Updated August 6, 2020
There’s a lot of uncertainty right now within the Disney Parks community.
This post will keep you updated on everything you need to know for both Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I’ll also share information on Disney Cruises, Universal Orlando, Universal Hollywood and more as it becomes available.
This post will be updated every day until the parks reopen and then will continue on to highlight my initial visits to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World so that you can see exactly what the parks look like now.
Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for even quicker updates, as I post on both platforms throughout the day. Unlike most bloggers who have a presence on several social media platforms, I limit mine to only Facebook and Instagram, which allows me to deliver detailed news to you quickly.
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Downtown Disney opened recently! Here’s everything you need to know about visiting right now.
Disneyland’s proposed reopening of July 17, 2020 was delayed. I’ll update this post as soon as we learn more.
Here is what Disney shared regarding the delay for Disneyland:
Walt Disney World reopened July 11, 2020.
*I was at Walt Disney World’s reopening and will be at Disneyland’s as well to share what you need to know for your trip.
Who to Book Your Next Trip With (and what discounts are currently available!)
As noted above, I fully trust Get Away Today as a travel partner. They were the first agency Disneyland ever partnered with over 30 years ago! They have a wealth of experience and knowledge that will benefit you greatly while planning your trip.
I book all of my travel with them for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, which includes countless trips to our park in Anaheim as well as 4 trips a year to WDW in Orlando. You’ll receive fantastic service and the best discounts available for both Disney hotels and off-site, too. They offer greatly discounted theme park tickets, too.
Visit this post for more details about Get Away Today as well as a link to reserve your trip or call them toll free at 855.GET.AWAY to get started. Thousands of Disneyland Daily readers have booked trips with them since I partnered with them three years ago.
Their layaway plans for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World allow you to put a small amount of money down as your deposit and then make payments on your terms up until 7 days prior to travel for Disneyland and 30 days prior to travel for Walt Disney World.
Can’t recommend them enough!
- Disneyland and Disney California Adventure’s reopening dates are still unknown.
- Entering each park will require a “theme park reservation”. I’ll update this post with everything you need to know as soon as Disney shares it.
- Disney shared this info on how the parks will operate at reopening. More info coming!
Disneyland Theme Park Reservations:
Walt Disney World’s Reopening
- Disney Springs is open!
- All four theme parks are open!
More info coming soon.
For now, check out these links for what reopening WDW looked like:
Entering each WDW theme park will require a “park pass”.
Disney shared details on this here.
WDW “Park Pass” Reservations:
In order to grab a “park pass”, you’ll need to:
- Be signed into your My Disney Experience account at DisneyWorld.com.
- Have your WDW hotel reservation (if you have one) linked to your account.
- Have theme park tickets paid in full and/or annual passes and attached to your account.
This link details more.
On Park Pass reservation opening day, I secured park visits for all 6 days of my July trip to Walt Disney World. This link shares exactly how that played out with lots of tips on how to get exactly what you want.
Tips for securing your Park Pass:
- Be signed into your My Disney Experience account and ready to go at the time you’re eligible.
- Have tickets/annual passes for everyone in your party attached to your account. Guests age 2 and under do not need a Park Pass.
- Use your laptop and Chrome or another browser (not Safari). Guests using mobile devices seemed to have the most trouble day 1.
- Do not refresh. Be patient! You’ll hang out on a page that has a hand drawn castle or Space Mountain while you wait. It will “blink” every now and then. Just stay there until you are in. Again, this link walks you through exactly what you’ll find when trying for Park Passes.
How to Stay Safe at Disney Parks When they Reopen
I trust Disney to keep guests safe to the best of their ability. We can all do our part, too.
- Follow guidelines Disney has in place. Find those here.
- Wear a mask. Have kids practice at home to ensure they’re as comfortable as possible for your visit. This post shares a thorough review of masks I tested in the Orlando heat while at WDW.
- Bring hand sanitizer. Disney is going above and beyond to provide such, but it can’t hurt to have your own.
- Respect social distancing rules.
- Don’t visit if you have the slightest concern you could be ill.
Stuff To Do While Waiting for the Parks to Reopen
I’m doing my best to keep kids busy here while we wait for “normal” life to resume.
This includes creating crafts and treats with my 12 year old daughter, Lainey. I aim to keep all of our projects super simple so that you don’t have to supervise too much.
Take a look at the following projects we have completed:
- Sidewalk Puffy Paint
- Three Ingredient Oreo Treats
- Mickey Mouse Bird Feeder
- Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
- Four Ingredient Frittatas
- Alice in Wonderland inspired Lantern Tree
- Four Ingredient Breakfast Cups
- Summer Salad
Check back with this section often, as I’ll be adding to it each week.
If you’re looking for a bigger project, I highly recommend investing a bit of money into an outdoor movie theater. I explain how to create yours in this post.
Where to Find More Information
I’ve created two Instagram Story Highlights to keep you in tune with what Disney is currently sharing (it’s a lot!), as well as news and templates for Instagram Stories.
Find those here:
Absolutely follow the official Disney Parks Blog on Facebook and/or Instagram for the latest information available. I encourage you to only trust updates provided directly from Disney during this complicated time. Many bloggers are sharing rumors, opinions and predictions on when the parks will open and how they’ll run, but nothing is true until Disney says it’s true.
I only share Disney-issued information, so you can trust what I post. If my social media platforms aren’t a fit for you, definitely find a blogger who does the same. There’s a lot of room for confusion and panic right now within the Disney niche. For your own sanity and well being, go directly to the source for what you need to know.
- Disney recently shared a post by Dr. Pamela Hymel, Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer, detailing reopening plans and considerations. Find that here.
- Many people have asked me if I’ll be visiting Disneyland or Walt Disney World soon after they reopen. My answer? Absolutely. I trust Disney to reopen with a solid plan in place to keep guests safe. If I have any doubts at all regarding what they propose, I won’t go. I have a husband and three children at home to consider as well as everyone else I come in contact with after my visit. I’m confident, however, that Disney will handle everything with the usual precision and details we have come to expect from them.
Questions? Please leave me a comment! If I don’t have the information you’re looking for, I’ll do everything I can to find it for you.