Oh hoppy day — the magic is returning! After a temporary closure due to COVID-19, Walt Disney World Resort is almost ready to begin its phased reopening. As you've probably heard, Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Animal Kingdom will be the first theme parks to open July 11, with EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios opening July 15. If you wish to visit the parks between reopening and Sept. 21, 2021, you will need valid admission AND to make a reservation using this new Disney Park Pass System! This post will walk you through all of the key details you need to know to reserve your spot at Walt Disney World Resort!
If you're anything like us, we have been hopping excited to get back to Walt Disney World Resort. To smell Main Street, USA and the Pirates of the Caribbean water. To savor a churro, Dole Whip, popcorn or anything Mickey-shaped. To see magical landmarks such as Cinderella Castle, the Tree of Life, Spaceship Earth and the Millennium Falcon ahead of us. To board that runaway train, take the wildest ride in the wilderness and ride on the back of a banshee. And, of course, to blow a big ole kiss at Mickey Mouse. We'd like to think that Disney missed us (and you!) too! Making a reservation using the new Disney Park Pass System is the first step in hopping back into the magic we've missed so much.
Key Booking Dates for Park Reservations
At this time, only existing ticket holders and pass holders are being allowed to make reservations for the remainder of 2020. Here are the key booking dates for park reservations using the Disney Park Pass System:
- Beginning June 22, 2020 - Guests with a Disney Resort hotel reservation (and other select hotels) with valid theme park admission can make park reservations.
- Beginning June 24, 2020 - Anyone can make Disney Resort hotel reservations for stays starting Jan. 1, 2021.
- Beginning June 26, 2020 - Annual passholders without a resort hotel reservation can make park reservations.
- Beginning June 28, 2020 - Existing ticket holders can make reservations. Walt Disney World Resort theme park tickets for 2021 become available to purchase.
Park reservations will be available through Sept. 26, 2021, based on your resort stay and ticket eligibility or ticket eligibility window. If you've booked a vacation package through Disney, your ticket eligibility is tied to your package's travel dates. To make a park reservation for a different date, you'll have to modify your vacation package dates. By June 28, all guests will be able to book new Disney Resort hotels and theme park tickets, and make their park reservations for arrivals starting in 2021 as the phased reopening continues. Tickets for the remainder of 2020 and hotel arrivals will resume later this summer based on availability of park reservations.
What to Know Before You Make Your Disney World Reservation
With safety a top priority, you'll find some new policies in place at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney will require masks and temperature checks, among other new health and safety measures, including limiting capacity in parks, on attractions, on transportation and in restaurants. Disney has also canceled all existing FastPass+ and dining reservations through the end of 2020. (Here are full details about health and safety policies for Disney World's reopening.) Before you make your Disney World reservation, there are a few important things to remember:
- Initially, this system will be limited to those who already have valid theme park admission. Once guests with existing hotel reservations and tickets, annual passholders with existing hotel reservations, guest with existing tickets and annual passholders have made their reservations, the system will then open to the general public.
- Linking your tickets to My Disney Experience does not void Undercover Tourist's return policy.
- Reservations are limited and subject to availability and not guaranteed until a reservation is finalized.
- At this time, guests will be able to select only one park per day. Visiting more than one park per day, aka park hopping, will be temporarily unavailable due to attendance limitations.
- A park reservation must be made for each day of entry. If you have a multi-day ticket, you must make a park reservation for each day of your visit.
- If you have previously linked your theme park tickets or hotel information in My Disney Experience, we recommend that you log in and double-check that the information looks correct in the system.
- If you have not already linked your hotel reservation or tickets in My Disney Experience, you'll want to make sure they are linked ASAP. They are required before you can make a reservation in the new system.
- The Disney Park Pass System opens at 7 a.m. EDT each day.
- Guests ages 3 and under do not need a Park Pass.
- You can view a Disney Park Pass Availability calendar here.
Step-by-Step Guide to Using the Disney Park Pass System
1. Register or sign in to StartYourDisneyExperience.com and link your admission.
If you haven't already, you will need to register for an account at StartYourDisneyExperience.com and then link your park admission. (If you've already linked your tickets in My Disney Experience, you'll just need to log in to My Disney Experience and navigate to Disney Park Pass System.)
2. Create your party.
Then, create your Family and Friends list for your travel party. You’ll need this to assign tickets to them and to make theme park reservations a little later. (If you've used My Disney Experience in the past to make FastPass+ parties and reservations, you'll find the process very similar.)
3. Select a date and park.
Choose the date and the theme park that you'd like to visit.
You'll also be asked to select a time.
4. Review and confirm your plans.
That's it! You'll be able to see your Park Passes in My Plans in My Disney Experience at any time. We'll continue to update this guide as we learn more details, so don't froget to hop back!
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