A Comprehensive Guide to Disney World’s Reopening

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With Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida beginning its phased reopening on July 11 (Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom) and continuing on July 15 (EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios), there are a lot of changes that Guests need to be aware of. Even if you’re a seasoned Disney Parks visitor, keeping track of how the Disney World experience has changed after the park’s recent closure can seem overwhelming.

Here, we’ve rounded-up some FAQs to help you plan your next Walt Disney World trip as easily and efficiently as possible. As always, stay tuned to ITM for the latest Disney Parks reopening updates from around the world!

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What do I need to enter the theme parks?

As per Disney World’s website, each WDW Guest must bring:

Disney also recommends bringing:

  • The latest version of the My Disney Experience app on your mobile device, with location services and notifications enabled
  • A cashless or contactless form of payment

What are the temperature screening guidelines?

The official Walt Disney World temperature screening details are as follows:

During the initial reopening period, Guests will undergo a temperature screening prior to park entry. Based on guidance from health authorities, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 F or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. Those with temperatures of 100.4 F or above will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed entry either.

It is important to note that everyone in your party will be denied entry to Disney World if one of you has a fever. This information is new and could have a major impact on your Disney vacation.

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How will Disney theme park reservations work?

The previously mentioned Disney Park Pass system will allow Guests to make necessary Disney theme park reservations, potentially through 2021. This new system is designed to help with crowd control in each of Disney World’s four parks and two water parks.

As per Disney:

To enter a park, both a park reservation AND valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for each person in your party ages 3 and up (limit one park per day).

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. For the time being, all Guests will be required to make a reservation in advance for each park entry. If you have a multi-day ticket, you will be required to make a park reservation for each date of your visit.

Note that park hopping and resort hopping are both unavailable options at this time. Furthermore, Disney World annual passholders can only make 3 reservations at any given time.

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Can I buy new tickets or APs right now?

At this time, both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort have paused new ticket sales and annual pass sales.

Disney notes, however, that:

Current Annual Passholders may still renew their pass. Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests before new tickets and annual passes are sold.

Additional details will be shared with existing ticket holders soon.

Disney World officials also note that new Disney Resort hotel packages and theme park tickets (presumably not park hopper tickets, however) will be on sale by June 28. At that time, 2021 park reservations will also be made available as the Florida theme park’s phased reopening progresses.

As per the Disney World website:

Guests will be able to view park availability online prior to purchasing their tickets. Please note that park reservations are limited in number and subject to availability. Availability can change until the reservation is finalized.

What will we be able to do when Disney World reopens?

Check out our full guides to what will be available when Disney World starts its phased reopening and what activities and experiences will currently be unavailable to Guests at the parks.

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Continue to check back to the comprehensive Walt Disney World Resort reopening FAQ guide as it will be updated if new policies are announced.

Will you be visiting Disney World when it reopens? Tell us your next Florida Disney vacation date in the comments!

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