Re-opening news for WDW

This post has been pinned to hopefully provide some information about the re-opening of WDW.

It contains a brief summary under different headings, with links to information and other threads where most relevant.

A Whole New World - an introduction

Mk and AK are opening July 11th.
Epcot and DHS are opening July 15th.

When the parks reopen there will be hugely reduced capcity in the parks, and likely the resorts.

Everyone will now have to book park reservations in advance.

Key dates are suggested to be:

June 22nd - onsite guests
June 26th - other AP holders
June 28th - other ticket holders

Availability chart here:

https://www.disneyworld.co.uk/availability-calendar/?segments=tickets,resort,passholder&defaultSegment=tickets

Thread link for park reservation system:

Main information about the re-opening here:

https://www.disneyworld.co.uk/experience-updates/

Fastpasses are being cancelled and will no longer be used, and the space in the FP queues used to ensure social distancing.

No more EMH, tickets for all tours and special events are being cancelled.

Masks will be required for everyone aged 2 & up.
Temperature screenings required for Disney Springs and Theme Parks

https://www.disneyworld.co.uk/experience-updates/#drawer-card-faceCoveringsTemperatureChecks

DVC Resorts & Fort Wilderness open June 22nd.
No date set for othervesorts, but only some will open initially.

All ADRs have been cancelled, along with dining plans. Going forward dining reservations will be made at 60 days out instead of 180 days.

ADRs can currently be made for DS locations 60 days in advance.
Those with previous dining can now book ADRs for resorts and parks.

PARK RESERVATIONS

Whilst park capacity is reduced everyone, including AP holders, will need to book a park reservation in advance.

https://www.disneyworld.co.uk/experience-updates/park-reservations/

The Park Reservation System is now open for:

  • 2020 and 2021 guests with tickets , whether onsite or offsite

  • AP holders, who are limited to 3 days at a time other than onsite stays, for which they get length of stay.

There is an availability chart here:

https://www.disneyworld.co.uk/availability-calendar/?segments=resort,passholder,tickets&defaultSegment=resort

For the time being all new bookings, and ticket sales for 2020 are paused, until current guests can book their park reservations.

From the DPB link:

When our theme parks reopen, we will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests to make a reservation in advance for theme park entry. Over the coming weeks, we will be making some necessary updates to prepare for the launch of this park reservation system. Here’s some important information to help you plan ahead:

  • New Ticket Sales and Hotel Reservations: 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. Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make a theme park reservation before new tickets are sold; we will be reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details. We will resume new sales of tickets and Disney Resort hotel reservations after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability.

3rd party sellers have stopped sales in line with Disney.

AP Holders have been warned that they may have difficulty securing park reservations initially if not onsite. (It is believed that extensions may be given for the duration of reduced park capacity, but this is not confirmed).

https://www.disneyworld.co.uk/experience-updates/annual-passes/

RESORTS

DVC Resorts and Fort Wilderness open on June 22nd.

There is now Information posted on the WDW website detailing what will be open at each DVC resort and FW when they re-open.

https://www.disneyworld.co.uk/experience-updates/resorts/

Guests booked at resorts for the pre-park opening period can book ADRs by phone from June 18th.

Pools will be open, although Stormalong Bay will not be.

There is at least one TS and one QS open at each resort, but they may have modified menus. The only character dining is at Topolino’s (Riviera) and that is described as ‘“a modified experience”.

It appears they are limiting resort hopping. The wording is a little ambiguous, but effectively you will need an ADR to be guaranteed entry to a resort that you are not staying in.

From the Dine page:

“ Planning to dine at a table-service restaurant in a Disney Resort hotel? A confirmed dining reservation is required for day Guests (those not staying overnight) and is highly recommended for Guests staying overnight at a Disney Resort hotel”.

Also note the section on temperature screenings for resort guests. In addition, guests in quarantine (currently from three states and in force until July 7th) may not enter WDW.

From the Resorts page:

“ Persons who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine, or are under quarantine orders must not enter Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney World Resort Guests may be subject to additional screenings. Before you leave home, please check the temperatures of everyone in your party—including yourself—as an extra layer of precaution.”

This link gives the initial information released and is left in for information, including that pool access may be limited.

https://disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com/travel-information

Non- DVC Resorts

There is a list of other resorts opening from July 10th thru to October 14th.

https://www.disneyworld.co.uk/experience-updates/resorts/

Those with stays at resorts not opening are now being moved to a similar level of resort.

We know the NBA will be using Gran Destino @ CSR, GF and YC. The lower ranked teams stay at YC and GF so those resorts will be freed up earlier.

Club Level will not re-open for the time being.

Currently, guests with reservations in the pre-park opening period are being offered an alternative option at a DVC resort or FW cabin, with limited date availability.

DINING

All ADRs booked are being / have been cancelled automatically.

When ADR booking resumes, it will move to 60 days out instead of 180 days out.

Dining Plans have cancelled through to Sept 2021. However these are now bookable on the U.K. site for stays in 2021.

Those who had booked the Free Dining packages offered to guests whose original reservations were cancelled will be offered a 35% discount on their current or future booking.

Dining is now bookable at 60 days out at some Disney Springs locations through the Disney booking system.

It appears dining may be limited to groups of 6.

Information about Dining is here:

https://www.disneyworld.co.uk/experience-updates/dine/

AP HOLDERS

AP Holders staying offsite can book park reservations for three days.

