Walt Disney World Reopening Dates and Plans

Walt Disney World Reopening Dates and Plans

Walt Disney World Reopening Dates start in July! Walt Disney World has announced a phased opening with date by Park. Prepare for safety protocols, rules, lots of signage and a different way of doing things. Check out the Walt Disney World opening details.

Updated 6/15/2020

Walt Disney World Reopening Dates and Plans

Before Walt Disney World closed there was a lot on the planning docket in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary in 2021. Read the posts below to get a level set on what was and is still in the works at Walt Disney World. 

When Does Walt Disney World Open?

To hear this messaging from Walt Disney World’s Jim McPhee check out the Orange Country Economic Recovery Task Force video. A phased Walt Disney World re-opening will occur with capacity limitations, extensive health and safety protocols. Cast Previews and soft opening days will happen prior. 

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You will want check out Walt Disney Worlds Know Before you Go Page for the fine print of everything we’re sharing here. BEFORE you visit Walt Disney World.  This is a lot of information so we tried to break it down into a digestible form. Hopefully this helps give you a snapshot or your question or concern if you have a 2020 Disney Vacation planned. 

What will Disney’s Park Capacity Be in 2020 when they reopen?

Read about the Disney capacity limits for each park and the estimated 50% and 75% phased plan in our Tips to Remember When Walt Disney World Closes at Maximum Capacity post. Mind you, the capacity will be very controlled due to the Disney Parks Pass Reservation System that is planned to run through September 2021.

When will Resorts Open at Walt Disney World?

Disney Resorts are opening in phases. With DVC resorts opening first. Check out Disney’s Resort page for details. 

Do I have to wear a Mask?

Yes, you will have to wear a mask. Masks are Required on Park Property. With the exception of at the dining table during your dinner reservations, and pool time, wearing a mask is required in all public spaces.

Will Disney Take My Temperature?

Temperature checks are Mandated so you may undergo a temperature screening with no-touch thermometers at the entrance of all parks, resorts and Disney Springs.

“Based on guidance from health authorities, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 F or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. Those with temperatures 100.4 F or above will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed entry either.”

Does a Disney Resort Reservation Guarantee Access to the Parks?

No. A Disney Resort reservation does not guarantee a park reservation. Given the capacity limits at the parks set at 25- 30% of regualr capacity access to the parks is very very limited and can only be guaranteed with a Park Ticket AND an Advanced Reservation for Park Entry. Note that only DVC Resorts are on the reopening list. Non-DVC resorts do not have an opening date at this time. Read up on all the Disney resort information here.  

Park Reservations Required with the Disney Park Pass System. 

The Disney Park Pass is required for Park Entry and will soon to be available to select guests. Your availability of booking dates is  dependent on your existing Walt Disney World plans.

  • Starting June 22, 2020: Those guests that have a Walt Disney World resort hotel reservation AND valid theme park admission can make reservations.
  • On June 26, 2020, Annual Passholders that DO NOT HAVE a Resort stay can make reservations.
  • Beginning June 28, 2020, remaining existing ticket holders can make reservations.

Park reservations will be available through September 26, 2021 for now. Guests access to the Disney Park Pass system will be based on Walt Disney World resort and ticket eligibility window.

How will my Disney Resort Experience Change?

Resort restaurants will be limited to resort guests, masks will be required in public spaces and Disney Vacation Club Resorts at Walt Disney World will re-open ONLY to members and guests. Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground will open June 22nd. Disney Vacation Club Resorts at Vero Beach and Hilton Head will also open to members and guests starting June 15.  Walt Disney World Reopening Resort Stipulations pose lots of additional issues during these times. Read about them all on Disney’s Resort page here

Will I need to make a reservation even if I have a ticket?

Yes, Disney’s New Park Reservation system  will require ALL guests to obtain a Reservation for Park Entry in Advance. This is in addition to ticket purchase. More information on this system is on the way.

  • Mobile Order Service for Dining: You can order ahead using Mobile Order. This is recommended. Check out everything you need to know about Disney Mobile Order. 
  • Scannable Codes for Select Restaurant Menus: Restaurants will now have a scannable code you can scan to see the digital menu. No physical menus will be given. 
  • Online Check-In at Disney Resort Hotels: Guests should check in via the My Disney Experience App. And simply use your magicband to enter your room once it’s ready. While desk attendants at the desk will be available, it’s imperative for social distancing measures that lines do not form. Check in on your own if you can. 

