Disney World is widely considered the most magical place on Earth – but that isn’t necessarily true during a pandemic.
Since March 2020, the Orlando, Florida, theme park has experienced a 116-day closure, thousands of employee layoffs, temporary shut-downs of staple attractions and restaurants, and more. As a result, both Disney diehards and fans ready for their first visit are left wondering if they should plan a Disney World vacation in 2021.
Unfortunately, the answer is no if you’re hoping to experience a magical, once-in-a-lifetime trip this year.
Disney World isn’t operating as usual during the COVID-19 pandemic
Mickey Mouse ears and character-print clothes have been the wardrobe staples of Disney parkgoers for years. Now, masks are a mandatory part of that dress code.
At the time of writing, Disney World requires all parkgoers and employees – including those who have received COVID-19 vaccines – to wear two-layered face masks in its theme parks. They can only be removed while swimming, or eating and drinking in a stationary spot. Bandanas, neck gaiters, and other non-protective face coverings are also prohibited.
Other new safety measures include limited crowd sizes, required temperature checks, social distancing through place markers and physical barriers, and reduced contact at hotels, gift shops, and dining locations.
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