The magic is coming back!!!
On June 22, 2020, Walt Disney World Vacation Club resorts reopened!! Oh how I wish I could have been there. I follow other people that were lucky enough to experience these resorts on their first day of reopening and it looked amazing!! They were practically the only people there.
Starting July 11th, the gates swing open for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks. Epcot and Hollywood Studios will follow suit on July 15th, 2020. This is where the magic starts to fizzle. During this reopening phase and for who knows how long, the parks will not be as they were before. Numerous events, tours, experiences, and shows have been suspended. Go HERE for a full list of all the things NOT happening in the parks anytime soon. It’s a huge list so definitely something you will want to consider before planning to go.
If this list does not change your mind about going, and to be clear it would not change mine but I am crazy that way, you will need a few things to even qualify to get a chance at getting into the parks. What am I talking about? Well, to control attendance for reduced capacity Disney has implemented the Disney Park Pass Reservation System. Guests must reserve a spot to enter a specific park on a specific day. For example, if you want to visit the parks on 5 days of your trip you will need to make a Park Pass Reservation for every person in your party for each of the days and for the exact park you want to visit. There is no Park Hopping. Park Hopping is included in the list of things not happening.
So, how do you get these Park Pass Reservations? Let me tell you, the process has started and for many, it has been a torturous one. Disney’s registration system is notorious for glitches, freezing, and inaccuracies when it is overloaded with requests. **new-now that the system has been up for a while the system is working better. Also, the initial rush to make Park Pass Reservations is over.
Walt Disney World’s Park Pass Reservation System
This new park reservation system will help Guests plan ahead for their trip and help manage attendance. All Guests with valid park tickets will be required to make reservations for each park entry using a new online tool. During this reopening period, each Guest must have a valid park ticket and park reservation for the same park and the same day.
Booking Dates for Park Reservations:
- Beginning June 22, 2020, Disney Resort and other select hotel Guests with a valid theme park admission can make reservations.
- Beginning June 26, 2020, Annual Passholders without a Resort stay can make reservations.
- Beginning June 28, 2020, existing ticket holders can make reservations.
It looks like this Park Pass Reservation System is here to stay for a while. Park reservations will be available through September 26, 2021, based on your Resort stay and ticket eligibility or ticket eligibility window.
If you booked a vacation package, your ticket eligibility is tied to your package travel dates. To make a park reservation for a different date, be sure to modify your vacation package dates.
If you have a room-only reservation at a Disney Resort or other select hotel for a stay in 2021, please call the Disney Reservation Center or call your travel professional beginning on June 24 to upgrade to a vacation package with tickets—and then make your theme park reservations.
Booking a New Vacation
Starting June 28th, Guests will be able to start booking new Disney Resort hotel packages, purchase theme park tickets, and making their Park Pass reservations for arrivals starting in 2021. Guests will be able to view park reservation availability online prior to purchasing their tickets.
New 2020 ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel arrivals will resume later this summer!!!
After announcing the their reopening plans, Disney put a hold on all new Disney Resort reservations and ticket sales for 2020. They have indicated that new resort reservations and ticket sales for 2020 will resume later this summer. My assumption is once they have confimed reservations and assured park passes for all current 2020 guest they will open up spots for new guests. This will be determined by how much availabilty is left with reduces capacity.
*****Update—-New Disney World Resort Reservations and ticket sales for 2020 will resume on July 9th!!
Before You Make Park Pass Reservations
- Make sure you qualify to make reservations for the days you want to visit. Availability differs for guests with tickets, annual passes, and Disney resort reservations.
- Check the Theme Park Availability Calendar to see availability
- Have a My Disney Experience Account — go Here to make one
- Link your resort reservation and/or tickets in your My Disney Experience account
- make a profile for every person in your party
- Each person in your party must have a valid park admission linked to their profile
How the Park Pass Reservation System works
Making Park Pass Reservations
- Create a My Disney Experience account
-Create or sign into your existing My Disney Experience account — see link above
-Link your tickets to your Disney account -each person in your party must have a valid tickets linked to their profile
-If you have a Disney resort reservation be sure to link it to your Disney account as well.
- Create your party
-Create your party from your Friends and Family list
– Select the family and friends you’d like to include, then select “Continue”.
-Don’t see someone in your travel party? Select “Add a Guest” to include them.
-If you are staying in a Disney Resort or other select hotel with a package that includes tickets, everyone in your party must also have a hotel reservation.
If this varies, you will need to make separate Disney Park Pass reservations.
- Select a Date and Park
-Select a Date: View a calendar and choose one of the available dates for your visit.
-Select a Theme Park: Park hours will be displayed for your convenience.
-Select a Time: This is the time that you can visit the park.
- Review and Confirm your plans
-If you need to make any changes, select “Back” to revise your selections.
-Before confirming, you’ll need to agree to the Terms & Conditions, including the COVID-19 liability waiver. Then, select “Confirm” to complete your park reservation.
-Once confirmed, your reservation will appear in My Plans in your My Disney Experience account.
-As a reminder, if you have a multi-day ticket, you will be required to make a park reservation for each date of your visit.
New reservation(s) will appear in My Plans—both online and in the My Disney Experience app.
If you need to cancel a reservation, view your daily itinerary in My Plans, then select “Reservation Details”.