We had many unanswered questions after today’s meeting. Now we are getting more insight into which resorts will be open (and when) and the advanced reservation system for theme park entry.
Disney World plans to reopen in July! A methodical layered approach to reopening will be implemented to ensure Guest and Cast Member safety and well-being.
You can read about all those guidelines and requirements in the article we previously shared HERE.
We had many questions after the meeting, including whether or not resorts would open and how Guests would be able to obtain the reservations to enter the park. We now have some answers!
First, the Disney World website states resorts will also open on July 11 along with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
“Pending approval from government officials, the phased reopening plans we submitted calls for Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney Resort hotels to open beginning July 11 for Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15.”
Regarding the theme park reservation system and DVC resorts, the following comes straight from Disney Parks Blog (with bold phrases being my emphasis):
Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited as we welcome guests back to the magic, we will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance.
At this time, we are temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so we can focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations (Disney Vacation Club members can still make new reservations).
Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold; we’ll be reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details.
We will resume new ticket sales and hotel reservations after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon.
Additionally, Disney Vacation Club resorts at Walt Disney World will reopen to members and guests and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will begin to reopen on June 22.
Disney Vacation Club resorts in Vero Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, will also open to members and guests starting on June 15. Plans to support required physical distancing as well as enhanced cleaning measures, along with a number of other safety and cleanliness protocols, will be implemented as part of this planned phased reopening.
We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available. Share your thoughts with us on Facebook!