Planning a Disney vacation is a bit different since the parks reopened. One of the most important differences is the requirement for a park pass reservation, in addition to your tickets. This is your guide to the Disney Park Pass System.
Park pass reservations are required for your visit to the Disney parks. This includes the parks at both the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort. The process at the Walt Disney World Resort was recently changed and the systems for park pass reservations are now very similar at both destinations. Here, we break down some of the most frequently asked questions about the Disney Park Pass system.
What is a Park Pass Reservation?
At the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disney Park Pass Reservation System was launched in 2020, when the parks reopened after an extended closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The system was launched at the Disneyland Resort in 2021 when the parks reopened.
Originally, the Disney Park Pass Reservation System allowed Disney to adhere to capacity limitations due to Covid-19. It helps regulate park attendance and remains in place as the parks return to full operation. Park pass reservations are made for all guests, ages 3 and over, once they purchase their theme park tickets.
Do I Always Need a Park Pass Reservation?
The short and simple answer to this question is yes! Each guest with a ticket to visit the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks is required to have a park pass reservation. Children under the age of 3 are not required to have a theme park ticket and therefore, do not need a park pass reservation.
It is important to make your park pass reservations as soon as you have your theme park tickets. These reservations are subject to availability. If you are planning to visit during a busier time of the year, it’s especially important to make them early to ensure that there is availability. Your park pass reservations can be easily modified, pending availability, if your plans change. It’s always better to have one and change it.
Do I Need a Park Pass Reservation if I Park Hop?
If you plan to park hop during your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, you need to make a park pass reservation for the first park that you plan to visit each day. Currently, park hopping begins at 2:00 pm each day. Guests are not required to make park pass reservations for more than one park each day.
How Do I Get a Park Pass Reservation?
Once you have your theme park tickets, it’s important to get them linked to your My Disney Experience account. Then, you need to sign into your account from the Walt Disney World Resort website. You cannot make your theme park reservations on the My Disney Experience mobile app – it will direct you to the website.
Sign in to your My Disney Experience account and link your theme park tickets. Go to the “Disney Park Pass System” tab. From there, you can choose your ticket type and travel party. The website will show you how many park passes are available for each member of your travel party.
You will be prompted to select the date of your visit and the theme park.
Confirm your reservation and you are all set!
What do you do if your plans change? Previously, guests had to cancel their current reservation and make a new one. With a recent change to the park pass system, guests can now easily modify their park pass reservations if needed.
This new system is very convenient, making it easy to modify any plans that you have! You can easily check on availability for each park and change as needed, without losing previous plans.
Once you have your park pass reservations set up, you are ready to enjoy the magic!
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