Many restaurants around Disney World have reopened, including some big fan-favorites like ‘Ohana, Boma, and more.
Some of the restaurants offer exclusively indoor seating. Others might have outdoor seating or some combination of the two. The situation with COVID-19 and Disney’s own health and safety policies have changed over the past several months when it comes to many things, including dining. That made us wonder whether our readers feel comfortable dining indoors in Disney World right now. So, we went straight to the source and asked them. Here’s what they had to say.
Before we get into the results of our reader poll, we want to go over the current situation with dining in Disney World and other factors that some might be considering when determining if they feel comfortable dining indoors.
Right now, masks are required for all guests ages 2 and up indoors at Disney World, including in restaurants, except when actively eating or drinking while stationary. Masks are not required in outdoor areas, however.
In terms of distancing, physical distancing has been reduced at many areas throughout Disney World, including at many restaurants. You can see in the photo below how all of the tables at Boma were prepared for use.
We did see some tables at the reopened Tokyo Dining marked as unavailable for use for health and safety reasons.
But, from a general standpoint distancing between tables has been reduced or is no longer in place at most Disney restaurants.
When it comes to COVID-19, the situation with the pandemic has changed over the past several months. Recently, Florida reported a record-breaking number of COVID-19 cases. The Delta variant in particular has become a large issue of concern throughout the United States.
According to Click Orlando, Orange County health officials have indicated that some of their morgues at their hospitals have hit capacity. Dr. Raul Pino, from the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, indicated that the increase in deaths was expected due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the county.
But, AdventHealth officials have said they “believe they are starting to see a decline in new COVID-19 cases.” As of some of the most recent COVID-19 reports from Florida, there have been 151,760 new cases reported during the past week. Florida also reported 389 new virus-related deaths from the past week, though it appears more deaths have been added to the state’s overall total.
Why would COVID-19 cause some to be cautious about indoor dining? According to the CDC, available data indicates “that it is much more common for the virus that causes COVID-19 to spread through close contact with a person who has COVID-19 than through airborne transmission. There is evidence that under certain conditions, people with COVID-19 seem to have infected others who were more than 6 feet away. This is called airborne transmission. These transmissions occurred in indoor spaces with inadequate ventilation. In general, being outdoors and in spaces with good ventilation reduces the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.”
That’s just a look at some of the things guests may be thinking about when they’re considering their comfort level eating indoors in Disney World. Now, let’s take a look at what our readers had to say about the situation.
We reached out to you all — our fabulous DFB readers — via Instagram recently to ask whether you all feel comfortable eating indoors in Disney World and…
…the majority of our readers said they did feel comfortable, but a fairly good chunk said they were not comfortable. Overall, it broke down to 66% (25,809) who said they did feel comfortable eating indoors, while 34% (13,505) said they did not feel comfortable eating indoors in Disney World right now.
One of our readers reached out and said they were in Disney World right now and mentioned how social distancing has been reduced or essentially eliminated at most locations. They noted that this is what made them feel uncomfortable dining indoors.
Another reader reached out and said they did feel comfortable, so long as guests wear their masks when they stand up and are moving around the indoor restaurant space. Keep in mind that masks are required indoors (including in restaurants) at all times except when actively eating or drinking while stationary.
And that’s a look at what thousands of our fans had to say. Keep in mind that there are a variety of restaurants and seating options at those restaurants in Disney World, so you can certainly limit your dining to the spots and areas you feel comfortable with.
What do you think? Do you feel comfortable dining indoors in Disney World right now? Let us know in the comments below.
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