Walt Disney World Outlines Theme Park Reservations, Halts Park Hopping And Discontinuing Magic Bands For 2021

Disney just shared a very in-depth look for details for when Walt Disney World will be doing their phased re-opening on July 11th for Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. July 15th will be Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot as their will be a reservation system in place and here’s what guests must need to know before you go. The theme parks will be limited attendance within the parks, based off the guidance with both local and government health officials for social distancing, increased cleaning and sanitation etc.

Here’s what guests need to know before you go:

Disney is introducing a new system called the “Disney Park Pass System” to help manage out the attendance. Guests with a theme park ticket or Annual Pass will be required to make a reservation (same circumstances for Hong Kong & Shanghai Disneyland) and will need to make a reservation in advance for each park entry that is fully detailed on the official Disney World site.

Here’s how to do it as listed down below:

  • Create or log in towards your My Disney Experience account, as this is where your Walt Disney World Resort plans are stored and managed.
  • valid theme park ticket or Annual Pass that’s linked to your My Disney Experience account. 
  • If you got a Disney Resort hotel reservation, be sure to link it to your My Disney Experience account beforehand, as well. 

Disney did say a few days ago for when the new theme park reservation system goes live, as they “urge guests to link tickets towards the My Disney Experience app” to help make it easier for them.

After those steps mentioned up above and guests will have access towards a calendar with available reservation dates for all 4-theme parks. For those who have multi-day tickets, you will be required to make a park reservation for each day of your visit. Families and friends can also link their tickets together, to arrange their desired theme park entries at the same time of whatever they choose to do.

Another that Disney also stated as well from the following:

“Please note, park reservations are limited in number and subject to availability. Availability can change until the reservation is finalized. At this time, guests will be able to select one park per day; visiting more than one park per day will be temporarily unavailable upon the reopening of the theme parks due to attendance limitations.”

Disney also did confirm that park-hopping as many Disney World fans know is a fun thing to do but, will be halted “for the time being”

Here’s what they stated:

“Guests with existing tickets that include the Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option have options available to them for ticket modifications and cancellations, and can visit DisneyWorld.com/Updates for more information. We hope to bring back the ability to visit more than one park per day soon and will continue to offer these add-ons for 2021 ticket purchases.”

For Existing Ticket Holders and Annual Passholders:

Beginning this week, we will reach out to existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders with more information on when they will be able to check availability to make their park reservations. We will open the Disney Park Pass system to these guests in phases, beginning with those with future Disney Resort and other select hotel stays. Later this summer, we will resume sales of 2020 tickets and Disney Resort hotel arrivals, based on availability of park reservations, while we continue to provide guests with existing tickets and Annual Passholders the opportunity to make park reservations for 2020 dates.

Planning A Trip For Next Year:

By June 28, all guests will be able to purchase new Disney Resort hotel packages and theme park tickets and make their park reservations for arrivals starting in 2021 as our phased reopening continues. Guests will be able to view park reservation availability on DisneyWorld.com prior to purchasing their tickets. 

For those who need a recap for the reservation system for dates provided down below from the official Disney World site:

The Disney Park Pass system will be available soon to select Guests. Booking dates vary based on your plans.

  • Beginning June 22, 2020, Disney Resort and other select hotel Guests with 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.

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.

Disney has also confirmed as the complementary on-resort MagicBands will be discontinued next year as many fans are used to this when they do their vacations. From following stated down below:

“With this new offering on the horizon, we will be retiring our complimentary MagicBand distribution to Disney Resort hotel guests for new reservations with arrivals beginning Jan. 1, 2021. Disney Resort hotel guests will continue to have the option to purchase new MagicBands at a discount, and we’ll be introducing even more colors and designs featuring favorite Disney characters in the future. Guests who prefer not to purchase a discounted MagicBand will be able to use the My Disney Experience app or a Key to the World card during their visit. We will still offer MagicBands in retail locations and on shopDisney.com, and guests will be able to continue using the wearables throughout Walt Disney World Resort.”

Be sure to check out the video down below for the new measures and guidelines for upon the reopening for Disney World

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Source: Disney

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