We got some big news from Disney last night on some surprising calls that had to be made for the reopening of the parks in July. The key highlights are that any existing dining reservations for this year will be canceled. So if you are planning an upcoming trip you will have to re-book reservations. Also, the decision was made to suspend Fastpass. Keep reading for all the upcoming changes to Disney World operations.
New Ticket Sales and Hotel Reservations
At this time, Disney is temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations. This allows them to focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations.
Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make a theme park reservation before new tickets are sold. If you fall into this group Disney will be reaching out soon to provide additional details. We will resume new sales of tickets and Disney Resort hotel reservations after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability.
Dining and Experiences
In order to foster physical distancing during this time, upon reopening, our offerings, restaurants, and other experiences such as behind-the-scenes tours will be limited in capacity, and other experiences may remain closed. As a result of limited capacity, the difficult decision was made to cancel all existing dining reservations and experience bookings, including Disney dining plans included in packages.
Disney will reopen dining and experience bookings with more limited numbers closer to when the parks reopen. We will also shift from a 180-day booking window to a 60-day booking window for dining and experience bookings going forward to allow Guests to make their plans closer to their visits.
FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours
As a result of the COVID-19 impact, the FastPass+ service will be suspended for the time being as we plan to use additional queue space to manage capacity at our attractions and maintain physical distancing. We will automatically cancel existing FastPass+ selections and share any future updates on the service at a later date. Also, please note that upon reopening, Extra Magic Hours will be temporarily suspended.
All Guests ages 2 and up, along with Cast Members, are required to wear face coverings when visiting Walt Disney World Resort. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming.
All face coverings should:
- Fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Be made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable
Costume masks are not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.
The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.
You can visit a new “Know Before You Go” hub at DisneyWorld.com/Updates, where you can find the latest updates on our operations and offerings, including details on how to modify your plans. If you booked through a third-party, we recommend you reach out directly to your travel professional or ticket seller.
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