What To Know About Walt Disney World BEFORE You Visit

Vacation season is just around the corner, and that means many families are gearing up to go to the most magical place on earth. If you’re one of the many who are finding themselves knee-deep in Disney vacation planning right now, you should absolutely get ready to have an absolutely fantastic time! That said, you should also be prepared for the many changes Disney has made to its parks. Some of the biggest changes are listed below. Knowing these things going in will help you properly plan and prepare so you can have the most magical Disney World vacation yet.



1. Mask Requirement

You’re probably already well aware of the fact that Disney is requiring guests to wear masks throughout their visit. However, it’s worth mentioning again and noting that Disney is pretty particular about the type of mask you wear, and things like neck gaiters and bandanas do not meet the requirements. Additionally, the mask policy at Disney World is very strict, and staff are constantly monitoring to ensure everyone remains masked at all times while in public places, unless they are eating or drinking while stationary.

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2. Park Reservations

In the past, Disney-goers could decide over breakfast which park they wanted to visit that day. Unfortunately, because Disney has had to set strict capacity limits and needs to know how many guests to expect on any given day, this is no longer the case. Instead, guests must make park reservations in advance of their visit, and because these do sometimes fill up, you will want to snag yours as soon as you are able.

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3. Modified Park Hopping

Recently, Disney brought back the ability to hop from one park to the next. This is great news for those who like to squeeze all the parks into a super short trip. However, there are some changes to the park hopping system. At this time, guests with a Park Hopper Ticket can only hop to a second park after 2pm. While a reservation for the second park (and beyond) is not needed for park hopping, you will need to have a reservation for the first park and will need to visit that one before you can go to any others. Additionally, if a park reaches capacity, those with Park Hopper Tickets will not be able to enter there.

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About Chelsea

Chelsea is a lifelong Disney fanatic who lives and travels full time in an RV with her son and husband. Their family takes full advantage of their unique living situation by visiting Disney parks on both sides of the country as often as possible. In doing so, the Gonzales family gathers loads of great tips and info about the parks, which Chelsea is thrilled to share with readers here. Visit Chelsea's blog: Wonder Wherever We Wander! Here you’ll find a wealth of valuable information as well as a variety of reviews and resources to help you navigate the often uncharted territory of roadschooling.