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A Fun Quiz About Flags

A Fun Quiz About Flags that Will Get Your Brain Thinking During These Stay at Home Times

Many of us are sitting at home, hanging out with our families, binge-watching Netflix or another streaming service, and trying to find the energy to figure out what we are having for dinner at the end of every day.  While things are a little topsy-turvy right now, I thought we could all use a little fun in our days.  Or at least get our brains thinking in a way they probably haven’t in quite some time!

Are you ready for fun quiz about flags?

Let’s begin!

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Q. Which is the only national flag in the world that doesn’t include any of the colors, red, white, and blue?

Jamaica is the only national flag in the world that doesn’t include red, white, and blue.  The colors of the Jamaican flag are gold, black, and green.

Quiz About Flags: The flag of Jamaica.
The Jamaican flag is displayed in front of one of the best beaches in Jamaica – Negril Beach, Jamaica.

Q. Which is the only country whose flag depicts humans?

Belize is the only country who has a flag that depicts humans and there are two people on their flag.

The flag of Belize
The Belize flag depicts two men on it and is the only flag of any country in the world to have humans on it.

Q. Which is the only country whose flag has purple on it?

This is actually a trick question, because there are two countries that have purple on their flags.  Those countries are Nicaragua and Dominica.

Quiz About Flags: The flag of Nicaragua
Though minimal, the flag of Nicaragua does have a small bit of purple in it.

Q. Which is the only country which does not have a rectangular flag?

Nepal’s flag has two triangular shapes, like pendants, combined together to make their unique non-rectangular flag.  However, it is important to note that Switzerland’s flag is not rectangular either, because it is shaped like a square.

Quiz About Flags: Flag of Nepal
The triangular flag of Nepal flying with the Himalayas in the background at Poon Hill.

Q. Which is the only country whose flag is different on the front and back?

Paraguay’s flag has their coat of arms on the front and their treasury is on the back.

The National Pantheon Of The Heroes In Asuncion, Paraguay.
National Pantheon Of The Heroes In Asuncion, Paraguay. It is the mausoleum where lie the remains of great heroes of Paraguayan history.

Q. Which is the only country whose flag has a different meaning if it is flown upside down?

The flag of the Philippines has a different meaning when it is flown upside down.  When it is flown the correct way, everything is fine in the country.  However, when the flag is flipped over and flown upside down, it means the Philippines is at war.

Fun Quiz about the flag of the Philippines
The flag of the Philippines flies the ‘correct’ way, signaling times of peace. Here’s to hoping the flag flies in this orientation for a long time to come.

Q. Which country has changed its flag 22 times since the year 1900?

Afghanistan has changed their flag this many times and the country changed their flag a few times prior to 1900 as well.

Interesting Quiz about the flag of Afghanistan
The flag of Afghanistan flying at Wazir, Akbar.

Q. What is the oldest national flag in the world?

The oldest national flag in the world is Denmark’s flag.  The design was created in 1625 and the square shape was in use by 1748.

Quiz About Flags: Denmark's flag
Denmark’s flag flies over Copenhagen harbor.

How did you do with these quiz questions about flags?  Did you know all the answers, or did you learn something new?  Hopefully, you enjoyed this quiz and it got your mind off everything else that is going on right now!

If you want more quizzes like these, let us know and we will see what else we can come up with!

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Missing Out on a Trip to Washington DC? Check Out These Virtual Tours Immediately!

Washington DC is a massive city and it is incredibly difficult to see all the attractions and landmarks during just one visit. If you have always wanted to see as many sights as you can, you may want to take a virtual tour of some of the best places in this area.

Check Out These Virtual Tours in Washington DC Immediately

Virtual Tours in Washington DC

1. Mount Vernon

George Washington’s home is not too far outside Washington DC, although it can take forever to get there thanks to the plethora of traffic on the roads. A virtual tour will have you seeing a lot of the first President’s home, as well as the grounds.

