Deep Dive Into The Big Changes at Disney World

Disney Parks Pass, Resort Reservations, Park Tickets and More. Breaking Down Changes in Walt Disney World and How They Affect You.

There are a lot of changes in Walt Disney World and we have them covered for you. Whether you are planning on visiting the parks or resorts in 2020, 2021 or just interested in seeing what the theme park giant is doing to ensure safety in these unprecedented times, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s get started breaking down the changes in Walt Disney World and how they affect your trip or visit.

Disney Parks Pass

You must have a Disney Parks Pass also known as a theme park reservation to get into Walt Disney World parks. The pass must be for the park you are wanting to enter and the day you are wanting to go. In addition, you must also have valid theme park admission or you will not be allowed into that park or any other park at Walt Disney World.

A resort reservation does not guarantee admission to a park. Disney Parks Passes must be acquired ahead of time. Annual Pass or park ticket also does not guarantee admission to a theme park. You must have both a Disney Parks Pass and valid park ticket. We cannot stress this enough because there is still an abundance of confusion on this.

Theme park pass reservations must be made in advance. Dates are currently open through September 26, 2021. Check out the Walt Disney World website to learn more and to view available reservations.

New Ticket Sales

Currently Disney is not accepting new ticket sales for 2020. Only those people who previously had 2020 tickets or reservations or those booking trips in 2021 are able to book theme park reservations.

Guests are currently unable to book Walt Disney World resort hotels or theme park tickets for 2020. Disney has not indicated when these sales will resume. They have announced that their first priority is working with those whose reservations were cancelled and previously booked.

Park Hopper Tickets and Park Hopping

Currently guests can only book one park per day with the Disney Parks Pass. There is no park hopping on the current theme park reservation system. Guests can come and go to the park that you have a reservation at on that day.

Parkhopper tickets are not available. For guests who have a park hopper or park hopper plus ticket that was purchased prior to the new system being imlemented you may opt for a ticket extension. Tickets will automatically be extended through September 26, 2021.

If you have a park ticket for 2020 and are not going to use it this year; you will be able to use it in 2021. Disney has hinted that they expect park hopping to return in 2021 if not later in 2020.

Guests can call 407-WDisney to modify a package or tickets. Disney does NOT guarantee refunds so if there is potential for a refund it would be by calling this number.

For guests planning a trip in 2021, parkhopper tickets are available to add on to existing reservations.

Annual Passholders

Right now, Annual Passholder’s (AP’s) are in a bit of bind. At least some may be. Currently, AP’s can book either three floating park passes that do not have to be consecutive days OR for those who have a Disney Resort stay booked, they can book park pass reservations for for the length of that stay. This includes Disney resorts and good neighbor hotels.

Disney is currently prioritizing resort guests and guests that are not Annual Passholder’s so if you are an AP and looking to book a park pass do so as soon as possible. If your resort stay is farther out, we recommend using your three floating park passes and then book your reservations for your resort stay closer to the date but continuously checking that reservation calendar to make sure that the dates for your stay are still available.

New 2020 Reservations

If you do not currently have a reservation at a Walt Disney World resort hotel for 2020 you cannot make new reservations for this year. But, you can still book a Disney’s good neighbor hotels. These include Swan and Dolphin and hotels that are near Disney Springs. When looking at these hotels be sure to check that they are indeed recognized as a good neighbor hotel prior to booking. Many of those resorts have extra Dsiney perks and you can make park pass reservations if you book a stay at those hotels.

Disney Resorts

Many Walt Disney Resorts have reopened and several more are on the calendar to open up in the next few months. However, there are several resorts that are not open and do not have a set date for reopening.

For more information on which hotels are open and which hotels will open when click HERE!

  • Animal Kingdom Jambo House
  • Port Orleans French Quarter
  • Port Orleans Riverside
  • Wilderness Lodge
  • All Star Resorts

The resorts listed above are also currently not showing availablility for 2020 or 2021.

If you have a previously booked stay at one of the above resorts that does not currently have a reopening date, Disney is modifying those reservations. But, if you do not act on that they will cancel your entire reservation so it is your responsibility to modify your stay in a timely manner for those resorts in order to not lose your resort reservation.

Call 407-WDisney to modify your reservation and be patient. There are a lot of people making modifications and asking questions and you will be on hold for a long time.

For a full list of all of the new safety measures put in place including what is mandatory before entering the parks and while in the parks and on Walt Disney World property click HERE!

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