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Walt Disney World Resort Reopening
Information and Updates

Updated: August 25, 2021

All of the up-to-date information we have on the reopening of Walt Disney World is located below in the following sections:



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This page is your one-stop shop for all the details you need to know regarding the phased reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort.

All the Disney World theme parks closed to guests March 16, 2020. Disney Springs closed all of the Disney-owned shops and restaurants on March 17, 2020, and the Disney Resort hotels quickly followed suit by closing on March 20, 2020.

Disney Springs began a phased reopening on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

Walt Disney World's plan for a phased reopening of its theme parks and select Resort hotels was presented May 27th during the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force meeting and was signed off by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on May 29th.

Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopened to guests on July 11, 2020.

EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios reopened to guests on July 15, 2020.

Guests with partially used multi-day tickets or date-specific tickets purchased prior to June 6, 2020 (with a use period starting March 12, 2020 or later), will have the expiration date on those tickets extended to September 26, 2021. If guests are unable to use a ticket by September 26, 2021, the value of a wholly unused ticket can be applied toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date.

At this time, theme park reservations are required in order to enter any of the Walt Disney World theme parks. Attendance is limited due to capacity restrictions, and will be subject to availability. Theme park attendance is now managed through a park reservation system entitled Disney Park Pass System. In order to enter a theme park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date will be required to make and to keep your park reservations. It's also important to note that simply having an Advance Dining Reservation within a theme park does not guarantee admittance.

All guests including existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders can make reservation requests using Disney's online reservation calendar. It may be difficult for Annual Passholders to get park reservations to visit on certain dates during the period of time where capacity is limited. The total reservation days that can be held by an Annual Passholder at one time will be limited to three (3) maximum to somewhat ease reservations. If an Annual Passholder has a Resort reservation, they will be able to secure theme park reservations for their entire length of stay in addition to their three rolling days.

The Advance Dining Reservation system has switched from a 180-day booking window to a 60-day booking window in order to allow guests to make plans closer to their visits.

Guests can now book Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland vacation packages for 2022. Visit us at DreamsUnlimitedTravel.com for more information and to request a no-obligation quote from one of our knowledgable travel agents.

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Linking your upcoming resort reservations and/or theme park tickets in your My Disney Experience accounts as soon as possible is a must. Making sure to complete this step will enable you to receive important communication and information regarding your vacations including key planning dates and details about the new Disney Park Pass reservation system. Follow the link above for more detailed information on how to use My Disney Experience.

Visit this page to learn more about the Disney Park Pass Reservation System


When Disney Springs reopened, they did so with "enhanced health and safety measures" being of utmost importance, however, guests will still assume all risk with regards to their exposure to the highly contagious Coronavirus.

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Those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine, or are under quarantine orders MUST NOT enter Walt Disney World Resort.

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Face coverings are required in all indoor locations regardless of vaccination status. Face masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests in most outdoor areas. Face coverings are required of all guests on Disney transportation, including Disney buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner. Disney will not require proof of vaccination, but they do expect guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, and upon entering and throughout all attractions and transportation – including children ages 2 and older.

Related: Five Ways to Ease into Masked Life at Disney

Below is the additional Coronavirus-related statement that appears on the official Walt Disney World website as well as in the My Disney Experience app:

As we have done since reopening, we’ve been very intentional and gradual in our approach to our COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Based on recent trends and regulatory guidance, Walt Disney World Resort will be making adjustments to these measures, which may continue to change at any time without notice. 

We encourage people to get vaccinated.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By visiting Walt Disney World Resort, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

All of the up-to-date information we have on the reopening of Walt Disney World is located below in the following sections:

Disney Springs

A phased reopening of Disney Springs began on May 20, 2020.

The hours of operation for Disney Springs are typically 10am to 11pm but do vary depending on the location (and are also subject to change at any time without notice).

When parking at Disney Springs, it is recommended that you arrive at least 60 minutes before any scheduled event, show or reservation. Digital message boards along Buena Vista Drive will indicate when parking garages and surface lots are full. Due to limited capacity, Disney may occasionally pause parking and pedestrian entry.

Parking may be more available earlier in the day Monday through Thursday – parking lots often reach capacity on weekends, evenings and holidays.

Due to capacity restrictions at Disney Springs, once the parking garages are full, guests will no longer be able to park and visit Disney Springs; this includes guests who have a booked Advance Dining Reservations. If a guest is not able to make their reservation because Disney Springs is closed due to capacity, the dining guarantee charge will be waived.

