What You Need to Know Before Your Walt Disney World Resort Stay

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Disney recently started to roll out their reopening plan for Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Disney resorts will begin opening on June 22 even though the parks won’t begin a phased reopening until July 11.

With Disney announcing strict new policies and procedures for their reopening following Coronavirus, here is everything you need to know regarding what to expect at Walt Disney World resorts for the near future.


Before You Check-In: 

Before you hop on a plane to Disney, be sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to Florida. Disney has announced that for guests planning to visit Walt Disney World from the following areas, they must first complete a 14-day quarantine. At the time of publishing, this is the list for domestic mandatory 14-day quarantine:

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey

Internationally, the Florida Health website directs travelers to the CDC recommendation map for the most up to date information. As of June 8, the CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations. Most foreign nationals who have been in one of these countries during the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter the United States.

Guests cannot quarantine on Disney property.

For more information visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/ for information.


Before you arrive on property be sure that you have the following:

  • A confirmed room reservation for your stay. Be sure to link your reservation to your Disney account to receive important information prior to your arrival—visit My Plans to get started
  • Day guests must have a confirmed dining reservation in order to enter resort property. 
  • Face coverings are REQUIRED for every Guest age 2 and up
    • Appropriate face coverings must be worn in all public areas, except while swimming or seated for dining.
  • Theme park reservations are now REQUIRED for all guests planning to visit a theme park. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom open on July 11. Epcot and Hollywood Studios open on July 15. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date is required.
    • Resort reservations do NOT guarantee park admission.

Highly Recommended for Guests but not Required:

  • The latest version of the My Disney Experience app on your mobile device, with location services and notifications enabled
  • Cashless or contactless forms of payment, including MagicBands are recommended for all guests.


Wellness Screenings For All Guests Entering Disney Property: 

Persons who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine, or are under quarantine orders must not enter Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney World Resort Guests may be subject to additional screenings. Before you leave home, please check the temperatures of everyone in your party—including yourself—as an extra layer of precaution.

If you need to reschedule your reservation, please call the Disney Reservation Center at (407) W-DISNEY or (407) 934-7639. If you’re a Disney Vacation Club Member, please call Member Services at (800) 800-9800.


Checking In to a Walt Disney World Resort: 

To aid in physical distancing efforts, we strongly recommend that you use Online Check-In Service in advance—online or with the My Disney Experience app.

When your room is ready, you’ll get a room-ready notification. Then, you can use either a MagicBand or the My Disney Experience app digital key feature to enter your room!

If you don’t receive your MagicBand(s) prior to your vacation, simply use the My Disney Experience app as a digital key to enter your room. At your convenience, you can visit the Front Desk to pick up your MagicBand(s).

There are a lot of changes coming to Disney World albeit temporarily. To learn about why Disney is the last Orlando theme park to open click HERE!

Stay tuned for part 2 of this Disney resort series. What You Need to Know About Changes to Walt Disney World Resorts.

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