The Walt Disney World Resort's theme parks might be reopening, but many of its reservation services are now closed.
When it announced its parks reopening dates earlier this week, Disney also said that it was "pausing" new ticket sales and hotel reservations as it worked to rebook those whose vacations had been canceled by the resort's closure. Tonight, Disney announced that it also canceling all existing dining, dining plan, experience, Fastpass+ reservations that guests have made for future visits this year.
The cancelations wipe the slate clean as Disney looks to reopen its parks with sharply reduced capacities. Advance reservations will be required to visit a Walt Disney World theme park when they reopen, with the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom returning July 11 followed by Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios on July 15.
Disney has said that it will announce at a later date the details about how guests can make those reservations. Tonight, Disney also said that Extra Magic Hours will be canceled, as the resort continues to work on managing its reduced capacities to support social distancing.
I can't help but this back to last summer's D23, when then-Disney Parks Chairman (and now Disney CEO) Bob Chapek announced the new "Disney Genie" digital planning assistant that would help guests manage all their Fastpass+ and dining reservations. Unfortunately with Covid-19, no one can rub the lamp, so that Genie's gonna stay trapped inside while Jafar just cancels everything.
But for those Disney fans who have been longing for an old-school Disney theme park experience — without Fastpasses, advance dining reservations, dessert parties, and up-sell extra hours — well, it looks like maybe the Genie did grant you one last wish before retiring back to the lamp.
Disney said that it will reopen dining and experience reservations closer to when the parks reopen, though it will reduce the window for those reservations from 180 days to 60 days going forward. Disney said that it will share any news about the future of the Fastpass+ program at a later date.Tweet
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