A Complete Guide to the Reopening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom
After an extended closure of nearly four months, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is finally open to guests once again. In order to create an environment that is safe for park-goers, Disney has implemented significant changes in nearly every aspect of the park, from attractions to shopping, and dining. For now, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is not the same experience as it once was, and we are here to help you navigate the new normal with this nifty guide.
Upon arrival, guests must be wearing a mask and must pass a temperature screening before entering. Here are our complete walk-throughs of the arrival experience, including the temperature screening:
This safari adventure is one of the more significantly modified attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Plexiglass divides each row of the ride vehicle, allowing Cast Members to safely fit more guests per vehicle than many other rides.
Unfortunately, Affection Section is currently closed to guests. However, you can still get a great view of the animals over the fence. Conservation Station is still open with a modified Animation Experience.
Most quick-service restaurants in Walt Disney World are focusing on mobile order so guests don’t have to stand in a queue. Satu’li also has certain doors marked as entry and exit only, and has marked certain tables as unavailable.
Guests will need to utilize mobile ordering to purchase their favorite barbecue food at Flame Tree Barbecue. Each pick-up window has plexiglass barriers for safety. Here, you will inform the Cast Member if you would like some extra sauce for your meal, which comes in tiny plastic cups with lids. The large self-serve pumps are no longer available for use.
This “Wild Place to Shop and Eat” has reopened both at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and at Disney Springs. Social distancing markers begin once you enter the building. Plexiglass barriers are at the registers along with signs reminding guests to keep 6 feet away from other groups. Though the photo booth is closed, the store overall remains basically unchanged.
The biggest change at Yak & Yeti isn’t on the menu or in the dining areas, but rather, in their restrooms. The restaurant has installed Dyson Airblade 9KJ contactless hand dryers, which feature a HEPA filter to capture airborne particles.
Unlike most counter service restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes doesn’t allow for mobile ordering at this time. Cash payments have been suspended, with only credit/debit cards and Disney Gift Cards being accepted. The condiment bar is temporarily closed, so condiments and utensils are handed out at the pickup counter.
With condiment dispensers temporarily removed, dipping sauces for Mr. Kamal’s Seasoned Fries come in small plastic containers, while ketchup is available in packets. Contactless payment is strongly preferred at this location.
You can view a full list of attractions, entertainment, and shopping locations that have reopened across all four Walt Disney World theme parks here.
We hope this guide helps you navigate the reopening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom so you can enjoy everything this park has to offer. For all the latest in Disney parks news during the reopening, continue to check back with WDWNT.