5 Walt Disney World Pandemic Changes That Are Actually Awesome

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus take a selfie together before they wait to enter Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, near Tokyo, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Tokyo Disneyland reopens for the first time in four months after suspending operations due to coronavirus concerns. (Kyodo News via AP)

It’s not exactly a controversial statement to say that a trip to Walt Disney World today isn’t quite like it used to be. In order to open safely, the theme parks have needed to change the way they operate in many ways. Several of the most popular attractions, like fireworks shows and parades, are entirely on hold. Others, like some of the most popular rides, are running, but they don’t work the same way. Though that’s not to say that everything is off at Disney World. In fact, some of the ways that the parks have found to provide guests with a Disney World experience under current conditions are pretty great.

We recently made a trip to the most magical place on Earth to see what Walt Disney World was like right now, and I have to say that for the most part, the magic was very much intact. I actually really enjoyed some of the ways things worked inside the park because of the pandemic. To be sure, there are trade offs everywhere, and everything new comes at the expense of something else, but each of these items has a charm or a value all their own. Here are five things happening at Walt Disney World right now because of the pandemic that are actually awesome.

1Some Attraction Lines Move A Lot Faster

Lines are the worst part of any theme park, and even with something like Walt Disney World’s FastPass+, there’s no avoiding them sometimes. Currently, FastPass+ is not available at Walt Disney World, as the parks are making use of all available queue space for social distancing. Even then, a lot of the lines stretch off well past attraction borders. But while lines may go on forever, many of them actually move quite fast, and some of them move faster than they ever have before.

Take, for example, something like the Haunted Mansion. While the attraction uses an omnimover system where the ride vehicles never stop moving, the line normally has to stop every few minutes as guests fill in the stretching room, experience the intro sequence and then exit the room for the next group. But the stretching room isn’t in use currently; guests just walk right through it, so the line never really stops. We got in line for Haunted Mansion beyond the Columbia Harbour House, but were on board the ride within 15 minutes. Is the Haunted Mansion somewhat lesser without the stretching room? Absolutely, but at least as a trade off, the line moves a lot faster.