Disney World just shared that their new Park Pass Reservation System will open to guests with existing reservations on June 22nd.
The Park Pass System will help manage park attendance for the foreseeable future as the Disney parks reopen with limited capacity caps in place (Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11th, and Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will reopen on July 15th). All guests will need a Park Pass reservation on top of their valid park entry to enter any Disney World theme park.
Let’s take a look at how this new system will work. Check out ALL the details and a TUTORIAL below!
Disney World Theme Park Pass Reservation System Details
The Park Pass System is an online tool to help guests with making their park reservations. Again, ALL GUESTS with a valid ticket for entry will also require an advance Park Pass reservation to enter the park. To enter a park, valid entry and a park reservation are required for the same park on the same date for each person in your group ages three and up.
Keep in mind that you are limited to one park per day with the reservation system at this time. Visiting more than one park per day will be temporarily unavailable during the reopening phase due to attendance limitations.
Note also that a separate reservation will be required for each day in a theme park. If you have a multi-day ticket, you will need a reservation for each day of your ticket.
Reservations are subject to availability and are NOT guaranteed until a reservation is finalized. Disney recommends that you make your theme park reservations as soon as you purchase your tickets, as availability is subject to change until your reservation is finalized.
Important Dates To Note
The Park Pass System will open to guests in phases.
Existing Ticket Holders
The following are the need-to-know dates for guests with existing hotel reservations, and current ticket holders:
- Disney Resort and other select hotel Guests with valid theme park admission can make reservations beginning June 22nd.
- Annual Passholders without an already-booked Resort Hotel stay can make reservations beginning June 26th.
- Existing ticket holders can make reservations beginning June 28th.
Note that if you booked a vacation package, your eligibility is tied to your travel dates. To make a theme park reservation for a different date, you’ll need to modify the dates on your vacation package.
At this time, reservations will be available through September 26th, 2021, based on your room reservation and ticket eligibility. If you have a room-only reservation but do not have valid tickets, call the Disney Reservation Center at (407) 939-1936 or your travel agent beginning June 24th to upgrade your package to one with tickets. You will then be able to make theme park reservations.
Those Booking a New Vacation
New hotel reservations and ticket sales are currently on hold, but new vacation bookings will open up again soon. On June 28th, all guests will be able to purchase new Disney Resort hotel packages and theme park tickets and make their park reservations for arrivals in 2021. Guests will be able to see theme park reservation availability BEFORE making ticket purchases.
For 2020 arrivals, new reservations and ticket sales will resume later this summer based on the availability of park reservations.
Now, let’s walk through the four-step Park Pass reservation process.
Step 1: Link your admission tickets to your Disney account.
You’ll need to make sure that your existing park admission is linked to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account. If you do not have an MDE account you will need to make one at DisneyWorld.com. Use your account dashboard and confirmation numbers to link your park admission ticket numbers (these are usually listed on the back of the ticket) and Disney Resort hotel reservation to your MDE account.
Make sure that each person in your party has their valid admission linked. Your tickets and hotel stays must be linked so that the Park Pass system recognizes your ticket eligibility.
Step 2: Create your party.
Similar to the process when you make a Fastpass+ or Advance Dining Reservations, you will need to specify your travel party. When you begin to make your reservation, you’ll be prompted to create a party from your Family & Friends list. If anyone is not listed on your Family & Friends list, you can “Add a Guest” to include them on the reservation. (Note that in order to include other adults on the reservation, they may need to have a My Disney Experience account that’s been linked as a “friend” or “family” to yours. You can set this up before you make your theme park reservation.)
Be sure to make profiles for kids in your group ages three and up as well. Parents can manage their children’s profiles via the My Disney Experience app or website.
Your reservation party must consist of valid admission holders. Depending on your admission type, you may need to make more than one Park Pass reservation for your party. If you are staying in a Disney Resort or other eligible hotel with a ticket package, you’ll need to make sure that everyone has a hotel reservation. If not, you will need to make different Park Pass reservations.
Step 3: Select a date and park.
After your party is selected, you will be prompted to specify the reservation date you’d like to visit based on availability. You’ll be able to choose a date via a calendar, choose a theme park, and choose a time for your visit.
Step 4: Review and confirm your plans.
Before finalizing your reservation, make sure that you carefully review your selected park and dates. From the confirmation page, you can select “Back” if you need to make any changes.
To confirm, you will need to agree to the Terms & Conditions, including the COVID-19 liability waiver. Then, select “Confirm” to complete your park reservation. Once confirmed, your reservations will be listed in “My Plans” on your MDE account.
From there, you can select “Make Another Reservation” to continue planning. If you need to cancel a reservation, you can view it in “My Plans” and select “Reservation Details.” Other than that, you’re finished! You’ve made a reservation for entry into the Disney theme parks.
For more information about what YOU need in a reopened Disney World, take a look at this video!
If you have any questions about the new system, feel free to drop us a line in the comments. We will do our best to answer them. As always, you can count on us to bring you the latest updates about the reopening of Walt Disney World.
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