Disney Park Pass System
Disney has implemented a new reservation system, Disney Park Pass, to help control crowd levels. This new reservation system allows Disney to limit capacity in the parks and manage daily attendance. A Park Pass reservation is needed to enter each of Disney World's four theme parks: Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom. Currently Disney's water park, Blizzard Beach, does not require a Disney Park Pass reservation.
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So what does this mean for you?
It means that to enter one the theme parks you will need to have not only valid theme park admission, such as a park ticket or annual pass, but you will also need a Disney Park Pass reservation. Once you have purchased valid them park admission you will have to go onto disneyworld.disney.go to make a reservation.
Before you purchase your tickets you should check the Park Pass reservation calendar to make sure there is availability for the park you plan to visit.
If you have a multi-day ticket you will need to make a Park Pass reservation for each day.
You will want to make sure to book your Disney Park Pass reservations as soon as possible because parks can and do hit capacity. You can change your Park Pass reservation by canceling it and scheduling a new one. If you are unable to book the park you want due to availability keep checking the Park Pass system, park reservations can open up.
Hollywood Studios has been the park to hit capacity the most.
If there is no availability for the park you want keep checking back availability does often open up.
You can change your Park Pass reservations.
Here's How to Get Started
Check Park Availability
Prior to purchasing theme park tickets you can check park availability here. Below is an example of what it looks like.
Notice the tabs at the top Select Resort Hotels, Annual Passes and Theme Park Tickets. There is different park capacity based on which category you fall in to. Make sure you are checking availability for the right category.
Purchase Park Admission
You can purchase admission through Disney online here.
You can not book a Disney Park Pass until after you have a valid ticket or annual pass. If you purchase a multi-day ticket you will need to make a Park Pass for each day you plan to visit.
Booking your Disney Park Pass Reservation
Step 1: Sign In To Your Disney Account
Once you have valid theme park admission you will need to create or sign in to your Disney Account which will allow you access to the My Disney Experience online Planning tools.
Step 2: Confirm Your Admission Is Linked to Your Disney Account
-Confirm that your valid admission is linked to your Disney account. If it’s not, then link it now. If you purchased your admission through Disney online it should already be linked to your account. If you purchased admission through a third party site you will have to link it.
-All Guests in your party must also have valid park admission linked to their profile.
-If you'll be staying at a Disney Resort hotel, confirm that your Disney Resort hotel reservation is linked to your Disney account as well. If it’s not, then link it.
Click on My Disney Experience- My Plans then select Park Tickets
Step 3: Make Your Park Pass Reservation
Click on My Disney Experience- Disney Park Pass System - Select Make A Park Pass Reservation
Step 4: Create Your Party
-Select all of the family and friends that you will be making a Disney Park Pass reservation for. You can add additional guests by clicking the "Add a Guest" tab.
Step 5: Select the Date and Park You Would Like to Visit
Step 6: Review and Confirm Your Plans
-Review and confirm your selection. If you need to make any changes, select "Back" to revise your selections.
-Before confirming, you will need to agree to the terms & conditions, including the Covid-19 liability waiver. Then, select "Confirm" to complete you reservation.
-If you have additional days to schedule reservations for select "Make Another Reservation".
-Once confirmed, your reservation will appear in My Plans, in My Disney Experience.
-If you need to cancel a park reservation, view your daily itinerary in My Plans, then select "Reservation Details".
*Note- If you are unable to book the park you want due to availability keep checking the Park Pass system, park reservations can open up. You can change your Park Pass reservation by canceling it and rescheduling a new one, before you do this make sure to check the park availability calendar.
Park hopping has returned, however there are some changes to how it works.
What is park hopping? park hoping is the ability to visit more than one of Disney World's four theme parks in the same day. With an annual pass or a theme park ticket that includes Park Hopper option you can visit multiple parks in one day.
Below is how park hoping at Disney World currently works:
1. To be able to park hop (visit more than 1 park in a day) you will need a Disney World theme park ticket that has the Park Hopper option or an annual pass.
2. Book a Park Pass reservation for one of the four Disney theme parks for the day you plan to visit.
3. Visit the park you have reserved for the day.
4. At the start of park hopping hours, currently 2 PM, go to any of the other three parks. You don't need a Park Pass reservation for any parks you visit after your first park.
*To park hop you must have a Park Pass reservation for the first park of the day you plan to visit AND you must enter that first park prior to visiting another. You can not just show up at any park after 2pm if you haven't first used a Park Pass reservation to visit your first park.
According to Disney's Website, "The ability to visit another park will be subject to the park’s capacity limitations. In the event that the Park Hopper option is unavailable at a theme park, Guests will be notified in real time via a push notification from the My Disney Experience app". Be sure to install the My Disney Experience App on your phone if you plan to park hop so you will know if there is no availability.
Last Updated 4/20/2021