Proposed “Relaxation Zone” Mask-Free Locations Revealed for EPCOT

As we near the official reopening of the Walt Disney World theme parks, starting with Cast Member previews tomorrow and Annual Passholder previews starting on Thursday, new details are surfacing regarding various logistical components, such as Relaxation Zones for guests to remove their face masks. With Cast Members already training for the reopenings, we now have an idea of where these Relaxation Zones will be located within the Magic Kingdom, as well as at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and now EPCOT.

Epcot Akershus of Norway
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, normally a character dining location at EPCOT, will now welcome guests as an air-conditioned indoor space for guests to remove their masks while socially distanced.
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While face masks will be strictly enforced throughout the park as a whole and within each land, you can visit the following locations for a mask-free break at EPCOT:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway Pavilion, World Showcase)
  • Yorkshire County Fish Shop – Outdoor seating (UK Pavilion, World Showcase)
  • Between Mission: Space and Test Track (Future World East)

Within these designated spaces, guests can remove their masks and enjoy some downtime while spaced 10 feet apart from other parties inside the relaxation zone.

Do keep in mind that face masks will be strictly enforced everywhere outside of these zones. Guests not wearing the required face mask will be asked to either put one on or leave. Throughout the park, a safety spiel will be played continuously to remind guests to wear masks and wash their hands.

Similar to Universal Orlando Resort’s U-Rest Areas, these Relaxation Zones were initially announced as part of Walt Disney World’s reopening proposal. Relaxation Zones are expected to be available in every park. Other locations include Tomorrowland Terrace at the Magic Kingdom, Pizzafari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

We expect more locations to be revealed as the week progresses. Are you looking forward to taking a break at these designated “mask-free” zones? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. We spent last weekend at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom during preview days. The relaxation zones were terrific. Just to sit and relax and breathe comfortably was delightful. The heat adds an additional level of discomfort that the relaxation stations help overcome. We sat in an outdoor one near Splash Mountain. It was shaded and had a breeze. Very welcome addition. I think Disney needs to keep these areas as relaxation areas even if and when masks are no longer required. It is a great way to just chill for a bit. Also, if you cannot find a relaxation area and feel discomfort as I did, I simply went to the side where no one was, away from people, and took off one ear loop for just a few moments. That is all I needed to do and no one bothered me as long as I wasn’t near anyone. All the cast members were wonderful in maintaining the social distance guidelines and were understanding of any special circumstances. They went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and enjoying our day! It was magical just being back at Disney!

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