The Epcot experience will change because of COVID-19.
As you’ve probably already heard, the Epcot Center at Disney World in Orlando has finally reopened and fans from around the world couldn’t be happier. Thousands of families have begun planning their next trip to the park, and many of those will be enjoying an Epcot VIP tour so they can get the most out of the experience.
What exactly is that Epcot experience going to look like in this “new normal” that we currently find ourselves in? Let’s take a look at a few changes that you can expect to see.
Fewer Visitors Allowed at the Park
If you’ve ever been to the Epcot Center in the past, then you’re probably already aware that it’s an extremely popular area of the Disney World theme park. While a large number of attendees are still anticipated, there will definitely be fewer visitors right now. A big reason for this is that Disney will be capping the park’s overall capacity to approximately 25% of what’s normally allowed.
Face Masks and Relaxation Zones
Like all other areas of Disney World, your Epcot experience will include the wearing of face masks. There are two exceptions to this rule. First, if you’re eating or drinking, you don’t have to wear your mask. Just keep in mind that Disney recently filled a loophole in this rule. Walking while eating or drinking is no longer allowed. Secondly, relaxation zones can be found in certain areas of the park where you can remove your mask while remaining 10 feet apart from other visitors.
Late Start for the Food & Wine Festival
Since the International Food & Wine Festival typically takes place in the spring, during which time the park had been closed this year, it had to start later than usual. As of right now, the Epcot experience during the festival should remain relatively the same. Disney may choose to downsize the festival a bit if crowds get out of control, but they appear to be leaving it alone for the time being.
Social Distancing Rules and Stickers
As with the rest of Disney World, you can expect your Epcot experience to include plenty of social distancing while you’re there. You’ll find stickers on the ground separating you from others in areas where you need to stand in line. Plus, there may be Disney Cast Members dressed up as various characters who have been put in charge of gently reminding visitors to social distance by at least six feet.
Improved Cleaning Regimen by Workers
Like the rest of Disney World, the Epcot Center has always prided itself on cleanliness. Although experts aren’t entirely sure how easily the novel coronavirus can be spread through contact with surfaces, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Therefore, the Disney cleaning crew will be working extra diligently, in addition to cast members being assigned to wipe down specific areas at set intervals or after surfaces have been encountered by guests.
Proliferation of Hand Sanitizers
Disney is very aware that visitors to Epcot will want to wash up after touching a surface, but going to the restroom each time probably isn’t the most convenient thing in the world. To make it easier for their guests, Disney will place hand sanitizer stations throughout the entire park, including within the Epcot Center area. This will kill any germs, bacteria, or viruses that have gotten onto your hands.
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