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Disney World 2021: What to Expect

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Visiting Disney World in 2021 involves many changes to the theme parks in order to meet health and safety guidelines.

Here’s everything you need to know!

Disney World Face Covering Requirements

Starting Tuesday, June 15th, face coverings will become optional for vaccinated guests in almost all settings in Walt Disney World. 

Though Disney will not require proof of vaccination, they do emphasize that unvaccinated guests should continue to wear face coverings. 

They also encourage all guests to get vaccinated!

Face coverings will still be required when traveling on Disney transportation (buses, monorails, and Skyliner) for now. 

Disney World Reservations System

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Disney World will continue to require park pass reservations. 

Entering a theme park will require both a ticket and a reservation. 

After you’ve purchased your park tickets, you can make a reservation on the Disney World site here. 


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FastPass reservations are also still unavailable for the time being. 

But with Disney being able to reduce physical distancing requirements we are hopeful that FastPass will return sooner rather than later!


Dining reservations will be able to be made 60 days in advance instead of 180 days. This is similar to Disneyland’s 60-day dining reservation system. 

And Disney has decided to not offer any Dining Plans during this time period.

I believe this is because there may not be enough opportunity to use all of your Dining Plan credits and Disney doesn’t want guests to be left with unused credits. I am confident the Dining Plans will return once things get back to normal. 

More restaurants are opening all of the time and more reservations are being added thanks to removing distance between guests. 

So check back daily if you have been discouraged by limited reservations. 

Disney World Resort Reservations 

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Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

More Disney World resorts are reopening this summer and we expect more announcements of reopening soon. 

Availability has been limited so this is good news!

If you want to book through Disney get a free quote from our travel agent Siera with Destinations in Florida here. 

She will monitor what’s available during your trip and get you in the best possible resort at the best price. 

And if you are frustrated by Disney’s availability check out these dedicated reservations available through David’s DVC Rentals. 

There are many Disney World Deluxe resorts available for less than $300 per night which you would rarely if ever find when booking directly with Disney!

Disney World Protocols

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There will still be no parades, fireworks, character meet and greets for now. 

Character cavalcades pass through the parks on a regular basis. 

There has been firework testing at both Magic Kingdom and Epcot so we are hopeful they will return by the end of the summer. 

Hand sanitizer stations are still set up around the parks and I hope this will be a permanent change!

Mobile Order is still required for quick service dining. Check out my post on how to use Mobile Order here

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Entering a Disney park with a Magic Band

As you can see, the parks are starting to return to “normal” and things are improving every day. 

Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or join the discussion in The Budget Mouse Facebook group!

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