Should I Cancel My Disney Trip? Three Simple Strategies to Help You Decide
With all the changes due to pandemic social distancing, you might be asking yourself, ‘Should I cancel my Disney trip?’ These three simple strategies can help you decide what to do.
You planned your perfect Disney vacation and then the unexpected happened: a global pandemic. Now you are left with the question, “Should I cancel my Disney trip?” Here are three simple strategies to help you make your decision.
Familiarize Yourself With the Changes at Disney
If you haven’t looked at the Disney website yet, do that now. There is a helpful video on the Disney experience updates page. To summarize the upcoming changes, guests will make reservations for the park they want to visit. This means no park hopping. Guests will also be required to undergo a temperature screening and wear a mask while in the park. In addition to the safety precautions, parades, character meet and greets, shows and fireworks may be limited or canceled entirely.
Ask yourself (and your kids) what you were looking forward to the most?
If your kids are like mine, they will be devastated when they realize they won’t be able to give Mickey a hug and Pluto a high five. My daughter was really excited to visit Bippity Boppity Boutique during our next trip, but that won’t be happening for the foreseeable future.
I personally love the rides. With the parks being at a limited capacity, you may get to ride more of them, which is a definite plus. It also might be really nice to enjoy the parks with less crowds, even without full-blown parades and fireworks.
Take a Walk in a Mask
Go outside and take a walk with your mask on and maybe make your kids tag along with their masks. It will be a requirement for all guests over the age of two to wear a mask while they are in the parks, so it is important you have a realistic understanding of what that will feel like in Disney.
Ask yourself if you and your kids can handle walking around all day in a mask. If your trip is scheduled for winter, wearing a mask might not be a big deal, but the average highs are still in the mid 70’s in Orlando during the winter.
What Will Your Decision be?
Disney is the master at making magic happen. I’m sure the parks will still be magical even under the current circumstances, but it is important to have realistic expectations and understand that your trip will not be the same.
Disney is really expensive so if this is your once in a lifetime trip, you may want to reschedule until you can fully experience Disney at its most magical. If you visit frequently, I would suggest you familiarize yourself with the changes, decide what you were looking forward to the most and have realistic expectations about wearing a mask at Disney.
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