Face coverings are required in all indoor locations regardless of vaccination status. Face masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests in most outdoor areas. Face coverings are required of all guests on Disney transportation, including Disney buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner. Disney will not require proof of vaccination, but they do expect guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, and upon entering and throughout all attractions and transportation – including children ages 2 and older.

Physical barriers could still be located in certain places to allow for physical distancing. Disney recommends that all guests use cashless or contactless payment options at this time.



Disney Resort Hotels

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The following Resort hotels will reopen to guests on the opening dates that are listed below (reservations are open now!):

It's very important to note the dates above are subject to change and guests’ reservations could still be modified to other Resort hotels if need be.

Guests with current reservations at impacted Disney Resort hotels can get assistance with modifying their reservations if they need to. Reservations for stays in 2022 are now available as well.

We'd also like to share that while Shades of Green is not a Walt Disney World Resort, it is on Disney property and now open. If you'd like more information on the Shades of Green Military resort, click HERE.


Remember, only guests with a valid theme park ticket or Annual Pass will be able to access the Disney Park Pass reservation system

Given the current situation, there are some Resort hotels and other areas that have not been scheduled for reopening just yet. Disney will continue to evaluate the current situation and reopen more locations when they are ready and feel that the environment is right to do so.

Resort guests are strongly encouraged to utilize the Online Check-In Service via My Disney Experience in order to avoid having to visit to the front desk. On the scheduled checkout day, guests will be automatically checked out of their rooms; no need to visit the front desk unless you have unresolved charges to your Disney Resort hotel folio. Guests can now virtually chat with a Resort cast member via the My Disney Experience app for assistance during their stay. This feature offers support nearly anytime of the day so there’s no need to visit the lobby or stand in line.

It's also important that you review advisories and/or restrictions that may be in place prior to traveling to Florida. We recommend checking often as things are changing constantly. Visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/ for more information.

New health and safety measures have been put into effect at Walt Disney World as well as some updates:

The following amenities and experiences ARE NOT available currently:

Some Disney Resort hotel services will be modified or unavailable during the initial reopening period, based on physical distancing and health guidelines.

Changes include:

  • Bell Services will deliver luggage to rooms, but will not escort guests
  • Club-level service is beginning to reopen
  • Deliveries will only be made to occupied rooms
  • In-room dining is not available
  • In-room celebrations are not available
  • Dry-cleaning and valet laundry services will be temporarily unavailable; self-service laundry will remain available
  • Shipping services will be temporarily unavailable
  • Resort airline check-in service is no longer unavailable

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Disney Transportation

Face coverings are required in all indoor locations regardless of vaccination status. Face masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests in most outdoor areas. Face coverings are required of all guests on Disney transportation, including Disney buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner. Disney will not require proof of vaccination, but they do expect guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, and upon entering and throughout all attractions and transportation – including children ages 2 and older.

Disney Skyliner
The Disney Skyliner is open and currently loads MORE THAN one party per gondola.

Monorail

The Magic Kingdom and EPCOT monorails are back in business!

NOTE: The monorail station located at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is currently closed for refurbishment and will not reopen until the summer of 2021 when the non-DVC section of the Resort reopens.


Disney Boat Transportation
Water transportation via ferry boats is running now as well. Physical distancing methods have been put into place on the ferry boats. For example, there is no sitting allowed on the benches to allow them to somewhat separate standing guests. Reopening dates for other watercraft has not yet been announced.

Disney's Magical Express Service

IMPORTANT: Disney's Magical Express will be discontinued with arrivals beginning January 1, 2022, but Mears Connect is now available for booking with dates beginning January 1, 2022. Additionally, guests arriving at Orlando International Airport (MCO) will need to utilize a MagicBand or Disney MagicMobile to check in at the Disney’s Magical Express Welcome Center as confirmations will no longer be mailed beginning July 1, 2021.


Complimentary airport transportation via Disney’s Magical Express service is available for guests arriving and departing from Orlando International Airport (MCO). Luggage delivery service is no longer being provided so guests will need to pick their own luggage up from baggage claim and bring it with them to check-in for Disney's Magical Express.

It's important to confirm your flight information in case your airline makes any changes. If you plan to use Disney’s Magical Express service, be sure to make any updates to the flight information on file with your Resort reservation.

Complimentary Resort Transportation
Bus transportation has resumed between theme parks, Disney Springs, and the open Disney Resort hotels.