Those staying onsite can book them for length of stay.

Passholder previews on July 9th & 10th.

https://www.disneyworld.co.uk/experience-updates/annual-passes/

Preview info:

Weekday Select, Theme Park Select, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus and Premier Passholders will have the opportunity to register for a special preview at Magic Kingdom park or Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park on July 9 or 10. Email invitations with registration details will be sent out soon.

Reservations are required and limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. An eligible activated annual pass is required to register.

If a Passholder would like to register a Guest to accompany them, that Guest must also have a valid Weekday Select, Theme Park Select, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus or Premier annual pass, be listed on your Family & Friends list and have opted to share “All My Plans” with you.

TRANSPORTATION

Express and Resort Monorail running a limited service.
No Epcot beam service, buses from monorail resorts to Epcot.

Skyliner running all three lines.

Ferry boats from TTC to MK.
Boats from Poly, WL and FW to MK.
No Friendship or Sassagoula River boats.

No Minnie Vans.
No parking lot trams.

Disney Magical Express is running.

FASTPASSES & EMH

All fastpasses are being cancelled.
FP+ will not be used for the time being.
FP queue space will be used to aid social distancing in queues.
EMH temporarily suspended.
It is probable that virtual queues will be used for popular rides, especially where there is a lack of queue space.
MNSSHP is cancelled.
Food & Wine starts in July.

From the DPB link above:

  • FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours: As a result of the COVID-19 impact, the FastPass+ service will be suspended for the time being as we plan to use additional queue space to manage capacity at our attractions and maintain physical distancing. We will automatically cancel existing FastPass+ selections and share any future updates on the service at a later date. Also, please note that upon reopening, Extra Magic Hours will be temporarily suspended.

Threads you may find useful:

11 Likes

Good info. Thanks

I have pinned the topic and set the time for one year. I understand tickets are extended beyond the year but for now, I think that is long enough?

Remember, once you read the topic you need to set the thread to remain pinned (bottom drop down setting)

2 Likes

I didn’t necessarily mean pin this thread! There are several threads with actual info in them, some much more important.

I meant to have a kinds summary thread with links. So people could go to one thread for the park reservation info, another for resort openings and so on.

But OK, thanks. :grin: Maybe there are a couple others that would be useful to pin too.

1 Like

Oh boy. That makes my convention tickets that have been so far unlinkable very anxiety inducing. I already have an email in to group ticketing, so hopefully will get resolved soon.

1 Like

If you want to, you can always edit your original post to contain the most important links, since you are source for most of them anyway :smile:

3 Likes

@Nickysyme, think about what you want me to do. You can edit, or I can try to gather some links from your posts but it will have to wait if you prefer me to do it. I am on my phone at work.

I agree, you find great info!

This is really, really helpful to see. Thanks! As you know, we’re booked at AKL, very specifically for the Kidani pool. I feel like I had seen you mention that “splash pads” would be off limits. Are you still thinking that? That’s at least 40% of the appeal of the Kidani pool for us.

I think the splash pad was speculation at that point, although possibly from a reliable source.

But given playgrounds won’t be open Ihave to think splash pads would be fenced off.

Splash pads are tricky. If they are running, then chlorinated water is constantly flowing and likely eliminates the possibility of spread, besides the exposure to the sun’s UV to begin with. It would be any surfaces/areas where water from the pools don’t come into contact with that would be of concern.

As such, I would think splash pads are actually safer than the pools themselves.

BUT, splash pads to have more high contact surfaces.

2 Likes

I personally don’t get all the concern about playgrounds, but am hopeful this is one of the easier things to phase back in. Massachusetts is re-opening playgrounds next week thank goodness!

3 Likes

I think the main concern is social distancing is practically impossible with playgrounds. Kids just play in close contact with one another on playgrounds. So masks are absolutely necessary.

That might be the concern as well with splash pads where you aren’t requiring masks.

My understanding of the closed playgrounds (at least around here) seemed to have stemmed from the extremely slim chance that the virus is spread by contact of the playground equipment. My suburban area has PLENTY of small playgrounds where normally my kids are the only one, so I have zero worry of them running into other kids (which I’m honestly not too worried about anyway).

I cannot envision the Kidani splash pad being any more difficult to social distance in than the pools to be honest.

I thought all ticket sales were down for now. We usually buy tickets at SoG, but they are not open. I also wanted to buy an AP for DS/H. Does anyone know when that will be possible?

Right now, no one knows. Up until yesterday you could buy tickets through Undercover Tourist, but that option is gone. Other third party resellers have stopped sales.

The Disney announcement said ticket sales will resume once all existing reservations with tickets have been accommodated.

You know, in another thread I said that they will just keep making things unappetizing to guests until enough cancel to make their occupancy levels safe.

Seems like this is the next step to that plan.

Curious: Has anyone tried to buy those Disney tickets located in the gift card section of stores? My Kroger sells a gift card for a one day pass to any park or a 4 park pass “ticket” as a gift card. Could those still be linked to MDE?

Ruh roh… The Millennium Falcon has reappeared on the wdw site… What fresh h*LL awaits us now?!? Lol.

Typical!

I just spent an hour trying to edit my first post and now they’re going to drop the next piece of the puzzle.

Really ??? :rofl::rofl:

4 Likes