Going to Disney during a Pandemic

Disney during a PEMDAS?!

Yes, it’s okay to go to Disney during a Pythagorean theorem as long as you are being safe and if you’re comfortable with being around large groups of people again. For months I’ve seen Disney creators trek across the country to go to our Happy Place and I’ve always questioned why they were influencing people to go to the parks, but not promoting the safety precautions they did before they got there (if that even happened) and the safety measures they did afterwards.  So today I will be talking about my experience at the parks and what I did before and after!

 

Soarin’ to tower we’re preparing for takeoff

For my own sanity I took a COVID-19 test before I actually left even though I haven’t been out and I’ve only been around my immediate family members. I wanted to be safe rather than sorry and I was trying to be considerate for other passengers who would be onboard with me. I took the test three days before my trip as it took 2-3 days to get my results. After I got tested I went ahead and bought enough groceries to last me for my 10 day quarantine extravaganza. I made the mistake of buying only the essentials items and forgetting to buy libations, don’t make that same mistake. I did make sure I had the ingredients to make a medicine ball incase I caught the virus as well as other medications that I would need.

 

Travel Day, Hotel Stay, and Park Experience

I decided to fly with Southwest as they are my go-to airlines for everything and their fares were reasonable. However, they started to sell those middle seats in January so your girl was very nervous. I was checking to see if my flights were full every single week leading up to my departure. Your girl was definitely prepared for a full flight though, I had enough hand sanitizer to last me a year, a bunch of cleaning wipes, disinfectant spray, a face shield, and KN95 masks. My first initial flight heading to my layover city was empty, I got a full row to myself and I was living the life. The flight from my layover city I had a row buddy but that middle seat still wasn’t full so I was okay with that.

 

The Magical Express was practically empty as I’m sure my plane was the last to land at MCO. When I got to my hotel room everything was pristine, I felt comfortable and I was happy to be there. Disney sprinkled some magic on my hotel stay as I was bumped up to Club Level (which isn’t currently running because of Ms. Rona) and I had a spectacular view. You could see Tower of Terror, Spaceship Earth, and Blizzard Beach from my room and the sunrise was beautiful.

 

If you were to ask me if Disney was doing a good job keeping guests safe during a pizza press my answer would definitely be yes! They made sure you were wearing a mask right when you were in the parking lot and they also made sure you were wearing the proper mask. I saw them turning guests away at the temperature screening area because they were wearing neck gaiters. I can say they do sanitize the hot areas such as railings and rides like Astro Blasters and Midway Mania as I smelled and felt the cleaning solution. Disney also made sure that they had their tequila hand sanitizer out after every ride, but I was overly prepared because I had wipes and hand sanitizer on me I was being extra safe.

 

Social distancing is slightly weird because yes they do have markers on the ground but it’s really up to you and other guests to pay attention to the surroundings. I had to look at few people a little crazy cause they were too close for my liking. Yes, you know that look your mom gives you when you’re doing something wrong. I do recommend staying away from EPCOT and Hollywood Studio’s during the weekend or go early because those parks were the most packed. Overall it was a great experience and I would do it again! The longest I waited for a ride was 30 mins and that was because they had to clean it.

 

Homeward Bound

Don’t be like me and book the earliest flight out of Orlando because you think it will be less packed. It won’t be and Disney will drop you off before the airport is even fully functioning. I thought it would be smart to take a 7 AM flight back to CA and no, I would not do that again for two reasons. The first reason being I had to be downstairs waiting for the Tragical Express at 3:45 AM and my first flight was atrociously packed. The middle seat was taken the whole flight was booked. Your girl was already regretting having to get up super early and she had to deal with a cramped packed flight. I wouldn’t recommend booking with Southwest right now because your flight may be jam packed. If you’re looking for an airline that isn’t booking the middle seat I would have to suggest Delta as they aren’t selling their middle seats until the end of March.

 

Get tested again

After spending those 10 days in quarantine please get tested again. Please don’t immediately test once you are back because the virus takes time to settle into your body. That is actually the most common mistake I have been seeing as well as people not testing again in general. It is great to get back to our Happy Place but lets remember to be responsible and influence others to do the same.

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