President George Washington Home At Mount Vernon In Virginia
President George Washington Home At Mount Vernon In Virginia

2. US Botanic Gardens

It can take hours to wander around the US Botanic Gardens, but you can see the botanic garden, conservatory, and even parts of Bartholdi Park in no time at all with a virtual tour. You can choose between an audio or video tour, although, I prefer the second. After all, isn’t the whole point of wandering through a garden being able to see it?!

The National US Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC, USA.
The National US Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC, USA.

3. Capitol Hill

You can’t do a true virtual tour of Capitol Hill, but you can easily learn more about each building during this unique virtual tour option. You can explore each building on the hill, even the ones you would not normally be allowed to enter.

United States Capitol Building At Sunset, Washington Dc, Usa
United States Capitol Building At Sunset, Washington Dc, Usa

4. Tidal Basin

A virtual tour of the Tidal Basin will have you seeing the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial in addition to the walking paths and the basin itself. You can also see the Reflecting Pool during this little tour.

The tidal basin in Washington DC with the Washington Monument in the distance.
The tidal basin in Washington DC with the Washington Monument in the distance.

5. Library of Congress

Anyone who loves to read will want to visit the Library of Congress in person, but since that is currently not possible, you must make do with a virtual tour. This is an amazing three hundred sixty-degree tour that will show you all the must-see details of this gorgeous building.

The Library of Congress in Washington, The library officially serves the U.S. Congress
The Library of Congress in Washington, The library officially serves the U.S. Congress

6. National Air and Space Museum

There are a couple different virtual tours through this museum, but a favorite is going to be the Out of This World Exhibit. Go back in time and see what you remember about space and those who explored it with this virtual tour.

Visitors enjoy The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
Visitors enjoy The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

These are some of the best virtual tours of areas throughout Washington DC, but you will find many more. I recommend starting with these and then checking to see if your favorite spot in DC has a virtual tour you could watch to see if anything changed.

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Take a Virtual Tour of These Historical Sites Around the US

You might not be able to travel from state to state right now, but that shouldn’t stop you from seeing some of the magnificent historical sites around the US from your home. A few simple keystrokes on your computer will have you seeing parts of buildings and landmarks you may have only dreamed about until now.

Virtual Tour of Historical Sites Around the US

1. The White House

The White House is a massive building that is full of history. While you cannot see everything inside the home of the President, you can see enough to keep your curiosity at bay. The rooms you will see on these virtual tours are the ones you would see during any of the public tours of this building.

Virtual Tour Historical Sites - The White House, Washington DC
The White House, Washington DC

2. Gettysburg

The war in Gettysburg was horrendous and the area is still much like it was all those years ago. You can listen to the same instructions you would receive if you were driving the battlefield route, plus you can see different panoramas during this virtual tour. Nothing compares to seeing this destination in person, but this is an excellent back-up plan.

Cannons and monuments in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Cannons and monuments in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

3. Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell can be found within Independence Hall in Philadelphia and it is one of the many historical attractions in the city. While a virtual tour of this bell will show you everything you need to know about its historical significance, it won’t get you close to a true Philly cheesesteak. Therefore, make sure you add this destination to your travel list soon!

Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia

4. Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore is currently open, but that doesn’t mean you can travel there to see it in person. If you want to see this massive carved mountain and really appreciate the intricate details that were included, you must take this virtual tour.

Virtual Tour of Historical Sites like Classic view of Mount Rushmore
Classic view of Mount Rushmore

5. Plymouth Rock

What may have seemed like an insignificant rock a few hundred years ago has turned into a historical site thanks to the pilgrims discovering Plymouth Colony back in 1620. You will see where the rock sits today, which is in the same location it was all those years ago. This was not always the case, because the rock was moved a couple times before, but it has always found its way home.

Portico around Plymouth rock- Plymouth, Massachusetts
Portico around Plymouth rock- Plymouth, Massachusetts

You don’t need to venture out your front door to see these historic sites in the US, thanks to these virtual tours. Watch at least one of them today and see where it takes you, because it may get your brain churning to create a travel bucket list, learn more about the specific area you just watched, or find a way to at least take a break from the show you have been binge-watching from the beginning.

Let us know if you knew the virtual tour of historical sites around the US or if you were completely surprised with this list.

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Trip to the National Parks Postponed? See Them Virtually!

