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New Physical Distancing Changes for Disney World Dining and Merchandise Locations

New Physical Distancing Changes for Disney World Dining and Merchandise Locations
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Physical distancing continues to be limited or removed from Disney World. Check out the latest changes to help you prepare for your time in the parks.

Physical Distancing

While we may not be hearing “please fill in all available space” any time soon, Disney World is certainly not discouraging it. Ever since a study revealed that 6 feet of physical distance can be reduced down to 3 feet, Disney has been acting on its gradual, phased approach to removing markers.

Not only that, but they have also begun loading more Guests per ride vehicle in an effort to increase capacity.

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We first began to see it on many of the popular attractions like Tower of Terror and Splash Mountain. Disney also increased capacity on the Skyliner and removed markers from the ferryboats.

Next, the Monorail and Magic Kingdom entrance removed any signs of distancing. Following that, came from the removal of signs on outdoor dining tables. All of these changes allow Disney to squeeze in more Guests as we enter the busy summer months. Disney just increased capacity paving the way for many green days on the park pass calendar.

Dining and Merchandise Locations

pinocchio village house dining view

The old physical distancing policy read “Temporary adjustments are still in place to promote physical distaning. While we will reduce physical distancing measures for Guests across many areas with a graadual, phased apprach, six-feet distancing measures will continue in all dining locations, merchandise stores and in areas where Guests can temporarily remove their masks.”

The new policy reads:

Adjustments are still in place to promote physical distancing for Guests. These measures will be reduced in a gradual, phased approach. 

Physical distancing measures may include:

  • Signage and Ground Markings: Please follow directional signage and ground markings, which have been installed throughout Walt Disney World Resort to help Guests better navigate common areas while practicing physical distancing.
  • Physical Barriers: Physical barriers have been added in select places to help promote proper separation between people, including in queues and on transportation and attractions. Barriers may also be visible, for example, in areas around cash registers or at Guest Relations.
  • Party Size: Guests traveling in parties of more than 10 are asked to split into smaller groups in queues, dining locations and other areas around our parks and resorts to better allow for physical distancing.
  • Parking: Cashless payment is recommended at the auto plazas.
  • Training: Cast Members are trained to engage with Guests and promote physical distancing guidelines in common areas and queues.

Implications for this change

As you can see, there is no mention of 6 feet distancing or specific locations where it is still required. Now, Guests are just instructed to be aware of their surroundings and follow any instructions. The website does still note that large parties will still be asked to split up in various areas of the parks and resorts.

Hopefully, since there are no longer physical distancing requirements in dining locations, more indoor restaurants may be able to increase capacity. Many tables are blocked off to limit capacity, and not as many Guests can dine at these locations.

We may see more dining availability pop up that wasn’t there previously.

It is also interesting they still note the signage and ground markings. Most of those are now gone meaning Guests are on their own to determine how far apart they should be from others.

I think the plexiglass barriers will likely be in place for a while just because it’s so easy to leave up and doesn’t really affect how many Guests can be in an area.

What do you think of these changes? Let us know in the comments!


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  1. Not everyone has a phone that has the capacity to have a mobile ap to order food.
    Some less expensive or older phones simply cannot upload Aps.
    Many senior citizens only have basic cell phones
    And are technologically challenged.
    As a matter of fact we had to leave the Magic Kingdom early as a result of this new policy in order to find food to eat. There were no quick service anywhere to accomodate us. And the best Customer Relations could do is give us a complimentary voucher for a snack from one of the retail stores. And being a Diabetic no snacks without sugar were available. The best we could do is get a caramal apple..my husband ate the caramel and I ate the apple then we left totally disappointed…about 2pm…found a restaurant off site and drove home. We had reservations for my Birthday May 22 that we did not use because of the food issue of our previous visit. If it wasn’t for the fact that I am a stock holder I would never return to Disney…but being a a stockholder will try one more time in the fall when it is cooler.

    • FYI, there’s always a CM out front of every restaurant to assist with these type situations. Just inform the CM that you don’t have an adequate mobile device and they will direct you to a CM to place an order.

  2. I don’t see how they can say it’s ok to stick you Ina skylines with other guest, where you are supposed to wear a mask, and that if it were to break you could be stuck with them for hours. Yet still say it’s not safe to have fireworks

  3. Hopefully common sense will be in place. Unfortunately no matter what you do some people have to stretch and test the rules. Safety should be priority ONE.

    • I think mobile ordering is here to stay. You can certainly ask a Cast Member for assistance and they might direct you to the cash register to order.

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