Can I Buy Tickets?

No. Disney has Paused all New Ticket Sales. Theme park capacity is limited, so No New Ticket Sales or Disney Resort Reservations can be made. However, Disney Vacation Club Members are still allowed to make reservations. Existing ticket Holders and Annual Passholders will also be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold. But these too are limited. 

Can I Park Hop with a Park Hopper Ticket or Annual Pass?

No. The park hopper option has been temporarily suspended for ALL guests. One Park Reservation Per Person Per Day ONLY.

Can I still Make Dining Reservations?

Disney cancelled all dining reservations. And Advanced Dining Reservation are also temporarily suspended. However, when the dining reservation system does open again the window for reservations has been changed from 180 days out to only 60 days out. So reservations can only be made 60 days ahead of time when they reopen the service. If you had restaurant reservations cancelled you will be given priority to make dining reservations when the system opens again, per Disney’s announcement. Keep an eye on the Dining section of Disney’s Know Before you go page for details. 

Character Dining is Temporarily suspended with One Exception…

All Character Dining experiences have been suspended with the exception of Topolino Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort. Mickey’s A la Art Character Dining Experience will be available as there is plenty of space for characters to move around. 

Cancellation of all Dining Plan Reservations, Behind the Scenes, Events and Tours

Walt Disney World is cancelling previous reservations including dining reservations, dining plans, behind the scenes, events and tours. This includes all Disney Dining Plans in current packages through the end of the year. Read about all the Disney Reservation Cancellations here. So if you were lucky enough to snag free dining for Fall, you are out of luck ( like us), because all dining plans have been cancelled. 

Will they Still Offer Disney Transportation?

Yes. With 6 foot physical distancing measures in place. So anticipate buses full at maybe 20 people at best, probably closer to 15. Disney transportation will be provided from all the resorts to Disney Springs and the Disney theme parks. This includes buses, boats and monorails. Minnie Vans may be temporarily halted as a service. and thankfully, Magical Express is still available. Be aware of how limited bus/ monorail/ boat capacity is going to affect your vacation.

Suspension of FastPass+ Service

All currently scheduled FastPasses will be cancelled automatically in order for Cast Members to maintain more control over capacity. This will also help physical distancing and lines. Read about the Disney Fastpasses Cancellations. 

Extra Magic Hours 

Extra Magic Hours are temporarily suspended. Again, all cancellations will help to give Disney an idea of the crowd control measures needed to move forward. Don’t expect these things to be reinstated right away. With the previously shared timeline of “rest of the year’ for other cancellations, we can assume this may align to that timeline.  

5 Distinct Safety Protocols

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Walt Disney World Opening Protocols in Place

  • Required Face Coverings while on property
  • Hand washing and sanitizing stations and signage
  • A Social Distancing Squad to help guests follow protocols
  • Temperature Checks at Main Gates

Reduced Capacity OF…

  • Theme Parks
  • Restaurants. Increased Mobile Ordering will be available.
  • Resorts
  • Transportation- buses, monorails, etc.
  • Rides and Attractions

Temporary Suspension OF…

  • ALL Character Meet and Greets
  • Fireworks suspended
  • No Parades
  • Elimination of Events that create crowds
  • High Touch Points
    • No playground access
    • No water features access

Walt Disney World Opens with Additional Educational Signage

Plan to see this signage across the parks. Lots and Lots of signage. Be sure to have the My Disney Experience App loaded on your phone and up to date.

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Educating Guests Throughout the Process

An extensive plan to education guests of What to Know Before You Go, is going to be overwhelmingly visible. With information in the app, website, signage, from cast members and to anyone booking attendance into the park. Check out Walt Disney Worlds Know Before you Go Page for the everything that is changing.


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With so many changes happening at Walt Disney World, be mindful of the protocols, and things in place for the safety of yourself and others. We are super excited to get back to Walt Disney World and Disney is counting on shared responsibility of guests to make this re-opening of Walt Disney World a success! Check out all the plans for Walt Disney World in 2020.  Stay healthy and safe out there!

Walt Disney World opening dates start in July! Just in time for a Florida Summer. Check out the Safety Protocols, whats cancelled and how the Phased Re-Opening Plans of Walt Disney World will work. #waltdisneyworld #disneyopeningdates #disneyopens #polkadotpixies

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