Minnie Van Service
Minnie Van Service is not currently available. 

Parking
Self-parking is available at all Disney Resort hotels that have reopened. Valet service is available once again at the Deluxe and Disney Vacation Club Resorts.

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Disney Restaurants

Walt Disney World has made updates and enhancements to their dining experiences based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies. During the reopening period, many dining experiences may be modified or unavailable in order to promote cleanliness and physical distancing.

The Advance Dining Reservation system has switched from a 180-day booking window to a 60-day booking window in order to allow guests to make plans closer to their visits.

All Character Dining that has reopened so far at Walt Disney World is a modified experience with the Disney characters posing for distanced photos rather than stopping at each table for meet and greets.

At this time, the Disney Dining Plan is unavailable.

In addition to increasing cleaning in high-traffic areas such as public elevators and escalators, handrails, benches, tables, handles, restrooms and more, new health and safety measures have been put into place across Walt Disney World dining locations to promote health and hygiene, including:

  • Enhanced Cleaning: Seating areas, dining areas, and pagers will be cleaned between guests.
  • Reduced-Contact Menus: Menus will be shared in different ways to minimize contact; at Quick Service restaurants, menus will be displayed on signage and at Table Service restaurants, guests can scan a code with their mobile device to access digital menus.
  • Self-Serve Changes: Beverages and other items that were previously self-serve will now be served by cast members.

Guests can check-in for their dining reservations via the My Disney Experience app on their smartphones. The mobile check-in feature is available at select Table Service restaurants and saves guests from having to visit the host stand to check in.

It is recommended all guests use cashless payment options, including debit cards, credit cards and Disney Gift Cards. Guests can also opt for contactless payment options such as mobile wallets. Guests can use cash to purchase a Disney Gift Card at Guest Relations or at select merchandise locations. Disney Resort hotel guests can also use MagicBands to charge their purchase to their Disney Resort hotel folio.

The following Disney Resort restaurants and bars HAVE NOT REOPENED since their original closure back in March of 2020 (reopening dates officially announced as noted below):

1900 Park Fare (Grand Floridian)
Artist Point Storybook Dining (Wilderness Lodge)
Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar (Jambo House)

Crew's Cup Lounge (Yacht Club)
ESPN Club (Boardwalk Inn)
Flying Fish (Boardwalk Inn)
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review (Fort Wilderness)
Jiko - The Cooking Place (Jambo House)
Kona Island (Polynesian Village)

Spirit Of Aloha Dinner Show (Polynesian Village)
Spyglass Grill (Caribbean Beach)
Turf Club Bar & Grill (Saratoga Springs)
Victoria and Albert's (Grand Floridian)
Victoria Falls Lounge (Jambo House)

The following Disney theme park restaurants and bars HAVE NOT REOPENED since their original closure back in March of 2020 (reopening dates officially announced as noted below):

Magic Kingdom Park


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park



Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Magic Kingdom


The Magic Kingdom is NOW OPEN!

It's important to know that guests must not only have valid theme park admission, but also a theme park reservation in the Disney Park Pass reservation system in order to enter a theme park.

Sanitizing stations are located throughout the park. Plexiglass has been installed at points of sale in retail shops and in food and beverage locations as well as on the ride vehicles of some attractions.

Below is a list of the attractions, shops, and entertainment offerings are available at Magic Kingdom (subject to change at any time, for any reason, without notice – for up-to-the-minute details, check the My Disney Experience app):

Attractions

Entertainment
  • Main Street Philharmonic
  • Character Cavalcades will sporadically appear throughout the day, with guest-favorite Disney friends appearing along the parade route.
    • The Royal Princess Processional – Several times daily, favorite Disney princesses travel through the streets of Magic Kingdom. Princess Merida leads the way on her steed Angus, followed closely by a gazebo float and crystal castle carrying Cinderella, Tiana, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Rapunzel and others.
    • Mickey and Friends Cavalcade – Mickey Mouse is joined by Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Pluto to share some Walt Disney World magic!
    • Fantasyland Friends Cavalcade – Gaston, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Alice, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, and Aladdin all make an appearance in the parade!
    • Cinderella's Evil Stepsisters – From time to time, guests in Fantasyland may spot the dastardly Anastasia and Drizella and can interact with them from afar while they’re perched on a balcony of Cinderella Castle.
    • A Goofy Cavalcade – A Goofy Cavalcade at Magic Kingdom is one of the sporadic parades that features some of your favorite Disney characters including Goofy, Clarabelle Cow, Max Goof, Jose Carioca, and Panchito Pistoles!!
    • Tinker Bell & the Lost Treasure – Watch Tinker Bell head down the parade route sitting atop the lost treasure!
    • Pinocchio – Occasionally, guests in Fantasyland might see Pinocchio waving from the upper balcony of Pinocchio Village Haus near the "it's a small world" attraction.

