On June 22, 2020, Disney World instituted the Disney World park pass reservation system. Originally designed as a way to control crowd levels after reopening, it seems Disney World park reservations are now simply part of the Disney World planning process. Since Disney World park reservations are a relatively new step, and one people still forget, I’m sharing our tips for making Disney World theme park reservations for your next 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: Select Resort Hotels, Annual Passes, 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 Disney World park reservation system is accepting park reservations through January 2024. This extension into January 2024 indicates this system is here to stay so it’s important to know how it works.
Link Your Information In My Disney Experience
Guests need a Disney World 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?
Access the Disney Park Pass Reservation System from the My Disney Experience drop down menu or directly through this page. Choose either Theme Park Ticket or Annual Pass and then whether you are ticket only or have a Disney hotel reservation.
Making Disney World Park Reservations Staying On-Site
If you are a hotel guest, choose “Book a Park Reservation for a Hotel Guest” and then check the box next to your hotel reservation information. Click continue, pick your planning party, and find your preferred park date to see which parks have availability.
After evaluating availability, pick your preferred park and choose an arrival time. Right now the arrival windows are shown as “park open to close”. Finalize your Disney World park reservation after agreeing to the terms and conditions, including a COVID-19 liability waiver.
If your tickets, resort stay, and planning party are linked properly in My Disney Experience the Disney World park reservation system is easy to use.
Making Disney World Park Reservations When Staying Off-Site
Visiting Disney World while staying off-site? The flow is the same as above, except you’ll pick “Book a Park Reservation” instead of “Book a Park Reservation for a Hotel Guest”. Follow the same process for on-site guests and finalize your park reservation.
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 almost two years making Disney World Park pass reservations is extremely simple.
Disney World Annual Passholders are able to book 3 to 5 Disney World park 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 World resort stay plus 3 to 5 days.
Disney Resort Guests can book Disney World park 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
At this time it seems the Disney World park reservation system is here to stay. Despite some initial difficulties, the park pass reservation system is now 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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