As you probably know, Disney has announced a phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort’s theme parks during the month of July. Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11th, followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15th. There will be limits on attendance and crowd density, and they will implement plenty of sanitary measures to align with CDC and state health guidelines. As an extra measure to help the process go as smoothly as possible, Disney officials are announcing the “Disney Park Pass System” as a way to manage attendance during this period.
What is the Disney Park Pass System?
During the phased reopening, all guests with a theme park ticket or an Annual Pass will be required to make an advance reservation in order to enter into a theme park. Guests will need to use Disney’s new online system on DisneyWorld.com.
Here are some important features of the new system:
You need to already have a My Disney Experience account (or create a new one). This is where your WDW vacation plans are managed and stored.
A valid theme park ticket or Annual Pass must be linked up to your My Disney Experience account.
Link your Disney Resort hotel reservation to your My Disney Experience account before using the system (if you are staying on-property).
After logging into your My Disney Experience account and linking up your ticket, you’ll now be able to access the calendar of available reservation dates for the theme parks.
For multi-day tickets, you must make a separate park reservation for each day you visit. Those who are traveling together (family and friends) have the ability to link their tickets together so that they may organize and arrange their theme park reservations all at the same time.
At this time, theme park reservations are subject to availability and limited in number.
Guests will be able to select one theme park per day for the time being (visiting more than one theme park per day will not be an option). If you currently have tickets that include a Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option add-on, then you can modify (or cancel) these tickets to conform to these new temporary rules.
Disney will reach out to existing Annual Passholders and ticket holders starting this week. They will provide more information on when they’ll be able to make their park reservations based on availability.
The Disney Park Pass System will be opening in phases, beginning with guests who have future resort stays.
As the summer progresses, Disney plans to resume 2020 ticket and resort sales based on the availability.
Trips planned for 2021
Plans for a continuation of a 2021 phased reopening were also announced. By June 28 (2020), all guests will have the ability to make reservations for new Disney Resort hotel packages, purchase theme park tickets, and make their other park reservations for 2021 arrival dates.
Prior to purchasing their tickets, Guests can view park reservation availability via DisneyWorld.com.
New Technology for 2021
Disney plans on introducing new and innovative technology as part of the My Disney Experience app. It will bring features of the MagicBand system to your smartphone while building on top of the app’s existing framework.
With this improvement, Disney will retire its complimentary MagicBand distribution to Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests for new reservations (beginning w/ arrivals for January 1, 2021).
Disney Resort hotel guests will still be able to purchase a new MagicBand at a discount, and you can still find MagicBands in retail locations and on shopDisney.com, If you prefer to not purchase a discounted MagicBand, then you’ll be able to just use the My Disney Experience app or a Key to the World card for the duration of your visit. Guests will still be able to use the wearables throughout Disney World.
Is it Time to Book your 2021 Disney World Vacation?
While some of these updates are inconvenient, life is not quite ready to resume as it was prior to COVID-19. However, we hope you are as excited as we are about getting back to The Most Magical Place on Earth despite the concessions.
Now is the time to start to think about your 2021 trip to Walt Disney World. If you would like to discuss your options, please call the Disney travel agents at TheVacationeer.com.
Hi, my name is Josh and I'm a lifelong Disney fanatic. From my first trip to Disney World as a kid (in the late '80s) up to the present day, Disney continues to fascinate and inspire me like nowhere else on Earth. I'm so grateful to have this opportunity to write for MagicGuides.com and to share my love of Disney's theme parks, restaurants, and hotels. I hope my articles will help you get the most out of your Disney World experience so that your vacation is memorable and magical!