Purchasing Disney World Tickets When The Parks Reopen

Purchasing Walt Disney World tickets is a big part of visiting the most magical place on earth. Obviously, you need valid theme park admission to enter the theme parks.

Since Disney World’s temporary closure in March, Disney has been working on a slew of park modifications. Yes, there are even ticket updates.

Everything you need to know about Disney World tickets is listed below. Check it out!

When can I purchase new tickets?

You can now purchase park tickets.

Guests wishing to book a hotel package (resort and tickets) and room-only reservations for arrivals starting in 2022 can do so now.

Important: Guests can view park reservation availability on the Walt Disney World website prior to purchasing tickets.

New ticket sales and hotel reservations for Walt Disney World's reopening

What about water park tickets?

Blizzard Beach reopened on March 7, 2021 (Typhoon Lagoon currently remains closed). At this time, you only need valid water park admission for entry. A park reservation isn’t needed.

 If you currently have tickets that include the Park Hopper Plus Option or Water Park and Sports Option, here’s what you need to know:

  • You can use your current date-based ticket with the existing add-on options at other experiences available during your visit.
  • Tickets, as well as Disney Resort hotel packages with tickets, may be modified by calling (407) 934-7639.
  • If you don’t want to use your ticket, you can cancel your ticket or package by calling (407) 566-4985.
  • For those who have unused, unexpired 1-Day Disney Water Park tickets, usage will automatically be extended through Dec. 31, 2021.
  • You can also cancel your ticket or if you can’t visit by Dec. 31, 2021, you can apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date. If you choose this option, call (407) 939-2732.

Note that Water Parks Annual Passes and 1-Day Water Park Tickets sales will resume at a later date. Water Parks and Water Parks After 2 Annual Passes active at the time the Water Parks were closed will be automatically extended for the period both Water Parks were closed.

Important: At this time, you can also purchase new tickets that include the Park Hopper Plus Option or Water Park and Sports Option for admission March 7 and later.

Do I only need Disney World tickets to enter a theme park?

No, it’s a bit more complex now. Guests need both valid theme park admission and a park reservation to enter a park. For more information, check out my park reservation guide.

Can I still use my MagicBand?

Yes, but, there are some changes to note. In March 2021, Disney announced the upcoming Disney MagicMobile service.

Disney previously revealed that an “innovative new offering” would be unveiled as part of My Disney Experience (MDE) bringing features of a MagicBand to smart devices. Well, we now know it’s called Disney MagicMobile.

What this means is that this service provides a contactless way to access MagicBand features, like theme park entry. So, instead of using a MagicBand, guests will able to do it through their iPhones, Apple Watches, or other smart devices.

Guests will be able to create a Disney MagicMobile pass through MDE and then add it to their smart device’s digital wallet.

The new service isn’t currently available, but is slated to launch in phases starting later this year — and will first roll out on Apple devices.

disney magicmobile service coming to walt disney world

MagicBands are and will still be available for guests. This new option just gives guests the choice of whether or not they want to use a MagicBand or their phone. They can even alternate between the two choices during their visits.

This also means complimentary MagicBand distribution to Disney Resort hotel guests for new reservations has been retired with arrivals beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

But, don’t fret. Disney Resort hotel guests can still purchase new MagicBands at a discount. Regarding the latter, the previous complimentary MagicBands now cost $5. MagicBands will still be offered in retail locations and on shopDisney.com.

Also, the existing digital room key feature will continue to be available in MDE. Disney Resort hotel guests may also still pick up a Key to the World card at their hotel’s front desk.

Check out my complete Walt Disney World Reopening Guide for other details.

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