Round-Up of Changes Made to Walt Disney World Travel In the Past 24-Hours
Disney released a ton of changes that will greatly affect guests as they travel to Walt Disney World this year. From dining and FastPasses to limited capacity, it can all get confusing and hard to understand. Here is a round-up of all of the changes that we will see this year beginning in July.
We know that Disney World parks will begin the phased reopening on July 11th, but it won’t be the same as we knew it pre-COVID-19. It was announced that Disney will be canceling all dining reservations, FastPasses, and experiences such as the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique that have already been booked. In addition, they will also be removing all dining plans from packages. Guests that had dining plans on their reservations will be refunded that portion.
If you currently have a Walt Disney World resort reservation booked with the free dining discount, the dining plan will still be removed from your package. However, you will receive a 35% room discount.
The process of booking dining has changed also. The system will shift from a 180-day booking window to a 60-day booking window for dining and experience bookings going forward to allow Guests to make their plans closer to their visits. Essentially to wipe the system clean and start fresh allowing them to limit capacity accordingly.
Also, as a result of the COVID-19 impact, the FastPass+ service will be suspended for the time being as Disney plans to use additional queue space to manage capacity at attractions and maintain physical distancing. Disney will automatically cancel existing FastPass+ selections and share any future updates on the service at a later date. Also, please note that upon reopening, Extra Magic Hours will be temporarily suspended.
A new reservation system for clients to re-book their dining, FastPasses, and experiences will soon be implemented. Guests who already have an existing Walt Disney World vacation package booked will have priority access to rebook their reservations.
As we know, Disney will be requiring all guests to wear face masks. Unless you are dining or swimming, Disney is now requiring all Guests ages 2 and up to wear one. Previously, it was all 3 and up.
Walt Disney World has released the following guidelines for appropriate face coverings:
- Fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Be made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable
Costume masks are not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.
How do you feel about all of the changes coming our way? Will you still travel in 2020? Let us know in the comments below.
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