Trips to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and even Yellowstone are currently a thing of the past. However, that doesn’t mean you need to live without the beauty of these areas right now.

You can easily take a virtual tour of thirty-one of the national parks via Google Earth. Imagine seeing a few alligators within the Everglades, without risking your arm or leg, or gazing down deep into the Grand Canyon, without even leaving your bed. You can do all this and so much more through Google Earth’s virtual tours.

The Best Virtual Tours of National Parks

The Everglades

This virtual tour will have you seeing sights that include the Otter Cave Hammock Trail, Anhinga Trail, and Miccosukee Indian Village.

Grand Canyon National Park

Imagine lying in bed and seeing sights that include the Bright Angel Trailhead, Maricopa Point, and Hermit’s Rest. You definitely won’t regret spending some time looking at the canyon’s gorgeous views!

Toroweap point at sunrise, Grand Canyon National Park.
Toroweap point at sunrise, Grand Canyon National Park.

Yellowstone National Park

During the Yellowstone virtual tour, you can see the Norris Geyser Basin up close, as well as Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is incredible, and you will love looking at Tunnel View, Sentinel Bridge, Yosemite Falls, and so much more during your virtual tour!

Redwood National Park

This virtual tour will have you wandering around Lady Bird Johnson Grove, stopping at the Big Tree Wayside, and even seeing how a car can fit through the Klamath Tour Thru Tree.

Sequoia vs Man. Giant Sequoias Forest and the tourist with backpack.
Sequoia vs Man. Giant Sequoias Forest and the tourist with backpack.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Laurel Falls Trail is the perfect place to start during a virtual tour of the Smoky Mountains. From there, you can continue on to the Noah “Bud” Ogle Cabin, Newfound Gap, and Mingus Mill. History abounds in this park and it all blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings.

Acadia National Park

This beautiful park in Maine is a must-see for everyone, but you will need to make do with a virtual tour for now. Start with Thunder Hole, before venturing on to Otter Cliff, Jordan Pond, and Cadillac Mountain. At that point, you may be hungry from all the views, so take a little time to relax with the beauty of Sand Beach, as you grab a bite to eat.

Arcadia National Park, Jordan Pond
Arcadia National Park, Jordan Pond

These are only a few of the many national parks you can tour virtually through Google Earth. We recommend that you start with these and then see where your virtual vacation takes you next!

Let me know when you book your next virtual tours of National Parks.

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Getting Travel Hungry? Check Out These Virtual Tours of Some Amazing Landmarks around the World

Not being able to travel is one of the worst things that can happen to some people. However, being stuck at home, or simply in one part of the world, for long periods of time doesn’t mean you need to miss out on all the incredible sights this world has to offer! Instead of only dreaming of when you can travel again, I recommend that you take a virtual tour of some of the best landmarks around the world.

Check Out These Virtual Tours of Some Amazing Landmarks around the World

1. Taj Mahal

As you probably know, the Taj Mahal is over in India and this gorgeous sight was constructed during the 17th century for the Emperor’s late wife. While the Taj Mahal is best seen in person, you will still find yourself breathless with all the intricate details you are seeing online.

The Taj Mahal in India.
The Taj Mahal in India.

2. Ellis Island

The only way to see Ellis Island in person is to take a ferry out during a tour of the island and the Statue of Liberty. This island is where immigrants arrived from 1892 and 1954 to start a new life in the United States. This virtual tour will allow you to see where these immigrants spent their time shortly after they arrived and all the history that was made since then.

Virtual tour of Ellis Island & Downtown Manhattan, New York.
Ellis Island & Downtown Manhattan, New York.

3. Palace of Versailles

There are many castles and palaces around the world, but this is one of the best in the country of France. The elegant building is matched with picture perfect grounds and you can see it all during this tour. Pay close attention to the highlights of this tour, which includes the Coronation Chamber, Royal Chapel, and the Hall of Mirrors.

VERSAILLES, FRANCE - The Royal Palace in Versailles.
VERSAILLES, FRANCE – The Royal Palace in Versailles.

