Walt Disney World has begun to reduce social distancing at the theme parks in a phased approach. In fact, the theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — have already begun filling all rows on select attractions and inside some theaters as well as removed social distancing markers from some queue lines for rides.
Now, we are seeing more social distancing markers disappearing from Magic Kingdom as the phased approach continues!
Back in July 2020, Disney World installed social distancing markers at the entrance of Magic Kingdom to help Guests stay socially distanced while waiting to scan their theme park ticket or MagicBand.
You can see these markers reflected in the image below taken by ITM in March 2021.
Now, as you can see in the screenshots below taken from Brian and Amanda’s Live YouTube video, these social distancing markers outside the front gates are now gone.
Magic Kingdom also added social distancing markers to the sidewalks along Main Street, U.S.A. last year to help Guests remain socially distanced while watching cavalcades.
These were green dots instead of the long green striped rectangles found throughout the rest of the theme park. An example of these can be seen in the photo taken by ITM below.
Now, as you can see in the screenshots below, these social distancing markers (or dots) have also been removed from the sidewalks of Main Street, U.S.A.
In addition to these social distancing markers being removed at Magic Kingdom, we have also already seen Cast Members begin to remove other social distancing markers from areas in Disney Springs.
Brian and Amanda did note that there were still social distancing markers set up in the middle of Main Street, U.S.A. for Guests to line up for PhotoPass pictures. These are still marked at six feet apart.
One of the biggest social distancing changes so far is that the Disney Skyliner is now loading multiple parties into the gondolas. This is a pretty big change as when Walt Disney World reopened last July, due to the ongoing pandemic, Disney was only seating one party per Skyliner gondola. This was enforced in order to keep Guests safe while traveling throughout Disney property.
At this time the Walt Disney World website states the following when it comes to social distancing:
Temporary adjustments are still in place to promote physical distancing. While we will reduce physical distancing measures for Guests across many areas with a gradual, phased approach, six-feet distancing measures will continue in all dining locations, merchandise stores and in areas where Guests can temporarily remove their masks.
Physical distancing measures may include:
- Signage and Ground Markings: Please follow directional signage and ground markings, which have been installed throughout Walt Disney World Resort to help Guests better navigate common areas while practicing physical distancing.
- Physical Barriers: Physical barriers have been added in select places to help promote proper separation between people, including in queues and on transportation and attractions. Barriers may also be visible, for example, in areas around cash registers or at Guest Relations.
- Party Size: Guests traveling in parties of more than 10 are asked to split into smaller groups in queues, dining locations and other areas around our parks and resorts to better allow for physical distancing.
- Parking: Cashless payment is recommended at the auto plazas.
- Training: Cast Members are trained to engage with Guests and promote physical distancing guidelines in common areas and queues.
For more information on safety protocols at the theme parks, visit the official Walt Disney World website here.
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