Have you been wondering what Disney is like ?? I’m going to tell you about my recent experience.
We flew out of Philadelphia International Airport for a steal; $89.00 roundtrip with Southwest. What a bargain! Right now they are keeping the middle seat free until November 30, which is really nice. Masks must be worn on the planes and at the airport. We had no issues.
One of the first things you will notice in the MDE app is that room check is in online. All you need to do is press a button, answer a few questions and when you arrive at the resort you will receive a text with your room information. Super convenient and avoids having to stand in line at the check in desk.
At this time, you must make a reservation to get into the parks and you can only visit one park per day. It was nice not having to rush from park to park and to be able to slow down. We really got to enjoy the theming details and the background music you don’t always notice when it’s busier.
Another change to Disney is that they are encouraging mobile ordering whenever possible. Again, another feature MDE app allows you to do. Just order your food and press the button when you are ready to pick it up. Most of the quick service restaurants have this capability now. Unless, you have placed an order, they will not permit you into the dining area. This is to keep the social distancing in place.
The parks in September seemed to be busy, but if you have ever been to Disney, they were not even close to full capacity. Don’t be fooled by what looks like a very long line; people are social distancing. Ride queues had stickers on the ground that were 6ft apart from the guest in from of you and behind. Honestly, it was kind of nice to have some open space! The rides did stop occasionally to be cleaned thoroughly. They did make an announcement as to what was going on.
The parks are requiring temperature checks upon arrival. This is a super easy process that literally took seconds. Masks are required at all times, unless you are sitting/ stationary eating or drinking. There were also relaxation stations throughout the parks where you could sit down and take a break from the mask for a bit, socially distanced of course! Most of us, including myself have been wearing masks for months now so wearing one at Disney was not much different than wearing one in my daily life. (and as a side note, they sell super cute Disney masks in the park)
All in all, Disney has still kept the Magic alive, even in this crazy time. The surprise cavalcades remind me of Disney in the 80’s when the characters roamed the parks freely. Am I dating myself?? haha
It did bring back some very happy nostalgia for me.
It might not be how you are used to Disney, but they are doing an excellent job of maintaining a safe, fun environment for everyone. At no time did I feel that my safety and the safety of cast members were not their #1 priority.
If you are interested in planning a Disney vacation, even if you are not quite sure when you want to travel, give me a call and we can start planning and getting a countdown going.
It’s always fun to have a vacation to look forward to.
Be Well, Friends!