How Social Distancing Might Work on Disney’s Hollywood Studios Attraction Vehicles

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We recently looked at ways Disney might use to enforce social distancing at the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom when they begin phased openings at the parks. Today we’re looking at how social distancing might work at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

As with the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, for safety purposes, we’ll assume that guests and cast members are all wearing appropriate face coverings, sanitizer and hand wash stations are readily available, and vehicles are cleaned on a regular, frequent schedule. Another huge area of consideration is the management of queues for rides, which are currently universally configured with guests close together. We’ll assume for now that there will be a virtual queue management system in place, perhaps something like the way Rise of the Resistance boarding was managed prior to closing.

[Please note: I have NO inside information about Disney’s reopening plans, timing, or procedures. These are my thoughts only.]

Alien Swirling Saucers

Social distancing could be achieved by loading one party per vehicle.

Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

A 50% or more reduction in guest admission per show would allow for parties to distance from each other. Perhaps alternate rows could be entirely taped off. Cast members could ask guests to leave a space between parties.

Disney Junior Dance Party

The Disney Junior Dance Party is a theater-style performance, but rather than fixed seating, most guests sit on the floor, with periods of standing for dance breaks. Even with reduced capacity loading of the attraction, the nebulous use of space could be problematic. This might be possible to run if there were something like circles painted on the floor, with guests asked to stay within their own circle. However, my guess is that this attraction will not open during the first phase of reopening the park.

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Fantasmic!

A 50% or more reduction in guest admission per show would allow for parties to distance from each other. Perhaps alternate rows could be entirely taped off. Cast members could ask guests to leave a space between parties.

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

A 50% or more reduction in guest admission per show would allow for parties to distance from each other. Perhaps alternate rows could be entirely taped off. Cast members could ask guests to leave a space between parties.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

A 50% or more reduction in guest admission per show would allow for parties to distance from each other. Perhaps alternate rows could be entirely taped off. Cast members could ask guests to leave a space between parties.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Social distancing could be achieved by loading one party per vehicle.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

The Millennium Falcon attraction seats six guests per capsule. Social distancing could be achieved by loading one party per vehicle. However, the attraction is really meant to run fully loaded, with two pilots, two engineers, and two gunners, all pushing lots of buttons. The capsules will have to be cleaned between each use. We’ll be watching this one closely.

Muppet*Vision 3D

A 50% or more reduction in guest admission per show would allow for parties to distance from each other. Perhaps alternate rows could be entirely taped off. Cast members could ask guests to leave a space between parties.

The use of 3D glasses for this attraction is a possible issue. Rather than grabbing glasses out of bin themselves, gloved cast members might hand glasses to individual guests. Glasses are sanitized after each use.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Social distancing could be achieved by loading one party per vehicle.

Slinky Dog Dash

Social distancing could be achieved by loading one party per slinky segment.

Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

A 50% or more reduction in guest admission per show would allow for parties to distance from each other. Perhaps alternate rows could be entirely taped off. Cast members could ask guests to leave a space between parties.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

The main Rise of the Resistance vehicles could manage social distancing by loading only one large or two very small parties per vehicle. What’s more problematic is the several pre-show rooms, some of which are quite small, as well as the narrow hallway loading areas. Maximum capacity would have to be significantly less than 50% to allow for guests to maintain distance.

Toy Story Midway Mania

Social distancing could be achieved by loading one party per vehicle.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Social distancing could be achieved by loading elevators at less than 50% capacity with space between and around parties.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

A 50% or more reduction in guest admission per show would allow for parties to distance from each other. Perhaps alternate rows could be entirely taped off. Cast members could ask guests to leave a space between parties.

Of course, even if methods like these do take place, we have countless other questions about character greetings, castle stage shows, parades, fireworks, shopping, dining, and more. We’re looking forward to seeing what happens. Do you have any theories or predictions? Feel free to share them in the comments.

Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel at DisneyWorldMoms.com, a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater. Erin can be reached on Twitter @MsErinFoster.

2 thoughts on “How Social Distancing Might Work on Disney’s Hollywood Studios Attraction Vehicles

  • May 26, 2020 at 12:57 pm
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    They’re gonna hate solo people like me when I go on my Solo trip 🙁

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  • May 26, 2020 at 4:06 pm
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    So I’m guessing instead of packing people in waiting for Hollywood Studios they would just have a single file socially distanced line extending 3 or 4 miles?

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