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Disney World Has Officially Reopened - Here's What You Need to Know!

by Mommy Frog on September 14, 2020 23 Orlando   Video

We are toadally excited to hop back to Walt Disney World Resort! While the theme parks are reopening, with health and safety in mind and new procedures in place (which you can read more about below), a few special events have been canceled for summer and fall: H2O Glow Nights, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. However, EPCOT Food & Wine Festival will run longer than ever this year, beginning July 15! To see the status of all of Disney World's hoppin' special events, hop over to our full post. If you're ready to hop back into the magic, you can now book Walt Disney World Resort hotels for 2020 and 2021! It's a great time to lock in savings for vacations if you're hopping back soon. More dates and hotels are being added, so if you don't see your dates, please check back! You can purchase Walt Disney World Resort theme park tickets for 2020 and 2021 too!

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The big day has come and gone ... Walt Disney World Resort officially reopened its parks back in July! Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom reopened first July 11 in this phased reopening, followed by EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios July 15. (The water parks, Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, remain closed.) There are, of course, some changes Disney is making along with this reopening in order to maintain the health and safety of guests. While certain experiences are limited at the theme parks during this time, we still see pixie dust around every turn during our visits. Perhaps best of all, we've experienced minimal crowds and low wait times. Even though we had to say hello from afar, it felt soooo good to see Mickey, Minnie, the princesses and so many more Disney friends. The magic has returned!

Now, several months later, the crowds have gradually returned to Disney World. Lately, we've been seeing longer lines and higher wait times, especially over weekends. While rides may not be complete walk-ons anymore (as they often were upon reopening), the parks are still limiting capacity and continuing to enforce the health and safety measures such as mandatory masks, social distancing and temperature screenings.

Below, we'll hop into everything you need to know before you go, as well as tips to help you make the very most of your visit. Let's hop to it!

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New Disney World Theme Park Reservation System, FastPass+ & Dining Reservations

Disney World Reopening - Roy and Mickey

As mentioned above, Disney is significantly limiting capacity in the earliest phases of reopening. To do this, it has implemented a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. Existing ticket holders and annual passholders are currently able to make reservation requests in phases ahead of those who don't have tickets. Find out more information about the Disney Park Pass System in our separate blog post.

Disney World Reopening - Girls with Balloons in Front of Cinderella Castle

As a result of accommodating physical distancing, restaurants and other experiences such as behind-the-scenes tours are limited in capacity. All existing dining reservations and experience bookings, including Disney dining plans included in packages, were initially canceled through the end of the year, but Disney has since reopened dining reservations. There has also been a shift from a 180-day booking window to a 60-day booking window moving forward.

The FastPass+ reservation service will be temporarily suspended to allow for extra space in queues to manage capacity and maintain physical distancing. Existing FastPass+ reservations have been automatically canceled, and future plans for FastPass+ will be shared later. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Hollywood Studios is the only ride to utilize a virtual queue. The ability to join a Boarding Group takes place at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. You may only make one pass per person each day. Extra Magic Hours have also been temporarily suspended.

Walt Disney World Resort Safety Measures

Disney World Reopening - Pair of Guests in Masks at Animal Kingdom

Disney World theme parks, hotels, restaurants, attractions, services and other experiences may be modified, limited in capacity and subject to limited availability or even closure. Disney has implemented the following safety measures based on the guidance of government officials and health advisers.

  • Phased reopening: Disney Springs reopened May 20, while the Disney Resort hotels and Disney World theme parks reopened in stages.
  • Physical distancing and capacity measures: Disney has implemented physical distancing and guest capacity guidelines based on guidance from health and government agencies. You'll see floor markings to maintain physical distancing in ride queues, restaurants and retail locations. Empty rows or seats separate parties on ride vehicles or shows.
  • Cleanliness and sanitization: Disney has increased cleaning and disinfection measures. We saw cast members sanitizing the ride vehicles, tables and other high-touch surfaces frequently. Hand sanitizer dispensers and hand-washing stations are located throughout the park.
  • Cast training: Disney is providing new training and reinforcement to emphasize a strong culture of health and safety among its cast members. At Disney Springs and inside the parks, there are dedicated cast members who walk around to help answer questions about new policies and gently remind guests to mind floor markers and guidelines in place.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn by guests ages 2 and older, as well as cast members, at all times, except for dining, swimming and designated mask relaxation areas. (If actively eating or drinking, you should remain stationary.) All face coverings must be made with at least two layers of breathable materials, fully cover the nose and mouth and be secured by ear loops or head ties. Neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings. There are no exceptions or alternatives for people with medical reasons.
  • Temperature screenings: Guests and cast members are required to undergo temperature screenings. Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. If a second screening reads a 100.4 (or above) Fahrenheit temperature, the individual and their party will not be allowed entry.
  • Additional barriers: Plexiglass in ride queues and vehicles, retail and dining locations protect guests and employees where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Contactless payment: Payment through Magic Bands, Apple Pay and Google Pay are available at restaurants and retail shops. Mobile ordering at restaurants has been expanded and is highly encouraged or required.
  • Crowd-inducing experiences: Parades, fireworks, character meet and greets and other events that create crowds or high-touch experiences are temporarily suspended.