4. The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China has been in place for more than two thousand years now and continues along three thousand miles of land. While you can see it while visiting many different areas of China, this virtual tour will have you seeing it during a hike from Jinshanling to Simatai.

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China

5. Acropolis

The Acropolis has been part of Greek history for so many years now and while it has been restored wonderfully, it is still showing its age. If you have never seen this magnificent attraction in person, you must take a virtual tour to see why you must add it to your list when you start to travel once again.

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece virtual tour
The Acropolis of Athens, Greece, with the Parthenon Temple on top of the hill during a summer sunset. Greece is currently open to American tourists.

These are only some of the landmarks around the world that you can take a virtual tour of. A little research will have you finding more, so make sure you share your favorites with me in the comments!

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Love Animals? Check Out These Virtual Tours of Zoos and Aquariums to See Animals Up Close

Seeing the animals playing and running around at a zoo, or swimming around at an aquarium, is a lot of fun. This is why these types of attractions are popular for vacations, as well as ordinary days if you live close enough to one. Are you currently missing out on all your furry, and slimy, friends?
Well, you do not need to go without your favorite animal fix, because many of the zoos and aquariums are offering virtual tours, or at least animal cams, to allow you to watch these animals from your home.

Check Out These Virtual Tours of Zoos and Aquariums to See Animals Up Close

1. Smithsonian Zoo

The Smithsonian Zoo in Washington DC has five different animal cams for you to watch any time you wish. The animals you can see include lions, pandas, elephants, naked mole-rats, and the newest additions of cheetah cubs.

Amur tiger at Smithsonian Zoo in Washington DC.
Amur tiger at Smithsonian Zoo in Washington DC.

2. Zoo Atlanta

The zoo in Atlanta also has a giant panda camera that you can watch while you are stuck at home, so you can always tune in there to see if those pandas are doing anything different than the ones in DC.

Entrance to Zoo Atlanta. The zoo houses more than 1,500 animals and welcomed roughly 866,000 visitors a year.
Entrance to Zoo Atlanta. The zoo houses more than 1,500 animals and welcomed roughly 866,000 visitors a year.

3. Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium has many different live cameras for you to watch, so you will feel as if you are right inside without leaving your home. In addition to seeing beluga whales, you can see jellyfish, sea otters, piranhas, and alligators.

 The Georgia Aquarium facade at night in Atlanta, Georgia. The boat shaped landmark is the world's largest aquarium with more than 8 million gallons of water.
The Georgia Aquarium facade at night in Atlanta, Georgia. The boat shaped landmark is the world’s largest aquarium with more than 8 million gallons of water.

4. San Diego Zoo

Out of all the zoos streaming live camera feeds, San Diego Zoo has the most. You could honestly sit in one spot all day long, as you switch between apes, baboons, condors, elephants, giraffes, koalas, owls, pandas, penguins, polar bears, and tigers.

Tourists and locals just in front the main entrance of San Diego Zoo in California, USA.
Tourists and locals just in front the main entrance of San Diego Zoo in California, USA.

5. National Aquarium

It is easy to go floor by floor throughout this amazing aquarium in Baltimore. There’s even easy to follow instructions you can use to make the most out of this virtual tour. If you are interested in one part of the aquarium over the rest, feel free to check out the scene section to choose your favorite.

Long exposure of the Waterfront Promenade and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.
Long exposure of the Waterfront Promenade and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.

6. Monterey Bay Aquarium

There are many different live cams to watch during a virtual tour of this aquarium, so you can watch everything from birds and jellyfish to sea otters and penguins. However, I feel like your favorite camera view will be the ones that share the sharks swimming around.

Monterey bay aquarium building.
Monterey bay aquarium building.

This will get you started on loving your favorite animals again, while you discover new zoos and aquariums to visit in the future! Check these virtual tours and live cams out now and then let me know if you are aware of any others that are keeping you busy watching animals during these longer days!

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Miss Wandering Through Museums? Check Out These Virtual Museum Tours You Can Do from Home!

There are thousands of museums all around the world and you could spend hours wandering around each one during extraordinary vacations. However, what happens when all these museums shut down and you are stuck at home? Do you automatically need to lose out on all that culture you have grown to love?

