Walt Disney World Know Before You Go

As we book your vacation, I want to share with you some of the changes at Walt Disney World.  While this list can be a bit daunting – I wanted to you to be keenly aware of what to expect. These changes have been made to not only ensure you have a magical vacation, but also with the health and well-being of each guest and Cast Member in mind.

Disney will add back experiences as the public health condition allows.  Hopefully with time, we’ll see the entire vacation experience return to what we know and love!

Things will be a little different, but there is still pixie-dust aplenty! Most of the rides, entertainment and shops will still be open throughout Walt Disney World!

This information is subject to change

  • In 2021, you will see enhancements to the MyDisneyExperience app, that will bring the features of a MagicBand right to your smartphone.  With this, the complimentary MagicBands will be discontinued. You can still choose to purchase a MagicBand, or you can use your phone app or a complimentary Key to the World card (like a plastic hotel room key, that Disney has had for many years, and works with the MyDisneyExperience system)
  • The theme parks will have a reduced capacity and will require a reservation (see below) — this also means lower crowds!
  • Dining Plans are not available
  • FastPass is not available
  • The Magical Express will be available; however, the luggage assistance has been discontinued at this time, so you will need to hand carry your luggage onto the motorcoach both upon arrival at the Orlando International Airport, and on departure.
  • Temperature checks will be required prior to entering the theme parks
  • Disney will be doing increased cleaning and disinfecting in high-traffic areas
  • There will be physical barriers between guests and Cast Members in areas such as the front desk of the resorts, merchandise check-outs, and more
  • Hand washing and hand sanitizer locations will be offered throughout the theme parks
  • Physical distancing will be encouraged and monitored
  • Face coverings are required for all guests ages 2 and older, except while swimming or sitting down for dining
  • Contactless payments will be encouraged
  • Mobile ordering for dining will be widely available
  • Scannable Codes for restaurant menus at table-service restaurants
  • In-app “Chat” features will be available to contact your Disney Resort front desk
  • While most attractions and entertainment will be available, there will not be traditional character meet & greets, parades or fireworks until further notice. Click here for what is available at each park.
  • Tours, Dessert Parties, and Extra Magic events / hours are not being offered until further notice
  • Dining Reservations can still be made, but not all restaurants or experiences will be available. Character Dining is being offered in a few limited & modified options. Click here for dining information including what is available.
  • Not all Disney Resort hotels may be available for reservations
  • Modified Housekeeping at the Disney Resorts

Please remember, this information may change as the public health condition also changes.




To manage attendance during this time, Disney has introduced the new Disney Park Pass system. All guests with a ticket or Annual Pass will be required to make a reservation in advance for each park entry, using this new online tool.  Park capacity is limited.

Here are a few important details to know about this new system:

  • You will need a My Disney Experience account, I will explain this in further detail, once you are booked!
  • You need a valid theme park ticket that’s is linked to your My Disney Experience account. I again, will explain this in further detail, as well as linking your Disney Resort hotel reservation.
  • You can take a peek at current park availability by clicking here. (be sure to toggle it to Disney Resort Guests if you plan to stay on property) In case dates you might be thinking of have limited capacity.


Written by Brook

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