A New Experience at the Disney World Theme Parks

Disney World Reopening - Jungle Cruise

Most attractions are available at each theme park. At Magic Kingdom Park, popular rides including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain and Peter's Pan Flight are ready to take your frog family on fun adventures. Experience the magic of nature on Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain and Avatar Flight of Passage at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Travel to a galaxy far, far away on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, or become part of the cartoon world on Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Over at EPCOT, Spaceship Earth is available as its refurbishment plans are temporarily on hold, along with other favorites such as Test Track and Soarin' Around the World.

Rides have modifications, such as ride vehicle barriers between parties, as seen above on the Jungle Cruise. Likewise, the "Stretching Room" in Haunted Mansion won't be available as a pre-show to promote social distancing (which means you'll need to recite the spiel in your best Ghost Host voice in the queue — "there's no turning back now!"). As you take a wild ride through the savanna, dividers between rows protect separate parties on the jeeps of Kilimanjaro Safaris. These are just a few examples! Each ride varies with its own safety measures.

Disney World Reopening - Mickey, Minnie & Pluto at Animal Kingdom

Even though parades, fireworks and individual character greetings aren't immediately available, there are still chances to see familiar faces!

Disney World Reopening - Gaston on Main Street

From special cavalcades down the Magic Kingdom parade route and friends cruising down Discovery River, to processions along the World Showcase promenade and motorcades along Hollywood Boulevard, each theme park has special opportunities to see your favorite Disney pals throughout the day. Even though we can't hug them, we love the new character experiences, such as Merida riding Angus and Cinderella's evil stepsisters jeering at guests from the balcony of Cinderella Castle.

If you want to check if your favorite ride will be open, here's a full list of available attractions and experiences that will be offered during the initial reopening phase. We also have detailed guides for each park, so you know exactly where to find the best spots for character viewing and adjustments to our park plans:

Mask Relaxation Areas

Wearing a mask to the grocery store is obviously not the same as wearing one at a theme park for an entire day. That's why there are mask relaxation areas! Each park has two to three specific locations where you can take off your face covering and rest for a bit. While the relaxation areas technically have a time limit of 30 minutes, cast members monitoring these areas said most people do not stay for that long. There is a mix of indoor locations and covered outdoor spots. Here's a list of these relaxation areas:

  • Magic Kingdom: Tomorrowland Terrace, Pete's Silly Sideshow (Storybook Circus) and Golden Oak Outpost (between Adventureland and Frontierland)
  • Animal Kingdom: Pizzafari and Upcountry Landing (across from UP! A Great Bird Adventure theater)
  • Hollywood Studios: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (near Rise of the Resistance) and Star Wars Launch Bay
  • EPCOT: Yorkshire County Fish Shoppe (UK), Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway) and Future World (near Test Track and Mission: SPACE)

