The information we’ve all been waiting for has been released! We’ve been hearing about the new Park Reservation System since Disney announced their plans for reopening the Parks.
As eager as we all are to get back into the Parks, it’s the “not knowing” that has us wondering if we should postpone our trips. After all, what if we plan everything out, but miss out on getting a Park Reservation?
Now that these details have been released, questions will be answered and planning should get easier (fingers crossed).
Why the Disney Park Pass System?
In order to reopen the Parks, Walt Disney World has to reduce the number of Guests allowed in each Park per day.
But, there are a lot of unknowns. Park Hoppers, Annual Passes, and even the regular Park tickets don’t require Guests to tell Disney which Park they plan on going to on any given day.
Sure, Fastpasses help with that a little bit. But, now we don’t even have that.
By creating Park Reservations, Disney can guarantee no one gets turned away at the front gate.
The New Way of planning your Walt Disney World Days
If you’ve ever made Dining or Fastpass Reservations, you should have no problem booking your Park days since they all work through My Disney Experience.
In order to get your reservations, you must:
- Have a My Disney Experience account
- You can download the app or log into WaltDisneyWorld.com
- Link your Theme Park Ticket or Annual Pass to your account
- Link your Disney Resort reservation to your account (if you’re staying on site)
When can I start making my Park Reservation?
Depending on the Ticket/Package, you are able to start booking on June 22, June 26, or June 28, 2020.
Guests staying on Disney property have first priority. Since most Disney Resort Guests are from out of town, it makes sense that they will be allowed to get their reservations first.
Annual Passholders are able to get their Park reservations a few days later.
For all other Guests who currently have a valid Theme Park Ticket, you will need to wait until June 28th. If you fall in this category, I would make a plan to wake up bright and early. Booking windows usually open at 7AM EST, so I don’t expect this to be any different.
It’s no secret that Walt Disney World will be different than it has been in the past. But, I fully trust that the Parks will still be magical…just different than we’re used to.
If you haven’t already learned about all the changes being made to the Parks, read What To Expect Before Returning to Walt Disney World.
Disney Resorts are reopening in stages
As a part of Disney’s phased reopening, Resorts will be reopening in stages. This means that additional changes may need to be made to your reservation.
THE FOLLOWING RESORTS REOPENED JUNE 22, 2020
- 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
- Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
- Beach Club Villas
- BoardWalk Villas
- Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
- Old Key West Resort
- Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Riviera Resort
- Saratoga Springs Resort
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
THE FOLLOWING RESORTS ARE REOPENING SOON
- July 10 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- July 29 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Aug. 24 – Disney’s Yacht
- Sept. 21 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Oct. 4 – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Oct. 14 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
- Nov. 1 – Art of Animation Resort
As always, for all of the official information, visit Walt Disney World.