Traveling to Disney World For the 50th Anniversary? What to Know!

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Heading to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the 50th anniversary celebration, The World’s Most Magical Celebration? Before you travel to Disney World, there are some things you should keep in mind. Here’s what you need to know about traveling to Orlando, the current Walt Disney World health and safety guidelines, and some things to keep in mind for your trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth.

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Current CDC Travel Recommendations

If you’re heading on a Disney trip soon, Disney advises all Guests to be mindful of recommendations and advisories from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Precention (CDC). Above all, be sure to follow the local and federal rules pertaining to face coverings and other safety measures. Visit the official CDC website for more information on travel recommendations for both vaccinated people and unvaccinated people.

When it comes to traveling to Florida, there currently are no restrictions in place. For Florida-specific information, visit the Florida Department of Health website here. Additionally, the CDC shares some Florida travel information here.

Below is a COVID-19 quick reference card for the CDC’s domestic travel recommendations:

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Note that the U.S. plans to ease travel restrictions for those entering the U.S. from other countries. So, if you are traveling to Walt Disney World from outside the U.S. and your visit is booked for after November, then there will likely be fewer restrictions in place for you, as long as you are fully vaccinated. Read more here. 

Walt Disney World Guidelines

Walt Disney World Resort currently has rules in place when it comes to face coverings. All Guests who are two years old or older are required to wear an appropriate face covering in all indoor locations, including merchandise shops and indoor attractions. Read more about appropriate face coverings here.

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The website states the following:

Welcome Back to Walt Disney World Resort

As we have done since reopening, we’ve been very intentional and gradual in our approach to our COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Based on recent trends and regulatory guidance, Walt Disney World Resort will be making adjustments to these measures, which may continue to change at any time without notice.

We encourage people to get vaccinated.

Some images shown throughout this website may not represent current operational guidelines.

The following COVID-19 advisory is also currently listed on the Disney World website:

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By visiting Walt Disney World Resort you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Help keep each other healthy.

Please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to Florida. Visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/ for information. By entering Walt Disney World Resort, you are confirming that you and all persons in your party:

  • are not experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at CDC.gov, including:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine
  • are not under any self-quarantine orders

Guests who cannot confirm all of the above criteria must not enter Walt Disney World Resort. If at any point during their visit a Guest does not meet all of the above criteria, they and their traveling party will be required to isolate and may be relocated or asked to leave the property.

If you need to reschedule your reservation, please call the Disney Reservation Center.

By entering Walt Disney World Resort, you acknowledge that you understand and will abide by the above health-and-safety requirements.

Because face masks are required at indoor locations and because they are also required on transportation, we encourage you to bring plenty of face masks with you on your trip. You can also purchase them at several merchandise locations on Walt Disney World property.

Know Before You Go

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There are a variety of updates you should be aware of before your trip to Walt Disney World Resort for the 50th anniversary, The World’s Most Magical Celebration.

First, a theme park reservation through the Disney Park Pass system is required for entry. You have to have a valid ticket or Annual Pass plus a valid theme park reservation to enter either Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. After you visit the theme park you have reserved for the day, you are allowed to Park Hop, but only after 2 p.m. daily.

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Second, there are a couple of perks being introduced to Disney Resort hotel Guests starting October 1. Guests staying at any Disney hotel are eligible to take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry — each day, they can enter any of the four theme parks 30 minutes early. Guests staying at Deluxe Resort hotels, Deluxe Villas, and select off-property hotels are eligible to take advantage of Extended Evening Theme Park Hours.

Additionally, there will be two new nighttime spectaculars debuting on October 1: Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom and Harmonious at EPCOT. These two new shows will be magical and epic, and you won’t want to miss them!

There are also even more updates to come! We know that Disney Genie, with Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane (the replacement for the FastPass+ system), will be debuting this fall, and with it will come a variety of ways to enhance your days at Disney World. Plus, new offerings like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, a new character cavalcade in Magic Kingdom, and more are coming soon. There is truly so much to see, eat, and experience at Walt Disney World for the 50th anniversary, which will last a full 18 months! As Disney shares more announcements, we will be sure to update our website with the latest information.

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