When the parks and resorts reopened last year at Walt Disney World, we saw a lot of changes due to health and safety!
Disney added a face mask requirement and temperature checks. We saw updated security procedures and physical distancing markers everywhere, as well as enhanced cleaning procedures. In addition, we spotted little changes, like the fact that self-serve drink stations were being manned by Cast Members. But now, one of those things may be going back to normal!
We got a tip from a reader that self-serve drink stations for Refillable Resort Mugs were back at hotels, so we decided to stop by Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and check it out for ourselves.
Sure enough, at Roaring Fork, those self-serve drink stations were back to normal! Cast Members were no longer stationed behind ropes to pour drinks.
Instead, guests could walk directly up to the machines and do the work themselves! However, arrows did indicate which direction they should walk to avoid traffic jams.
It is worth mentioning that these self-serve stations have been in place at Blizzard Beach since its reopening in March, even though they’re only now rolling out to the resorts.
But this change is not JUST taking place at the resorts! When we visited Satu’li Canteen in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we noticed the drinks were self-serve there, too.
Signs did specify that only one party should be at the station at a time, to ensure that social distancing guidelines were still followed.
There was also a self-serve drink station at Regal Eagle Smokehouse in EPCOT. It seems like the parks are rolling out this feature, too!
We’ve seen Disney quietly eliminating some safety procedures lately. Hand-washing stations were recently removed from the parks, and a mask policy change means guests can now remove their face coverings for outdoor photos.
Stay tuned to DFB for updates on health and safety procedures all around Disney World! We’re visiting daily to keep you in the know.
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Have you ever used one of these drink stations at Disney World?