Why You Should (Or Shouldn’t) Visit Disney World in 2020

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Packing for Disney World in 2020

The world as we know it has changed. For the first time ever, Disney Parks have had to close their doors around the world for extended periods of time. And as they attempt to re-open, guests have major concerns about the “new” Disney experience.

What will Disney Parks be like with social distancing and safety gear like face masks? Especially in the humid heat of a Central Florida summer. Will we be able to meet characters? Enjoy parades and fireworks? Chances are, all these magical experiences will have to be adjusted for the time being. However, we have great faith that no matter what, visiting a Disney Park will still have its fair share of magic and pixie dust.

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That is why we want to share with you our top three reasons to plan a visit during 2020 (when the parks reopen) and one reason why it might be best to wait.

Disney Parks Castles
Credit: Disney

Reason #1 – Low Crowds

The Walt Disney Company has its eyes set on Shanghai Disneyland, the first Disney Park to re-open its doors in this post-pandemic world. The park has adjusted its operations to observe the safety guidelines set in place in order to keep guests and cast safe. These currently include health screenings, face coverings, and social distancing made possible by limiting guest capacity.

Videos and photos of guests visiting have surfaced and one thing is clear… the park seems empty!

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If you have ever visited a Disney park when it was not busy, which is a rare experience lately, you know it’s a whole new world! Disney has figured out the value of an empty park experience and has created the After Hours events which limit ticket sales, allowing guests to enjoy the attractions and the park during the event with very few other Disney fans. These After Hours event tickets are not on the cheap end, and you only get 3-hours of this magical empty park time.

Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom

Considering the guest capacity percentages being set in place in Shanghai, if the Walt Disney World Resort reopens under the same measures, you will basically be able to experience those magical empty park moments if you choose to visit sooner than later. Without having to pay that extra ticket fee and for the entirety of your day visiting.

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Reason #2 – Good Offers Available

If you were among the poor unfortunate souls who had a visit planned during this closure, you were hopefully able to reschedule with one of the wonderful offers that Disney made available for affected guests.

Currently, both the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resorts are accepting reservations beginning in July. This does not guarantee the resorts will be open again, however, if you’re really set on visiting this year, we would recommend booking and then if Disney has to push your reservation back, you will likely be able to benefit from a retention offer like the ones Disney already made available for those previous canceled visits.

Need help with your magical vacation planning? Especially during these uncertain times, using a specialized Disney planner is invaluable. Then you won’t have to worry about rescheduling and hold times, and any other hiccups that might come with your booking. Our friends at Academy Travel would love to provide you with that assistance and their service is of no extra cost to you! So be sure to reach out for a no-cost, no-obligation quote for your 2020 visit!

Reason #3 – Because a day at Disney is better than any day elsewhere!

No matter what restrictions Disney will have in place, we can all agree that a day at the happiest or most magical places on earth is better than a day anywhere else! So why not dream up and plan that visit soon? We are confident Disney is going to go the extra mile to make up for whatever shortcomings these upcoming visits will have.

So, if you feel safe and so inclined, pack your bags, and get to Disney as soon as it reopens. We will be there with our masks and bells on right along with you!

The #1 Reason to wait – Disney World’s 50th Anniversary!

Our number one reason we would recommend waiting on planning a visit until 2021 is for all the exciting things that are coming for the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary!

From new attractions like TRON Lightcycle Power Run that is set to open for the celebration to a reimagined Epcot, there will be so much to look forward to in addition to hopefully some more normalcy in the park’s operational procedures.

TRON lightcycle ride vehicle
Credit: Disney

You can read more about everything that is coming for the 50th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort here!

What are your thoughts? Will you plan a visit once the U.S. Disney Parks reopen or are you going to wait until they normalize and offer a more complete experience like before? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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