Disneyland is cautiously prepping for a grand reopening, with restrictions. Everyone over the age of two will have to wear a mask. The cast members (AKA the crew) have a rotation to regularly sanitize surfaces. The number of guests admitted will be limited, so everyone will be required to make a reservation and the staff will be testing guests for a fever before they can enter the park. Basically, it comes down to this: when COVID-19 has dwindled down and the powers that be at Disneyland think it’s safe to reopen, they will. But they’re being careful, which is encouraging.
Here’s what we can do.
If you and the kids have been waiting, waiting, and waiting until it’s safe to go back to the Happiest Place on Earth, make it an event! Especially if you’re scheduling your vacation during the resort’s early days of reopening, with masks and hand sanitizer galore. Plan now to do what you can to make your Disney adventure exceptional. First of all, bring plenty of masks so you can replace them as they get soiled and sweaty. Explain to your children ahead of time what it will be like to wear a mask all day, and then practice at home to help better meet their expectations. But don’t use just any face mask for your trip to the Magic Kingdom – buy special Disney Face masks! Present the masks with some fanfare and ramp up the anticipation by reserving them for your trip.
You can also prepare for your visit to Disneyland, and make it less COVID-centric, by planning what the kids are going to wear. Presley Couture has an army of unique mouse ears all geared towards the kids in your life. And check out their reasonably priced princess dresses while you’re there!
For little fans who are more galaxy-inspired, their outfits can go full Star Wars. I wouldn’t recommend bringing lightsabers, because someone’s getting whacked if you make that mistake (there’s a reason people buy them on the way out of the park). But you can still show up ready to have the Force with you. There are also Pixar options if your family leans towards that side of the fandom. So many choices!
It will probably be a while before Disney goes back to the epic crowds we know from the past. Bring your masks and keep up on the latest guidelines. Explain social distancing to your kids, keeping the information geared towards their age group. There are lots of YouTube videos, such as this one, that explain the virus and how to keep safe. Even if you disagree with Disney’s restrictions, obey the rules so other families feel safe in the park and you can all have a pleasant experience. The last thing you want is for your kids to see you arguing with Disney cast members or, even worse, being asked to leave.
If we all work together, we can get through this difficult time and still have memorable experiences with our families. Be safe and have fun!