General Tips

Disney World Reopening - Family in Masks with Neck Fans

  • To help with keeping cool, we've noticed multiple groups of fellow frogs wearing neck fans. One group recommended wearing them as they give some relief while simultaneously wearing face masks, and advised us that you can easily find them on Amazon.
  • As long as you have a Park Pass reservation and valid admission, you may leave and re-enter the park that you're visiting for the day. So if you want to head back to the hotel midday for a break, that's toadally fine!
  • It should go without saying, but wash or sanitize your hands frequently! The hand sanitizer dispensers and hand washing stations are available throughout each park. You can always bring your own bottle for extra backup.
  • Have your own disinfectant wipes ready if you plan to go on any rides that have high-touch features, such as the pull-string cannons on Toy Story Mania!
  • Arrive and leave later for the lowest amount of crowds, as it seems like there are more frogs hopping around in the morning and early afternoon.
  • Bring multiple masks for each member of your frog squad. Trust us, a fresh mask during the middle of the day is a must have. An extra face covering would also come in handy if you hoppen to lose a mask on a ride or get caught in the rain. There are face coverings available for purchase at the parks as well. Pack a small plastic baggie for each used mask, if it's reusable.
  • If you forget or don't bring an approved face covering, there are vending machines available with disposable masks for $2 each.
  • Take your time and drink lots of water! Without FastPass+, you'll find that you won't have to rush from one ride to the next, so it's OK to slow your roll. From our experience, we tend to get extra thirsty while wearing our masks, so we make sure to stop for water frequently.
  • Be flexible! Disney is adapting every day and the rules may change due to the fluidity of the current health situation. Be nice to the cast members who are trying their best to maintain a safe environment for everyone at the parks.

Disney World Reopening - Family with Matching "Thank You Cast Members" shirts

Reopening of Disney World Resort Hotels and Lodging

Disney Vacation Club resorts at Walt Disney World and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground began to reopen June 22. Disney Vacation Club resorts at Vero Beach, Fla., and Hilton Head, S.C., reopened to members and guests June 15. Walt Disney World Resort hotels that opened June 22 included:

Disney has also announced that the following hotels will open on these specified dates:

Disney World Reopening - Disney's Riviera Resort

As the current health environment evolves, these dates are subject to change, and guests' reservations could still be modified to other Disney Resort hotels. Disney's Beach Club Resort and Disney's BoardWalk Inn previously shared reopening dates, but will remain closed until further notice at this time. Opening dates for the remaining Disney Resort hotels have not been scheduled yet at this time. If you booked your hotel stay with Undercover Tourist and your arrival dates are impacted by the resort's phased reopening, please contact us by phone at 1 (800) 846-1302 or by email at Info (at) UndercoverTourist.com — we're hoppy to help!

If you're staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can find additional details about the health and safety measures in place, as well as changes to housekeeping, transportation, parking and hotel services, amenities and recreational activities, in our separate guide about Disney Resort hotels.

Disney Dining Updates

Disney World Reopening - Satu'li Canteen Table

In addition to the booking window shifting to 60 days for Advance Dining Reservations, there are a few other updates guests can expect when it comes to Disney dining. Around the resort, dining experiences are undergoing some changes to ensure the health and safety of guests and cast members during this initial reopening phase. These updates include:

  • You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing. Find a secluded spot off to the side instead of walking while eating or drinking.
  • Seating areas, dining areas and pagers will be cleaned between guests.
  • Menus will be shared in ways to minimize contact. At quick-service restaurants, menus will be displayed on signage. And at table-service restaurants, you can scan a code with your mobile device to access the digital menu.
  • Beverages and other items that were previously self-serve (such as condiments) will instead be served by cast members or come pre-packaged.
  • At this time, it is recommended all guests use cashless payment options, including debit cards, credit cards and Disney Gift Cards. Guests can also opt for contactless payment options — such as mobile wallets — or use cash to purchase a Disney Gift Card at Guest Relations and select merchandise locations. Disney Resort hotel Guests can also use MagicBands to charge their purchase to their Disney Resort hotel folio.
  • Menu items may vary. For specific menu information, check the restaurant’s online menu when the restaurant reopens (no physical menus will be available.)

Disney World Reopening - Satu'li Canteen

  • Character dining will not be offered during the initial reopening phase, with the exception of a modified Character Dining experience at Topolino's Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera and EPCOT's Garden Grill. Gradually, other character dining experiences have returned, including Chef Mickey's and Hollywood and Vine.
  • Dinner shows will not be offered during the initial reopening.
  • You can view Walk-Up availability for select table-service restaurants in My Disney Experience. Some table-service restaurants even use mobile ordering for pick-up orders.
  • Dining locations will be limited in capacity. Some locations will remain temporarily closed.
  • Private dining and in-room delivery will not be offered during the initial reopening window.
  • Mobile order service will be offered at select quick-service dining locations throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks (when open), Disney Springs and select Disney Resort hotels.
  • Mobile Check-In will be available for table-service dining via My Disney Experience.

