“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy”
One of my traditions when I visit Magic Kingdom is to admire and acknowledge that plaque under the train station before officially going into the park. I love it because it represents the whole Disney company and what Walt stood for, but this trip it felt so applicable. I haven’t been shy admitting that I have been struggling these past few months with my mental health, so entering Magic Kingdom for the first time in a few months truly felt like a chance to step away from some of my anxiety and just truly enjoy myself for a day. Granted, we are still in a pandemic, so I always enter a situation hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. Magic Kingdom was our 2nd park to visit on our trip, so I already had some expectations from the day before at Hollywood Studios. Although, each park is truly it’s own experience in the Covid-19 world. So here’s my take on Magic Kingdom during a pandemic.
The first thing I was adamant about was not getting to the park right at rope drop. I had read on various Disney Facebook groups that during park opening it always seemed to be more crowded and created a bottleneck situation which for me was an absolute no go, so we arrived about an hour after park opening which was perfect! Our bus over had a few other families on it, but I felt super safe and spread out enough. There was absolutely no one at the health screening, security or turnstiles which was really great. When we walked under the train station, tears immediately began to fill my eyes as it just felt so good to be home again. Then, I turned around and various princesses were greeting above the crowd *can we just talk about Disney magic y’all?!*. Main Street was almost like a ghost town, even Starbucks didn’t have a line in the early morning – it was that quiet!
Our day revolved mostly around hitting all the rides we could as my nephews were with us. We managed to ride 15 rides throughout the day, and we did not stay the whole park day – we left around 4:00 in the evening. All of the queues felt super safe, and people were following directions. The nice thing we noticed about Magic Kingdom is the “Incredi-Squad” which is Disney’s version of the mask control. It was nice to notice them wandering throughout the park ensuring everyone was following the rules. One cast member told us she felt like a glorified hall monitor for adults, but hey gotta do what ya gotta do. Dining at MK was a little bit hectic because we did not mobile order our lunch at Tomorrowland Terrace early enough, so we had about a 45 minute wait, and it was next to impossible to find a table available. I think this is just due to the fact that one all the tables are socially distanced, and Casey’s Corner and Crystal Palace are closed and Be Our Guest is only offering a higher priced fixed menu for lunch which isn’t usually the case. At the end of the day it truly wasn’t a big deal, and didn’t derail our experience at all. I think it’s just we are so accustomed to how we used to do things, so it’s just a matter of adjusting to these new standards.
When it comes down to the overall park experience, I will say Magic Kingdom ranks best right now along with Hollywood Studios. Some reasons I feel this way are that magic kingdom is so spacious, so I felt super safe the entire day, and I never felt I was in a situation where I immediately needed to step back even shopping in the Emporium. Another reason is that the entertainment experiences were the best at Magic Kingdom with the random character cavalcades and greetings from the train station. It added that extra bit of pixie dust throughout the day. Honestly, anytime I heard the music near Main Street I would run to see what characters were coming out next. I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into Magic Kingdom during these weird times, and I hope you will follow along as we venture along to Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Animal Kingdom soon!