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We already knew that the Disney theme park experience was going to be a lot different when the Walt Disney World theme parks open back up on July 11. From required masks to temperature screenings and social distancing inside the parks, Disney has made a lot of general operations to try and keep guests safe while the COVID-19 Pandemic is ongoing. However, as we move closer and closer to the theme parks' reopening date, more details have been revealed about what kinds of changes guests can expect when experiencing attractions at Walt Disney World after reopening. 

1. Many Cast Members will be wearing masks and face shields

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Though all Cast Members are required to wear face masks, attractions Cast Members and those with guest facing positions where social distancing is not possible will also be required to wear face shields in order to keep themselves safe while working. This can include Cast Members at the front of attractions, those involved with load/unload, and even those stationed near characters around the park. 

2. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be different

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One of the big reasons why Disney's Hollywood Studios has the least availability for Parks Pass reservations is due to the popularity of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. And it looks like in an effort to keep guests safe in this new land a number of changes specific to this land have been confirmed:

  • Oga's Cantina will not be available
  • Savi's Workshop will not be available
  • Guests will move straight through the pre show room on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and will not be seated with other parties inside the Millennium Falcon
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will greatly reduce capacity and ride vehicles during the final section of the attraction will only seat one party at a time. In addition costumes worn by Cast Members in this attraction will be modified to accomodate face shields. 

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