• On Jan 10, 2021
    Michael from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    we'd like to plan a summer vacation. we are experienced disney guests but have questions about the new covid policies. are there still park hopper passes? will we be guaranteed access to the parks? will the hotel pools be open? thanks for the help

    Hi there, Michael. As a fellow Alabamian who loves visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm so happy to hear that your family is planning a return visit this summer! It's always good to go "home," right?

    Because it may be different than when you last visited, acquainting yourself with the updated policies and procedures is a great idea and will help you know what to expect during your visit. I hope I can help further by addressing some of the specific questions and concerns you noted.

    I am happy to report that the Park Hopper Option is indeed available, though there are some new guidelines for taking advantage of this opportunity. In order to hop from one park to another, guests must have valid theme park admission as well as a park reservation. When both of those criteria have been met, guests can first visit the theme park where their reservation is scheduled and then hop to a second park after 2 PM on the same day. Admission to the second park is dependent upon park capacity. Real time push notifications are sent via the My Disney Experience app when the Park Hopper Option is unavailable at one of the theme parks so be sure you keep an eye on that should you choose to park hop.

    Guaranteed admission to the theme parks is not available without a reservation. There is a process for obtaining a theme park reservation so you'll want to read up on that prior to purchasing your tickets. This availability calendar will help you as you consider the dates for your trip. 

    Lastly, yes, many of the resort pools are currently open and accepting guests who wish to splish splash the day away. Keep in mind that all of the pools that are open are operating with reduced capacity and in the event that any given pool reaches capacity, guests will be directed to a leisure pool. The best opportunity to enjoy a feature pool at your resort is to visit early in the morning.

    I hope I've helped answer your questions, Michael. While your trip may be different than previous visits, just think of how iconic all those masked photos will be when this pandemic is behind us. I'm wishing you a ton of new magical memories. Be sure to visit us at planDisney again if we can be of further assistance.
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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