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What You Need to Know About Disney World’s Reservation Updates

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Disney just released updates to Walt Disney World Resort reservations for when the parks reopen in July. They will be introducing enhanced health and safety measures reflecting guidance from health authorities and appropriate government agencies.

When the parks reopen, attendance will be managed through a new theme park reservation system on the Disney World website that will require all guests to make a reservation in advance for theme park entry. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for all the changes and updates coming:

New Ticket Sales and Hotel Reservations: At this time, Disney is temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so they 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; Disney will be reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details. New sales of tickets and Disney Resort hotel reservations will resume after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability.

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Dining and Experiences: In order to foster physical distancing during this time, upon reopening, offerings, restaurants and other experiences such as behind-the-scenes tours will be limited in capacity, and other experiences may remain closed. As a result of limited capacity, Disney has made the difficult decision to cancel all existing dining reservations and experience bookings, including Disney dining plans included in packages, through the end of the year. Disney will reopen dining and experience bookings with more limited numbers closer to when the parks reopen. They will also shift from a 180-day booking window to a 60-day booking window for dining and experience bookings going forward to allow Guests to make their plans closer to their visits.

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FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours: As a result of the COVID-19 impact, the FastPass+ service will be suspended for the time being as Disney plans to use additional queue space to manage capacity at attractions and maintain physical distancing. Disney 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.

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Disney is reaching out to guests affected by these updates with additional information and details on options, including refunds. You contact Disney or your travel agent to make modifications to your reservations if you’d like.

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