Part of what I do is go to many of the theme parks and area attractions around Orlando. It is well, part of my job, #itsmyjob. Because of this, I get to see first hand how many places handle the ongoing safety protocols and deal with the other powers in play, whether it be area guidelines or just crowd compliance.
Recently, I was out to Legoland, one of my favorite theme parks and was taken back by the fact that face coverings were not required throughout the park. Now, to be clear, guests were required to wear them on the rides and inside indoor areas. I know that I spoke a little strongly on this issue, but I am human and it did make me feel a little uneasy. However, it in no way will keep me from coming back to LEGOLAND in the future and the team members there were super nice and very compliant with the safety protocols that were in place. If you are planning on visiting LEGOLAND here is a link that will give you all the information that you need: https://www.legoland.com/florida/plan-your-visit/before-you-visit/safe-to-play/before-you-arrive.
Universal Orlando is another park that does require face coverings at all times and although they are a little more lax when it comes to people walking around with their masks off, they do try hard to keep guests in compliance with the guidelines and have plenty of hand sanitizing stations throughout the park as well as temperature checks before entering the park. They do not have a reservation system however, and this does tend to allow very large crowds (even though they are at limited capacity) especially on the weekends, and social distancing can sometimes be a challenge. They are in the middle of Mardi Gras celebration as well, and we were there a couple of weeks ago and this was certainly difficult, but I do believe that if you go throughout the week, the crowds are less. For the most part, they are trying their best and it is always best to check their website before you go as things are constantly changing on the safety guideline front. You can go to: https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/plan-your-visit/safety-faqs.
With that being said, I still feel, personally, that Walt Disney World is keeping it strong when it comes to safety protocols and guidelines. Personally, I believe that because Walt Disney World is, well, Walt Disney World, all eyes are on them when it comes to how other parks and even other attraction venues are moving forward through this pandemic. Shout out to the cast members who are always on the look out and always are very friendly and pleasant if they have to remind someone about their face covering. Even yesterday on Main Street U.S.A. I just noticed circular markings put on the sidewalks for social distancing. How I have not seen them before, well, probably because I was reading chat or looking through a camera. But, I was very excited to see them!
Social distancing is always front and center in the parks and I do believe that the calvacades will continue to be in place of the parades, with Disney updating and changing them for the occasions, as we have seen with Halloween and Christmas.
With the announcement of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration to begin in October, we have seen signs that social distancing, face coverings and the Disney park pass reservation system will still be in place well into the celebration, which shows that Disney is going to stay ahead of the game in making sure that guests feel safe and welcome and to hopefully give them confidence in planning their vacation to the Most Magical Place On Earth.
Let me know how you feel in the parks, whether it be Walt Disney World, Universal or wherever. Do you feel safe traveling period? Do you have plans to travel and/or come during the 50th anniversary celebration?
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