First to Open
The first bit of magic to open will be the Disney Vacation Club Resorts on June 22nd to both members and guests. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will also open that day. Other Disney resort hotels will open on July 11. This phased reopening will demonstrate a deliberate approach, with limits on attendance and controlled guest density that aligns with guidance on physical distancing. That means certain experiences we know draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. In addition, “high-touch” experiences such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be in our parks to entertain and delight guests.
Theme Park Opening Phases
Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will begin a phased reopening to the general public on July 11, followed by Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15. Third party businesses began opening at Disney Springs opened on May 20, followed by Disney owned and operated locations on May 27. You can find information on the processes in place to visit Disney Springs here.
We know many of you are excited to return to the magic and make new memories with your family, friends and loved ones. Disney is introducing enhanced health and safety measures reflecting guidance from health authorities and appropriate government agencies.
Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited Disney will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. Over the coming weeks, Disney will be making some necessary updates to prepare for the launch of this park reservation system. Here’s some important information to help you plan ahead.
New Ticket Sales and Hotel Reservations
At this time, new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations are temporarily pausing so Disney can focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations.
- Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make a theme park reservation before new tickets are sold.
- Disney will be reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details.
- Disney will resume new sales of tickets and Disney Resort hotel reservations after that period of time.
- Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability.
Dining and Experiences
In order to foster physical distancing during this time, upon reopening, Disney’s offerings, restaurants and other experiences such as behind-the-scenes tours will be limited in capacity, and other experiences may remain closed.
- As a result of limited capacity, Disney has made the difficult decision to cancel all existing dining reservations and experience bookings. This includes Disney dining plans included in packages.
- Disney will reopen dining and experience bookings with more limited numbers closer to when the parks reopen.
- Disney will also shift from a 180-day booking window to a 60-day booking window for dining and experience bookings going forward. This allows Guests to make their plans closer to their visits.
FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours
As a result of the COVID-19 impact, the FastPass+ service will be suspended for the time being. Disney plans to use additional queue space to manage capacity at attractions and maintain physical distancing.
- Disney will automatically cancel existing FastPass+ selections and share any future updates on the service at a later date.
- Also, please note that upon reopening, Extra Magic Hours will be temporarily suspended.