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On March 16, 2020 Walt Disney World Resort was closed until further notice due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.  

On June 22, only select Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will reopen.

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas

  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

  • Disney’s Riviera Resort

  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Walt Disney World theme parks to start a phased reopening starting with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom July 11 and Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15.  


Several days prior to the official reopening to the public there will be cast previews and soft openings for select audiences. This will provide a "thoughtful ramp up" to the official opening date.

A new theme park reservation system will be implemented to control capacity. It will require guests to obtain a reservation prior to park entry. Walt Disney World also stated that they are temporarily pausing new ticket sales and hotel reservations so they can "focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations." Disney Vacation Club members can still make new reservations.

Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold. Disney will be providing more information and reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details.


Disney will resume new ticket sales and hotel reservations after that period of time. More details will be provided by Walt Disney World in the future.


Throughout the presentation new safety measures and operational changes where discussed including:

  • Limits on attendance and controlled guest density that aligns with guidance on physical distancing

  • Guests 3 years of age and older will be required to wear appropriate face coverings in theme parks and common areas of resort hotels

  • All guests will also undergo temperature screenings prior to entering a theme park; cast members will also have temperature check

  • Parades and nighttime spectaculars and other experiences that cause crowds will return at a later date

  • “High-touch” experiences such as makeovers, playgrounds and character meet and greets will remain unavailable

  • Characters will still be in the parks to entertain guests. 

  • Cashless transactions are recommended

  • Cleaning and disinfection procedures will be increased in high-traffic areas

Walt Disney World has just released new guidelines and information for guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort when theme parks and resorts re-open.

Disney Springs began a phased reopening on May 20. 

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