Complete Update on all of the Disney World Changes

Disney World Castle

Disney has released a lot of updates and information this week regarding the Walt Disney World Resort. It can be a bit overwhelming and confusing keeping it all straight, so we put it all in one place.

Disney submitted and received approval to begin the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort. Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11th with Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopening on July 15th.

Park hours will be reduced and capacity limited. Extra Magic Hours are also suspended.

Some experiences, like parades and nighttime spectaculars, will return at a later date. In addition, “high touch” experiences such as makeovers, playgrounds, and character meet & greets will remain temporarily unavailable. Characters will still be in the parks to entertain and delight guests during their visit.

Park attendance will be managed by a new theme park reservation system. To enter a park, both valid admission and a park reservation will be required. Disney hasn’t released any more specific information regarding this new system.

As a result of the new limited capacity regulations, Disney has decided to cancel the following: dining reservations, FastPass+ reservations, offerings and experience bookings (like behind the scenes tours), and Disney Dining Plans. When dining reservations are able to be booked again, they will only be allowed 60 days in advance instead of 180.

As for Walt Disney World Resort hotels, DVC properties and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will reopen on June 22nd. DVC properties in Vero Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head South Carolina will reopen June 15th.

At this time, ticket sales and new resort hotel reservations have been temporarily paused while Disney focuses on guests with existing reservations.

Disney will be implementing extra health and safety protocols upon reopening. All guests ages 2 and up will be required to wear a face covering, temperature checks will be done when entering the parks, and physical distancing measures will be implemented throughout the parks.

We will continue to provide updates as Disney releases more information.


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Sara