Here’s ALL the Latest News on Disney World’s Reopening Plans!

With all the Disney news happening right now, it can be hard to keep up with all the dates and reopening plans!

Epcot

But, we’ve got you covered since we’re breaking down everything you need to know about Disney World’s reopening plan, procedures, and timeline!

Disney World’s Reopening Proposal

During the Orange County Recovery Task Force Meeting, Disney World proposed that it would reopen to guests on July 11th starting with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, and July 15th with Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

Cinderella Castle

Within their plans, Disney detailed how they would be handling health and safety protocols, resorts, ticketing, entertainment, and more.

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Riding Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

After reviewing the plans, Major Jerry Demings approved Disney World to move forward with its reopening guidelines, which were then approved by Governor DeSantis for reopening.

Additionally, park hours have been updated in the My Disney Experience App, and appear to be shortened from traditional park hours during the proposed reopening period. 

Expedition EVEREST Landscape
Expedition Everest

Read ALL the details you need to know about Disney World’s reopening proposal here!

FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours Information

Disney World announced that FastPass+ will be suspended when the parks reopen. Additionally, all current FastPass+ reservations will be automatically cancelled, and the FastPass+ feature is no longer available in the My Disney Experience App. Extra Magic Hours will also be “temporarily suspended.”

FastPass+ Sign at Frozen Ever After

To learn more about the announced FastPass+ updates, click here!

 

Dining and Experience Reservations

Disney World announced that due to the limited capacity of the theme parks upon reopening, they will be cancelling all current dining and special experience reservations through the end of the year. This includes Disney Dining Plans. For those that received a Free Dining package as part of a temporary offer given to impacted reservations, an automatic 35% room discount is being applied.

Crystal Palace

While new dining reservations are currently unavailable, Disney stated that when they reopen they will be switching to a 60-day reservation window from the current 180-day reservation window.

Read all about the Disney Dining and Special Experience Updates Here!

Disney has also confirmed that character dining will be temporarily unavailable upon reopening.

Chef Mickey’s

Read more about the cancellation of character dining at Disney World here!

Water Parks and Transportation Information

As Disney World begins its phased reopening, it will not be offering each of its parks or services immediately. During this time, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon will be closed until further notice.

Typhoon Lagoon

According to WDWMagic, Disney transportation will also be operated on a limited basis for hotel guests, including the Monorail system, and ferries for guests to use during their visits to the parks. Additionally, Disney’s presentation to the Orange County Task Force included a slide that noted, “Reduced capacity of theme park rides, restaurants, retail, attraction, buses, monorails and other transportation that enabled appropriate physical distancing”, meaning that other transportation options could be available.

Monorail Red in Epcot
Monorail Red

Read all the details on Disney’s water parks and transportation here!

Health and Safety Procedures

When Disney World reopens, it will be following many similar health and safety guidelines that we’ve already seen in Disney Springs. Some of these include the requirement of masks for guests ages 2 and up, temperature checks, spatial distancing, limited capacity, and increased sanitization.

Cast Members Doing Temperature Checks

In order to make everyone aware of the necessary procedures, Disney World will be placing social distancing signs and markers around the parks to view while they are exploring.

Photo credit: Disney

Disney will also be setting up a “social distancing squad” that will be available to answer questions from guests and enforce the new protocols in the parks.

Photo Credit: Disney

At restaurants, Disney will be promoting contactless experiences through the use of QR code menus. However, disposable paper menus will be available if they are necessary.

QR Code Menu

Check out all of Disney World’s health and safety guidelines here!

Pause in Hotel and Park Ticket Reservations

Disney will be welcoming guests to select hotels sooner than July 11th. Disney’s Vero Beach and Disney’s Hilton Head locations will open on June 15th, while Disney Vacation Club properties and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground will reopen on June 22nd. At this time, Disney does not have a reopening date for non-DVC resorts.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

During this time, Disney will be focusing on current guests’ reservations, so new hotel bookings and park ticket purchases will not be available during this initial period of time. However, there are exceptions for Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders.

Paddock Pool at Saratoga Springs

Learn more about the pause on hotel reservations and park tickets in Disney World here!

Suspension of Parades, Fireworks, and Meet-and-Greets

During the initial reopening, Disney World will be promoting distancing by halting their parades, fireworks, and meet-and-greets in the parks.

Happily Ever After

Although they may use similar entertainment to Shanghai Disneyland with performers onstage away from guests, there are not yet details what entertainment will be available and when the other parades, fireworks, and meet-and-greets will return.

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Maleficent in the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade

Read more about the change in the Disney World entertainment schedule here!

NEW Theme Park Reservation System

In order to accommodate guests and the changes coming to the parks, Disney World will be implementing a new reservation system. More details on what that will be like are expected at a later date, so we will keep you updated on the new system!

Frozen Ever After

Check out the details on Disney World’s new reservation system here!

Relaxation Zones

Since masks will be required, Disney World is exploring options for a way to allow guests to take them off in “relaxation zones.” This would help guests have a break from their personal protection equipment (or PPE) with social distancing still being enforced.

Guests with Masks

Learn more about Disney World’s relaxation zones here!

We will continue to update this page with more information!

Take a look at ALL the details on park closures and reopenings that you need to know!

Do you have a Disney World vacation planned any time soon? Let us know in the comments below!

Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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9 Replies to “Here’s ALL the Latest News on Disney World’s Reopening Plans!”

  1. I plan to visit September 18th for my 60th birthday along with my cousins and some of their children. When will the I be able to purchase tickets? This is a monumental bday and I want to spend it at my favorite place on earth.

  2. Our family is so grateful for “All Ears”. We are bringing our 26 year old daughter to Disney World, Epcot and Animal Kingdom. Our daughter has Asperger’s so we really have to be able to plan our trip rather carefully. Without “All Ears” I know that we would not be as informed as we need to be. Thank you all so much!!!

  3. I can’t believe fastpass will be canceled. I have booked so many of them, for my trip from July 18th-July 24th. Hopefully I will still have a good time.

  4. I have reservations July 23-28. We also have annual passes. I tried to get some fast passes for our favorite attractions yesterday 5/27. There is nothing available that we enjoy like Space Mountain, Rock n Roller coaster. Didn’t want waste my fast passes on things like little mermaid or Disney junior, Small World, etc. went to login after talking to my family but fast pass wouldn’t load keep gettin a “whops” message with decapitated Olaf. Same thing this morning. Sort of feeling a fail on Disney’s part.

  5. I’m wondering how tickets with park hopper plus will be handled, since water parks are closed, and there will be a reservation system. We have a package booked for late August. I’m ok with scheduling a couple of parks to enter, but not only one a day, and the water parks are a must do. The masks are fine & preferable considering the plague amongst us. Florida is super hot anyway…a little more heat on the face isn’t a big deal. And hey, at least one less place to sunburn. They need to get more concrete information to guests with resorts and tickets already purchased. I was excited to hear they are reopening but the non-specificity of information has me considering to cancel in a way nothing else so far has. The lack of information on transportation is a concern, too. Fingers crossed.

  6. My family and I are going from July 24- August 3 as resort guests at Caribbean Beach with five-day park tickets. Excited to still be able to go after having to reschedule from our initial June trip, as scheduling further into the year is not an option for us. Trying to see the positive in all this!! 🤞🏻

  7. Do we know anything if internatonal workers wil be back by that time? Becuse epcot is not the same without them.