Earlier today Disney Cruise Line announced that they will be sailing once again from the US with paying passengers starting in early August (just a few weeks away)! When sailings resume, things will be a little bit different and there will be additional requirements as part of Disney’s focus on health and safety. Some of those requirements relate to COVID-19 tests, and today we’re breaking down what you need to know.
This week, the announcements have just kept coming. We’ve got 2 different restrictions or requirements reportedly under consideration that could REALLY impact your travels around the U.S., the closure of a Disney animation studio, the reopening of a Disney park for a super special event, and more. There’s been some BIG news shared this week and we’re sharing all of the most important stuff with you.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, there have been many changes to the way that we travel.
We recently learned that vaccine passports could be required for air travel and events, and that a negative test is required for international travelers coming to the U.S. Now, the United States is considering a COVID-19 testing requirement for domestic air travel.
Orlando travelers now have a new location to access COVID-19 testing.
Last month we reported that the Orlando International Airport (MCO) would be offering COVID tests soon due to a trial program between the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board and AdventHealth. Now, testing is officially available at MCO.
Traveling to Disney World can present a certain set of challenges due to the current global pandemic.
At present, the CDC is recommending that anyone considering travel get a COVID-19 test before their trip. This also comes with challenges as many testing sites are generally booked up for days or have extensively long lines.
Many of the guests who visit Disney World travel through Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Some airports have already begun offering COVID-19 testing on-site. And soon, Orlando International Airport will join the list of locations offering tests for passengers.
Traveling to Disney World right now can have its challenges as travel restrictions continue to be imposed in many cases.
For some travelers, returning to their home state may impose a 14-day quarantine. Some families may want to avoid this for work, school, or another reason. In this case, there are some states that allow the option of “testing out” of quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test taken prior to returning home. If you’re hoping to travel to and from Disney World from one of these states (list below!), we’re here to help.
The global health crisis has hit airlines particularly hard, but many in the industry believe that offering COVID-19 testing at airports could help bring more passengers back onto planes.
Some airports have already started doing this, while others are in the process of adding COVID-19 testing areas to their facilities. AFAR has compiled a list of current facilities in airports as well as a list of which airports are getting testing soon.
Having a list of airports offering testing options is great; but why does this matter for you? Well, on a broad level, testing facilities in more airports may encourage air travel to open further — including expanding flights to and from airports close to U.S. and International Disney parks. That’s a big deal for many Disney fans, especially those living outside of the United States.
But secondarily, more testing facilities means more travelers are able to bypass the implemented 14-day quarantines in many areas if they test negative in the airport. This could greatly affect routes that many people travel in order to enjoy a shorter vacation rather than a long-term stay; something many of us do when we visit Disney World.
What do Disney World and an Ottawa COVID-19 testing site have in common?
You might be surprised, but it’s the way they handle lines! A doctor in Ottawa was looking for a way to control crowds at a COVID-19 assessment centre in Canada when she was inspired by Disney’s Fastpass+ system. And it’s working!
Health officials are shocked by an abrupt turnaround in the CDC’s guidelines for COVID-19 testing. And Disney Chairman Bob Iger is “horrified” by a recent story about the change.
The United States Centers for Disease Control changed their testing policy to note that asymptomatic people may not need to be tested, even if they’ve come into contact with an infected individual. ABC reports that health experts are surprised by this decision and are pushing back on the CDC’s guidelines, maintaining that asymptomatic young people are a significant vector for passing the virus to others at this time.