2020 has been a stressful year. With everything else going on in your life, you don’t need to be worrying about whether or not you should visit Walt Disney World during the Covid-19 pandemic. My family and I recently took a trip to WDW, so I’m here to help you breakdown the pros and cons of visiting Walt Disney World in the coming months.
Entertainment at WDW is currently limited and we don’t have an expected return date. This means no fireworks, parades, or character meet and greets. Character cavalcades are occurring, but if this is a once in a lifetime visit, you may want to wait to visit until these Disney staples return.
A trip to the Disney parks right now will get you some pretty awesome pictures. With social distancing in place, you will be able to get pictures at your favorite landmarks with fewer people in the background. This applies to ride photos too! Since ride vehicles are socially distanced you are more likely to get a photo including your party only! It is required that you keep your masks on during all photos.
A lot of locations and services at WDW remain closed. This includes Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, the Harmony Barber Shop, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Trials of the Temple: Jedi Training Academy, Turtle Talk with Crush, and many restaurants. If these are on your must-do list, you should wait to visit.
Pro: Wait Times
Let’s start this one off by saying lines are not so short that you can walk on to the rides. This occurred for the first few weeks the parks were open, but that time has come and gone. However, lines are shorter than usual. Don’t let long posted wait times frighten you away, these are often inflated as Disney struggles to get accurate estimates amid social distancing.
A trip to WDW is not cheap. Many people were shocked when WDW reopened with reduced offerings but did not reduce ticket prices. Park tickets are no less expensive than they were before, even though events like fireworks and parades are currently not operating. A trip to the parks will still cost you about $100 per person per day.
Yes, money is a pro and a con because it depends on what you need to spend it on. Disney is constantly offering great deals on rooms and airline tickets remain low. Maybe you are an Annual Passholder and don’t need to buy tickets or a local and don’t need lodging. Whatever your situation, there are some deals out there.
Covid-19 cases in the U.S. continue to rise every day. The Center for Disease Control states “Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.” If you decide to travel there are many resources available from the CDC. Please do not travel if you are ill or have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days. While Disney is doing everything they can, the best way to ensure you do not contact or spread Covid-19 is to stay home.
Pro: Escape the real world
2020 has been a crazy year, to say the least. A trip to Walt Disney World is a great way for you and your family (as long as you’re all healthy) to escape and enjoy the magic. WDW is a place of happiness and joy where you can turn off the stress of daily life and step into the magic!
The choice to visit WDW right now is a personal one. Wherever you decide, make sure you are doing what’s best for you and your family!
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