Find more information and a list of all dining locations that are currently available at Disney Springs and the Disney Resort hotels or will be open upon the theme parks' reopening dates, check out our complete guide to dining at Disney World in 2020.

Disney Springs Now Open

While the rest of Walt Disney World Resort, including the theme parks and hotels, gears up for a magical reopening, Disney Springs has reopened to the public. Upon arrival, guests undergo temperature screenings, and all guests over the age of 2 are required to wear facial coverings. We've rounded up the details you need to know before you arrive, including a full list of all of the shops and restaurants that are currently available for you to enjoy.

As the parks reopen, rules and policies may change due to the fluid situation, but rest assured, your favorite frogs will keep you updated! We hope this guide helps you prepare for your visit to Disney World and gives you an idea of what to expect when the theme parks reopen. Be sure to check back later, as we will update this post as new information becomes available. 

Related: A Complete Guide to Dining at Disney World in 2020

Related: All the Important Details About Disney Resort Hotels in 2020

Related: Which Experiences and Attractions Will Be Available When Disney World Reopens? Here's the List!

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jul 7, 2020 at 6:04 p.m. JJ Says...

For all of those of you who wish to utilize your freedoms and not wear a mask, then by all means don't go to Disney Parks. Trust me it will not impact Disney financially, there are still plenty of us who are willing to wear a mask and you're staying away will make it easier for the rest of us to get a reservation

Aug 9, 2020 at 5:06 a.m. Jennifer Says...

I'm glad you are so understanding about people with cognitive disabilities, such as Autism and Sensory Disorder. You should be really proud of yourself for trying to bully them. "Let's see what should I do today? I know! I will bully an autistic child! That will make me feel really great and powerful." Karma will catch up with you and when it does parents of autistic kids will laugh and laugh and laugh!!

Jul 14, 2020 at 2:34 p.m. We Love Disney - But... Says...

For those of you who desire to make rude comments about people not wearing masks, keep it to yourself. They have a right to choose, just like you. And yes, Disney will lose out financially by requiring masks, it's already happening. So stay logical, not judgemental, in this discussion!! For we all love Disney or we wouldn't be on this site:)

Jul 6, 2020 at 1:23 p.m. Gisela Held Says...

What is your problem with a mask? My daughter works in a large clinic in Frankfurt / Main Germany every day. Every day she sees the pain, misery and death of many people and you don't want to wear masks? But if you are sick and you have this virus, then you are the one who complains the most.

If you do not want to wear masks, then stay at home, then you can not infect other people through your unguilty and maybe even hand them over to death.



Jun 17, 2020 at 5:57 p.m. Brenda Says...

I agree, If you are scared, wear a mask. If you think its about wearing it for others, they can wear one themselves. I have no problem with others wearing it. Let it be our CHOICE. And it really doesn't protect others. People are foolish to believe a mask helps. Look at the countries that wear them all the time. They still got the virus. Stop being bullied due to people being scared!

Jul 12, 2020 at 3:48 p.m. Jae Says...

Those countries? Like China or Japan? Who shut the virus down in near record time compared to us?

Jun 4, 2020 at 4:40 a.m. Dustin Says...

I have hotel reservations at Pop Century at the end of September/Beginning of August through Undercover, but haven't bought tickets to the park yet as it's so uncertain.

Are my hotel reservations cancelled, or going to be? If they're not, will I be able to get tickets then or is there I chance I could be going to the resort and end up not being able to get into the parks?


Jun 16, 2020 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dustin!

At this point, we do not expect on-site reservations to be cancelled in August/September. Disney has not yet released details on the new reservation system. We will update our posts as soon as these details are released!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 28, 2020 at 12:29 a.m. john rogers Says...

Well we have been coming for over 10 yrs straight...but not this year..I am not paying for someone to tell me to wear a mask that filters out 0%..yall be safe without us..

Jul 14, 2020 at 1:36 p.m. Too Bad So Sad Says...

The anti-mask people are truly boring. Don't follow any laws and rules, this is America. Don't pay taxes, don't obey traffic laws, go naked 24/7. . .

Do what you want and keep it moving. No one is forcing you go to Disney. Let the people who want to go enjoy this lovely blog and learn about the new rules.

May 27, 2020 at 11:50 p.m. Stacie Jenner Says...

Tickets that we bought thru undercover tourist would b valid for the reservation system? We currently have June 12-18th tickets thru undercover- they have already been extended till December on the app. But will we get in on the New reservation system with them?

