We are getting closer to the reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, starting July 11 with Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom and followed July 15 by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and today the Disney Parks Blog shared some really helpful information about the reservation system.
The Resort’s reopening strategy includes limits on attendance and controlled guest density to align with guidance from health and government authorities on physical distancing through a reservation system.
Below is information directly from the Disney Parks Blog along with information from other official Walt Disney World websites about how the reservation system will work!
To manage attendance during this reopening period Walt Disney World is introducing the new Disney Park Pass system.
During this time, all guests with a ticket or Annual Pass will be required to make a reservation in advance for each park entry, using this new online tool on DisneyWorld.com.
Here are a few important details to know about this new system:
- You’ll need a My Disney Experience account, as this is where your Walt Disney World Resort plans are stored and managed.
- You’ll also need a valid theme park ticket or Annual Pass that’s linked to your My Disney Experience account.
- If you have a Disney Resort hotel reservation, be sure to link it to your My Disney Experience account beforehand, as well.
Once you’ve logged into your My Disney Experience account and linked your ticket, you’ll have access to a calendar of available reservation dates for each theme park.
If you have a multi-day ticket, you will be required to make a park reservation for each date of your visit.
Families and friends can link their tickets together and look to arrange theme park entries at the same time.
Important things to note about the system:
- Park reservations are limited in number and subject to availability.
- Availability can change until the reservation is finalized.
- 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.
- Guests with existing tickets that include the Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option have options available to them for ticket modifications and cancellations and can visit DisneyWorld.com/Updates for more information.
While you will not have the ability to visit more than one park per day right now, Walt Disney World is going to continue to offer these add-ons for 2021 ticket purchases.
Beginning this week, Disney will reach out to existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders with more information on when they will be able to check availability to make their park reservations.
They will open the Disney Park Pass system to these guests in phases, beginning with those with future Disney Resort and other select hotel stays as follows:
- Beginning June 22, 2020, Disney Resort and other select hotel Guests with a valid theme park admission can make reservations.
- Beginning June 26, 2020, Annual Passholders without a Resort stay can make reservations.
- Beginning June 28, 2020, existing ticket holders can make a reservation
Later this summer, sales of 2020 tickets and Disney Resort hotel arrivals, based on the availability of park reservations, will resume with existing tickets and Annual Passholders.
By June 28, all guests will be able to purchase new Disney Resort hotel packages, theme park tickets, and make their park reservations for arrivals starting in 2021 as the phased reopening of Walt Disney World continues.
Guests will be able to view park reservation availability on DisneyWorld.com prior to purchasing their tickets.
As you begin planning your upcoming visits, you will find new engaging ways for guests to use their mobile tech to experience the magic – particularly now as the use of phones and apps continues to evolve.
In 2021, the My Disney Experience app will bring features of a MagicBand to your smart devices, building on the app’s existing digital key feature.
With this new offering on the horizon, Walt Disney World will be discontinuing the complimentary MagicBand distribution to Disney Resort hotel guests for new reservations with arrivals beginning January 1, 2021.
Disney Resort hotel guests will continue to have the option to purchase new MagicBands at a discount, and we’ll be introducing even more colors and designs featuring favorite Disney characters in the future.
Guests who prefer not to purchase a discounted MagicBand will be able to use the My Disney Experience app or a Key to the World card during their visit.
However, you’ll still find MagicBands in retail locations and on shopDisney.com, and guests will be able to continue using the wearables throughout Walt Disney World Resort.
So this is where the information ends today, but we will continue to bring you all the information about the reopening as it becomes available!