UPDATED September 1, 2021: On June 22, 2020, Disney World instituted the Disney World Park Pass reservation system. These reservations are designed to control crowd levels at each of the four Disney World theme parks. Since this is a new step in Disney World planning, I’m sharing our tips for making Disney World theme park reservations for your next Disney World vacation.
Check The Disney World Park Pass Availability Calendar
Before booking your Disney World vacation, first check the Disney World Park Pass availability calendar. There are three different pools of park reservations: Resort Guests, Annual Passholders, and Theme Park Ticket Guests. Each group has their own park reservation availability.
Choose your group and the calendar indicates green for availability at all four Disney World theme parks, yellow for some park availability, or gray if no parks are available for that date. The reservation system is currently accepting park reservations through January 2023.
Link Your Information In My Disney Experience
Guests need a Disney My Experience account plus valid park ticket, annual pass, or park ticket linked to a Disney World resort stay to make park pass reservations. Link your Disney World park tickets and resort stay to your My Disney Experience account before trying to make a reservation.
How Do I Make A Disney World Park Pass Reservation?
Once you are on the Park Pass reservation system, first choose your planning party, and then choose your preferred park date. After picking a date the calendar shows which parks have availability for that day.
Pick your preferred park and choose an arrival time. Right now the only arrival time windows are shown as “park open to close”. Then confirm your Disney World Park Pass reservation after agreeing to the terms and conditions, including a COVID-19 liability waiver.
The flow of the reservation system is very similar to making FastPass reservations in the past.
Can I Cancel A Disney World Park Pass Reservation?
Yes, access your Park Pass reservations through “My Plans” on the My Disney Experience app or website. If you click “view details” on the reservation there is an option to cancel your reservation.
Unfortunately, there is no way to change a park reservation without cancelling the one you currently hold. I recommend confirming there is availability at another park before cancelling a current park reservation.
Our Experience Using The Disney World Park Pass Reservation System
The first day the system went live it took us two hours and two devices to make our park reservations. Now that the system has been in place for several months making Disney World Park pass reservations is extremely simple.
Disney World Annual Passholders are able to book 3 to 5 Disney World Park pass reservations without a resort stay. The number of park reservations is based on Annual Pass type. Passholders staying on-site can book park reservations equal to the length of their Disney resort stay plus 3 to 5 days.
Disney Resort Guests can book Disney World Park pass reservations equal to the number of days they have a valid theme park ticket during their stay.
Guests with day tickets, but who are not staying on-site, can make reservations equal to the number of days of valid theme park admission.
Final Thoughts On The Disney World Park Pass Reservation System
It seems the Disney World park pass reservation system is here to stay. Despite some initial difficulties, the park pass reservation system is easy to use after setting up a My Disney experience profile. Although the Disney World park reservation system takes away some flexibility, the return of park hopping helps with this limitation.
Need help planning your Disney World vacation? Check out our planning timeline for every step of planning a great Disney World trip.
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