Your previous Walt Disney World strategies are worthless! Since Walt Disney World reopened, your strategy to have a great time has completely changed. Our previous blog post on 20 Walt Disney World Mistakes you Must Avoid has historically been one of our most visited posts on Modern Life is Good. However, many of these tips are now out of date. These are our all-new Walt Disney World Mistakes to Avoid during the reopening period of Walt Disney World. Follow these tips, and you will have a great time at Walt Disney World in 2021.
Not booking a Disney Park Pass
Forget FastPass+; the key booking now you must obtain as soon as you get your ticket is your Disney Park Pass. To access a park, you will need to prebook a reservation online through the new Disney Park Pass System.
To access your first park each day, guests will have to present their park reservation and a valid park ticket. Guests who do not have either of these will be refused entry. Now that is a mistake you will want to avoid!
Not checking the latest infromation on Park Hopping
It is your final day, and you saw a must-buy gift in the Magic Kingdom, but you are in Epcot. Park Hopping wasn’t available when Walt Disney World reopened but will be returning in 2021 in an altered form.
Guests will still need to make a Disney Park Pass Reservation for their first park each day, and they must enter this park before trying to enter another. Guests will then be able to enter a second park during Park Hopper Hours. Park Hopping Hours are subject to change, but initially, they will be between 2 pm to close at all parks. Park Hopping will be subject to park capacity, and Disney advises you to check My Disney Experience for the latest information.
Not creating a plan
Now the removal of FastPass+ does make some of the Walt Disney World planning a lot easier. However, it would be best if you still planned where you want to eat, what parks you want to visit, and what your must-do attractions are. Failure to make a plan, and you might miss out!
You forget the sunscreen
Yes, this was in our previous guide. However, a pandemic hasn’t suddenly made Orlando any less hot.
In summer, many of us will find our skin will burn & the Orlando Sun can be unforgiving. Apply sunscreen and wear a good hat when visiting the parks. Our Guide to Orlando Weather has plenty of tips and tricks.
Not booking Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
FastPass+ might be suspended, but you still need a reservation to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The rules of how virtual queue reservations are distributed have changed several times, but the current rules are:
Guests with a valid ticket or Annual Pass and a Disney Park Pass Reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to request access to the virtual queue starting at 7:00 AM on the day of their reservation. This can be done before you leave your Disney Resort hotel or on your way to the park. Beginning on Sunday, December 20, the virtual queue will reopen daily at 1:00 PM for anyone inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios who wasn’t already able to join a boarding group earlier in the day.
Ensure you are logged on to My Disney Experience before these times, and be quick reservations go quick! Only Guests with a Disney Park Pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and guests who Park Hopping will be excluded.
Know height requirements before you go
If the kids can’t ride Splash Mountain, let them know in advance rather than getting turned away in the line. Disney does strictly enforce height restrictions. If the kids are too small, you can use a rider switch to allow the rest of the party to ride.
Not bringing a face mask!
2021 and we are in a different world. You must have a face mask before you are admitted to any Walt Disney World park.
Not drinking and having rest breaks
Dehydration and sunstroke are easy to acquire, but easy to prevent. Make sure you plan plenty of breaks during the day.
Not drinking enough is perhaps the biggest mistake you can make at Walt Disney World. Carry water and drink regularly. There are plenty of free water points throughout the parks. Remember, face masks will make you hotter.
Not checking opening hours!
Walt Disney World hours are currently shorter than usual, but they are regularly changing. The good news is that they are often getting longer. Click the link to get all the latest Walt Disney World Park Hours.
Not downloading My Disney Experience
Make sure you have My Disney Experience available before you enter the parks. My Disney Experience is a free online guide to Walt Disney World that allows guests to plan their vacation. Through this free service, you can:
- Keep track of your plans & reservations including those of your family & friends.
- Make FastPass+, Dining & Ticket Reservations
- Order in advance your food at select Quick Service Locations
- Access maps, wait times, showtimes, park hours, and a lot more essential information via the app.
- Grab a spot in the virtual queue for Rise of the Resistance.
Walt Disney World encourages all guests to have downloaded the latest version of My Disney Experience on their mobile device before entering parks during the reopening period. Also, they recommend having location services, and notifications enabled. During the reopening of Walt Disney World, My Disney Experience will be providing several new enhancements to promote social distancing and reduced contact.
Thinking you will get the full Walt Disney World Experience
Sadly this isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Several changes are in place during the initial period of Walt Disney World reopening. During the reopening period, the following have been suspended:
- Single Rider Lines
- Extra Magic Hours
- Disney Dining Plan
- Character meet and greets
- Fireworks and parades
- The majority of tours and special experiences
Although things are slowly returning to normal, it is likely to be some time until the full Walt Disney World Experience returns.
Not booking dining reservations in advance
During the reopening period of Walt Disney World, not all restaurants will be open, and some will subject to reduced capacity. A new 60-day Advanced Dining Reservation window applies. Make sure you make your reservations as soon as possible. Plus, remember if eating in a park, you must have both a valid park admission and park reservation to dine.
Not using Mobile Ordering
Perhaps the greatest time-saver at Walt Disney World, order your food in advance at quick-service restaurants. Reservations are simple through the My Disney Experience app. Disney is encouraging all guests to use this during the reopening period.
Visit our guide to learn more about Mobile Ordering at Walt Disney World.
Not checking the latest information on My Disney Experience
It seems almost inevitable that changes will happen throughout 2021, assuming the pandemic starts to become under control. Make sure you don’t miss out if suddenly FastPass, Fireworks or Extra Magic Hours restart. Keep checking My Disney Experience for all the latest information including park hours.
Forgetting to have fun!
Walt Disney World might currently be very different than normal, but you can still have fun! Relax you are on vacation.
Visit our Beginners Guide to Walt Disney World to learn more. Our guide includes all the latest information on the reopening of Walt Disney World.
This post is part of our “Road to 2021 at Walt Disney World” series. Check out the rest of the guides for the latest information.