My family and I recently sailed on the Disney Fantasy. It was our third Disney Cruise Line vacation, and the first since the industry opened up again. I thought I’d share some of our experiences with you, so that you can decide if now is the time for your Disney Cruise Line vacation.
Entertainment was possibly where I saw the biggest change because of COVID-19. Disney definitely erred on the side of caution, and I appreciated the efforts.
The main theater on a Disney Cruise Line vessel is the Walt Disney Theater. There are three permanent productions on each ship. On past cruises, these would each play one evening, and extra entertainment would take place the other evenings.
Each show runs twice each evening, in conjunction with your dinner seating. That is still the case.
On our recent, seven night Disney Fantasy vacation, each of the three shows took place on two different nights. This was to keep the theater as empty as possible. The other night ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ and ‘Star Wars’ movies ran in the theater, because it was a Star Wars Day at Sea cruise.
Before entering the Walt Disney Theater, we were required to use hand sanitizer. We were then escorted to seats. One group was brought in at a time at each entrance. Each group had to enter together in its entirety, there was no holding seats for others.
Inside the theater every other row was blocked off. We were also asked to keep at least three seats between us and the next group.
Face coverings needed to stay on at all times in the theater. Food and drink were not allowed in, we saw someone turned away because he had a water bottle. Matthew, the Cruise Director, reminded everyone to keep their masks on before each show.
The shows were excellent, as always. The members of the cast did not wear masks, unless called for by their character.
We didn’t watch any movies in the Buena Vista Theater, but I know it had the same basic rules. Food and drink were not allowed, and face coverings needed to remain on at all times.
Other shows in places like The Tube and D Lounge had a capacity limit. Tables were spaced apart, and there were signs to let people know if the venue was full.
There was also live background entertainment. We saw this mainly in the Atrium or the adult area.
Even though things were different, I think that Disney Cruise Line did an excellent job of keeping people safe with the live entertainment. I honestly didn’t miss having a show each evening, it was nice to be able to relax on the deck and watch the sunset a few times.
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