Hi everyone! Can you feel that in the air? It’s getting more magical because we are closer to the Disney World theme parks reopening! Today’s post will highlight what you need to know about the new Disney Park Pass System. Let’s get right to it…
#1 Park Ticket and a Reservation Required
First and foremost, you now need a park ticket AND a reservation to visit the Walt Disney World theme parks after reopening. This will allow Disney to control the number of people in each theme park per social distancing guidelines. This makes sense, but the system was off to a fairly rocky start earlier this week during the launch.
Pro Tip #1: Prior to making your Disney Park Reservations, make sure your tickets or Annual Passes as well as Resort Hotel Accommodations are linked to your My Disney Experience account. Check this for every member of your party!
Pro Tip #2: Have a general idea of which park you’d like to visit each day of your vacation (and maybe have a “Plan B” park just in case!). That will make the process go a lot smoother.
#2 Must Use Online
So this confused me at first… You cannot access the Disney Park Pass System through the My Disney Experience app. If you try to do so, the app will redirect you online to the system. After logging in and confirming your linked tickets or passes, a calendar will appear that will allow you to select dates and parks.
As a word of caution, Disney says… “Please note, park reservations are limited in number and subject to availability. Availability can change until the reservation is finalized.” If you find you cannot make reservations during your vacation dates, be sure to call Disney directly and speak to a Cast Member for assistance.
Pro Tip: Buy your park tickets as soon as you make you resort hotel reservations (or together as a vacation package). I’ve heard horror stories of people postponing purchasing tickets and now can’t get any during their resort stay.
#3 No Park Hopping
Currently, Disney is not allowing guests to “hop,” or travel, between the different Disney World theme parks. Thus, you cannot hope to make a reservation for Magic Kingdom and just hop on over to Epcot for dinner later that same day. Whatever park you select, that is the park you can visit for the day. You will be allowed to come and go, but you cannot visit a different theme park in the same day. Disney is hoping to lift the no park hopping restriction as soon as possible!
Pro Tip: Make sure you match your Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) to the park you will be visiting that day!
#4 Important Dates
Another important thing to know about the Disney Park Pass System is that it is accepting reservations through September 2021 (at the time of this posting). That’s right, expect to need a reservation with your park ticket for a llllooonnnggg time! As per Disney’s website, here are the other important dates for using the Park Pass System:
- June 22, 2020, Disney Resort and other select hotel Guests with valid theme park admission can make reservations.
- June 26, 2020, Annual Passholders without a Resort stay can make reservations.
- June 28, 2020, existing ticket holders can make reservations.
#5 Time Frame Reservations
The other thing that was confusing to me is that the Park Pass System makes you select an arrival time. That’s right, you won’t necessary be able to go to the park right at rope drop. I’ve heard there’s a ending time to the daily park reservation, but that likely will not be enforced.
So those are the important things to know about the Disney Park Pass System! What do you think of this new system? Tell me more in the comments below!
Until next time… Cheers!!