In what is becoming a common trend among popular Disney World attractions, one ride at EPCOT is now getting the plexiglass treatment. What do you think of the barriers?
Plexiglass, plexiglass, and more plexiglass
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 has 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 and Avatar – Flight of Passage are 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.
Over at EPCOT, Frozen Ever After is one of the most popular rides in the park. Up there with Test Track and Soarin’, wait times for Frozen Ever After commonly reach one hour or longer.
The boats can seat quite a few people, but with physical distancing there needs to be some empty rows. In an effort to seat more Guests and keep the wait times down, Disney has installed plexiglass dividers on the ride.
If you have ever been on a Disney ride with these barriers, your experience varies depending on where you are sitting. Guests sitting on the outside usually have a better view than those sitting in the middle of the vehicle.
Sometimes the view can look warped like on Living with the Land. However, the hard plastic dividers seem to be a provide a little better experience.
In other Frozen Ever After news, the ride broke down and had to be evacuated last week. The ride was down for a few hours but opened back up for Guests. You can see full details, photos, and videos HERE.
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