10 Things That Will Be Different at Walt Disney World When It Reopens July 11

7. Capacity will be reduced around the park. The number of guests allowed in the park will be significantly lower during this first phase of the reopening, McPhee announced. They will also be reducing capacity on attractions, on methods of transportation and in restaurants and retail stores.

8. A new reservation system will be in place. According to McPhee, Disney will be “Managing attendance demand through a new theme park reservation system,” and guests will now have to plan and reserve their tickets in advance. 

“At this time, we are temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so we can focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations (Disney Vacation Club members can still make new reservations),” the company shared in a press release. “Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold." They'll be reaching out to those guests with additional information.

9. Interactive play areas will not reopen. Social distancing is near-impossible in these sensory-focused playground areas meant for young visitors, so they will be closed for the time being to ensure no children are at risk. 

10. Water effects will be limited or eliminated. According to McPhee, water effects tend to draw tightly packed crowds, so most water areas will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Scientists can't yet say with certainty how the coronavirus may spread through water. 

Universal Orlando Resort presented a reopening proposal to the task force last Thursday, and SeaWorld Orlando also shared their plan on Wednesday. Universal will open June 5, and SeaWorld plans to open June 11.

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