BIG Changes Have Arrived at Walt Disney World

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When Walt Disney World Resort opened its gates after its months-long COVID closure, there were a lot of rules in place that really altered the Disney experience. Not only were guests required to wear masks at all times, but there were also social distancing rules in place and strict capacity limits. Guests were also not allowed to park hop, and theme park reservations were required in order to visit.

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It’s been nearly three years since those rules were enacted and, with COVID largely in the rearview mirror, guests have been waiting impatiently for Disney World to get back to “normal.” The mask requirement, capacity restrictions, and social distancing rules are long gone. But guests have still been required to make theme park reservations and have not been allowed to park hop until 2 p.m.

But that ends today!

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Related: Exciting Changes Come to Disney’s Dining Reservation System

That’s right, the day is finally here! Guests with traditional date-based tickets are NO LONGER required to make a Disney park pass reservation prior to their visit. That means that a guest can wake up and just see how they feel that morning. If they wake up and want to experience the smell of Pirates water (if you know, you know), then they can just decide to head to the Magic Kingdom.

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Related: Disney Alters Passholder Reservation Policy at Walt Disney World Resort

It is important to note that Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholders are still required to make theme park reservations at this time. However, beginning January 11, they will receive a lot more “Good to Go” days. “Good to Go” days are when APs can visit the theme parks without making a reservation. Those days will also not count towards the AP’s total amount of reservations.

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In addition to ending theme park reservations, January 9 also marks the end of park hopping restrictions! All guests — regular ticket holders and Annual Passholders — can head to whatever park they would like at any time of the day. Want to head to the Magic Kingdom just for breakfast and then make your way to EPCOT? Go ahead!

We don’t know about you, but we are so excited that these much-awaited changes are finally here!

What Disney World change are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

One comment

  1. That’s great that some things are getting back to normal. I would like to see package delivery back for guests staying at a resort.