Thankfully, the answer to that last question is no, because you can take a virtual tour of some of the best museums in the world!

Check Out These Virtual Museum Tours You Can Do from Home

1. Musée d’Orsay

This museum in Paris is filled with artwork from the late 19th century through the early 20th century. Famous works of art by French artists like Gaugin and Monet grace these walls and you can see them firsthand during a virtual tour.

Virtual Museum Tour of Sunset view of Orsay Museum on left bank of Seine, Paris, France.
Sunset view of Orsay Museum on left bank of Seine, Paris, France.

2. Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh may have led a tragic life, but his paintings and drawings show both the good in his life and the bad. A virtual tour of this museum will show you the largest collection of his work, including hundreds of personal letters.

Crowd in front of the new wing of the Van Gogh Museum with sunflowers in the foreground.
Crowd in front of the new wing of the Van Gogh Museum with sunflowers in the foreground.

3. Anne Frank Museum

So many people have heard about Anne Frank and what she endured during the Holocaust, but a virtual tour of this museum will have you seeing it up close. This is an excellent way to share history with your children or simply compare your thoughts from reading her diary to what everything really looked like when she was in hiding.

The Anne Frank House Museum is one of Amsterdam's most popular museums opened in 1960.
The Anne Frank House Museum is one of Amsterdam’s most popular museums opened in 1960.

4. British Museum

There are so many museums within London, but the British Museum is one of the best. If you want to explore the history of this city, as well as the entire country and the locals that live there, you must take this virtual tour. The best features of this tour include Egyptian mummies, the Great Court, and the Rosetta Stone.

Virtual Museum Tour of The British Museum in London, England, UK.
The British Museum in London, England, UK.

5. National Gallery of Art

There are two different virtual tours of this Washington DC Museum, so you can see everything from American fashion to paintings by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.

View of the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art West Building on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
View of the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art West Building on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

These are just some of the museums that offer virtual tours that you can do from the comfort of your own home. I recommend starting with these and then seeing if your favorite museum of all time has their own virtual tour you can watch to relive the memories you have made there in the past!

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Airlines and the Fallout from COVID 19: What Aircrafts are No Longer in Service

It is not surprising that airlines are suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, because not too many people are traveling. What may surprise people though is that some airlines have retired certain aircrafts permanently. While we do not know what this will mean for future flights, we can share which aircrafts have been grounded permanently.

What Aircrafts are No Longer in Service After the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID 19 Fallout

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines was not supposed to retire its MD-88s and MD-90s until a much later date, but they are now exiting by the beginning of June. By the end of this year, all their Boeing 777-200s, of which there are eighteen of, will be retired. This is how big the Covid 19 fallout.

Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-88 was taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-88 was taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

American Airlines

American Airlines was planning on retiring many different aircrafts by the end of this year, but they are moving up their timeline now. The aircrafts they are retiring include all their Embraer E190s, Boeing 757s, Boeing 767s, Airbus 330-300s, and Bombardier CRJ200s.

American Airlines Boeing 757 passing over Maho Beach
American Airlines Boeing 757 passing over Maho Beach with tourists posing for photos enjoying vacations. Airplane registered N200UU on final approach.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines will be retiring all their B777-200/ER aircrafts. While some of them are in Alice Springs, NT, Australia right now, they will be moved to their final destination once it is safe.

Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines is starting to retire some of its fleet. They are starting with all their A319s, as well as three of the six of their B767-300s. In 2022, the rest of this airline’s Dash 8 fleet will be retired.

Air Transat

Air Transat was not supposed to retire its last A310 until its last scheduled flight at the end of April. However, COVID-19 wreaked havoc on those plans and caused this airline to retire it early.

Air Canada

Air Canada is currently retiring seventy-nine of its aircraft. The retired aircrafts include Boeing 767s, Airbus 319s, and the Embraer 190s.

Covid 19 fallout on Air Canada
Air Canada Boeing 767-375 (ER) takes off from Schiphol Airport.

