Many things have changed at Disney World since it reopened in 2020 after temporarily closing due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. And, we’re not just talking about capacity limits and facial mask requirements.
Gone are the days when Disney World could be an effortless vacation for the family. Now, families have to start planning their trip MONTHS in advance, and they may still end up not being able to do everything they wanted. So what exactly has changed? Let’s dive in!
Here’s why Disney World is the trickiest vacation ever planned
You need to plan your park days well in advance
Since reopening, Disney has required all guests to have a ticket to the park i a Park Pass reservation for the park they plan to visit every day due to capacity limits.
And while it can be easy to find a Park Pass reservation for any park during the busiest times of the year, we’ve seen reservations booked months in advance for popular dates to visit. So if you wait too long to plan, you run the risk of not being able to visit the parks you want when you want.
In addition to Park Pass reservations, the rules for jumping in the park have changed a bit and now Disney does not allow any guests to park until after 2pm each day. This means you can’t make any dinner or plan reservations at a park you plan to skip until after that time, which means you’re even more limited for reservations that are already hard to come by.
So now more than ever, you need to plan your trip well in advance and have a much better idea of what you would like to do each day. In addition, you should also consider whether it is worth going to the park, as the price has not changed although they have.
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These are more than just your park days
If you’re already someone who planned your park days well in advance, the Park Pass booking system may not add much work to your planning. But now there are more things to plan your Disney World vacation than just your park days – you need to think about whether to buy MagicBands, how to get from the airport to your resort, and more.
Although MagicBands used to be free for all guests, Disney suspended this service in 2021. Therefore, if you decide that you want to use MagicBands during your visit, you will need to purchase them for your party for 10 days or more. before your trip. if you expect to have them in time for check-in (and at a discount).
In addition, as of 2022, guests will also need to plan their transportation to and from the airport, as Disney’s Magical Express will be disrupted. Whether you’re taking advantage of Mears ’new transportation option or opting for a shared travel program, it won’t be as easy as informing Disney of your travel information before you arrive.
And on top of all that, it can be difficult to book Disney World Resort hotels and dining reservations, as both are filled months in advance due to limited seating levels.
So you really need to be in your game and all the little details planned early when planning your vacation today.
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You need to keep track of all the big important dates
Disney World may have reopened almost 18 months ago, but its gradual approach to reopening still continues to this day. This means that many restaurants, hotels and entertainment options have not yet welcomed guests back. And, if you have your heart set on dinner at a specific restaurant or staying at a particular resort, you need to pay attention to all the big Disney ads.
And, if keeping track of reopening dates wasn’t complicated enough, Disney has even had to make changes to some of the reopening dates BEFORE the date gets here. For example, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort was due to reopen in December, but has since been postponed and caused many guests to travel after booking their reservation.
Then add the fact that Disney is also gearing up to open new attractions, hotels and more (some with no opening dates yet). Oh, and you don’t want to forget all the renovations of attractions, restaurants and hotels that are also being done.
So, do you feel overwhelmed by all the dates you need to keep track of? Fortunately, we have a Calendar tool that can help you navigate all the important dates so you can choose the best time of year to visit it for you and your family!
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ALL the genius of Disney
Once you get to Disney World, things don’t get much less complicated. On October 19, Disney introduced THREE new planning features to the My Disney Experience app: Disney Genie, Disney Genie +, and Individual Attraction Selection.
Disney Genie is a new FREE feature created to help guests plan their day and maximize their time in the park, and Genie + and Individual Attraction Selection are Disney’s TWO new ones. paid ways to “jump the tail” at popular attractions (replacing FastPass +).
So now you need to learn the details to use all three services, decide if the cost of the services is worth it for you and your family, and then do some hands-on learning when you’re in the park. using the functions for the first time.
Of course, we have been testing the new services and sharing tons of different tips and tricks to help you both before and during your trip, so be sure to check out our FAQs and other resources on the blog!
Your phone is an essential accessory of the park
WBecause before you could go almost all day to Disney without looking at your phone for more than a photo, now almost EVERYTHING at Disney World depends on your smartphone.
Among the mobile ordering of food at fast service restaurants, checking out attraction waiting times, security and billing for dining reservations, the use of Disney Genie, the booking of Lightning Lanes (also known as like the old FastPass lanes) with Disney Genie + and the selections of individual attractions and more, it’s almost impossible. to go to Disney World without your device.
This dependence on your phone is especially tricky for those with less tech knowledge and can cause a lot of frustration (and even a battery or two) throughout the day.
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Some attractions (and even shops) have no waiting lines
Even queuing up to ride an attraction or do some shopping is no longer as simple as before. In 2019, Disney implemented its first virtual queue system in Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And, although this has since stopped during the trip, now guests wishing to board the new EPCOT attraction (Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure) must get a place in the virtual queue to have the opportunity to ride.
The virtual queue only opens twice a day, at 7:00 and 13:00, and if you don’t get a seat, you won’t be able to drive unless you buy a Lightning Lane using Individual Attraction Selections (which can cost $ 9). $ 11 or more).
Also, there have even been virtual queues for merchandise stores on busy days in the parks and Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs almost always has a virtual queue just to get a cookie.
So now you need to make sure you plan ahead and find out what attractions (and shops) require the extra step beyond a waiting line before you visit it.
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The rules are constantly changing
On top of everything we’ve already discussed, a visit to Disney World is now a little more complicated due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Safety and health measures have changed a LOT over the last year and only continue to change more.
Disney has changed the policy of facial masks about 6 times, from demanding them everywhere, to demanding them only inside, to not demanding them, to demanding that all guests bring them back to the ‘interior. And, when the rules of the mask change, they often change overnight or without much notice, so you may have to adjust quickly.
In addition, even Park Pass booking rules have changed for annual Pass holders with the introduction of the new tier system. Therefore, those with season tickets should be up to date on when they can make park reservations and how many they can have at a time.
Now, Disney sends push notifications for major health and safety changes and we’re always keeping track of all the latest updates to bring you the latest news, so stay tuned to AllEars for everything you need to know!
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So it can be a little trickier to plan and go on your next Disney World vacation, but that doesn’t mean your trip may not be as memorable as years before!
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