Shops

  • Arribas Brothers
  • Baby Care
  • Big Al's
  • Box Office Gifts
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin Photos
  • Crystal Arts
  • Emporium
  • Fantasy Faire
  • Hundred Acre Goods
  • Island Supply by Sunglass Hut
  • Main Street Confectionery
  • Memento Mori
  • Mickey's Star Traders
  • Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar
  • Rubio Arts
  • Sir Mickey’s
  • Splashdown Photos
  • Strollers & Wheelchairs
  • The Chapeau
  • Tomorrowland Light & Power Co.
  • TTC Cart / Wheelchairs
  • Uptown Jewelers & Cinema
  • Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe
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Parades have been temporarily suspended. Disney has also temporarily paused character meet and greets, but characters are visible in special cavalcades down the Magic Kingdom park parade route. FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours have been temporarily suspended as well.

The theme parks are being operated with "controlled guest density" and at reduced capacity – as will restaurants, stores, attractions, buses, monorails, and other Disney transportation.

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EPCOT


EPCOT is NOW OPEN!

Learn more about the Festivals that take place throughout the year at EPCOT by visiting our EPCOT Shows and Events page.

It's important to know that guests must not only have valid theme park admission, but also a theme park reservation in the Disney Park Pass reservation system in order to enter a theme park.

Sanitizing stations are located throughout the park. Plexiglass has been installed at points of sale in retail shops and in food and beverage locations as well as on some attraction vehicles.

Below is a list of the attractions, shops, and entertainment offerings that are now open at EPCOT (subject to change at any time, for any reason, without notice – for up-to-the-minute details, check the My Disney Experience app):

Attractions

Entertainment
  • America Gardens Theatre Presents… featuring popular EPCOT performers such as:
    • JAMMitors
    • Mariachi Cobre
  • Character Cavalcades will sporadically appear throughout the day, featuring favorite Disney friends traveling around World Showcase promenade.
    • Frozen Promenade – Queen Anna and Elsa venture into the unknown around World Showcase, journeying from country to country and waving hello to guests along the way.
    • Mickey & Friends World Tour – As guests travel around World Showcase, they may come upon Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, and Goofy all out sightseeing and waving to their friends.
    • Winnie the Pooh – Guests can catch Winnie the Pooh attempting to catch butterflies in the grassy area near the Imagination pavilion in Future World.
    • Joy from Disney + Pixar's Inside Out – Joy skips through the grass and spins around the lawns of EPCOT meeting and greeting guests, while practicing safe social distancing.
Shops
  • African Heritage
  • Arribas Brothers
  • Art of Disney
  • Baby Care
  • Canada Cart
  • China Kiosk
  • Disney Traders
  • Galerie Des Halles
  • Gateway Gifts
  • Glas Und Porcellan
  • ImageWorks
  • Karamell Kuche
  • La Bottega Italiana
  • Mexico Indoor Plaza
  • Mission: SPACE Cargo
  • Mitsukoshi
  • Mouse Gear Temporary Location
  • Pin Traders - Camera Center
  • Port of Entry
  • Puffin's Roost
  • Sea Base Alpha Gift Shop
  • Strollers & Wheelchairs
  • Tea Caddy
  • Test Track Simporium
  • Wood Carver
  • World Traveler

Parades have been temporarily suspended. Disney has temporarily paused character meet and greets, but characters are visible in the theme park through processions along World Showcase promenade at EPCOT and you may see them pop up in unexpected locations throughout the park. FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours have been temporarily suspended.

The theme parks are being operated with "controlled guest density" and at reduced capacity – as are restaurants, stores, attractions, buses, monorails, and other Disney transportation.

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Disney's Hollywood Studios


Disney's Hollywood Studios is NOW OPEN!

It's important to know that guests must not only have valid theme park admission, but also a theme park reservation in the new Disney Park Pass reservation system in order to enter the theme park.

Sanitizing stations are located throughout the park. Plexiglass has been installed at points of sale in retail shops and in food and beverage locations as well as on the ride vehicles of some attractions.

