Let's be real, the song "For the First Time in Forever" plays in my head whenever I read something is returning to Walt Disney World. Little by little it seems our Main Mouse is doing his best to bring back experiences to WDW in Orlando. Recently there have been a few announcements regarding changes to policy and the return of some dinning favorites!
Walt Disney World Updates | Temp Checks, Dinning & More!
Walt Disney World Update | Temperature Screenings Coming to an End
I'll start with the most recent "breaking news" here and that is, temperature checks.
From when Walt Disney World reopened in July of 2020 they had temperature screenings for guests and any guest who was above 100.4 (and the party they arrived with) would not be allowed to enter the park.
Beginning May 8th, Walt Disney World will no longer temperature check their cast members and on May 16th they are no longer checking the temperature of guests.
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I'll quickly note that Universal Studios is also doing away with temperature screenings and they are reducing physical distance requirements from 6ft down to 3ft. Walt Disney World has not yet announced any changes to their physical distancing policy and neither park has made any significant changes to their mask policy.
Walt Disney World Update | Two Restaurants Reopening
Walt Disney World made a major announcement regarding dinning. Two restaurants will reopen and dinner will again be served at Chef Mickey's.
Chef Mickey's has been open and serving breakfast and lunch but beginning May 16th dinner will be on the menu again! Guests will be able to see Mickey and friends and greet each other (from a far) during an "all you care to enjoy" dinner.
Two guest-favorite restaurants will soon reopen, one sooner than the other.
Cape May Cafe inside Disney's Beach Club Resort will reopen May 18th. While breakfast will be served again, Minnie's Beach Bash Character Breakfast will not be returning on the 18th. Dinner will also be served at Cape May Cafe and guests can start booking on May 7th.
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Tusker House Restaurant inside Disney's Animal Kingdom is also slated to reopen though no official date was announced just that Donald and friends would be serving guests (from a far) again this summer. I'll keep my eyes and EARs open for an exact date and report back.
Walt Disney World Update | Capture Your Moment Sessions Expanding
Speaking of Disney's Animal Kingdom, guests will soon be able to "Capture Your Moment" inside the park with specialized photography sessions.
Capture Your Moment was first introduced back in February as a way for guests to have a personalized photo session with a Disney Photopass photographer. These photo sessions are 20 minutes long cost $50 for up to 8 guests. Price for the session does not include printouts or digital files.
Initially these sessions were only offered inside Magic Kingdom Park with all of the photos having Cinderella's Castle serve as the backdrop but now, Walt Disney World has announced Capture Your Moment sessions will be available inside Disney's Animal Kingdom beginning May 17th, with the Tree of Life serving as the backdrop for the photos.
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A Capture Your Moment photo session is a great way to propose, announce a baby, celebrate a family reunion, celebrate someone's first visit or frankly, celebrate that it's Tuesday and you're at Walt Disney World!
Reminder: Masks are no longer required when guests are stationary, separated from other parties and taking a photo outside!