All Disney fans heading in to one of the Walt Disney World parks must have a booked ticket. We repeat: Do not go to Disney World unless you have a confirmed ticket or an existing annual pass. Once you do, use the Disney Park Pass system to make your park reservations. Sadly, there are no new purchases of annual passes, so if you don’t already have one you’re going need to buy a ticket. Existing customers with annual passes are allowed to renew them online.
There are numerous ticket options, from one-day tickets to week-long “Ultimate Tickets,” so do some research before booking. The Park Hopper option, which lets you visit a second park on a given day, is back from 2 p.m. daily. If you need to change or cancel a ticket, call the Disney Reservation Center.
New Capacities and Opening Times
This may be the least crowded you’ve ever seen Disney World. The parks are operating with limited capacity to ensure physical distancing, which means less guests (and hopefully shorter lines). It’s unclear when exactly Disney World will get the greenlight to reopen to full capacity again, but Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Chapek recently confirmed he hopes that will happen by the winter holiday season.
Walt Disney World is open daily, with Magic Kingdom Park unlocking its doors from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. The hours of the other parks vary, so it’s best to check online for your specific date ahead of a visit. Note that while the parks are open into the evening, there are currently no parades or fireworks shows to keep you there after dark.
To Mask or Not to Mask
Disney World recently announced that face coverings will be optional for fully vaccinated guests in most areas. Face coverings will still be required on Disney transportation, including Disney buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner. “While we will not require proof of vaccination, we expect Guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, and upon entering and throughout all attractions and transportation,” read the guidelines on the Disney website.
Physical distancing guidelines will also be relaxed, according to Disney. While the theme park has not given exact details about the new distancing requirements, the website says the changes will visible “in places like queues, shops, restaurants, attraction boarding, transportation and our theaters.”
For those who are unvaccinated, masks must be worn in all indoor areas except when actively eating or drinking. They’re also required in all attractions and transportation with the parks.
Disney World specifies what sort of face coverings are allowed in the park, so make sure you have the right accessory before you head in. All masks must include at least two layers, be secured with ties or ear loops, and, most importantly, cover both your nose and mouth. Not allowed: costume masks, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind.