While many have jumped at the chance to get back into the Disney Parks when they recently opened, there are many more rather hesitant about doing anything too soon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be ready when you finally decide to take the plunge and visit Disney Parks. Whether that’s this year, next year or the year after, here are our top Disney Vacation Tips for 2021 and beyond. Everything you should consider to make sure your next Disney Vacation is Smart, Safe and Fun!
Disney During COVID Vacation TIPS
If you’re still wavering when to visit Walt Disney World, we hear you! We are too! But don’t let that stop you from being ready when you’re ready to travel again. Be sure to read through Walt Disney World’s Know Before you Go Page for everything involving Disney Resort rules, face mask rules, and information on what restaurants are open. While there are many things that have CHANGED about how you are going to plan your Disney Vacation, take a minute to focus on the most important thing. Your health and safety.
Choose the Right Type of Face Mask for Disney
Face Masks are no longer required outdoors at Walt Disney World, BUT are still required indoors for all guests ages two and up. While there are many face masks to choose from these days, you’ll want to make sure you have the right kind of face covering, as Walt Disney World does have specific requirements for what face masks can be worn in the Parks. You can find information about Disney’s Face Mask Rules here so be sure to check it before your trip since it can be subject to change.
Consider bringing an extra mask or two, and store them in a ziploc bag in your Park bag. This will ensure you have an extra in case yours gets wet from rain or a ride or, let’s face it, if you get too sweaty. Check out our cute Disney Face Masks in the shop.
Revamp Your Disney Day Bag with the Safety Things You Need!
It’s time to switch up what’s in your Disney day bag during this season of life in the Parks. We’ve always been big fans of personal fans at Walt Disney World, but this year we’ve found one even bigger and better and especially useful for when you’re wearing a mask. This double wraparound personal fan can be found on Amazon, is rechargeable and comes in a few different colors. Be sure to bring along extra masks, plastic baggies, a water bottle, a fan, hand sanitizer, and wipes. Among other things, you may want to have on hand in the parks this year.
Keep Your Phone Charged
A simple recommendation? Yes. But how often does your phone still die in the parks? You don’t want to be fighting for a spot among crowds of guests in the phone charging area. So, make sure you have a portable charger handy. Or grab at Fuelrod in the parks.
Be Extra Aware of the Weather
It’s Florida, it’s gonna be hot. While a regular Florida day may have seemed bad, a day with a mask on could be even worse. Our recommendation, Make your life easier and be prepared. Plan on lighter fabrics for your clothes, wear tank tops or shorts that breathe. Keep your hair up or under a hat. PLAN for times inside. Whether that’s more time at your resort, or in the lobby of nearby resort to the parks. We love the monorail resorts as a way to escape the weather and crowds.
Embrace Planning Your Disney Vacation Ahead of Time
Lots of Planning is one of the biggest Disney Vacation Tips for 2021. Park Pass Reservations are now required for all guests from now until September 26, 2021. But this doesn’t have to a bad thing! Knowing that you’re limited to just one park per day, means you can MAXIMIZE this time. Plan a sit down meal at your favorite restaurant in each Park, and make a list of which rides you Must Do while you’re there. That way you’ll be focused and able to handle the additional safety and health things that pop up throughout your day. Grab our Disney Vacation Planner to help guide everything you need to do ahead of time. Since this planner comes with attractions and restaurants lists for each park it’s easy to circle your favorites and plan out your days.
Learn and Love the My Disney Experience App
The My Disney Experience App is your lifeline to everything you need to know at Walt Disney World. This app lets you know bus arrival times at your resort, ride wait times, can unlock your resort room, and pay for your food. It also contains all your plans, from your resort stay to your dining reservations. Learn it and Love it.
Be Ready to Mobile Order Your Food at Disney
In order to keep lines at a minimum, Walt Disney World has added even more Disney Parks restaurants that offer Mobile Order to the list. Check out our quick guide to Disney Mobile Order if this service is new to you. Your first step is to make sure you have a credit card loaded in the app BEFORE you go on your vacation. We’ve had so much success with just being able to order and have food ready at the walk up counter in about 15 minutes. It’s one of the most needed Disney Vacation Tips for 2021.
Take Time to Do Less with Less To Do
And by doing less we mean being more mindful with the activities in your day. The absence of shows, fireworks, and parades means that your time has the opportunity to be MORE FUN and not just a series a checkboxes you check off while battling crowds. You can play the Disney Games we love. Or grab special snacks and stroll around the park finally noticing the details. Take time out for rides you’ve never experienced before.
Choose your top 5 Favorite Rides in each park and make those a priority
As a family, since you’ll be limited to one park per day, it’s a good idea to pick your Must-Do Rides in each park. While wait times may be generally low, even without fastpasses, the illusion of extra time not on a schedule could have you leaving the park wondering why you didn’t get to do everything you wanted. Make your priority ride and restaurant lists ahead of time.
Play Disney Games that Keep You out of Lines
Find the Hidden Pascals in Magic Kingdom to Hidden Mickeys in all four parks, there is plenty to do at Walt Disney World that has nothing to do with rides or food! Take this time to discover those things. This carpet at the Beach Club Resort on the Disney Boardwalk is filled with Hidden Mickeys!
Have a Resort Day to Take a Break from the Crowds
One of the best Disney Vacation Tips for 2020 is about getting to know Your Resort! There are walkways, gift shops, restaurants, and some even have beaches. No matter where you are staying take the time to be outside, walk the paths and learn your home for your vacation time. Often we are so on the go that all the amazing resort things go completely unnoticed!
Find the Best New Disney Snacks
With less people and more time you can finally take the chance to check out all those NEW Disney Snacks you haven’t tried yet! From the Wonderland Slushy to keep you cool to the luscious Waffle Sundae at Sleepy Hollow. To the guacamole at Choza de Maragarita. Enjoying your Disney vacation is about taking take for the little things.
Build Up Your immunity BEFORE you head to the Parks
We’ve talked before about how to stay healthy while traveling and ALWAYS go back to one thing. Emergencee. This powdered Vitamin C supplement has tons of B vitamins we usually need to keep going during park days, but that’s not why we take it. As Ohioans, we generally fly to Florida, which means airplane cabin air and germs. So, we usually take Emergencee daily 1-2 weeks before any vacation. You can also take high potency Vitamin C supplements or Airborne gummies. Stocking your body up with Vitamin C ahead of time will prep it for the potential germs and help ward off sunburn ( Bonus!). We also highly recommend a regular bedtime with at least 8 hours of sleep, nutrient dense meals like soups and vegetable dishes, and lots and lots of liquids.
Make your 2021 Disney Vacation During the Pandemic More Enjoyable
Hopefully this has given you a quick list of stuff to consider ahead of your Disney vacation if you’re traveling in 2021. While it surely is a jungle out there, there are ways you can increase your personal health and safety and be prepared enough to actually enjoy your vacation. If you have any other ideas you want to add, just let us know! We’ll be adding more tips as we find them.