How Disneyland is Taking O’Micron Precautions

I’ve been writing about the COVID-19 precautions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for so long that I often forget that people are still going to Anaheim theme parks for the first time since the pandemic shut down and wondering what to expect.

I decided to cover all my COVID-19 health and safety tips and advice in one concise package that’s everything you need to know about visiting Disneyland right now because Omicron Editions coronavirus cases and causes hospitalization.

I received an email the other day from a father who wanted to know if Disneyland had updated its mask policy to reflect the record number of COVID-19 cases and the high rate of transmission with the Omicron version. The family was planning a trip to Disneyland with their young children who are not yet vaccinated and wanted to make sure they were safe.

I also got a call from a woman with multiple medical issues who have compromised her immune system, who had just returned from Disneyland and described what she described as the park’s lax COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Here’s what I told them and what I would say to anyone who asks.

The first thing I’ll say is that you don’t have to go to Disneyland just yet – no matter how much you want or your kids begging you to. If you are not ready then stay at home. Disneyland has been around for 67 years and almost certainly will be for the next 67 years. The pandemic will eventually end and you can visit Disneyland when health officials give the all-clear.

Is Disneyland going to change its mask policy?

Maybe not. Don’t expect Disneyland to update its mask policy or other COVID-19 health and safety protocols unless health officials require theme parks to do so.

Disneyland follows guidelines set by California and Orange County health officials — and those guidelines haven’t changed dramatically over the past few weeks as cases related to Omicron have increased. If state or county COVID-19 protocols change, Disneyland will adapt and align the park’s policies as mandated by local health officials.

Disneyland requires masks in rides and stores indoors, but not outside – which is the majority of the park. Masks are also required on enclosed buses, monorail and transport vehicles. Disneyland staff politely and consistently reminds visitors to wear their masks while staying indoors.

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According to Disneyland officials, the number 1 priority since beginning the phased reopening of Disneyland Resort has been the health and safety of the cast and guests. Disneyland has implemented a multi-pronged approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, following guidance from government health agencies and recommendations from Disney’s team of health and safety experts, according to Disneyland officials.

Disneyland is no longer required to enforce social distancing on rides, in queues or during shows. Those requirements went away in June when California dropped most COVID-19 health and safety protocols and the state’s economy reopened after a year-long pandemic lockdown.

Disneyland recommends that unvaccinated visitors wear masks at all times in parks, but does not require proof of vaccination or actively enforce any mask requirements for unvaccinated visitors.

Most Disneyland employees still wear masks – but they are no longer required in all situations, especially in outdoor settings. Some Disneyland employees are double masking to protect themselves from exposure to COVID-19.

What should you do if you’re visiting Disneyland despite your continuing concerns about COVID-19?

Disneyland is a sprawling venue with over 100 acres of open space and DCA is almost as big. It is possible to avoid excessive gatherings even in such crowded places. But at some point you’re going to meet people at Disneyland and DCA if you think you’re going to do everything you used to do before the pandemic.

My best advice: Follow the recommendations given by health officials during the pandemic. Get vaccinated Wear a mask Maintain social distancing. Avoid high-touch surfaces. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.

Disneyland was able to accommodate visitors in May and June under lower capacity limits and stricter COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The tools and strategies that were used then are still available to you if you make a diligent effort to follow them.

Many visitors wear masks at all times in parks, but this is certainly not a universal practice. No one can stop you from wearing a mask all day at Disneyland and DCA. If you’ve never worn a mask for 16 hours straight, you might be surprised how quickly you forget it. On the other hand it can also drive you crazy. Either way, make sure you know what a fully masked day at the park will be like for you and your family before you head to the front gate.

It’s harder to enforce social distancing at Disneyland now as crowds have risen again over the past eight months – but not impossible. You don’t need to be in the front row to see the parade or join the crowd on Main Street USA to see the fireworks. Try to catch a parade or fireworks from a less crowded place. You will find that you enjoy the new perspective.

Choose rides and attractions with little or no wait times to avoid long and crowded queues. Leave space between you and the party in the queue if you definitely want to ride the more popular attractions.

Maintaining social distance in switchback queues will be difficult, if not impossible, with visitors behind you and on both sides of you. If the line seems too long or crowded, wait until the next time. Space Mountain isn’t going anywhere—and skipping the indoor coaster this time will give you something to look forward to on your return journey.

Choose outdoor rides that provide more air circulation. If you must ride indoors, choose one that offers different cars for you or your family – like Haunted Mansion or Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

You will not be able to do everything like you did before the pandemic. Stay away from the indoor rides that jam together the ones like Star Tours, Indiana Jones Adventure and It’s a Small World.

You’re probably not going to ride Rise of the Resistance on this trip—unless you want to wait in line for two hours along with a few thousand other people. Trust me, the popular new Star Wars ride will be there the next time you visit. But if you absolutely must ride the Rise, pay $20 to skip the line. It will be worth the peace of mind.

It will also be a trip to test out Disneyland’s new Genie+ line-cutting service. This will set you back $20 per person – but you’ll cut down on wait times and avoid crowded queues.

Disneyland still maintains a physical distance of 6 feet between visitors and characters they meet. The pandemic policy has indeed been a boon to visitors, who now get more of a chance to take selfies with Mickey, Princess Tiana or Captain America. Keep an eye on characters in socially distant places.

The ubiquitous plexiglass dividers were largely removed from ride vehicles and attraction queues after Disneyland first reopened, but they can still be found at many places of sale in restaurants and shops. Oga’s Cantina features plexiglass dividers that separate the individual booths into two separate seating areas for different parties.

Mobile order your food and dine in a less busy area of ​​the park, which isn’t surrounded by lots of tables and diners. Disneyland offers a long list of hand-held foods designed to be eaten while standing or walking. My Favorite: The Corndog and the Ronto Rap. I feel hungry just thinking about them.

There are still plenty of hand sanitizing stations throughout the park, but nowhere near the numbers seen when Disneyland first reopened in late April. Wash or sanitize your hands after getting off each ride. And try not to touch your eyes, mouth, nose or face.

Disneyland employees may be seen regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces after the parks reopen, but that’s no longer the case. Bring disinfectant wipes with you or ride hand-holds to clean any tables you might be tempted to touch. Do not know how many people have kept that astro blaster with them.