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PHOTOS: COVID-19 Safety Precautions Throughout Bay Lake Tower and Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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Usually the opening day of any attraction or resort is cause for celebration, full of excitement. Crowds can be expected anytime something new arrives at Walt Disney World. This time however, with the reopening of select Disney Vacation Club resorts and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground, there is some excitement, but it is certainly tempered with caution, and lack of crowds.

Our field research team spent the night at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower, and while returning to the resorts felt nice, it also felt very, very different. Certainly it is must quieter at the resorts than ever before, perhaps even quieter than immediately following September 11, 2001. Besides the lack of guests, the signage everywhere makes for a different experience.

COVID-19 Safety Signage and Hand Sanitizer at Disney’s Contemporary Bus Stop
COVID-19 Safety Signage Contemporary Lobby
COVID-19 Safety Signage Contemporary Observation Deck

Throughout Bay Lake Tower and Disney’s Contemporary Resort, there are signs about COVID-19 itself and the safety measures to take, such as maintaining six feet distance, washing hands often, wearing face coverings, and avoiding touching one’s face. There are also social distancing markers on the floor in the lobby areas, merchandise shops, and dining locations. Elevators require that one party ride at a time, or no more than four people. There are sanitizing wipes for disinfecting the elevator buttons.

Elevator Cleanliness Bay Lake Tower
Elevator Sign Bay Lake Tower
Social Distancing Signage and Pens at Bay Lake Tower Lobby
Social Distancing Signage Contemporary Lobby
Social Distancing Signage Contemporary Merchandise Shop Entrance and Exit
Social Distancing Signage Contemporary Merchandise Shop
COVID-19 Safety Signage Contemporary Walkway

This is a good ramp-up time for Disney Cast Members, as well as Disney guests, to get used to the “new normal”. (I’m sorry, I know we’re all sick of that phrase already.)

What do you think about the signage and other precautions?

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Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

4 thoughts on “PHOTOS: COVID-19 Safety Precautions Throughout Bay Lake Tower and Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • If you’re sick of saying “new normal,” you could always borrow from Tom Bricker and call it the “temporary abnormal.” More accurate and less cliched! 🙂

  • Hear, hear, Andy!

  • Is the bar open at the top of Bay Lake Tower? Or the observation deck?

    • C. McCabe

      Says at the beginning of the Contemporary Resort page it’s closed due to construction

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