As Disney World gets busier, we’ve seen some longer wait times for attractions.
But we’ve also seen long lines for shops. There’s a small marketplace of shops at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that is NOTORIOUS for long lines because of the area’s limited capacity (and its small space).
Disney World has implemented limited capacities for all the theme parks including gift shops, restaurants, and attractions.
Virtual queues for gift shops and other locations have been introduced to help reduce crowding and lines. Sometimes, guests will need to scan a QR code that will redirect to a virtual queue sign up. Other times, they need to talk to a Cast Member to get “in line.” Once you’re signed up, you can enjoy other parts of the park until it’s your time to return. We noticed the virtual queue sign up was a little different at Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Since reopening, shops at Disney Springs are doing things a lot differently to help with social distancing and new health and safety guidelines.
Disney has been getting creative with the way they are handling online shopping these days!
Disney created an online shopping event for guests who wish to purchase the new Disneyland Resort 65th Anniversary merchandise. Shoppers can now purchase the merch online and either head to Downtown Disney for a pick-up or have it sent to their home. Either way, if you choose to shop online, you’ll likely have to “stand” in a virtual line to get it.
Whenever shopDisney releases something new and popular we see the items FLY off the virtual shelves. Sometimes the items are gone within moments. MerchPass is now live and if you haven’t heard, it’s a new way that Disney is trying to even the playing field for shoppers. It’s also how they hope to reduce technical glitches. Customers will sign up and have a chance to be randomly selected to purchase the new Arendelle Castle Collection. We’ll show you how the new process works! [Read more…]
We’re with some friends at the Cast Member Preview for the reopening of EPCOT AND EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival. We’re reporting on the new procedures for old-favorites like Spaceship Earth and experiencing new processes like the Digital Guidebook.
Disney has now integrated virtual lines for gift shops to reduce crowding and will continue to use a modified version for Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We just learned that four Food and Wine booths at EPCOT will be accessed using virtual queues at Food and Wine Festival. [Read more…]
We’re spending the day in the newly reopened Magic Kingdom!
And while the wait times for most of the attractions have been relatively short, there’s one place in Magic Kingdom that has already hit capacity for the day!
The last year has brought some significant changes to theme parks.
We’ve been seeing a TON of changes as Florida theme parks (and beyond) reopen from their historic closures this year, but our focus is on an even more noticeable change. Prior to the closures, we started to see Virtual Queues in theme parks, and now they’re expanding more as a health measure. So, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Virtual Queues, and how YOU can navigate them like a pro!
Some days are busier than others at the recently reopened Disney Springs, and today Walt Disney World’s shopping district is on the heavier side with crowds!
As a part of new health and safety measures, stores are limiting capacity. And on a day like today when Disney Springs is quite busy, that means lines.