It’s hard to find a bright side to Disney World being temporarily closed.
But shockingly, it’s actually not totally impossible. Now that everyone and everything is slowing down around us, we thought we’d take a moment to figure out some of the good stuff that might actually come from this whole experience when Disney World reopens!
Disney World Will Be Better Prepared…For Anything
Disney World has only had to unexpectedly close a handful of times in history since it opened in 1971. Should something like this ever happen again, Disney is going to have a much better plan in place for how to handle it next time.
Don’t get us wrong — so far they’ve been doing an excellent job, but let’s be honest — like every one of us, they’ve been flying by the seat of their pants during these unprecedented times.
Disney World already has a hurricane policy in place and has trained their staff well in case of these weather-related emergencies. But it seems obvious to us now that Disney will be using this as a time of learning, hopefully putting forth some new procedures should something outside of their control force the parks to close again.
Disney World has always been fastidious at taking care of its parks. Seriously they’re the cleanest theme parks in the world. There’s rarely even a frond out of place on their palm trees.
From the custodial Cast Members who are always making magic to the workers who touch-up the attractions with fresh coats of paint after the parks close for the night, Disney World is always looking its best.
But as we all know by now, while something might look clean, that it doesn’t actually mean it IS clean. Once Disney World went on high-alert, they began cleaning their already immaculate-looking parks even more carefully. They began wiping down shared surfaces in between guests and enacted even more rigorous sanitation practices.
When the parks reopen someday, we can hope to see many of these new, more thorough cleaning procedures still in place meaning microscopically cleaner rides, restaurants, and maybe even restrooms for all of us.
More Ways to Stay Sanitary
Before Disney World’s sudden closure, several hand sanitizing locations were added throughout the parks, and portable hand-washing stations were out for guests. A new feature on the My Disney Experience app even located the nearest place for guests to sanitize their hands with turn-by-turn directions.
We would love to see many of these temporary hand-washing stations stay in place and maybe even become permanent. Yes, we can always scrub up in the restrooms placed liberally around the parks, but we don’t always remember to do so regularly. With washing stations placed right in your path, it can be easier to remember to keep your germs to yourself…and banish them altogether.
No More Communal Cutlery!
And speaking of restaurants, grabbing our flatware from a big communal pile of silverware has always made our stomachs turn a little! We’re certainly not condoning the use of disposable plastic cutlery, but there’s got to be a better way!
Some of us have started to carry our own tupperware cutlery around the Epcot Festivals…and hey, we wouldn’t even mind carrying our Spike the Bee spork from Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival around with us all the time at Disney World — it gets the job of eatin’ stuff done rather nicely! But due to increased health and safety concerns over the practice of communal flatware, we’d be happy to see this longtime Disney habit go.
Maybe flatware can be rolled as it is at most table service restaurants?
It would be great if having this time to reflect would make us all kinder, happier people. While we’re fairly certain the parks will be crowded when they reopen, wouldn’t it be awesome if we could all be a little more self-aware!
Instead of stampeding each other after the fireworks show or squeezing into someone’s personal space at the last minute to see the parade, how about we all agree to give each other some breathing room when we all get back together in our happy place again?
And since we’ll all be back at Disney World again someday, maybe you’ve acquired a new perspective on things.
Matters that seemed really important at the time like “Will those ugly orange cranes ruin my castle pics?” might sound really trivial right now. We actually wouldn’t mind seeing those construction cherry-pickers right now if it meant we got to see Cinderella Castle as well!
What do you think, are we being waaaay too optimistic? Maybe. But if you look at things from this every-gray-cloud-has-a-silver-lining perspective, Disney World is going to be even better than it was before.
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