Disney is adding plexiglass to several popular rides in an effort to increase capacity. See the attraction that joins the list. Do plexiglass dividers make you feel safer?
Attraction dividers were first introduced at Disney World’s reopening in July. Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom employed the use of plastic dividers in between each row on the ride vehicle. Additionally, the monorail also had blue canvas-type dividers between each car. Shortly after, Living with the Land at EPCOT did the same.
Most recently, we have seen Rise of the Resistance and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway implement some type of divider on ride vehicles. The logic behind these dividers means Disney can load more Guests onto the ride, thus lowering wait times. It also means they are able to maintain some level of precautions as physical distancing is still implemented in the parks.
Some attractions are not using dividers at all. Most recently, both Rock’n’Rollercoaster and Slinky Dog Dash stopped seating every other row without any type of divider. Over at Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest is doing the same.
While Disney is not being consistent in how they handle social distancing on rides, another attraction has joined the list of rides with dividers.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
The other ride in Galaxy’s Edge, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, is reportedly testing plexiglass in the ride vehicle.
Up until this point, only one party is loaded onto each ride to join the mission. There are three roles for each flight: pilot, engineer, or gunner. With limited loading, it’s possible not every role will be filled.
Since this is in the testing phase, the dividers may not become normal practice for this ride.
This is one of the most popular rides at Hollywood Studios so it makes sense that they would introduce some way to increase capacity while keeping it safe. In my opinion, the ride is jerky enough as it is. I cannot imagine adding the blurry dividers on top of that. This is one ride I will skip for a while.
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