Travel Advice to Disney from the UK

Finally, we’ve got some exciting news to share! UK citizens can finally start to book up for their 2021/2022 Disney holiday knowing that they will actually get there.

Note: this article was last updated on 19 October 2021 and was correct at time of writing. For the most up to date information, visiting gov website.

The US has confirmed that it will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from 8 November 2021. With this move, travellers will no longer be subject to the tight restrictions that have been imposed since March 2020.

From 8 November, passengers will have to show proof of vaccination before boarding a US-bound plane and a negative COVID test result, taken within 72 hours of departure.

To enter the US, the vaccine you’ve received should either be FDA-approved or included in WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. The AstraZeneca jab, is on the list.

When Returning to England from the US you must now take only one COVID test on day two of arriving back in the country. If you’re not vaccinated, you have to self-isolate for 10 days when you get home and take a second COVID test on day eight. For both vaccinated and non vaccinated you will also have to fill out a passenger locator form before arriving at UK customs.

If you're planning to travel to one of the Disney Parks & Resorts, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

What are the restrictions & requirements in Walt Disney World for late 2021 and early 2022?

In Florida, all of Disney World's parks are open with the exception of Typhoon Lagoon. No reopening date has been set.

Disney World also requires visitors to make reservations in advance.

As for the Florida park's hotels, most have already reopened. Disney's Port Orleans Resort -- French Quarter will reopen on October 28. Disney's All-Star Sports Resort is due to reopen on December 9.

All guests ages 2 and up at Walt Disney World Resort are required to wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status. They are optional for outdoor common areas.

What can visitors expect at Disney World?

Disney is rolling out a new add on to the My Disney Experience app called Genie that will help park goers streamline their visits and cut down on wait times. It is a more detailed personal itinerary app recommending attractions, dining and entertainment.   

Some Disney parks have resumed their nightly fireworks shows and parades. Schedules and reopening information are available on each individual park's website.

Capacity has been cut in Disney's theme parks, with numbers further limited in restaurants and in queues to prevent overcrowding.

Despite this, guests can still dine in at their favourite restaurants and enjoy the rides, though character meet-and-greets have been replaced by socially distanced character processions.

Several Disney World restaurants in hotels and theme parks are allowing character dining again. Reservations, highly recommended, are required in some locations.

Disney World's 50th anniversary party kicked off on October 1 and will last 18-months. Celebrations will be held in all four of the resort's theme parks.

A "Beacons of Magic" show started October 1, where signature structures in each park are specially illuminated: Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom, Spaceship Earth at Epcot, Hollywood Tower Hotel at Hollywood Studios and the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom.

At the Magic Kingdom, a night time show called "Disney Enchantment" features music, enhanced lighting, fireworks and immersive projection effects from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.

Meanwhile, why not immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away for a few days staying in the anticipated Star Wars hotel 

Disney World in Florida is turning the big 5-0, but the resort isn't letting its age slow it down. Walt Disney World Resort announced a slew of new events, scheduled to begin October 1, in honour of the park's 50th anniversary.