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?

As of July 9, 2020 ticket sales and hotel bookings are open.

Guests wishing to book a hotel package (resort and tickets) for arrivals starting in 2021 can do so now.

Important: Guests will be able to 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 ticket modifications, cancellations, and refunds?

Partially used multi-day theme park tickets with usage window impacted by park closure, or date-specific theme park tickets purchased through June 6, 2020 with a valid use period beginning March 12, 2020 or later, will automatically be extended to use any date through Sept. 26, 2021.

If you are unable to visit by Sept. 26, 2021, you may apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date.

Florida Resident Discover Disney Tickets may be used through Sept. 30, 2020.

Guests who have purchased tickets for Disney After Hours, Disney Villains After Hours and Disney Early Morning Magic from March 16, 2020 through the closure period will be automatically refunded.

What about water park tickets?

Since Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon will remain closed through at least March 7, 2021 (Disney hopes to reopen at least one of the water parks on that date), here’s what this means for ticket holders.

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.

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 for the future.

In 2021, an “innovative new offering” will be unveiled as part of My Disney Experience (MDE) bringing features of a MagicBand to smart devices.

Now, this means complimentary MagicBand distribution to Disney Resort hotel guests for new reservations will be retired with arrivals beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

But, don’t fret. Disney Resort hotel guests can still purchase new MagicBands at a discount. You can also expect fresh colors and designs featuring favorite Disney characters. MagicBands will still be offered in retail locations and on shopDisney.com, and guests will be able to continue using them throughout WDW.

Starting Jan. 1, 2021, you don’t have to buy a discounted MagicBand. You can use MDE or a Key to the World card instead.

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

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