Right now, Disney guests with on-property hotel reservations are able to reserve Disney Parks Passes, which are required (in addition to valid theme park admission) for guests to visit Walt Disney World theme parks in 2020. And though this system has had a rough few opening days with system crashes and jammed phone lines filled with frustrated guests, things are about to get even crazier as this system has now officially opened to all guests, including annual passholders and ticketholder.
And right now it looks like these groups will want to act fast, because several parks are hitting capacity limits during the theme parks' first week back to operation. As of this writing, there is no parks pass availability for any Walt Disney World theme park for annual passholders on July 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 25, and August 1, 7, 8, 15, & 22. Disney's Hollywood Studios is also unavailable for most weekdays in July and August.
Though it looks like some spots "reserved" for Disney hotel guests still remain, it looks like annual passholders and guests with just theme park tickets without a hotel reservation will have a hard time getting into the theme parks this summer if they haven't already made reservations. And with tickets now available for purchase for guests visiting Walt Disney World in 2021, it looks like guests wanting to visit next year will want to finalize their plans as soon as possible.
Should Walt Disney World's reopening move forward?
Of course, all of this comes amid growing calls for Walt Disney World to delay their reopening as Disneyland Resort did in response to rising COVID-19 cases in the state. With Florida seeing over 30,000 new cases in just the last week, is looks like the virus is showing no signs of slowing down between now and July 11, and many are nervous not only about the spread of COVID-19 to guests, but also Cast Members as well.
The local actor's union has even gone as far as to say that they don't know how Walt Disney World could “responsibly” reopen as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state and is demanding regular testing for the actors who can’t use face masks when doing their jobs before union workers can return to work at the resort.
And though Disneyland Resort delayed its theme parks' opening due to guidance from the local government, Orange County has cleared the way for Walt Disney World to stick to their current reopening strategy, issuing a statement that the county will not be issuing any mandates for Walt Disney World's opening, and any kind of delay or additional restriction would have to come from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.