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Disney World Reopening Procedures UPDATED

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Disney World Reopening ProceduresDisney World plans to begin a phased reopening in July, pending approval from local and state authorities.  Before you head to the parks, you are going to want to make sure you familiarize yourself with the Disney World Reopening Procedures.

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Disney World Reopening Procedures

Current Dates for Disney World Reopening

  • Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are planned to reopen on July 11, 2020
  • EPCOT and Hollywood Studios will follow with a reopening on July 15, 2020. 

If you have a trip planned for Disney World in July, make sure you know what to expect. 

Only those with current tickets (and Disney Annual Passholders) will be able to go to the parks. 

Disney World is temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so that they can focus on those who have had to reschedule vacations and those who currently have vacations planned.

The phased reopening of Disney World parks will have a limit on park attendance and controlled guest density.

No longer can you just arrive at the park any time you would like.

You will have to reserve a time to enter the park in advance of your trip through the Disney Park Pass system.

Disney Park Pass system

  • Open your My Disney Experience account and if not already done, link your theme park ticket or Annual Pass  to your  account. 
  • If you have a Disney Resort hotel reservation, you will want to make sure that it is also linked to your My Disney Experience account .
  • Look for the Calendar of available reservation dates for each theme park.
  • If you have a multi-day ticket, you will need to make a park reservation for each date of your visit. 
  • You can only visit one park per day.
  • Each member in your party will need to link their tickets together  in order to arrange theme park entries at the same time. 

Booking Dates for Park Reservations

The Disney Park Pass system will be available with limitations:

  • Beginning June 22, 2020, Disney Resort Guests with valid theme park admission can make reservations.
  • Beginning June 26, 2020, Annual Passholders without a Disney Resort stay can make reservations.
  • Beginning June 28, 2020, All other existing ticket holders can make reservations. Park reservations will be available through September 26, 2021, based on Disney Resort and ticket eligibility or ticket eligibility window.
  • Beginning June 28, 2020, all Guests will be able to purchase new Disney Resort hotel packages and theme park tickets (with park reservations for arrivals starting in 2021 and beyond). 

Once the original ticket card holders and Disney Annual Passholders have booked their tickets through the Disney Park Pass System, Disney World may open up dates for the general public to purchases tickets to the Disney World parks. This will most likely be in late Summer 2020. 

First thing guests travelling with a Disney Resort reservation already in the system should know is that Disney World is currently modifying resort stays. 

Not all Disney Resorts are going to be opening so you are going to want to make sure you speak to your travel specialist or call Disney directly about your Disney resort stay.

This is mainly affecting those staying at Disney Value Resorts, so be prepared to have your resort changed to either  moderate or deluxe (at an additional cost to you). 

Major Changes for the Disney World Parks

Disney is going to make sure that they enforce crowd control in ways that they can. 

This means that things that would normally have people stand close together, like parades & night time shows, will be postponed. 

You will also no longer be able to do character meet & greets or extra experiences like a makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

Those who love the Disney Fastpass system will be disappointed to find that Fastpasses have been stopped during this time of social distancing so that both line areas can be utilized for crowd control.

Dining Reservations (as well as FREE Disney Dining) are also unavailable for the time being.

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  • All hotels have sneeze guards at check-in counters and mobile check in will be encouraged.
  • Coffee makers, coffee cups and glassware have been removed guest rooms. 

Disney World Restaurant Guidelines

  • Tables have been moved so that they are 6 feet apart.
  • Employees will be wearing face masks and gloves.

Gone are the days of serve yourself buffets.

We can expect to see an entirely different approach to this type of restaurant at Disney World.  Some buffets may close while others may change entirely from buffet to a menu based experience. 

Disney World Retail Shop Guidelines

Even retail stores have certain guidelines. 

  • You will find doors propped open to help with the circulation of airflow.
  • Checkout counters will have spacing markers.
  • Employees will wear face masks and be wiping down counters & register area regularly.

Disney World Face MasksWill Guests Have to Wear Masks to Disney World?

Yes.  Disney has made it clear:

As we all must work together to promote the health and safety of everyone, cast members as well as guests 3 years of age and older will be required to wear appropriate face coverings in theme parks and common areas of resort hotels.

Disney has already begun pre-orders for Disney themed fabric masks that you can purchase for your trip or you can get great deals on Face Masks with cute Disney prints on Etsy

Using MagicBand for FastpassesChanges coming for 2021 Disney World Travel

In the past, Disney resort guests have received complimentary Disney MagicBands. This will changes for Disney Resort hotel guests with arrivals beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

Disney is moving away from MagicBands and making the features MagicBands offer available through the My Disney Experience App. 

MagicBands won’t necessarily become obsolete, Disney is just trying to cut costs.

You can still purchase MagicBands (Disney Resort Guests can do so at a discount) and they will continue to release both new colors and band designs.

Do you have plans to go to Disney World this year? What steps & measures will you be taking in preparing for your trip?

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