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Disney World announces its reopening date—and here’s what you can expect

Get those Mickey ears ready!

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil

Just when we thought we’d be locked out of “The Most Magical Place On Earth” this summer, Disney World Resorts announced that it will be reopening in phases on July 11. And yes, Magic Kingdom will be one of the first parks to welcome back guests.

Though still pending approval from Orange County, the plan proposes a staggered reopening starting with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks on July 11, followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15. But not everyone will be allowed in at once: In order to limit crowds, Disney has launched a new online system where only select guests can purchase their tickets in advance.

Folks with existing tickets and reservations at a Disney Resort hotel will get first dibs on admission during the initial phase. Annual passholders won’t be allowed back during the first round but they will take precedence over new ticket sales—which won’t resume for awhile. Sorry, first-timers.

Disney is taking additional measures to ensure the safety of its guests, including doing away with a number of traditions. Disney’s iconic parades and nighttime spectaculars won’t take place for now, and princess makeovers and intimate character meet-and-greets will be paused for the time being. You’ll still see characters walking around the park but hugging them and getting their autographs won’t be allowed.

In terms of new safety guidelines, all guests over the age of 3 will be required to wear face coverings at the theme parks and in common areas. And all guests can expect to have their temperatures taken upon entering the theme parks and hotels. Some might find the new measures extreme, but if the six-hour lines to shop at Disney Springs on the first day of reopening are any indication, a thoughtful course of action is probably necessary.

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