It’s a whole new world of cleanliness and sanitation in Disney World and we’re still getting used to it!
There are all sorts of health and safety policies for Cast Members and guests, and now that it’s been over a year and a half since Disney World reopened following the 2020 closure, we’re wondering how things have (or have not!) changed. We have to say, some things have definitely surprised us about the way that cleaning is handled for rides and attractions now. Find out how cleaning is done in 2022!
1. The Skyliner Cleaning Schedule
Hey, the Skyliner is TECHNICALLY a ride, isn’t it? As you can imagine, we’ve taken many trips on the Disney Skyliner in Disney World by now. Although the “ride” initially reopened with Cast Members seating one party per gondola, note that Cast Members are now seating gondolas up to capacity, which means you might end up seated with strangers. All guests are required to wear facial coverings during the ride.
Still, it’s the cleaning procedures that surprise us about this popular transportation method. A Cast Member we spoke to on the Skyliner’s reopening day told us that the gondolas are only being cleaned once a day. With so many guests passing through, we thought they might be wiped down more than that, but we recently confirmed that this cleaning policy is still in place. A Cast Member told us that the insides of each gondola are fully wiped down every night.
Luckily, with the vented design of the gondola, there’s ample airflow through each cabin all the time. But if you’re still a little put off by the once-a-day cleaning, there are things you can do to feel safer when riding the Skyliner. Bring wipes or sanitizer to keep your hands clean after you’ve been in the gondola space.
2. Most ride vehicles are only cleaned twice a day.
We kind of expected rides to be cleaned SUPER often, and after reopening rides were cleaned every few hours. We recently spoke to a few Cast Members at different attractions who let us know that rides are now generally cleaned in the mornings and the evenings.
As the parks have become busier, one Cast Member said that they can’t stop the rides for more frequent cleaning or they get too backed up. So if this cleaning schedule makes you uncomfortable, keep an eye out for hand sanitizer stations and bring your own! Be sure to sanitize before and after each ride.
3. High-touch surfaces aren’t always cleaned more often.
Although high-touch surfaces such as finger scans, iPads, credit card machines, and pin pads are wiped down approximately once an hour, there are some high-touch areas on rides that we would expect to get some extra attention when it comes to cleaning — especially on the more interactive attractions.
We know that even on rides with high-touch elements like the pull-toys on Toy Story Mania, the blasters on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, the seats on Flight of Passage, and the controls on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin and Dumbo the flying elephant are cleaned only in the mornings and evenings.
Like the other items on this list, antibacterial wipes can definitely help to disinfect these surfaces and your hands.
Note that Disney World is changing protocol regularly based on feedback from healthcare professionals and the day to day activity in the parks, so if you’re seeing a different cleaning protocol, let us know! And keep reading DFB for more Disney World news and updates!
What has surprised YOU about Disney World’s cleaning policies? Tell us in the comments!