With Walt Disney World Resort’s reopening to the general public this Saturday, July 11, we’re starting to see some looks into the health and safety measures they are taking. We’ve been able to see from Cast Member perspectives what returning back to work at Walt Disney World theme parks has been like, but now we’re getting more insight as to what it will look like for Guest experiences.
Today, July 7, and tomorrow, July 8, Cast Members are having preview days to enjoy the Parks as Guests in their new normal. On Thursday, July 9, and Friday, July 10, Annual Passholders are getting preview days to enjoy the limited capacity theme parks.
Disney World’s Safety Measures
As mentioned, these few days leading up to the reopening to the public are preview days where we can start to look at some of the measures Walt Disney World is taking that could possibly translate over to Disneyland when they do reopen.
Much of the safety measures taken are to ensure physical distancing whether it be between Guest Parties or Guests and Cast Members. It starts all the way from the parking lot where you will be instructed to park at every other spot, through the security checkpoint where there will be temperature screenings and contactless security screenings, and throughout the inside of the theme parks.
Unfortunately, Character Meet and Greets are also contactless, but they’re still out and about in the parks saying hello to all the Guests from a safe distance!
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Inside the theme parks, you’ll notice plexiglass being used whether it be inside retail stores, restaurants, or attractions where Guests would typically in close contact with one another like Jungle Cruise and the Enchanted Tiki Room. Attraction, storefront, and Dining Queues may look a little different now, where attraction queues will be spaced out more some with plexiglass, a virtual waitlist is being introduced to stores that have hit maximum capacity, and mobile check in for dining.
Some attractions may be modified if it typically creates a large gather like that of the Haunted Mansion’s stretching room. Others like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was only seating every other row so we can think to expect to see something similar for Big Thunder Railroad at Disneyland.
Social distancing in the queue for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) July 7, 2020
Though there is no word yet as to when Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will reopen after the delay, we know that they’re are hard at work trying to put such health and safety measures in place before reopening to guests. More information on some frequently asked questions about Disneyland’s reopening can be found here.
In the meantime, Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District will be reopening this Thursday, July 9. We’ll continue to update as we have more information, but be sure to follow along as we will have reporters at both Disneyland’s Downtown Disney and Walt Disney World’s Annual Passholder Preview this Thursday.
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