Earlier today we brought you news that Flight of Passage policy change as it relates to social distancing while on the attraction.
An attractions operations manager confirmed to BlogMickey.com that the change occurred very recently and said that the change in policy to no longer provide an empty seat between traveling parties was due to a change in CDC guidelines.
The CDC guideline referenced by the Cast Member was that the CDC defines “close contact” as being “within 6 feet [of a carrier] for a total of 15 minutes or more”. Because the actual attraction is less than 15 minutes long, Disney determined it was ok to allow guests to be within 6 feet of each other during the attraction. Of course, that definition would apply to most attractions at Walt Disney World, yet social distancing policies remain largely unchanged. As a matter of fact, Disney introduced plexiglass to other attractions such as Rise of the Resistance and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway to allow them to load every row. The ride time on both of those attractions fall under the 15 minute guidance.
Social distancing is maintained throughout the queue via markers that tell guests where to stand and plexiglass dividers when sepertate parties may be within 6 feet of each other.
Here’s a look at the queue configuration, which remains the same as at the beginning of the phased reopening of the theme parks.
And here’s a look at the new seating configuration, with Cast Members no longer spacing guests while on the actual ride.
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