Disney continues to reopen closed areas of Magic Kingdom
As Disney World continues its gradual reopening, visitors are starting to see a lot more normalcy returning to the parks. One of the latest changes includes the Dumbo– a themed play area inside Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom.
In case you missed it, Disney World has removed mandatory face coverings for guests when they are outside, temperature controls are gone, physical distancing markers are starting to be removed in some areas of the theme parks, capacity has increased and physical distancing from attractions has also started to disappear.
Children’s play areas are one aspect of Disney World theme parks that have remained closed throughout the pandemic. Whether you are at EPCOT, Magic Kingdom or your Disney World Resort, the children’s play area has been separated as it is a very busy area and it would be nearly impossible to impose a physical distance.
At Magic Kingdom, one of the most interesting aspects of the Fantasyland attraction, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, is that when guests are waiting, they have the option of receiving a pager and playing in the marquee instead of waiting in the physical line. The tent is filled with fun activities and slides for the kids, but it has been closed due to COVID-19.
Inside, the Magic spoke with Disney, who confirmed that the playground is open again! This is the first playground to reopen at Walt Disney World Resort, which is great news for parents who can’t wait for more playgrounds to open soon.
All guests are required to wear face coverings when in the play area, but other than that kids are free to run and play, just like they would have been before the pandemic! The capacity of the play area is not yet 100% functional, but many guests can enjoy the play area.
If we look at the description of the attraction, we can see that the playground is a strong point of the attraction:
An adventure born “by ear”
Based on the 1941 Disney animated masterpiece Dumbo, this classic attraction lets you hop on everyone’s favorite circus elephant as it finds it can fly. Dumbo’s staunch friend, Timothy Q. Mouse, helps you stay in the air with his “magic” quill.
As the jubilant organ melody begins, take off for a graceful cruise around (and around and around) Storybook Circus.
Fly high or stay low
You can adjust your altitude during your flight, so that you can climb high or dive low.
Play while you wait
Before your flight, climb into the marquee tent and let your wild animals frolic in an air-conditioned playground for all ages. You will be alerted when it is time to board your flight!
Universal Orlando Resort also recently opened its playgrounds, so it looks like both theme parks are on track to get back to a more normal operating state.
Keep following Inside the Magic as we continue to report on the changes taking place at theme parks in these unprecedented times.
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