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Walt Disney World Announce Plans to Reopen

by Kloe Forster

Disney fans, it’s time to get excited! Grab your ears and get ready to embrace the magic… Walt Disney World theme parks have announced plans that they will start a phased reopening beginning with Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park on July 11th followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15th.

Additionally, Disney Vacation Club properties at Walt Disney World and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will begin to reopen to Members and Guests on June 22nd. Disney Vacation Club properties in Vero Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, will open on June 15th. Disney Springs has already began reopening.

Upon reopening, theme parks, Disney Resort Hotels, restaurants and other offerings may be modified, limited in capacity and subject to availability or closure based on direction from health experts and government officials to promote physical distancing.

Enhanced health and safety measures will be in place. Guests will need to follow posted instructions while visiting Walt Disney World Resort.

You can keep yourself in the know about all of the park updates from Walt Disney World HERE.

The parks will reopen with some important updates to promote physical distancing, including:

  • Park Reservations: Initially, park attendance will be managed through a new park reservation system. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required.
  • New Ticket Sales: At this time, new ticket sales are temporarily paused. Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold. Additional details will be shared with these Guests soon. New ticket sales will resume after that period of time.
  • New Disney Resort Hotel Reservations: At this time, new reservations at Disney Resort hotels are temporarily paused so we can focus on Guests with existing reservations (Disney Vacation Club Members can still make new reservations). Reservations will resume after that period of time.

Additionally, attractions, experiences (such as shows, parades and fireworks), services and amenities may have limited availability or may remain closed.

How to prepare for your visit

Here are the top things to know as you prepare to visit:

  • To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required
  • Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members; temperature screenings are required in some locations
  • Some experiences—including theme parks—may be modified or unavailable to allow for physical distancing and limted contact
  • Helpful technology and the My Disney Experience App will help you make the most of the magic



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