Disney World recently announced their phased re-opening of the parks beginning July 11th, and a few resorts will open earlier, on June 22. But what are they doing to keep you safe while staying on property? Here are the new resort procedures at Disney World following their re-opening.
- Online Check-In highly encouraged
- Physical distancing in public spaces
- Enhanced cleaning in high-traffic areas
- Detailed list of in-room items cleaned and sanitized
- Physical distancing at dining and recreation areas
Disney has offered Online Check-In and Direct-To-Room service for a while now, but now they’re urging all guests capable of using this service to do so. For a little more information on how these services work, check out Disney’s FAQ page on the subject!
However, for those who are unable to use Online Check-In or have specific questions for a Cast Member, Disney is implementing physical distancing in public areas. Expect marked places to stand while waiting in line for the front desk.
Cleaning & Sanitizing
As a part of the new resort procedures at Disney, new cleaning and sanitizing protocols have been put into place.
Lobbies and other high-traffic areas of the resorts will be cleaned at regular, increased intervals. And, to help guests do their part, hand sanitizer locations have been placed around the resorts.
Inside The Rooms
As always, many locations offer limited-contact entry via Magic Band. You’ll still have to touch the door handle, but that entry via band will help cut down on your contact!
Plus, Disney is doing pre-arrival room cleaning and disinfecting, especially focusing on high-touch objects like door handles, phones, and light switches. So your door handle will be freshly sanitized before you have to lay a hand on it!
Here’s a quick run-down of all the objects Disney owned and operated hotels will target during their pre-arrival room cleaning:
- All door handles, pulls, and knobs (dressers, doors, drapes, furniture)
- Light switches and controls (lamps and other light controls included)
- Closet amenities (safe, iron, ironing board)
- Beverage area (coffee maker, if applicable, wrapped cups, any items surrounding beverage area)
- Thermostat and electrical controls
- All bedding, including linens and blankets
- Hard surfaces & flooring (tables, other surfaces)
- Shower and tub
- Toilet surfaces
- All hard surfaces
- Hair dryer
- Wrapped Cups
- Electronic devices (TV, entertainment system, remote, phone)
Some high-touch amenities, such as remotes, will be disinfected and wrapped.
Around The Resorts
At dining locations and recreation areas around Disney resorts, guests can expect to see a few changes to account for physical distancing.
Some restaurants will close off tables to ensure safety for both the Cast Members and guests.
Restaurant and recreation options will vary based on location, and some may not be available due to inability to properly distance.
Contactless payment options via Magic Band will be available, and encouraged, where applicable.
Do Your Part!
And of course, the most important thing you can do to stay safe is to be mindful of your surroundings and continue practicing health and safety measures.
- Respect and maintain physical distance outside your group
- Wash your hands with soap and water
- Stay home if you or a member of your group has been ill
- Respect quarantine and travel restrictions in your area
These new resort procedures at Disney World were implemented with guest and Cast Member safety as the priority. Though some things will look a little different in the coming months, Disney will always remain the place we know and love!
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