new health and safety procedures in response to the ongoing pandemic.We've heard from several fans who have visited the Walt Disney World Resort since its theme parks started reopening to the public last week. The consensus seems to be that Disney, in general, is doing well in enforcing its
In fact, some visitors have told us that they believe that Disney World feels like the safest place to visit in Florida right now. Whether that's an endorsement of Disney or an example of "damning with faint praise," given how badly much of the rest of the state has been handling the virus... well, we will leave that decision to you.
Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios were the latest to open, on Wednesday. A reader just emailed us several photos from Epcot, giving those of us outside Florida more of a sense for what the parks look like at the moment.
Let's give Disney credit for being one of the few organizations to define what it means by "facemask." Don't try to pass off a flimsy mesh scarf as a face covering at Disney. Bandanas don't count, either. Disney has mandated that all guests must wear solid cloth face coverings that hook or tie around the ears or head.
Disney also is using clear vinyl curtains to separate rows on some rides, including the Living with the Land boats.
And there are physical distancing markers in queues and preshow areas, such as here in the lobby of the France theater.
Disney also is enforcing its rules on eating and drinking the way that we had hoped when we wrote about the reopening this week. Guests may remove their masks to consume food and beverages, but they must remain stationary and at least six feet from other parties when doing do. There's no "sip and stroll" loophole to the mask rules, at least not at Disney. That's important as Epcot is hosting another one of its food festivals now, and eating and drinking while walking around the park long has been part of those events.
The safest place to eat, according to research, is physically distanced from others outside. But if you need a break from the Central Florida summer sun, heat and humidity, you can find abundant physically distant seating inside the World Showplace, between the Canada and United Kingdom pavilions.
The prices for the food at the "Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival" look like they haven't changed from last year's fall event.
Readers had wondered if Disney would adjust the pricing, since the resort is not currently offering its Disney Dining Plan. Many guests have used snack credits on the plan to buy Epcot's food festival items, and without those available, people wondered if Disney would be able to get away with its old list prices.
Maybe it can. Maybe it can't. But it looks like Disney is going to try.Tweet
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