A Walt Disney World Reopening Guide (everything to know)

Welcome to the Walt Disney World reopening guide!

Walt Disney World reopened on July 11, 2020 after being closed for almost four months. And with the reopening came a lot of changes.

The WDW we all know and love is vastly different. This doesn’t mean the most magical place on earth will never go back to what we all once knew and loved, but, for right now, WDW is taking necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of its guests and employees.

Basically, the slate has been wiped clean when it comes to planning a WDW vacation. Everything we knew about FastPass+, Disney dining plans, entertainment, attraction queues, Mobile Ordering, and more is out the window.

Photo of Walt Disney World's July reopening dates

If you’re looking to head to the Orlando-based resort, press the reboot button and start reading.

There’s a lot of information travelers need to know prior to visiting WDW and rather than slap it all on one document, I’ve organized a guide that will hopefully help you digest all of the new details.

Let me first answer two important questions.

When did Walt Disney World reopen?

  • July 11: Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom
  • July 15: Epcot and Hollywood Studios

When do water parks reopen?

Blizzard Beach reopened March 7, 2021. Typhoon Lagoon doesn’t have a reopening date yet.

For more information on everything else WDW,  check out the following guides.

Health & Safety Protocols

Parks & Attractions 


Annual Passholders

New Reservation System

Hotels & Checking In/Out


Transportation & Parking


Disney Springs

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