The past few years have been a rollercoaster for theme parks worldwide (pun intended). In 2020, the entire world momentarily shut down, including parks. Last year felt more optimistic as vaccination rates soared and everything began to open again. However, variants such as Delta and Omicron have taught us that we need to expect the unexpected.
So, what’s in store for Disney World in 2022? Of course, no one can predict future events with 100% certainty, but there are many exciting plans in place for guests this year.
Here is the ultimate guide for traveling to this magical destination in 2022.
The Walt Disney World Resort, also simply known as Disney World Orlando, is an entertainment and resort complex that has been operating near Orlando, Florida, since the 1970s. What started as a supplement to California’s Disneyland theme park is now a thriving destination with unique attractions.
Today, there are four parks at Disney World – the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each of these parks offers its visitors endless entertainment and activities.
Here is an overview of each:
This Disney World Orlando theme park is most similar to the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California. You’ll find all of your favorite characters and classic attractions at this park.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can travel to a “galaxy far, far away” and experience the world of Star Wars. There are also many other Hollywood and movie-themed attractions at this park.
EPCOT is a theme park where you can travel to all corners of the globe. You can find yourself in places like Morocco, China, and more.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a place where imagination and real-life creatures meet. You can go on safaris and explore the world of Avatar at this park.
When planning a trip to Disney World in 2022, it’s essential to understand how COVID restrictions might impact your entire trip, not just your time at the parks.
You can do a few things to plan to make sure your trip runs smoothly.
One is to purchase trip insurance. Things can change quickly, as we’ve learned over the past few years. Outbreaks can cause mass flight cancellations and delays. It is helpful to buy a “cancel for any reason” policy and carefully read cancellation terms to protect yourself from unforeseen events.
Additionally, make sure you research your airline’s COVID policies ahead of time so that you won’t have any issues at the airport.
Finally, make sure you have a flexible hotel reservation since your plans may change.
If you’re flying in from out of town, there are multiple ways to reach Disneyworld.
First, you’ll want to book your flight for Orlando International Airport (MCO). This airport is the closest to Disney World Orlando.
The journey from MCO to Disney World takes approximately 30 minutes by car. You can choose a rental car, taxi, rideshare service, or shuttle to get to the resorts.
There are multiple ways to purchase Disney World park tickets and packages. However, one new Disney World COVID protocol is that you need to use their online reservation system to buy passes.
The standard theme park ticket costs $109 for guests ten and older for one day. You can also choose a park hopper pass or water park add-on. Something to keep in mind is that purchasing a multi-day pass or package can reduce the cost-per-day.
Disney regularly offers packages that include park tickets and hotel stays. You can find information about their registration system, passes, and packages on their website.
Disney World has been keeping guests safe through a mixture of new rules, enhanced cleanliness and sanitation, and innovative technology.
In addition to the park reservation system mentioned above, Disney World COVID protocols require face coverings in all indoor attractions, lines, and enclosed transportation. Face masks are optional outdoors.
They have also implemented new technologies for enhanced safety. These include mobile ordering for dining, mobile check-ins for reservations, scannable menu QR codes, online check-ins, and contactless park entry. You can also expect cashless transactions.
Finally, there are easily accessible hand washing facilities and hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the parks and resorts.
While no singular method is the perfect solution, these measures help reduce the risk of spreading COVID.
You can read more about Disney World COVID safety measures here.
This year, not everything novel at the “Happiest Place on Earth” is COVID-related. You’ll find several exciting experience upgrades at Disney World in 2022.
The Magic Kingdom has many exciting new updates in 2022. There are two new or upgraded rides, including the Tron Lightcycle Power Run and the reimagining of Splash Mountain. The first ride is a thrilling roller coaster inspired by the Tron movies, and Splash Mountain will now be called Princess and the Frog Splash Mountain.
The park will also feature new events, such as the return of the Festival of Fantasy parade, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, and Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade.
Hollywood Studios has two new exciting attractions in 2022. The famous Fantasmic! fireworks and light shows will return nightly. Additionally, the Star Wars Universe will have a new Galactic Star Cruiser resort with characters and storylines from the movies.
EPCOT has a few new additions in 2022, starting with a new entryway with green space, winding paths, and photo spots.
Inside the park, there will be a new Guardians of the Galaxy thrill ride where passengers sit in rotating vehicles as they go through a storyline.
Additionally, there will be a few new play areas and adventures, including the New Play Pavillion, Moana Journey of Water, and DuckTales World Showcase Adventure.
Not much will change at Animal Kingdom, but a popular old ride will return. The Finding Nemo – The Big Blue… and Beyond ride will return with new storylines and songs from the movie.
Read more about these changes here.
Disney World is still an exciting place to visit despite the pandemic in 2022. Its enhanced safety protocols and features help guests enjoy their time at the parks.
At the moment, most attractions at Disney World are operational at a limited capacity. You can expect to interact less with staff and find more contactless technology in all venues. Additionally, there is a reservation system to purchase your park passes.
There are so many things to do and see that you’ll hardly notice Disney World COVID protocols at the end of the day. With adequate preparation, you can have a memorable, exciting, and safe trip to the magical world of Disney.