IAG Group

The IAG Group will be focusing on the possibility of retiring their BA B747s and their A340s early. No final decision has been made, but the prospects of keeping them up in the air are slim.

British Airways Boeing 747-400 airplane London Heathrow airport (LHR) OneWorld special livery in the United Kingdom.
British Airways Boeing 747-400 airplane London Heathrow airport (LHR) OneWorld special livery in the United Kingdom.

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic Airlines recently announced that they will be retiring all their B747-400s and A330-200s. They also retired their last A340-600 at the end of March.

Air France

The A380s of Air France are no longer in service. These aircraft have been slowly retired since the beginning of January, but the speed has been ramping up with the current circumstances.

This Airbus A380-861 type code A388 is Operation by Air France. The registration number is F-HPJG. Take off from Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport).
This Airbus A380-861 type code A388 is Operation by Air France. The registration number is F-HPJG. Take off from Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport).

KLM

KLM recently retired all their Boeing 747-400s, which was a year earlier than planned. There are still three of these aircraft in flight, but they are only being used to transport cargo over to Shanghai.

A KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-400 taking off on April 21, 2015 in Amsterdam. KLM is the largest airline of the Netherlands with its hub at Amsterdam airport.
A KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-400 taking off on April 21, 2015 in Amsterdam. KLM is the largest airline of the Netherlands with its hub at Amsterdam airport.

Lufthansa

Lufthansa is planning to use less aircraft in the near future and that is why they have been retiring many different aircrafts. Their Airbus A320s are being phased out, as are some of their Airbus A380s, Boeing 747-400s, and Airbus 340-300s. Some of these may end up returning in the future, but for now they are listed on the retired list.

There will be fewer aircraft in the sky once travel fully resumes after COVID-19 and it is unknown how long that will be the case. However, we do know that these aircrafts will be retired, and that new aircraft will be needed if, and when, these airlines determine they need more planes in the sky.

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Reopening Plans for Walt Disney World Hotels and Theme Parks

The rides at all the Walt Disney theme parks in Florida have been quiet for the last few months, while the animals over at Animal Kingdom have been missing their guest friends. There was a time when reopening plans were up in the air, but now, Disney has a plan so everyone can make magical Disney moments once again!

Beautiful sunset sky day with flying air balloon in Lake Buena Vista.
Beautiful sunset sky day with flying air balloon in Lake Buena Vista.

The current reopening plans will need to be approved prior to the July 11th and July 15th opening dates. However, since Disney has already successfully opened its Shanghai Disney Resort, as well as Disney Springs, they are sure their plan will be approved.

The first part of the reopening plan will have fewer guests within the parks and none of the parades or fireworks will be happening for a while. Character meets will not exist in the near future and neither will the popular makeovers. That doesn’t mean guests won’t see their favorite characters though. It just means the experience will be a little different!

Amazing view of Manta Ray Rollercoaster at Sea World Theme Park at Sea World in International Drive area.
Amazing view of Manta Ray Rollercoaster at Sea World Theme Park at Sea World in International Drive area.

In order to keep the number of guests lower, everyone will need to make a reservation to enter the park of their choice. New ticket sales and reservations will be unavailable for some time, so those that already have tickets will be allowed access first. Once those who have tickets, as well as annual passholders have had their chance to secure their reservations, new ticket sales will be available on a limited basis.

All the Disney Vacation Club Resorts in Orlando, as well as the Disney Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, will be opening to guests on June 22nd. Social distancing measures have been put in place, as have extensive cleaning and safety measures.

A family heads to the entrance of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
A family heads to the entrance of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Disney is looking forward to welcoming guests back into their parks and hotels once again. While they have not released the reservation system as of yet, they state it will be available shortly.

Disney does want guests to understand that everyone ages three and up will be required to wear masks while visiting the theme parks and in the common areas of all the hotels. There will also be a temperature check station for all guests entering the theme parks.

Everyone will be asked to consider cashless transactions and cleaning will take place in between customers. All high-traffic areas will be cleaned continuously throughout the day as well.

Entrance Arch of Walt Disney Theme Parks at Lake Buena Vista area.
Entrance Arch of Walt Disney Theme Parks at Lake Buena Vista area.

