We get a lot of questions regarding the reopening of Walt Disney World and Walt Disney World Resorts. For this post, we compiled a list of the top questions we’ve received. These will help in planning your time in Walt Disney World.
Disney World has been closed since March. Select Walt Disney World resorts reopened on June 22. Here is the full list of resorts that opened on that day:
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Plans for additional Walt Disney Resorts to Reopen:
- July 10, Disney’s Pop Century and Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- July 29 Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- August 12 Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- August 24 Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- September 21 Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
- October 1 Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
- October 14 Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
For a full list of all events and experiences that will NOT be available until further notice click HERE!
Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11.
Epcot and Hollywood Studios will reopen on July 15.
Now, to the FAQ’s you need to know before you go.
If I have a reservation for a Walt Disney World Resort, am I guaranteed entry to the parks?
No. You must also book Disney theme park reservations in addition to your resort reservation. Reservations are subject to availability. Resort reservations do not guarantee theme park reservations so be sure to book your theme park reservation as early as possible.
- Beginning June 22, 2020, Disney Resort and other select hotel Guests with valid theme park admission can make reservations for their length of stay.
- Beginning June 26, 2020, Annual Passholders without a Resort stay can make theme park reservations for up to 3 days at a time.
- Beginning June 28, 2020, existing ticket holders can make reservations for the number of days of valid theme park admission.
Guests who have a resort reservation are given first priority when booking theme park reservations. There is no guarantee that park reservations will be available. Disney recommends that you immediately book your park reservations upon purchasing your park tickets.
If I’m not staying at a resort, can I still eat there?
Yes. With a dining reservation. Until further notice, valid Disney Resort hotel reservation is required to make dining reservations. Online reservations are currently available at select Disney Springs dining locations.
Disney is working hard to enforce social distancing and reduce capacity on property. Day guests, or guests that want to visit the resort hotels must have a dining reservation. If you want to visit one of the resort hotel properties, you must have a dining reservation at a sit down restaurant.
If I leave the park I have a reservation to, can I return?
Yes! You can come and go to the park that you have a reservation at on that day. Guests with valid park reservations can leave and come back but must return to the park that you have a reservation at for that day.
Will all Disney transportation methods be running?
- Disney’s Magical Express® Service – Complimentary airport transportation via Disney’s Magical Express service will be available for guests arriving and departing from Orlando International Airport. To book the service contact your Travel Agent or Disney directly at 407.939.1936. Many airlines are also changing their flight schedules so definitely check before your trip to make sure your flights haven’t been impacted
- Walt Disney World Resort Buses – Bus transportation will still be available between your resort and Disney Springs. However, the buses will be on a reduced schedule and social distancing measures will be put into place.
- Minnie Van Service – This private shuttle service organized through LYFT Minnie Van will not be available during the initial reopening period.
- Parking – Self-parking will be available. However, there will be NO Valet service (with the exception of Guests with disabilities who may require parking assistance.) Parking fees apply for Disney Resort hotel Guests.
- The Disney Skyliner – Disney has not made an official announcement regarding this mode of transportation at the time of publishing. With few of the Skyliner resorts opening and park hopping not available, we are unsure whether this service will be running upon reopening. In addition, NBA teams have bought out several resorts on property that are on the Skyliner and it could cause an additional security risk to reopen the Skyliner.
- Disney Monorail – Disney has made no announcement regarding the Monorail at the time of publishing. With one resort closed for the NBA, we suspect that if Disney is to open the Monorail they will require proof of stay (via Magic Band or My Disney Experience) prior to boarding the resort Monorail. The Ticket and Transportation Center Monorail could reopen with additional safety measures in place or Disney could instead rely on busses until further notice.
- Water Transportation – Disney has not made any official announcement on water transportation at the time of publishing. We expect Disney to run boats from Wilderness Lodge with increased safety and social distancing measures in place but are unsure as to the other resorts at this time.
If I don’t wear a mask or follow the new procedures and rules Disney has put in place, can they make me leave or deny me entry?
Yes. Disney is private property and has stated on numerous forms of communication including via the My Disney Experience App, the Disney World website, emails to guests, Disney Parks Blog and signage that guests who do not adhere to the guidelines that Disney has put in place will be denied entry. In addition, Disney has announced that they will be performing temperature checks and any guest who has a temperature above 100.4 will be denied entry. As will all members of their party.
Are Annual Passholders guaranteed a reservation to one of the theme parks?
No. Off property guests, resort guests, Annual Passholders, or Disney Vacation Club are not guaranteed entry to the parks. Disney has opened theme park reservations to Annual Passholders as of June 26.
All eligible Passholders can make theme park reservations for up to 3 days at a time. Once you use a theme park reservation, you can make another reservation for a future date.
Can I purchase theme park tickets right now?
At this time, new ticket sales and new annual pass sales are temporarily paused. Annual Passholders are still able to renew their pass. Additional details will be shared with existing ticket holders soon.
By June 28, all Guests will be able to purchase new Disney Resort hotel packages and theme park tickets and make their park reservations for arrivals starting in 2021 as the Walt Disney World phased reopening continues.
Guests will be able to view park availability online prior to purchasing their tickets. Park reservations are limited in number and subject to availability.
Can I make dining reservations at Disney Resorts or in the parks?
Guests with Disney Resort hotel reservations for arrivals between June 22 and July 10, 2020 are able to make dining reservations for select Walt Disney World Resort hotel and available Disney Springs dining locations beginning June 18, 2020. For those wanting to make reservations must call the Disney Reservation Center at (407) 824-1391 to check availability and make reservations. Disney Vacation Club Members should call Member Services at (800) 800-9800.
At this time, a valid Disney Resort hotel reservation will be required to make dining reservations. Online reservations are currently available at select Disney Springs dining locations.
For guests wanting to book in-Park Dining, at the time of publishing, dining reservations are not available for in-park dining experiences. Reservations will resume at a later date.
When in-park dining initially becomes available, you’ll need valid park admission, a reservation for park entry and a dining reservation to dine at an in-park, table-service restaurant. Dining reservations do not guarantee admission to the park.
Can I make a Disney World resort reservation?
At this time Disney is not accepting any new reservations for Disney Resort hotels. The exception is Disney Vacation Club Members who can still make new reservations.
Guests with reservations for travel through July 10 may request immediate assistance with modifying their plans for dates in 2020. Those currently traveling July 11 – December 31, 2020 may request assistance beginning Monday, June 22. Modifications into 2021 can be made beginning June 24.
In addition, Disney is waving Disney-imposed change and cancellation fees up to the date of check-in for reservations with arrivals through October 3, 2020. If Guests need further assistance, they should reach out to the Disney Reservation Center through our online chat feature or by calling our reservation line.
We hope that this helps you in navigating your upcoming Disney vacation or trip to the parks. If you have additional questions you would like for us to elaborate on or investigate for you please reach out and let us know.