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Disney World Reopening Procedures UPDATED

Disney World Reopening Procedures

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The reopening of Disney World parks is now operating on a limited basis with shortened park hours and several new park density limitations.

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

If you are planning a Disney World trip in the next several months, you are going to want to make sure you understand the Disney World reopening Procedures.

Walt Disney World

Disney World Reopening Procedures

The reopening of Disney World parks is now operating on a limited basis with shortened park hours and several new park density limitations.

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.

Booking Disney World Fastpasses

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.
Disney World Temperature Screenings

What to Expect at Disney World’s Reopening

All guests will be required to undergo temperature screenings prior to entering a theme park.

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.

Handwashing Station in Disney Springs
Courtesy Disney

Guests will fine hand sanitizer stations & will be encouraged to frequently use them.

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.

Luckily, there will be some new additions to the four Disney World parks. Here is what you can look forward to experiencing.

New Royal Princess Processional at Magic Kingdom
Courtesy Disney

Magic Kingdom Park

  • “The Royal Princess Processional” –Several times daily, favorite Disney princesses travel through the streets of Magic Kingdom. Princess Merida leads the way on her steed Angus, followed closely by a gazebo float and crystal castle carrying Cinderella, Tiana, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Rapunzel and others.
  • “Mickey and Friends Cavalcade” – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals pop up throughout the day, inviting everyone to “Get Their Ears On” as they wave to guests along the park’s parade route.
  • Cinderella’s Evil Stepsisters – From time to time, guests in Fantasyland may spot the dastardly Anastasia and Drizella and can interact with them from afar while they’re perched on a balcony of Cinderella Castle.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • “Donald’s Dino Boat Bash!”– Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Launchpad McQuack wave to guests from their party boat as “Donald’s Dino Bash!” moves from DinoLand U.S.A. to Discovery River.
  • “Discovery River Character Cruise” – Throughout the day, guests can see Timon and Rafiki or Pocahontas with Meeko, who will set sail on the parks’ waterways.
  • Discovery Island Drummers – These high-energy percussionists cruise along Discovery River, entertaining guests on the shore with an energetic beat.
Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

EPCOT

  • The Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival marks the 25th year for the theme park’s culinary event at Walt Disney World . This year’s festival will be the longest in Walt Disney World Resort history.
  • “Mickey and Friends World Tour” – As guests travel around World Showcase, they may come upon Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and Goofy all out sightseeing and waving to their friends.
  • “Frozen Promenade” – Queen Anna and Elsa venture into the unknown around World Showcase, journeying from country to country and waving hello to guests along the way.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – While living their own adventures in a galaxy far, far away, guests are likely to come across some familiar faces as they explore Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu:
    • Heroes of the Resistance, including Rey, Chewbacca and Vi Moradi, may be spotted on platforms above the garage in Black Spire Station or surveying activity around the spaceport where the Millennium Falcon has landed.
    • A contingent of First Order Stormtroopers join Kylo Ren in patrolling the landing platform at Docking Bay 9 beneath their TIE Echelon assault vehicle.
  • “Pixar Pals Motorcade” – Some of the biggest stars from Pixar Animation Studios’ films arrive on Hollywood Boulevard, from The Incredibles to Toy Story pals and more. They’ll wave to their fans as they head down the avenue accompanied by a celebratory musical score.
  • “Disney Junior Stars Motorcade” – Throughout the day, Disney Junior stars including Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins and Vampirina will cruise down Hollywood Boulevard waving to fans from colorful custom convertibles.

Disney World Face Mask Policy

Will 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 World Face Masks

Disney has Disney themed fabric masks available 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 Fastpasses

Changes 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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