Advance reservations are in and free Magic Bands and Park Hopping are out as Walt Disney World prepares to return from its pandemic shutdown.
The Orlando-area resort - the world's most popular theme park vacation destination - today revealed some of the details of its upcoming "Disney Park Pass System" for making advance reservations to visit its theme parks. To accommodate reduced capacities with the new reservation system, Disney will not be allowing Park Hopping during its initial reopening period. Disney will be released information for guests who have purchased a Park Hopper option for their passes.
Reservations will begin to open next week for guests who have booked on-site hotel stays at the resort.
Reservation windows will open at 7am. Hotel guests with valid admission can make reservations for up to the length of their stay, while annual passholders without hotel reservations may make up to three park reservations at a time. In addition, Walt Disney World will be offering previews at the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom and for annual passholders on July 9 and 10.
Guests will be able to make new hotel reservations and buy theme park tickets again "by June 28." You can learn more about making park reservations through Disney's My Disney Experience app in this video:
Walt Disney World will give annual passholders the option of accepting a one-month extension to their pass, which will be processed and visible in their account in October, or canceling their pass for a pro-rated refund. If a passholder was on monthly payments, those payments would stop on August 11, and any payments made between July 11 and August 11 will be refunded. Passholders will get information about these options early next month. Disney will begin collecting monthly payments with the reopening of the parks on July 11.
Disney also announced that it will retire complimentary Magic Band distribution to hotel guests starting January 1. Instead, Magic Band functionality will transfer to the My Disney Experience app, using the app’s existing digital key feature. Magic Band will continue to be available for purchase, but the expectation will be that you can use your phone and the app for anything you used the Magic Band for before, even though you can keeping using Magic Bands, if you'd like.
Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom reopen on July 11, followed by Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios on July 15.Tweet
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