Disney just released updated information regarding their new theme park reservation system that guests will need to use to visit the Walt Disney World Resort once it reopens July 11th.
Disney had shared previously that Annual Passholders with valid Annual Passes will not be guaranteed entry to the theme parks without a valid reservation. They also stated that blockout dates will still apply.
Annual Pass tiers Gold, Silver, Theme Park Select, and Weekday Select have blockout dates. So be sure to check your blockout date calendar in the My Disney Experience app when planning a visit!
Disney just recently updated their Walt Disney World Annual Passholder page with tons of magical information regarding the reopening. You can read more below:
Welcoming You Back to Walt Disney World Resort
Our Annual Passholders are some of our most loyal and valued Guests. We truly can’t wait to welcome you back—and we will do it with great thought.
With that in mind, when the parks reopen, park capacity will be significantly limited—and may continue to be for a period of time, based on guidance from health experts to promote physical distancing.
We understand how much excitement, thought and time goes into planning your Disney visits and realize some new changes may be disappointing. For example, during this unprecedented time, an annual pass will not guarantee park entry and Annual Passholders will be required to make an advance reservation to enter a park via the new Disney Park Pass system.
Please note that:
- During the limited capacity period, it may be difficult for Annual Passholders to get park reservations to visit on certain dates.
- All Annual Passholders are eligible to make Theme Park reservations for up to 3 days at a time, or Annual Passholders staying at select Disney Resort or other select hotels with valid Theme Park admission are eligible to make Theme Park reservations for their entire Resort length of stay. All reservations are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates.
- Some pass benefits and features will not be available during periods of limited capacity. Also, park experiences and offerings will be modified and subject to limited availability or even closure.
- Guests should ensure their pass type is valid for park entry prior to making a park reservation.
Please know we will be here to help you as we remain focused on delivering a wonderful experience for everyone who visits.
If you have any questions, please contact V.I.PASSHOLDER Support at (407) 939-7277. Options to manage your annual pass continue to be available during the closure period.
Want to learn more about the new reservation system? Check out this video Disney just released with some additional information:
Related: Disney World Park Reservation Guide
As you plan and prepare for your visit, also note that even though Annual Passes come with the ability to park hop, park-hopping will not be allowed upon reopening.
Also, if you have a resort reservation for an upcoming visit, complimentary MagicBands will not be included beginning in 2021.
Disney is making many changes and adjustments not only to their theme parks operations and protocols, but also to their special event offerings. They just recently announced the cancellation of the beloved Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for the 2020 season, the ever-popular EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival will have a modified offering with new dates upon reopening, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is uncertain.
With all these updates and changes happening to Disney parks, will you still consider visiting the Walt Disney World Resort in the near future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. We want to hEAR from you!