Further details about the reopening of Walt Disney World is coming out every day. There are significant changes to how you will plan your Disney World Vacation for the rest of 2020 and into 2021. One of the most significant changes will be the introduction of the new Disney Park Pass System.
During the reopening period, Disney will be strictly controlling the number of guests who can enter parks. Guests will be able to enter one park a day and will not be able to park hop later in the day. To access a park, you will need to prebook a reservation through the new Disney Park Pass System. A new online tool will be available to make your booking.
To access any park, guests will have to present both their park reservation and a valid park ticket. Guests who do not have either of these will be refused entry.
The new Disney Park Pass System will become available starting June 22. Disney will prioritize passes to the following guests who already have valid reservations or tickets:
- 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.
From June 28, Disney will restart selling reservations and tickets for 2021. Guests will be able to view park reservation availability online before purchasing their tickets. Later this summer, Disney will resume sales of 2020 tickets and reservations.
How to make you Disney Park Pass Reservation
The process of booking your Disney Park Pass appears straight forward.
- Step 1: Link Your Admission to Your Disney Account
- Step 2: Create Your Party from your Family & Friends List
- Step 3: Select a Date and Park. You will also need to select a time for entry!
- Step 4: Review and Confirm Your Plans
- Reservations are limited and are not guaranteed until a reservation is completed. We expect the number of guests allowed into each park will gradually increase, but expect crowds to be less crowded than normal.
- Guests will only be able to visit one park each day. Park Hopping will be reintroduced in the future.
- You will need a park reservation for every day you intend to visit.
- Disney recommends booking reservations early. It does seem strange to have to make your plans 12 months in advance but that appears to be the recommendation.
We quite like the idea of a park reservation system during the initial opening period. Unfortunately, we do not know just how many guests Walt Disney World will admit each day.
The removal of FastPass+ removes some of the significant planning processes that involve visiting Walt Disney World. While you will need to make a park reservation, there appears to be more freedom when you arrive at the park.
We understand Virtual Lines will not be in use for any attractions when the parks reopen. All guests will have to access a standby line. Assuming waits do not stretch to several hours, and you can obtain a park reservation, the new experience might represent a refreshing change.