In addition to tickets or an annual pass, visitors will now need to make a reservation to enter Walt Disney World in Florida.
With the theme park reopening next month after closing in March due to the pandemic, a new online reservation tool entitled Disney Park Pass System is being launched to help manage crowds.
“We’re taking a deliberate approach that includes limits on attendance and controlled guest density to align with guidance from health and government authorities on physical distancing,” the company said on the Disney Parks Blog. “We’re also using technology to power creative solutions as we develop new ways for guests to visit The Most Magical Place on Earth in this unique environment.”
Using the online tool on DisneyWorld.com, guests will first need to create a My Disney Experience account and link their tickets/passes. Hotel reservations and friend and family members' tickets will also be allowed to be linked together.
Once your account is set up, guests can view a calendar with available dates for each of the different theme parks.
Unfortunately, guests will only be able to visit one park per day. Due to attendance limitations in response to the ongoing pandemic, the ability to visit multiple parks in the same day has been temporarily suspended.
“We hope to bring back the ability to visit more than one park per day soon and will continue to offer these add-ons for 2021 ticket purchases,” the blog noted.
Disney Resort and other hotel guests who have tickets to the park can begin using the reservations system on June 22. Annual pass holders will have access to the reservations starting on June 26. All other ticketholders can start making reservations as of June 28.
Disney previously revealed a phased plan to reopen its Magic Kingdom and Disney Animal Kingdom on Saturday, July 11 and Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios on Wednesday, July 15.
In addition to the reservation system, the theme parks are implementing various safety measures to cut down on the possibility of coronavirus infection among their guests.
For starters, all guests will be required to wear face coverings or masks. The park staff will be administering temperature checks for all who enter the parks, and there will be plexiglass dividers separating staff from guests.