Florida’s biggest theme parks including Walt Disney World, Universal and SeaWorld have announced their dates to reopen to the public this summer.


Walt Disney World is ready to welcome back guests. 

Disney’s Florida theme parks have been closed since March 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the company announced last month the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom would be open for business July 11; Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopen July 15. 

Universal Orlando and SeaWorld reopened earlier this month.

And, naturally, those guests are going to need places to stay. On Sunday, the company announced a phased reopening plan for many of its Orlando resorts. 

“Given the current situation, there are some Disney Resort hotels and other areas that are not, as of this time, being scheduled for reopening yet,” the company says on its website. “We will continue to evaluate the situation and reopen more locations when the environment is right to do so.”

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Resorts scheduled to reopen July 10:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

July 29:

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Aug. 12:

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Aug. 24:

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Sept. 21:

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Oct. 1:

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Oct. 14:

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

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A worker sanitizes surfaces on a waste can at the Disney Springs shopping, dining and entertainment complex Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Walt Disney World Resort theme parks plan to reopen on July 11. (Photo: John Raoux, AP)

When guests return, they’ll be facing some changes, including a new reservation system and no park hopping. 

The company announced Friday that the new Disney Park Pass System will operate through on either a desktop or mobile device, and registration through a My Disney Experience account will be required. Visitors must have a valid park ticket or an annual pass to get reservations.

The system is not yet available, but will be rolled out before the parks reopen.

“Guests will be able to select one park per day; visiting more than one park per day will be temporarily unavailable upon the reopening of the theme parks due to attendance limitations,” according to an official Disney Parks Blog post.

No park hopping for now: Disney to roll out new reservation system when parks reopen

Officials said tickets between family members and friends will be able to be linked.

“We hope to bring back the ability to visit more than one park per day soon,” the post said

Visitors to the park will be able to view their reservations on the My Disney Experience app.  And anyone who has paid for park-hopping ability will receive reimbursement and cancellation options, Disney officials said.

Contributing: Curtis Tate; The Associated Press


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