Disney does not have all their new health and safety measures ready for release yet, but they will be releasing them shortly as well. Until that time, everyone can enjoy everything that is open within Disney Springs. Guests should not worry, because all these new guidelines will be in place, and in force, prior to the theme park openings in July.

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Summer Activities and Their Level of Risk for You and Your Family

Almost the entire world has been in a quarantine of some form or another for at least two months now, so we completely understand why you want to get out and live life like you normally would. However, any actions that you take can increase your risk of becoming infected with COVID-19. Of course, your risk is dependent on many other things like your age, health, the number of cases where you live, and the precautions you take every time you leave your home.

It is a known fact that the fewer people you are around, the lower your risk will be and vice versa. According to Dr. Emily Landon, who is a epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist at University of Chicago Medicine, “Always choose outdoors over indoor, always choose masking over not masking and always choose more space for fewer people over a smaller space.”.

Summer Activities and Their Level of Risk for You and Your Family

Low Risks Summer Activities

Exercising Outside

It is quite easy to stay socially distanced from others while you are exercising outside, unless you are trying to play team sports. As long as you are walking, running, riding a bike, or doing another activity on your own, your risk will be very low. Team sports like tennis and golf can be done practically risk-free if you follow the guidelines and limit your contact with others.

Basically, the more people you are around, the higher your risk will be, so it is best to limit yourself to a group of one for your workouts. You should also have a mask handy in case you end up getting closer to people while you are exercising. Among all summer activities personally I like this the most.

Exercising outdoors is very safe and it's unlikely one would catch Covid19.
Exercising outdoors is very safe and it’s unlikely one would catch Covid19.

Enjoying Time at a Local Pool or Beach

The risk of spending time at a local pool or beach is quite low, but you must use common safety precautions during your visit. The water will dilute the virus, so the chances of you being infected while in the water is slim. However, if you are standing directly next to a person and they start coughing or talking, you will have a higher risk.

Your best option is to stay at least six feet from other people who are not in your immediate group. This includes the time you are waiting to enter the area and using the bathrooms. The best time to visit these two locations are either early in the morning or later in the day, because those are considered the off-peak times.

Camping

As long as you are just with your immediate family, camping is an excellent way to get out to enjoy the outdoors. Since this is an outdoor activity where you can isolate yourself from others, it is considered lower risk. The risk increases when you are at popular campgrounds where it is more crowded.

It is best to camp in an RV since you will have your own bathroom. However, you can be safe using public restrooms if they are cleaned regularly and properly, as well as using proper social distancing while you are in them.

Going camping is a safe way to enjoy time with family or friends while more than likely avoiding Covid19.
Going camping is a safe way to enjoy time with family or friends while more than likely avoiding Covid19.

Allowing People to Use Your Bathroom

Your own personal bathroom is easy to clean quite well, so there is little risk to allowing people to use it. All you need to do is clean all the high-touch surfaces, like toilets, sinks, and the door, really well afterwards.

Vacationing at a Vacation Home with One Other Household

Going to a vacation home with another household is not as risky as it may appear, especially if you all have been staying away from other people. The risk only increases if at least one person in one of the households needs to go into work every day or hasn’t been practicing social distancing.

It is best to go over all the necessary precautions before the trip, so everyone has the same expectations. You should also make sure that no one has a temperature, or signs of any illness, before departing for your time away from home.

Staying in a vacation home is relatively low risk.
Staying in a vacation home is relatively low risk.

Low to Medium Risks

Backyard Gathering with One Household Other than Your Own

It is not too risky to have a get together in your backyard if you are only with one small group of people, but there are risks involved. It is best to invite a family who has been following all the social distancing guidelines instead of one who has been going everywhere without masks.

You should also have everyone bring their own food and drinks, as well as plates and utensils. This will ensure that everyone isn’t touching the same items in the middle of your party. If you can stay six feet apart from each other, you will not need to wear masks. This is best, because it is impossible to eat and drink with a mask on anyway. However, if the kids are playing together, they should wear a mask for the safety of the entire group.

