Disney World Reopening FAQs: Reservations, Health Screenings, Ticket Sales, and More

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Walt Disney World Reopening FAQs

This article has been updated with the latest information Disney released as of 6/19/2020.

New Walt Disney World Reservation System Information

Disney World Reservation System Details Released

Here’s what you need to know about making a Walt Disney World theme park reservation using the all-new Disney Park Pass System:

  • You need a My Disney Experience account, and you need to link your valid theme park ticket or annual pass (be sure to link the tickets and passes of all of the people in your party so you can make a park reservation at the same time). You also need to link your Disney Resort hotel reservation to your My Disney Experience account, if you have booked a stay at a Disney hotel.
  • Once you’ve logged into your My Disney Experience account and linked your ticketyou’ll have access to a calendar that will show the available reservation dates for each theme park.
  • If you have a multi-day ticket, you will be required to make a park reservation for each date of your visit.  Again, as a reminder, families and friends can link their tickets together and look to arrange theme park entries at the same time.
  • At this time, Disney says that Guests will only be able to select one park per day. Visiting more than one park per day will be temporarily unavailable upon the reopening of the theme parks due to attendance limitations.

Disney Confirms Park Hopping Will Not Be Allowed

Disney released the following information regarding park hopping:

Please note, park reservations are limited in number and subject to availability. Availability can change until the reservation is finalized. At this time, guests will be able to select one park per day; visiting more than one park per day will be temporarily unavailable upon the reopening of the theme parks due to attendance limitations. Guests with existing tickets that include the Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option have options available to them for ticket modifications and cancellations, and can visit DisneyWorld.com/Updates for more information. We hope to bring back the ability to visit more than one park per day soon and will continue to offer these add-ons for 2021 ticket purchases.

Related: Disney World Park Reservation Guide

WDW Annual Passholder Park Reservation Information

Annual Passholder information has been released. AP’s with valid theme park entrance will still need to use the reservations system. Blockout dates will still apply. Park hopping will not be allowed.

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Original article:

Today was a pixie-dusted day for Disney fans! The Walt Disney World Resort announced their reopening dates and plan submission for the theme parks. The plans still have to be approved, but similar to Universal Orlando’s reopening plans getting quick approval, we anticipate a quick turnaround with official confirmation soon.

Disney’s top priority has always been guest and cast safety, so we anticipate they will be carefully enforcing all the health and safety protocols to successfully reopen the resort theme parks and resort hotels.

So far, Disney Springs, the first U.S. Disney Parks property to reopen has been met with positive results. We hope the same happens at all four theme parks!

The reopening plan submission requested Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom reopening to reopen July 11th, and EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopening July 15th; an entire month after Universal Orlando’s proposed and approved dates.

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The news came with many questions from fans about all the new health and safety protocols that will be implemented to comply with the state and CDC guidelines that have been established. Thankfully, Disney is in the details, so they just released a thorough FAQ page that addresses most of the questions fans have been asking.

Here is the information from the official Walt Disney World Reopening FAQ page:

Welcoming You Back to Walt Disney World Resort

As we prepare for a phased reopening, we’ve made updates based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies. These measures are designed to promote:

  • Cleanliness
  • Physical distancing
  • Reduced contact

It may be different from the last time you visited. But together, we can find new ways to create magical moments—and memories to treasure.

Reopening With a New Park Reservation System

Pending approval from government agencies, Magic Kingdom park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will begin a phased reopening on July 11—with Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopening on July 15.

The parks will reopen with some important updates to promote physical distancing, including:

  • Park Reservations: Initially, park attendance will be managed through a new park reservation system. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date is required.
  • New Ticket Sales: At this time, new ticket sales are temporarily paused. Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold. Additional details will be shared with these Guests soon. New ticket sales will resume after that period of time.
  • New Disney Resort Hotel Reservations: At this time, new reservations at Disney Resort hotels are temporarily paused so we can focus on Guests with existing reservations (Disney Vacation Club Members can still make new reservations). Reservations will resume after that period of time.

Upon reopening, theme parks, Disney Resort hotels, restaurants, attractions, experiences and other offerings may be modified and will be limited in capacity and subject to limited availability or closure, based on direction from health experts and government officials to promote physical distancing.

Additionally, attractions, experiences (such as shows, parades and fireworks), services and amenities may have limited availability or may remain closed. We will provide more information as it becomes available. We reserve the right to cancel any reservations, admission media or purchases and provide applicable refunds. Please also see our policies regarding cancellations by Guests.

Top Things You Should Know

Here are the top things to know as you prepare to visit:

The page adds that guests should be aware that changes might be made to this information and encourages guests to check back often as they plan their visits to the most magical place on earth.

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Are you planning a visit soon with all these protocol changes? Or will you be waiting until all these temporary health and safety protocols subside before you return to the magic? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! 

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