Below is a list of the attractions, shops, and entertainment offerings that are open at Disney's Hollywood Studios (subject to change at any time, for any reason, without notice – for up-to-the-minute details, check the My Disney Experience app):

Attractions

Entertainment
  • Character Cavalcades will appear sporadically throughout the day, with favorite Disney friends appearing along Hollywood Boulevard.
    • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – While living their own adventures in a galaxy far, far away, guests are likely to come across some familiar faces as they explore Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu:
      • Heroes of the Resistance, including Rey, Chewbacca and Vi Moradi, may be spotted on platforms above the garage in Black Spire Station or surveying activity around the spaceport where the Millennium Falcon has landed.
      • A contingent of First Order Stormtroopers join Kylo Ren in patrolling the landing platform at Docking Bay 9 beneath their TIE Echelon assault vehicle.
    • Disney Junior Stars Motorcade – Throughout the day, Disney Junior stars including Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins and Vampirina will cruise down Hollywood Boulevard waving to fans from colorful custom convertibles.
    • Mickey & Friends Motorcade – The Mickey & Friends Motorcade brings Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip 'n' Dale, and Pluto to the streets of Disney's Hollywood Studios where nothing can stop them now!
    • Pixar Pals Motorcade – Some of the biggest stars from Pixar Animation Studios’ films arrive on Hollywood Boulevard, from The Incredibles to Toy Story pals and more. They’ll wave to their fans as they head down the avenue accompanied by a celebratory musical score.
Shops
  • Celebrity 5 & 10
  • Crossroads of the World
  • Dok Ondar's Den of Antiquities
  • Droid Depot Experience
  • Droid Depot Store
  • In Character
  • Legends of Hollywood
  • Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway
  • Mickey's Of Hollywood
  • Movieland Memorabilia
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Sid Cahuenga's One-of-a-Kind
  • Rock Around The Shop
  • Rubio Arts
  • Strollers & Wheelchairs
  • Tatooine Traders
  • The Market
  • Tower Hotel Gifts
  • Toy Story Mania Shop

Disney has temporarily paused character meet and greets, but characters are still visible in motorcades that take place on Hollywood Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and you may see them pop up in unexpected locations throughout the park. FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours have been temporarily suspended.

The theme parks are being operated with "controlled guest density" and at reduced capacity – as are restaurants, stores, attractions, buses, monorails, and other Disney transportation.

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Disney's Animal Kingdom


Disney's Animal Kingdom is NOW OPEN!

It's important to know that guests must not only have valid theme park admission, but also a theme park reservation in the new Disney Park Pass reservation system in order to enter the theme park.

Sanitizing stations are located throughout the parks as well. Plexiglass has been installed at points of sale in retail shops and in food and beverage locations as well as on some attraction vehicles throughout the park.

Below is a list of the attractions, shops, and entertainment offerings that is now available at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park (subject to change at any time, for any reason, without notice – for up-to-the-minute details, check the My Disney Experience app):

Attractions

Entertainment
  • Character Cruises throughout the day, with guest-favorite Disney friends appearing in boats around Discovery River.
    • Discovery River Character Cruise – Throughout the day, guests can see Timon and Rafiki or Pocahontas with Meeko, who will set sail on the parks’ waterways.
    • Discovery Island Drummers – These high-energy percussionists cruise along Discovery River, entertaining guests on the shore with an energetic beat.
    • Donald’s Dino Boat Bash! – Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Launchpad McQuack wave to guests from their party boat as “Donald’s Dino Bash!” moves from DinoLand U.S.A. to Discovery River.

Shops

  • Africa Hub Cart
  • African Heritage Wood Carving
  • Baby Care
  • Chester and Hester's Dinosaur Treasures
  • Discovery Trading Company
  • Garden Gate Gifts & Strollers
  • Kilimanjaro Safari Cart
  • Mandala Gifts
  • Mombasa Marketplace
  • Out Of The Wild
  • Serka Zong Bazaar
  • The Dino Institute Shop
  • Windtraders

Disney has temporarily paused character meet and greets, but characters are still visible sailing the waterways of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours have been temporarily suspended.

The theme parks are being operated with "controlled guest density" and at reduced capacity – as are restaurants, stores, attractions, buses, monorails, and other Disney transportation.

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Disney Water Parks

Disney's Blizzard Beach is now open while Typhoon Lagoon remains closed.

Annual Passholders will receive a pro-rated refund and other guests can chooose to modify or cancel their tickets.


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