So, Disney Springs has been on your mind. My family and I had a chance to visit this past Summer. While we had a great time, some things have changed. Disney is doing an exceptional job at keeping their guest and employees safe. We can help by being prepared when we visit.
Before we start, I must disclose that I am not a healthcare professional. These are merely my opinions based on my personal experience & research.
By visiting Disney Springs, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Help keep each other healthy.
Please review any advisories or restrictions in place for travel to Florida, and do not travel or enter Walt Disney World Resort or Disney Springs unless you are free of any COVID-19 symptoms and otherwise comply with the requirements of such advisories and restrictions. Please visit the CDC website for more information about traveling during a pandemic.
Per the Disney website, there a 6 keys things you should be aware of when visiting Disney Springs during a pandemic.
- Limited parking and reduced entrances
- Temperature screenings before entry
- Face coverings required for Guests ages 2 and up
- Physical distancing practices including physically-distanced queues and physical barriers
- Temporary operation modifications, including reduced hours at select locations and no scheduled entertainment offerings or high-touch interactive areas
- An increased focus on disinfecting and sanitation, including the addition of hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer in key areas.
Before you arrive:
Disney Springs is a big place and you should at least arrive a hour before any scheduled show, event, or reservation. Message boards along Buena Vista Drive will allow you to see when garages and surface lots are full. Due to limited space, Disney may need to pause parking and pedestrian entry. Parking may be available more during the early hours on the weekdays. Parking lots often fill up on weekends ( including Friday), evenings and holidays.
We parked in the Lime parking deck. Orange is the only other garage available for cars to park. We were greeted by a Disney Spring employee that took our temperatures. Anyone that has a temperature of 100.4 F or above will have to go to an additional location for rescreening. Those with temperatures 100.4 F or above will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed to enter.
During this phase of opening, Disney Springs is enforcing face coverings for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. You must bring your own face mask and wear it at all times. You can remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you must be stationary and remain 6 feet from anyone not in your party. Neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves, mesh material, or holes of any kind are not allowed.
Face coverings may have an integrated transparent plastic panel help in viewing the wearer’s mouth. These face coverings must:
- Be a fabric face-covering featuring a solid plastic panel containing no openings that are attached to the fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching
- Meet all face-covering requirements listed above
To enter Disney Springs, the face mask must be:
- made of a two-layer breathable material
- fully cover the mouth and nose at all times
- secured under the chin
- secured closely but comfortably to the side of the face
- must be tied or looped behind ears, allowing guest to be handsfree
During this phase of opening, Disney Springs is asking all guests to use cashless transactions when possible. Debit cards, credit cards, Disney gift cards, etc are all great options. You can also opt for contactless payment options, such as mobile wallets, or use cash to purchase a Disney Gift Card.
At this time, Disney Springs is asking parties of 10 to split into smaller groups in queues, dining locations, and other areas to allow for physical distancing.
We had a great dinner at The Boat House. They have indoor and outdoor dining. We choose to eat on the deck. We wore our masks while we were inside and removed them when we were seated. The Boat House made sure to wipe down our seats and table very well. Our table was 6 feet away from the next party. It was so relaxing to have dinner and watch the sunset. I even sipped on this nice drink!
So, there you have it. Some things have changed, but with some planning you'll be on your way to a great Disney Springs visit.
Happy and Safe Travels,
The Lupie Traveler