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Your Disney Pandemic Survival Guide

Disney World itself was already pretty unsanitary before the pandemic, so the new sanitation policies are a blessing in disguise. When I visited Disney in October, I was very pleasantly surprised to see most people using the hand sanitizer stations, wearing their masks properly, and social distancing. Still, you can never be too safe, so I’ve put together the ultimate essentials list for visiting Disney during the pandemic:

The Disney App

Many locations in the parks now only accept food orders via the mobile app. Make sure you download the app before your trip and have a general idea of when and where you want to eat so it doesn’t get too late- no one wants to get hangry halfway through the day!

No More Than Four People

All of the attractions at Disney limit sections to four people. This means if you’re coming as a group of five, you’ll be split up and possibly separated by a whole row of seats. 

Portable Phone Charger

You can now only enter the parks by reservation, so they’ve stopped providing fast passes. The social distance requirements inside attractions has made wait times longer, so having a portable phone charger handy will get you through standing in line. 

An Extra Mask

Like I said before, we all know how much it rains in Florida, and there’s nothing worse than drowning in your mask. Bring an extra mask so if it rains you can head indoors and replace the soaked one-. I learned this one the hard way! 

An Umbrella

It’s always good to bring an umbrella with Florida’s unpredictable weather, but it’s become imperative during the pandemic. When it rains at Disney, everyone huddles under the closest cover, social distancing going out the window. If you want to maintain that six-foot distance, remember an umbrella or prepare to get soaked!

Hand Sanitizer

While there are many places to get hand sanitizer throughout the park, be warned- it’s the type that smells like pure alcohol. If you’re like me and are sensitive to the harsh smell then you should plan on bringing one of Bath and Body Works’ fun-scented mini sanitizers for the day. 


I recommend applying plenty of SPF to your face before you get to the parks to avoid a mask-shaped burn. Make sure to reapply it throughout the day if you’re prone to sunburns so you don’t end up looking like Neapolitan ice cream!




Kismet Kohn is an 18 year old psychology major at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She is passionate about photography, writing, and travel. Kismet was on her high school's yearbook staff as a photographer and worked as the editor of the Literary Magazine.
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