Disney Reopening – Thoughts on Disney World’s 50th Anniversary

With every passing hour, Disney fans are clamoring as they refresh their web browsers to read about any new reopening procedures. Behind the scenes, travel agents specializing in Disney Destinations, are doing the same, keeping on top of the news through DisneyTravelAgents.com to bring the most accurate information to their clients.

Amongst reschedules and plan changes, one question has been the most frequent, will Disney Parks operations be back to normal in time for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World?

Ask a Genie perhaps?

To determine what our favorite parks will look like in 2021, more specifically, Walt Disney World celebrations for the 50th Anniversary, let’s see what we know right now of Disney’s reopening announcements.

Disney is following CDC recommendations for social distancing, facemask requirements, and other efforts to keep the spread of COVID down as guests begin to reenter the world of magic. If we had to guess, as CDC requirements change, Disney most likely will too.

For the time begin, Disney is giving priority of their new theme park reservation system to resort guests and Annual Passholders. Let’s look at some bullet points taken from their guidelines.

Park Reservations: Initially, park attendance will be managed through a new park reservation system. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date is required.

New Digital Offering Disney Genie
New Digital Offering Disney Genie (Announced in August 2019)

We cannot be certain that the new reservation is in fact the new Disney Genie system. One thing we do know based on the above, park attendance priority will be given to AP holders and those with a resort stay that included tickets.

New Ticket Sales: At this time, new ticket sales are temporarily paused. Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold. Additional details will be shared with these Guests soon. New ticket sales will resume after that period of time.


What we know right now.

June 22, 2020, Disney will open all Disney Vacation Club Resorts and Fort Wildnerness Cabins and Campgrounds to guests who previously had reservations secured.

Beginning July 11, 2020, Disney will begin a phased reopening of the theme parks with their new reservation system. Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will open on July 11, 2020. Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot will open on July 15, 2020.

Disney is currently rescheduling guests with previous resort reservations set to arrive June 13, 2020, through July 4, 2020. Guests are allowed to reschedule in 2020 to a Disney Vacation Club Resort or Fort Wilderness Cabin only. This could change but we haven’t heard anything yet.

Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited as we welcome guests back to the magic, we will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. At this time, we are temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so we can focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations (Disney Vacation Club members can still make new reservations). Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold; we’ll be reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details. We will resume new ticket sales and hotel reservations after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon.


We are hopeful that Disney guests who arrive in 2020 will get to enjoy the theme parks, albeit in a different capacity than what we are used to experiencing.

Additionally, we aren’t sure how long Disney plans to operate without opening all Disney Resorts to include moderate and value resorts. Let’s hope the outlook is bright for 2021 vacationers.

Securing 2021 Vacations

Before Disney shut down their reservation system, we secured room only reservations for guests in 2021 with a $200 deposit. This deposit is fully refundable 31-days prior to arrival day.

We are happy to book 2021 when they reopen the system, so if you’d like to get on our list now, fill out a quote request form and we will reply that you are on the list!

Mouse Class Travel follows Disney’s change and cancelation policies. MCT does not have agency-specific cancelation fees or penalties at this time.

Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson

I haven’t always been **borderline obsessed** with Disney. I have over a decade of experience in various doctors offices and hospitals running statistical analysis to create efficiency. Shortly after taking time off to be a stay-at-home mom, my husband and I found ourselves on our first family trip to Disney World when our kids were 9 months and 2 years old. It was then that I learned Disney isn’t just magical, it’s logistical! So, now I’ve taken all my analysis—combined it with efficiency, organization, and Disney-like superior customer service—and help families create a Disney vacation your family will always happily remember.

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