Wow, if your head is not spinning, then, you haven’t been trying to follow all the changes, cancellations and announcements announced all-at-once by Disney in recent days!
For starters: Get ready to be welcomed back to Disney World in Florida in July, but, not without a lot of changes, some of which I expect will stick around permanently.
The biggest change that sticks out to me is that the MAGIC BAND is being replaced by the “Disney Park Pass System“. Disney resort guests will no longer receive the complimentary bands, however, they can purchase them for easy access to the parks.
Best I can discern is that Disney World is moving towards their new “Genie” app through the MyDisneyExperience app and possibly even moving to a “Max Pass” system similar to that found at Disneyland.
Here are details from Disney about the new Disney Park Pass System:
Before you visit a park, you must make a reservation using this convenient online tool—coming soon. Check this page often for up-to-date details. Plan Ahead for Your Next Park Visit
Magic Kingdom park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will begin a phased reopening on July 11—with Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopening on July 15.
To manage attendance during this reopening period, while also helping Guests plan ahead before their arrival, we are introducing the new Disney Park Pass system. During this time, all Guests with valid admission will be required to make a reservation in advance for each park entry, using this new online tool.
To enter a park, both a park reservation AND valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for each person in your party ages 3 and up (limit one park per day).
Booking Dates for Park Reservations
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 your travel professional beginning on June 24 to upgrade to a vacation package with tickets—and then make your theme park reservations.
- Reservations are limited and subject to availability and are not guaranteed until a 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.
- A park reservation must be made for each day of entry. If you have a multi-day ticket, you will be required to make a park reservation for each date of your visit.
- We highly recommend that you make your park reservation as soon as you complete your ticket purchase, as availability can change until the reservation is finalized.