan to Orange County and the State of Florida. Universal Orlando Resort also implemented mask-free areas–dubbed U-Rest Areas–in its Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure theme parks, as well as at CityWalk. But unlike Disney’s, Universal’s mask-free areas appear to offer less seating and no overhead protection from the Florida sun or rain.
Mask-free relaxation zones will also be found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
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