Skip to main content

Photo Tour: Magic Kingdom with Social Distancing


Have you been wondering what's different since the 2020 reopening of Disney's Magic Kingdom? Today let's take a photo tour through the park and see what's changed. 

New Castle Colors
First, let's talk about that iconic castle pic that everyone takes.  No, you may not take your mask off for it. Yes, a Cast Member will see you and discipline you. No, your photos won't be ruined!  Make sure you like your mask and snap away :) I wore a Mickey snack mask to match my outfit on this particular day. 

Next let's talk about the crowds.  We were there on a Sunday but still didn't really feel that it was too crowded at any point.  It was a little rainy in the morning and there was a pretty significant afternoon downpour, so that could have kept some of the crowds away, but still, we were able to accomplish so much! Seven Dwarfs Mine Train did have a bit of a line throughout the day, but we only ended up waiting about 25-30 minutes for it. Everything else was about 15 minutes or less (and a lot of walk right ons!) We rode Space Mountain twice in a row and Splash Mountain three times in an hour! 

Tip: Check wait times on the My Disney Experience App throughout the day if you are looking for the big rides, we noticed them ebb and flow quite a bit.  
Main Street USA
Tomorrowland
New Fantastyland
Liberty Square
There were lots of great safety measures in place throughout the park, from plenty of reminder signs, to one-way directions in stores, and of course social distancing in lines and on rides.  
You can see the spacing of parties
Every other row and groups of seats blocked off
Directional arrows for stores
Distance Markers for Lines
Parties wait on green dots for distance 
Safety Info
Dividers on Jungle Cruise boats
One of my favorite things about the changes is actually the random character encounters.  There's no lines to wait in, and it's just a bit magical to see a float with your favorites coming around a corner. There were even some dancers accompanying the Fab Five through Liberty Square! Anastasia and Drizella were hanging out at the castle reminding us how long it had been since Cinderella last cleaned. They were my favorite character interaction of the day and great to stop for a laugh! 

Tip: We could usually hear the music before we could see the characters, so keep an ear out for the music changes!
 
For when you need a little break from your mask, there are Relaxation Stations set up throughout the park where you can sit with your party, take your mask off, and take a breather.  You don't have to be eating or drinking to take off your mask in these areas, but you do still need to be stationary.
The food options are a bit more limited than you may be used to, but there are still plenty of great places to choose from.  We love Pinocchio Village Haus for a Quick Service and Liberty Tree Tavern for a Table Service meal. 
While things might look different in the parks, the rides are still just as magical as ever. 
 
 
Queue Play Areas are currently closed
As always, there is lots of great merchandise to be found in the parks.  Most shops weren't crowded, but as typical the Emporium did see a bit of an influx of people at the end of the day.  Make sure you find the correct entrance door for the bigger shops, and don't be surprised if a Cast Member holds you outside on a busier day until someone leaves to ensure there's plenty of space for everyone inside. 
Here are just a few more pictures to round out our photo tour through Magic Kingdom.
What questions do you have about Magic Kingdom since reopening? Have you been and have more tips to share? Let us know in the comments!



Maci Schau
Maci is an avid foodie and loves trying out new restaurants and seasonal food offerings in the parks.  You can email Maci at maci@kingdomkonsultant.com.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

5 Ways To Get Psyched For Your Disney Trip!

Hey-Howdy-Hey, Disney Guys and Gals!      Is anyone familiar with Barney Stinson's "Get Psyched" Mix? Anyone? How I Met your Mother Fans? Ok, great! So you totally get where I'm going with this! If you have no idea what I am talking about, you can watch a clip  HERE!  Basically, the theory is that no matter what's going on in your life, you can get yourself psyched up and ready for something awesome to happen, all by listening to the right piece of music. Playing off of that theory, I feel that one of the very best things about a Disney trip is actually  preparing  for it, or getting psyched! You can have a whole bunch of crappy stuff happening in your life at the time, but if you have a Disney trip on the horizon... even if it's 564 days away, you have something to look forward to and enjoy preparing yourself for. In fact, many Disney fans, (myself included), pretty much get from one day to the next by preparing for upcoming trips. You may even book a ne

Royal Caribbean - Taste of Sabor Experience

I recently sailed on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Liberty of the Seas for my Honeymoon.  The trip itself was quite amazing, but we had a special dinner at Sabor that wasn't on any pre-planning options.  While at dinner at the Chef's Table earlier in our cruise, a nice gentleman from Sabor came by and told us about a similar experience they were trying out at that restaurant.  Of course we decided we had to give it a try! We got the menu to look over and our host for the night came to greet us and go through what to expect etc. This was a new thing they were trying, so we didn't really know much about it going in other than "if you liked the Chef Table, come try this!" He was wonderful, and we had a great time with him. We were at a big table off to the side as you went in (our whole Chef's Table party decided to go for this, so we were old friends at this point!) The table was semi-private, but still somewhat part of the normal dining area so we could pee

Topolino's Terrace Breakfast Review

Breakfast at Topolino's has been getting quite the hype since it opened, so I was thrilled when I snagged a reservation with my fellow Agent Maci on our trip to celebrate Magic Kingdom's 50th birthday. This restaurant is located on the 10th floor of Disney's Riviera Resort, the newest to open on Walt Disney World property. The d├ęcor is modern and bright, with floor to ceiling windows and a balcony to continue to take in the views right outside. Breakfast is a character dining experience, with Mickey and friends being dressed in their artsy best! Park attire is welcome, but you could just as easily get a little fancy and feel comfortable. We were told it would be about 10 minutes so we went to the bar where I ordered a Bellini and Maci got a Mimosa, light on the OJ! The excellent bartender barely had time to make our drinks before our table was ready. We were quickly greeted by our server Chris from Orlando and we're pretty sure we found the OG! For