What to Know Before you Go to Walt Disney World
Whether you a Lifetime Guest of the theme parks or you are planning your first trip, there are new things that every traveler should be aware of – the things you need to “know before you go”. The Parks and Resorts main goal is the safety and well being of not only their cherished guests, but also of their irreplaceable employees. Being informed and prepared is the best way to insure a great vacation and positive memories for a lifetime.
This page is designed to give you the best start at that magical trip! As more information is released, this page will be updated to reflect the most current information. Don’t want to go it alone? The agents at the Magic for Less Travel would love to be of assistance, and at no additional cost to you!
Also, if you are just getting started, also be sure to check out our Walt Disney World Vacation Planning page for more tips, tricks and advice.
Know Before You Go – Official Walt Disney World Policies
For the official policies and procedures straight from Disney, visit the New Disney World Policies & Procedures page.
Visiting The Parks
To visit the theme parks, there are a few things you need to know before you go.
First, in addition to a ticket, every guest ages 3 and over now needs a park reservation via the “Disney Park Pass” system. Currently, each guest can select one park per day. Parks are still operating under reduced maximum capacity, so it is recommended to make a park reservation as soon as you purchase your tickets. This is especially true for guests wanting to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Guests with a “Park Hopper” benefit included with their tickets can currently visit a second park after 2:00 pm. To see if the park you wish to hop to has availability, you can call (407) 560-5000. The Walt Disney World app will also show current park hopping hours at each park.
Health and Safety
While physical distancing guidelines have been relaxed, some experiences may still be operating with limited capacity or be temporarily unavailable. Guests should pay attention to signage and instructions from Cast Members.
Face coverings are optional for fully vaccinated guests in most areas. Face coverings are still required of all guests on Dinsey transportation (including buses, monorails, and the Skyliner).
For non-vaccinated guests ages 2 and up, face coverings are required on all transportation, while entering each park, on all attractions (including queues), in all theaters, and in all indoor locations. Face Coverings are optional in outdoor common areas and on pool decks, and are not required inside when actively eating or drinking in a stationary location.
Currently, acceptable face coverings must:
- be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
- fully cover the nose and moth and secure under the chin
- fit snugly but comfortable against the side of the face
- be secured with ear ties or loops
Currently neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, costume masks and face coverings containing valves, mesh, or holes are not acceptable.
More details about the Walt Disney World face covering policy can be found here.
FastPasses and Virtual Queues
Currently, FastPass+ is not in use at Walt Disney World. However, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is utilizing a virtual queue system. To join, you must have a valid park admission and a Disney’s Hollywood Studios reservation. Guests can try to join the queue for a boarding group at 7:00 a.m., and then again at 1:00 p.m. You can join the 7:00 a.m. queue remotely, but must be physically inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios to join the 1:00 p.m. queue.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach is open and implementing proper health and safety protocols. This will include reduced capacity, temperature screenings, physical distancing and face coverings. Face coverings will be required in designated areas for each Guest age 2 and up. This includes at the park entrance and exit, retail areas, and food and beverage ordering areas. Face coverings will not be permitted while going down the water slides or when swimming in the water. Face covering may also be removed while actively eating or drinking, but Guests should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
Currently, park reservations are not required to visit a water park. Additionally, Typhoon Lagoon remains closed.
Dining at Walt Disney World
For an up to date list of currently open dining locations and other information you need to know, visit our reopening dining page.
Mobile Ordering, Check-In and More
Mobile ordering has been greatly expanded recently. Using the My Disney Experience app, guests can order ahead at many locations and then simply pick their food up.
Please note, due to the volume of guests using mobile order, those wishing to utilize this service might need to place their order well in advance (i.e. make a 1PM lunch order at 10 AM). It can be helpful to keep an eye on the available pick-up time for your restaurant of choice.
Currently, guests can make reservations for dining up to 60 days in advance. Guests with a Disney Resort hotel reservation can also make reservations for up the length of their stay (up to 10 days) 60 days in advance of their first day.
With physical distancing and reduced capacity, it is recommended to make desired dining reservations as soon as possible within this window
Disney dining plans are not available at the moment. Check back for information as this changes.
Disney’s Magical Express
Those guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels are still able to enjoy complimentary motorcoach transportation to and from Orlando International Airport. Reservations are required.
At the moment, guests will need to retrieve their own luggage, and resort airline check-in is unavailable.
On Site Transportation
Buses, monorails, boats, and the Disney Skyliner are all currently operational. To promote physical distancing, all modes of transportation are operating with reduced capacity. Cast Members may assign you and your group to specific locations. Be sure to check the transportation schedule upon arrival, and plan for extra time traveling between locations.