A Walt Disney World Reopening Guide (everything to know)

Welcome to the Walt Disney World reopening guide!

Beginning July 11, Walt Disney World is reopening its magical gates after being closed for almost four months. And with the reopening comes a lot of changes.

The WDW we all know and love will be vastly different moving forward. 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 is 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 some questions.

When is Walt Disney World reopening?

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

When do Walt Disney World hotels reopen?

  • June 15: Disney Vacation Club (DVC) properties in Vero Beach, Florida and Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • June 22: DVC resorts at WDW and Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • July 10: Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • July 29: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Aug. 24: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Sept. 21: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Oct. 4: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Oct. 14: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Nov. 1: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Note: The Disney Vacation Club side of Beach Club and BoardWalk are not affected and same with the Bungalows and Villas at Polynesian.

These resorts don’t have reopening dates yet:

    • All Star Resorts
    • BoardWalk Inn
    • Beach Club
    • French Quarter and Riverside
    • Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Animal Kingdom Villas — Jambo House
    • Wilderness Lodge

When do water parks reopen?

At this time, Disney hasn’t released reopening dates for Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.

How long is the “initial reopening period”?

The end date for the reopening period hasn’t been announced.

What about Disability Access Service (DAS)?

Disability Access Service is operating as normal. You can find more information on the official WDW website.

The following guides dive into other topics, like dining, transportation, health and safety protocols, and more.

Health & Safety Protocols

Parks & Attractions 

Tickets

Annual Passholders

New Reservation System

Hotels & Checking In/Out

Dining

Transportation & Parking

Experiences

Disney Springs