Disney fans rejoice! The Walt Disney World Resort is reopening, and once again, you and your family can visit the most magical place on earth. Starting July 11, Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will reopen their doors to visitors, and EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will follow suit beginning July 15. Select resort hotels are open starting June 22.
Because of the current situation, Disney is implementing new measures that align with the government guidelines on physical distancing. This includes a limit on attendance and controlled guest density. They will also be implementing a new Park Reservation System so you can start getting your tickets and reservations ahead of time.
To help you understand the current reservation system, we’ve created a guide on how you can book your family vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort theme park.
The Disney Park Pass System
The Disney Park Pass system is a new implementation that will help regulate and manage attendance, starting from the reopening dates onwards. All guests who will purchase tickets and Annual Passes are required to book their park entry in advance. You can make a reservation for your chosen park using My Disney Experience. If you have a multi-day ticket, you will need to reserve your parks for every day of your visit. There will be no park hopping at this time.
If you have a ticket with a Park Hopper Option, you have options for ticket modifications and cancellations as multiple park entries per day are currently unavailable.
You will want to make your park reservations as soon as your window opens; see below. Please note, travel advisors are not able to make your park reservations for you.
Guests with Package Reservations
For those with WDW package reservations, create your My Disney Experience account and link your valid theme park ticket or Annual Pass and your Disney Resort Hotel reservation to your account. In your My Disney Experience account, you can access the calendar of available reservation dates and make a reservation for each day of your stay. You can also link your tickets with your family or friends so you can book theme park entries simultaneously. For children, making a reservation will require their birth dates. The new Park Reservation System will go live at 7:00 am EST starting June 22.
Existing Ticket Holders and Annual Pass Holders
Existing ticket holders and annual pass holders will get more information from Disney starting this week on how they can make their park reservations beginning on June 26 for Annual Passholders and June 28 for ticket holders.
2021 Reservations and Plans
If you plan to book a reservation for 2021, you can purchase your theme park tickets and hotel packages by June 28. Just head on to DisneyWorld.com to see the park reservation availabilities first. Then contact us to help you make your plans!
If you have a room-only reservation for 2021, you can convert your booking to a package with tickets starting on June 24. You can then make your park reservations. Be sure to link everything in My Disney Experience.
2020 reservations and ticket sales will hopefully open up again at some point in the coming months.
How to Plan Your Walt Disney World Resort Vacation
All guests aged 2 and above will be required to wear masks. You will have your temperature checked before entering the parks. Many shows and attractions will be closed or changed. There will be no fireworks or character dining for the time being.
If you have plans to visit Walt Disney World Resort, you might be searching now for affordable deals on airfare. While it is advisable to start looking at cheap airfare ahead of time so you can decide on your Disney World vacation dates, you shouldn’t book a flight until your reservations to the parks of your choice have been accepted and confirmed.
Not all Walt Disney World Resort hotels are opening or accepting new reservations right now. When this will change, we are not sure.
There are no dining plans for the remainder of 2020, and there’s no word yet if these will be allowed for 2021. Disney is offering limited dining reservations, but you have to reserve 60 days in advance of your departure date.
As of now, only restaurants at resorts are accepting reservations. When park restaurants resume accepting reservations, you will need a park ticket, park reservation, and a dining reservation to be able to eat at the restaurant. Quick service restaurants are not affected by this, though not all may be open.
There will be no FastPass+ reservations for the time being either. However, as the parks will open at 25% capacity, we are anticipating crowds to be low.
The current changes in Disney’s policies may continue to evolve, but we will keep you updated on new developments. Check out our Disney website here for more information. Click on the Know Before You Go tab under Walt Disney World. Follow us on social media to keep up to date on all of the changes. And make sure to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
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