May 28, 2020 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacie,

Undercover Tourist is an authorized seller and our ticket media is the same as buying direct from the theme parks. We do not have any information yet on the new reservation system, but we will pass along those details when we do.

Keep hopping!


May 27, 2020 at 4:57 p.m. Ian Says...

As with most points of view, there is your side, my side and somewhere in-between lies harmony. I will visit, I will were a face mask out of respect for others who also chose to visit. For those who don't wish to wear a face mask they can turn up when they don't have too :)

May 19, 2020 at 2:11 a.m. Sheila Says...

I will not wear a face mask to disney. I love Disney, its my favorite place. We have our annual Christmas that i wont be wearing a mask. I hate them. I have this thing about breathing the air i just breathed out. A bit of anxiety about my face covered. And i love my American freedoms. Id be forced to cancel and use my money elsewhere or just go and keep it pulled down from my nose. Hell i can get a note from my doc. But im not worried about getting sick. I refuse to lose my freedoms.

May 29, 2020 at 3 p.m. Belinda Says...

Sheila, you will not find a doctor to write you the note you want. This is a pandemic and that is their license on the line. Wear the mask. Don’t wear the mask. Keep your doctor out of it.

Aug 9, 2020 at 5:13 a.m. Jennifer Says...

Actually, I have a doctor who writes those notes. There are true Cognitive Disabilities out there that prevent mask wearing. It 100% sucks to be in that position. Especially because people are really uninformed about disabilities and can be insanely mean about it! (To be clear I am not meaning you.) Just yesterday I saw a post that said "anyone who can't wear a mask should be put on a plane and the plane should go down over the ocean." I couldn't believe it! I feel really bad for my 6 year old; I hope by the time she is an adult that people are more understanding. But I'm not holding out a lot of hope ....

May 27, 2020 at 4:58 p.m. JimH Says...

@Sheila Disney is private property and sets their own rules that impose on supposed American Freedoms with simplest being that shirt and shoes are required and furthermore clothing must not be offensive. I don't like the mask policy, but I will comply with because I want to go.

May 28, 2020 at 2:24 p.m. Jonathan Smith Says...

I will comply with Disney rules...by not going. As long as the face mask requirement is there, I will not be showing up. And it has nothing to do with freedom for m, I am just not going to enjoy a vacation in 95 degree heat wearing a face mask. And you are right, Disney is a private company but they also need to make money. If enough people don't show up because of face mask requirements, they will change their tune very quickly.

May 21, 2020 at 4:21 p.m. ann Says...

Hey, Sheila. I know I won't change your mind, but the mask isn't just to keep you safe; it's also to keep those around you safe, as you could be carrying the virus asymptomatically and transmit it. The recent studies of how the virus can affect children are really alarming--otherwise healthy kids are going into cardiac arrest as a result of coronavirus! I know the masks are annoying and uncomfortable, but please reconsider your stance for the safety of those around you. Maybe instead of thinking of the mask as a loss of freedom, consider it as a courtesy to others the same way places require shirts, shoes, and other items of clothing? Hope that helps and you stay healthy regardless.

Jun 24, 2020 at 12:09 p.m. Alice Says...

Ann, the masks keep no one safe and they do more harm than good. Believing a virus cannot get through a mask does not make it so.

Jun 24, 2020 at 12:03 p.m. Alice Says...

I was so looking forward to going to Disney World. I will not go if masks are required. Even Flip flop Dr. Fauci says they do more harm than good for healthy people. It is not healthy to rebreathe carbon dioxide. I will be surprised if you don’t have people fainting due to heat and lack of oxygen. What I want to know is when this requirement will go away so I can cancel my hotel reservation if necessary.

May 28, 2020 at 2:26 p.m. Jonathan Smith Says...

For every study or expert that claims the mask stops the spread, there are just as many experts and other studies that says it does nothing or even makes things worse. Wearing a mask for 15 minutes in the supermarket is one thing, wearing it for 10 hours outdoors in 95 degree heat is not practical.

Jun 12, 2020 at 7:43 p.m. JOHN ROGERS Says...

I am with Jonathon on this, not about freedom, I have claustrophobia and masks are a no go for me for that long, lets be reasonable, if you are worried wear your mask, why do I need one if your protected?....unless they don't work in the first place, I am getting mixed signals on this, we have been going 10 yrs in a row as a family tradition, sad that will end...

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