PHOTOS: Rider Capacity Increased, Dividers Removed from Soarin’ Around the World at EPCOT

With physical distancing being removed and reduced in some areas of Walt Disney World, we’re keeping an eye on changes to other COVID-19 precautions. In EPCOT, dividers have been removed Soarin’ Around the World.


There are still physical distancing markers in the queue.


Plexiglass dividers are still in place in the pre-show area.


The dividers previously cut each row into sections of three seats.


Guests are being told to leave one seat open between themselves and other parties, although we saw some bigger gaps depending on how many guests were in a party. This will allow more guests to ride each cycle.


Plexiglass dividers and distancing markers were also removed from the pre-show rooms of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. How do you feel about the removal of Plexiglass dividers? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. I guess the next step is allowing more than one party per Skyliner gondola as long as the parties are wearing masks. I’m actually okay with these changes as we wouldn’t be the park until everyone 12 or older is fully vaccinated otherwise. I do worry about guests who made reservations right now who are getting a bit whipsawed at these constantly unannounced changes. Many may have made them with the comfort of what Disney was doing but now isn’t. How do they feel? Is the “change first, announce later” pattern emerging discouraging anyone from making a new reservation? Or are people just so pandemic fatigue these announcements are actually accelerating reservations?

  2. I don’t understand why they need to remove the plexiglass yet. It doesn’t seem to be causing a problem with it being there. We purchased tickets when capacity was at 35% and all of the safety measures were in place. I am totally fine with not wearing masks while walking around the park, but the rest of the changes I feel are a little premature. I’m not sure if we will still come in the summer or not, especially since we don’t know what the capacity is at yet. The fact that they aren’t saying makes me worry too.

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