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Walt Disney World Resort Big Changes for Phased Reopening

Last Updated on June 7, 2020

Walt Disney World Resort Big Changes for Phased Reopening

Disney World Resort Guests NOT Guaranteed Park Admission! Guests will be required to wear masks and have their temperature checked along with social distancing requirements.

After being shuttering for months, there have been big changes announced for Walt Disney World. With a phased reopening starting July 11, Disney World has been hard at work preparing for the opening. Read below what you need to know before travelling to Walt Disney World

Before travelling to Florida, please review any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travelling to Florida.

Regardless of the fact that we are international Disney fans residing in Canada, we do not recommend travelling to Walt Disney World for this reopening period. This needs to be a successful reopening so we can all get back to the Disney parks we love.

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When and Which Resorts will be Reopening

June 22, 2020

For the June 22 resort reopening, there will be select Disney Villa Resorts opening. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will also reopen on this day. The Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts slated to reopen include:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort – The latest DVC Resort as of 2019.
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

July 15, 2020

  • Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort
  • Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Major Policies and Procedures

Wellness screening

Before you leave home ensure you are not sick. If you have been in contact with some with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and not completed a 14-day quarantine Disney does not want you visiting Disney World.


Helpful Enhanced Technology

My Disney Experience App 

Disney has made it very clear that the My Disney Experience App is the best way to stay informed at the parks and resort and well be there as a physically distant way of interacting with Disney Guests. There are some new and streamlined features. This includes a big emphasis on:

  • Check-In Online
  • Automatic Checkout
  • Virtual Chat With a Resort Cast Member
  • Mobile Order Service for Dining
  • Scannable Codes for Select Restaurant Menus

Remember more features and use will make your devices more power-hungry.

Resort Amenities & Recreation

There is a lot to unpack here see below the detail provided by Walt Disney World. There are major activity impacts such as modified Pin Trading guidelines, as well as the limited-edition and new collection product launches being unavailable for in-person purchases in Walt Disney World.

No playground, Dog parks, or campfires during the initial reopening period. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground may not be the best time without the traditional evening huddle around the campfire.

There is a discrepancy with Pin Trading hopeful Disney clarifies this one. ‘Temporarily Unavailable’ or select location will have Cast Members with pin boards only’.

Not being able to get those limited-edition and new collection items are certainly I drawback for anyone coming from a far distance. The reliability of has become pretty bad in Canada.

That said the Disney World reopening period is not the time to be travelling internationally to the parks. And we look forward to returning as soon as we can, hopefully, the November booking we have will work out.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort - Kona Isle - Chocolate-coconut covered strawberry
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Kona Isle – Chocolate-coconut covered strawberry

The practice of resort hopping, that we all love, will not be possible during reopening health and safety measures.

In order to visit a Disney World Resort you will require:

1. a confirmed room reservation for your resort visit, our

2. a confirmed resort dining reservation if you are a day guest, and

3. a face covering for each Guest age 2 and up.

This face covering must be worn in all public areas, the only exceptions are while swimming or seated for dining.

Disney Resort Hotel Guest Benefits During Reopening

Disney Resort stay benefits will be limited and heavily modified, or even completely unavailable. Here are some of those modifications.

Disney’s Magical Express Service

Disney’s Airport transportation system Disney’s Magical Express bus service will still be available for Guests transiting to and from Orlando International Airport.

Be sure to check for modifications to your flights!


As a result of COVID-19, FastPass+ is suspended for now.

Extra Magic Hours

Suspended until further notice.

Walt Disney World Resort Big Changes for Phased Reopening

In order to visit a Disney World Theme Park, you will require:

Disney’s reopening plan includes the big change of needing a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date.

  • As stated above guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort will not guaranteed park admission!
  • Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members; temperature screenings are required in some locations.
  • Guests to Disney World may be subject to additional screening.

To enter a Disney theme park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date is required (a Disney Resort hotel reservation does not guarantee theme park access).

Theme Park Dining Reservations

With the reopening dining reservations, in-park are not available. When it does resume you will need:

  • valid park admission,
  • a reservation for park entry, and
  • a dining reservation to dine at an in-park, table-service restaurant.

Dining reservations will not guarantee admission to the park.

Walt Disney World Resort Big Changes for Phased Reopening

COVID-19 is Still with Us

With all the enhancements to health and safety measures for Guests and Cast Members. Disney has stated ‘You must follow all posted instructions while visiting Walt Disney World Resort.’

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By visiting Walt Disney World Resort you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Stay Safe. Take care of each other.

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