10 Questions You May Have About the Free COVID-19 Testing at Walt Disney World

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Did you know there is a free COVID-19 testing site right at Walt Disney World?  There is!  Free!  I went a few days ago to try it out, and wanted to share my experience.  The Florida Division of Emergency Management actually runs the site, but it’s located on Disney property.  I’m sure Disney recognizes the difficulties there are with interstate travel to some states and many countries, and they want to help as much as possible.  Some states will allow travelers to opt out of (or lessen) their mandatory quarantine period if they have a negative COVID test prior to entrance.  Some travelers will also want to be tested for their own peace of mind.

Here are some answers to questions you may have!

1. Where is the testing site located? – It’s in a backstage area, not too far from Animal Kingdom. You can’t take Disney transportation to get there, you’ll have to drive or be dropped off. The actual address is 3010 Maingate Lane, Kissimmee, Florida 34747.  When you get close, you will see several signs directing you.

2. When Is the testing site open? – The site is open from 8 am to 5 pm daily. It’s for walk-ups only, and you cannot make an appointment beforehand.

3. Who can use it? – Anyone! You do not have to be a Florida resident or cast member; the testing is open for anyone who would like to use it. You do not need to be symptomatic, or give a reason that you want the test.

4. What information will you be asked to provide? – You will be asked to register via the website using your personal device, while in line, before reaching the front of the line. You can also register online before arrival at https://www.patientportalfl.com. The registration process will ask for basic information like name, date of birth, phone number, email, and home address.  You will also be asked some demographic information, plus insurance information, but you can decline to answer those if you want.  Once registered, you will receive a bar code which they will scan before the test.

5. What type of test is it? – By default, you will be given a rapid test. If, however, you have a reason to need a PCR test, they will give it to you. They may ask for proof that it is necessary.  I needed a PCR test, and I was asked if I had proof, but I didn’t actually have to show it.  They gave me both the rapid and PCR test.

6. What is the process like while you wait to take the test? – When you arrive, you will park and join what is probably a very long line. The line is marked with several ropes and cones set up in the parking lot. There are several signs posted with registration directions along the way.  Fun fact – You can actually see Expedition Everest from the line!

7. How long will you wait in line to take the test? – I was in line for about 2 ½ hours. It’s not quick! The day I was there, there were 12 switchbacks in the single line, with about 15 people (or small groups) able to fit in each portion of the line.  So, on average, it took about 12.5 minutes to advance through each switchback in the line.  There were then multiple windows at the front of the line, and four windows were open and staffed when I was there.  Your test(s) will occur at the window, and the test itself takes about 5-10 minutes.  Hopefully you will be able to calculate about how long your wait will be with that information.

8. Did it feel safe? – It did. The line is outside, everyone was spaced out, and masks were mandatory. Despite the number of people in line, and the wrapping of the line, I never felt like I was closer than 6 feet to anyone.  I only saw one person with the mask below their nose.  Not long after I noticed him, someone came out from one of the trailers with a bullhorn and made an announcement along the lines of – “Many people in this line are here because they think they have COVID, and some of them are correct!  Please keep your mask on your mouth AND nose.”

9. What is the actual test like? – It’s a self-administered nasal swab (both for the rapid test and the PCR test). You will approach one window of a trailer when called, and they will scan your bar code and confirm your identity. After that is confirmed, you will approach a second window where they will give you instructions on how to use the swab (you insert about one inch of the swab into both nostrils, and scrape the sides for about 5 seconds), hand it to you, and close the window.  When you are done, they take the swab, and you are done!

10. How long did the results take? – The rapid test results were as advertised, and I had a text message and email exactly 20 minutes later with my results. The paper with the information on the PCR test said it could take five days to get these results through a secure website, but when I checked for results about 36 hours later, they were there.

That was my experience!  I hope it helps!  Do you have any questions about it?

Tammy Whiting is the owner of Storybook Destinations. Did you know Storybook Destinations offers a complimentary subscription to TouringPlans with qualified Disney and Universal bookings? Click here for a no-obligation quote on your next vacation!

Tammy Whiting

Tammy has been a lover of all things Disney for most of her life. There’s nowhere on this Earth she’d rather be than on a Disney cruise with her family. She’s an Air Force wife and proud mom of two wonderful children and one beautiful daughter-in-law . She fulfilled a lifelong dream in 2008 and became a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations. She now owns her own travel agency - Storybook Destinations. You can reach Tammy at Tammy@StorybookDestinations.com.

15 thoughts on “10 Questions You May Have About the Free COVID-19 Testing at Walt Disney World

  • January 11, 2021 at 11:05 pm
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    Thanks for sharing that! Which date did you do the test? At what time did you get there?

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    • January 11, 2021 at 11:34 pm
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      I did it on Tuesday, January the 5th! And I arrived around 12:30. The line was about the same length the entire time I was there.

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  • January 12, 2021 at 4:40 am
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    When you say anyone can use it, does that include people who are not US citizens?

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    • January 12, 2021 at 6:50 am
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      As far as I know, yes. And I was never asked for citizenship proof.

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  • January 16, 2021 at 1:49 pm
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    Hi, do you know if it is free for non Florida residents?

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  • January 17, 2021 at 12:40 am
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    Hi! Thanks for the info, I just wanted to know if the rapid test was the antigen test??
    I plan to take both in case the result for the pcr test doesn’t come on time.

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  • January 18, 2021 at 9:03 am
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    Just came here to share my experience. Did the test on January 13rd. Got there 9am. It took about 1 hour and 20 minutes. I asked them both tests, the rapid one(antigen) and PCR. Got the results of the rapid test about 10 minutes later by SMS and the result of PCR came out about 32 hours later. I strongly recommend this site for doing the tests.

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  • January 20, 2021 at 10:16 am
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    Just went today. Got there at 8:55 am and was done at 10am. Had results texted to me by 10:15 am. Overall very easy. I highly recommend logging in to the FL patient portal and creating an account before you arrive. If not you have to make your account before they allow you to get in the line.

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  • January 23, 2021 at 6:57 am
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    Went there on 1/15. Waited an hour and 10 minutes. Needed it to not quarantine upon return to NY.
    Everyone was spaced out nicely. Took an uber there. Easy. Going to FL again end of Feb and thought I had this scoped out for my party.. based upon what I am ready I guess I will check online before departing. Thank you !

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