Walt Disney World has made a number of changes to provide a safer experience for Guests during COVID-19. My family has visited several times since the Parks reopened, and honestly, I’m more comfortable taking my kids to Disney than our local grocery store. Here’s what you can expect.
(Note: This information is based on our experiences and has remained consistent across several visits. Things are constantly changing in general as more is learned about the virus, so there’s a chance different processes or safety measures may be in place during your visit.)
Masks are required at all times for everyone ages 2 and up, except when dining or swimming. You can remove your mask when actively eating and drinking when you are stationary and physically distanced from everyone else. Sitting on a bench away from people enjoying a Dole Whip is okay, but eating or drinking in line is not allowed.
Thinking of taking a younger child on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance? Well, I recently rode multiple times with my five year old, and here’s all you need to know.
While I will try not to include any major spoilers, I will walk through the different parts of the attraction so you know what to expect with a younger one.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance uses a virtual queue system, so you need to have a Boarding Group number to ride. There is no option to ride through FastPass+ or in a standby line. Due to the attraction’s popularity, everyone riding really needs to be inside the park before the official opening time to secure one, as they are limited and go fast… like really, really fast… sometimes within minutes.
Located high above Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, you will find the Astro Orbiter. As someone who grew up going to Disney, this was one of the few rides I had never tried, so I was excited to get to experience it for the first time with my preschooler.
On the Astro Orbiter you fly in a rocket ship in a circle around planets, and you have the ability to move your rocket ship higher or lower. You definitely feel a bit of the whip as you go around, but you are rewarded with incredible views of Cinderella Castle and the rest of the park.
There is no height restriction for this ride, and FastPass+ is not available.
Since Tangierine Cafe in Epcot’s Morocco pavilion in the World Showcase has long been a family favorite counter service stop, I have been wanting to try the country’s table service restaurant, Restaurant Marrakesh, for some time.
Tucked at the very back of the pavilion, Restaurant Marrakesh seems to be one of the most overlooked restaurants at Epcot, but I think it’s also one of the best. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s out of sight or because the food may seem too “exotic” (it’s not!), but it truly is a hidden gem.
Have you ever noticed those old-fashioned vehicles out in the morning on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom? Did you know that you can ride on them?
The Main Street Vehicles usually run from park opening until only 10:15 a.m. and offer one-way rides from Town Square to Cinderella Castle, and vice versa. Vehicles include a horse-drawn trolley (which is also used in the Main Street Trolley Show), a double-decker omnibus, an old-fashioned fire engine and an old-fashioned car. It varies which vehicles are out each day.
Sometimes you feel like you are missing out on parts of your vacation when you are pregnant, but that’s not the case at Walt Disney World. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your vacation when visiting Walt Disney World while pregnant.
Enjoy the rides
Unlike many other theme parks, you can still enjoy the majority of rides while pregnant at Walt Disney World. Still, there are some you should avoid.
Need a break without missing the magic of Disney? Want to rest your feet and get out of the heat? Here is a list of Walt Disney World indoor shows, complete with air conditioning and seating (unless otherwise noted).
Carousel of Progress (Tomorrowland)
Country Bear Jamboree (Frontierland)
Enchanted Tales with Belle (Fantasyland) – FP+ available; standing at the beginning of the attraction
Enchanted Tiki Room (Adventureland)
Hall of Presidents (Liberty Square)
Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Fantasyland) – FP+ available
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (Tomorrowland) – FP+ available
Nestled in the shadow of Cinderella Castle is one of my all-time favorite Walt Disney World dining stops – Sleepy Hollow. Located in Liberty Square, this quick service restaurant features sweet and savory waffle sandwiches, funnel cakes and pretzel dogs. There’s even a Breakfast Egg and Cheese Waffle Sandwich available until noon.
While the Sleepy Hollow menu has a number of sweet treats, like Mickey waffles or funnel cakes topped with powdered sugar or strawberries and whipped cream, my family makes a meal out of the tasty waffle sandwiches.