Using Public Restrooms

People have had risks of contracting many different diseases in restrooms over the years, but the way all restrooms are designed ensure that transmission is low. The risk of using a restroom is going to be dependent on how often, and how well, the restroom you are using is cleaned.

Smaller restrooms are going to be riskier to use than larger bathrooms, simply due to the space constraints. It is best to only use restrooms that look clean and are stocked with extra paper towels, toilet paper, and soap. As you are using the restroom, practice social distancing, and then wash your hands well before you leave.

Staying at Hotels

Simply checking into a hotel and going straight to your room will allow you to face minimal risks. However, higher risks come into play when you begin to use all those common areas like the swimming pool, fitness center, and the lobby.

To minimize your risks even more, we recommend using disinfectant wipes to clean all the common surfaces in your hotel room. The bedspread should also not be used as a covering since they are often used for multiple guests. Most hotels are implementing new cleaning protocols, so you may want to check them out before reserving your room.

Checking into a hotel is relatively low risk if everyone is using a mask.
Checking into a hotel is relatively low risk if everyone is using a mask.

Medium to High Risks Summer Activities

Eating Indoors at Restaurants

One of the higher risks you can have right now is dining at a restaurant while sitting at the indoor tables. Not too many people rush through their meals at a restaurant, so you will be exposed to people for a much longer period of time. Plus, if the heat or air conditioning is on, it can blow droplets of the virus from table to table.

Some restaurants will be safer than others, but it is dependent on what precautions the restaurants have put into place. Spaced out seating, single use condiments, servers wearing masks, and multiple handwashing stations can reduce the risk greatly. If you want to lower your risk at a restaurant, you may want to find one that offers outdoor seating.

Sitting indoors poses a greater risk of catching covid19 if not vaccinated.
Sitting indoors poses a greater risk of catching covid19 if not vaccinated.

Outdoor Gatherings with More than 10 People

There are so many gatherings during the summer months, and you are going to want to attend all the graduations, weddings, birthday parties, and other special events. The larger the guest list, the higher of a chance you have of getting too close to a person who has been exposed to the virus.

If you must have a gathering, you should limit the number of people in attendance. You should also avoid traveling long distances to go to gatherings and avoid inviting people from out of town to your gatherings. Older relatives, and people with underlying conditions, may want to avoid these types of gatherings as well.

Visiting a Salon or Barber

Unfortunately, getting your haircut involves a person being quite close to you. It is impossible to avoid being in close contact with a person during a haircut, so you must use proper protection if you want to keep everyone safe.

You, and the person cutting your hair, should wear masks and make sure everyone washes their hands in between customers. It is also best to not have long conversations when you are getting your hair cut.

High Risks Summer Activities

Indoor Religious Services

All religious services require people to meet in a sometimes-small space for long periods of time. Those cramped quarters, and larger numbers of people, can create outbreaks at a much faster pace. This is especially true when people are singing, because droplets can be released from a person’s mouth.

Reducing the crowds inside and making sure people are wearing masks can be helpful during religious services to avoid spreading the virus. You should also avoid sharing hymnals and any other worship items.

Partying at Nightclubs

Almost every nightclub has tons of people in close quarters and everyone is singing, dancing, sweating, and staying in close contact with each other. All those things put this summer activity higher up on the risk level factor. There really is no way to make this experience safer at the moment, so this is one activity you should probably check off your list for a while.

Multiple Risk Levels

Going to a Mall

There is really no set risk level for shopping at malls, because every mall is different. Some malls have very few people shopping in them, while others are always packed with people. The good news is that most people do not stay in one place for too long, so that helps lower the risk level.

If you want to have the lowest risk possible, you must go to an outdoor mall instead of an indoor mall. Skip the food court and instead focus on getting in and out with exactly what you went there for. It is best to go during off-peak times, but still wear a mask and either wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.

As you can see, there are a few summer activities that are safer than others on this list. It will be up to you to decide which risks you are willing to take and which ones you want to avoid for now. Whichever risks you decide to take, it is going to be important to practice social distancing and wear a mask whenever you cannot stay at least six feet away from people.

Let us know if you knew the summer activities or if you were completely surprised with this list.