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Visiting Walt Disney World During COVID-19

Masks – and low crowds – in the Magic Kingdom

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.)

General Safety

Masks

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.

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Attraction Reaction: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

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.

The Basics

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.

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Parents Guide to Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is a fully immersive experience and fun for the whole family.

As you set out to explore this new land, here’s everything you need to know, from kid-focused ride, food and shopping reviews to where to find changing tables, stroller parking and interactive activities.

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Attraction Reaction: Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage is the new headliner attraction at Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. ¬†On this 3D screen- and motion-based ride, you are connected to your own avatar and fly on the back of a mountain banshee through the diverse environments of Pandora.

Avatar Flight of Passage

While this ride features a screen like Soarin’, the motions are a little more on par with Star Tours (though not as jarring or abrupt). ¬†However, the synchronization and fluidity between the screen and motion of your seat is flawless, and the ride also incorporates wind and smells to create a truly magical and immersive experience. It really does feel like you are flying on the back of a banshee through Pandora.

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Walt Disney World Rider Swap Explained

Walt Disney World offers an incredible number of rides and attractions for kids of any height (including infants), but there are still a handful of rides in each of the four theme parks with height restrictions.

If you are traveling with small children, you might automatically rule those rides out – but you don’t need to because Walt Disney World offers a great solution called rider swap or child swap.

So what is rider swap, and how does it work?

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