Disney’s New Park Ticket Reservation System Overview

Can’t wait to get back to the Disney Parks, but confused on how Disney will handle park tickets? We’ll be streaming live today at 6pm EST to help you make sense of Disney’s official park ticketing system. Following the presentation, Joe Wolfers and Bee Thaxton will answer your questions in a LIVE Q&A session!

Written Version

How Disney Park Reservations Will Work

Here are the following steps to book your Disney park reservation:

  1. My Disney Experience website (no word on if MDX app will work yet)
  2. Make a Park Reservation
  3. Create Your Party
    • Max of 12
    • If booking during an “advance priority” window everyone in the group must qualify
  4. Monthly Calendar
    • Will highlight days to show availability
    • Click specific date then select park (exactly like when booking FP+)
  5. Select Park Operating Hours
    • This is the “time” portion referred to on the website. 
    • Full park hours, not a partial window
  6. Covid-19 Liability waiver and Review and Confirm Plans

Important Things to Know

  1. Annual Passholders can book as many as 14 days with a qualifying reservation. Without a qualifying reservation it is capped at 3 days.
  2. No Park Hopping
    • Guests with existing hoppers will have the opportunity to modify tickets or refunds in the near future, suggest booking park reservations first then attempting refunds
  3. Guests with onsite hotel reservations in 2020 without park tickets
    • Ticket sales remain suspended till later this summer
    • Disney’s obligation to those with existing tickets first
    • Tickets will be sold pending availability after all existing tickets have had the chance to make reservations
      • Hopeful for early July but availability will be very limited by then for trips occurring in the next 60-90 days
    • Annual Passholders still an option
  4. 2021 Trips
    • Room only reservations need to contact Disney to purchase tickets on June 24 or 25th to gain access ahead of Annual Passholders on June 26th
  5. 2021 packages and tickets back on sale around 6/27 or 6/28

Important Disney Park Reservation Dates

Important Dates for Disney Park Reservations

  1. June 22 – Disney Resort and other “select” hotel guests with already purchased valid park admission between 7/11/20 and 9/26/21
  2. June 24 – Disney Resort and other “select” hotel guests arriving 1/1/21 to 9/26/21 that have NOT bought park tickets can call Disney or their Travel Agent to purchase them
  3. June 26 – Annual Passholders without a qualifying hotel reservation
  4. June 28 – existing magic your way and other ticket holders without a qualifying hotel reservation
  5. All start times are 7am eastern ,just like FastPass+

Disney parks reopening dates

  • Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are to be the first two parks to reopen on July 11th.
  • Epcot and Hollywood Studios are to reopen on July 15th.
  • Disney Vacation Club Resorts as well as Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will reopen on June 22th. 
  • Disney Vacation Club Resorts in Vero Beach and Hilton Head will reopen on June 15th. 
  • Temperature checks as well as mask requirements similar to the current protocol at Disney Springs will be implemented at the theme parks. This means all guests will be subject to a temperature checks upon entry to the parks and will be required to wear masks. 
  • Cast Members and guests two and older will be required to wear masks at all times while in the parks, except when dining.
  • Cast Members will also undergo temperature checks upon arrival for their shifts.
  • Mobile ordering and cashless transactions will be encouraged in order to limit contact between guests and Cast Members.
  • Social distancing measures will be implemented throughout the parks with a “Social Distancing Squad” of Cast Members available to assist and inspire guests to follow distancing guidelines.
  • “High Touch” experiences such as Character Meet-and-Greets and playgrounds will be suspended for the time being.
  • Parades, fireworks shows and other experiences that create crowds will be temporarily suspended.
  • Cleaning and sanitization will be increased throughout the parks and backstage. Hand-washing and sanitizing stations will be available in high traffic areas around the parks.
  • Park capacity will be significantly reduced and reservations for park entry will be required. 
  • Capacity at attractions and dining locations will also be limited.

New Disney Park Rules / Procedures

Disney Park Mask Requirements

Mask Enforcement

  • 2+ years old must wear masks (changed from 3+ years old)
  • Mask enforcement everywhere except in pool and dinin

Mobile Dining Check in at Disney Parks

Mobile Dining Check-In

How will mobile dining check in work? It’s simple, here are the steps:

  1. Download MDX app on mobile device
  2. Select Dining Reservation under “My Plans” section
  3. Follow prompts including dietary requests, celebrations, accessibility, party mix
  4. Wait for Push Notification with instructions on where to go

Know Before You Go Resource Link

You can visit the following link to stay up-to-date on the latest developments for Disney park reservations: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/en_CA/experience-updates/park-reservations/.

Disney to discontinue free magic bands

According to Disney, free MagicBands will be discontinued in the parks for guests with new hotels reservations starting January 1st, 2021.

Up until now, guests at Disney World Resort hotels were given a complimentary MagicBand along with their stay that they could link to their My Disney Experience account to use for their trip. However, due to health and safety precautions, Disney announced it will be discontinuing this offering.

Will Old Bands Still Work?

Yes! Magic bands will continue to work just as before. The underlying technology that powers magic bands will not be going away anytime soon, so you can continue to use your favorite magic band as you have before.

Can You Still Buy A Magic Band?

Yes, you will still be able to purchase new MagicBands at a discount ,with even more colors and designs than before! You’ll still be able to find bands at retail locations, and online at shopDisney.

What Will Replace Magic Bands?

Did you find this video helpful? Let us know your thoughts on the reservation system in place for the Disney Parks by leaving a comment below!

Written by

Bee Thaxton

DVC Shop Resales Broker

Bee has worked in all facets of the Real Estate industry in her 35+ years of experience. Her knowledge of DVC and the resale market is vast and her integrity and service to her clients has earned her a reputation of excellence. She lives close to the parks and loves to meet her clients. You may find her wandering around Epcot or in a fancy costume running a 1/2 marathon through Magic Kingdom.

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