The Disney Park Pass System is a new online tool that allows guests to make reservations to visit the four Walt Disney World theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Introduced as part of new safety measures to limit guest capacity in order to promote physical distancing upon Walt Disney World’s reopening, the Disney Park Pass System enables guests with valid theme park admission to make the required reservations to enter a theme park.
Park Reservation Eligibility
The Disney Park Pass System is open to guests with valid theme park admission. The number of park reservations guests can hold at one time varies as follows:
- Disney Resort and other select hotel Guests with valid theme park admission may make reservations for their length of stay. (Select hotels include Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, Shades of Green Resort, Four Seasons Resort Orlando, and Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels.)
- Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can make reservations for up to 3 days at a time (or for their length of stay if booked at a Disney Resort or select hotel).
- Existing ticket holders can make reservations for the number of days for which they have valid admission. (Note that sales of 2020 tickets and Resort hotel bookings will resume later in the summer of 2020 — an exact date has yet to be announced. Be advised that guests will be able to view theme park availability BEFORE making a ticket purchase.)
Walt Disney World theme parks will see a phased reopening with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, 2020, followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15th. Reservations are available for booking through September 26, 2021 for eligible ticket holders.
Disney Park Pass System Step-By-Step
Disney has provided the following steps-at-a-glance for this new system.
Step 1: Link Your Valid Theme Park Admission to Your Disney Account
Guests will need to create or login to their Disney Account. (You can begin the process here.) This allows guests to access the My Disney Experience online planning tools.
Guests (and everyone in their party) will need to link their valid admission to their account (and Disney Resort hotel booking, if applicable) following the prompts in My Disney Experience.
Step 2: Create Your Party in Your Disney Account
As you start to make a reservation, you’ll be prompted to Create Your Party from your existing Family & Friends list.
Select any friends who will be joining you on your reservation, then “Continue.” (You can choose to Add a Guest to include additional guests with valid theme park admission.)
Step 3: Select the Date and Park You Wish to Visit
Upon creating your party, you will see prompts to:
- Select a date from the available options on the calendar
- Select the theme park you wish to visit
- Select a Time to arrive at the theme park
Note that, though guests will need to select an Arrival Window, it is possible (as you can see in the screenshot above) that you may receive an unlimited window and be permitted to enter the park at any time during its operating hours. This, however, is not guaranteed.
Remember, dates and theme parks will be limited and subject to availability.
Step 4: Confirm Your Plans
Review your plans, and select “Confirm.” Note that you will need to agree to the Terms & Conditions in order to confirm. (If you’d like to make changes, you’ll have the chance to select “Back” to modify your selections.)
Upon confirmation, your theme park reservation will appear under “My Plans” in your My Disney Experience account.
You will also have the opportunity to “Make Another Reservation,” if you wish and are eligible.
Conversely, if you wish to cancel your reservation, you will be able to view your reservation under “My Plans” and select “Reservation Details” to proceed.
Step 5: Enjoy the Magic*
(*We added this step!)
Checking Park Availability
Here is a handy additional feature: guests are able to view park availability before making their reservation… and even prior to purchasing tickets!
The availability calendar is posted for viewing on the Walt Disney World website. Disney allows guests to filter the availability view by booking eligibility (at least, in this opening phase of the system), and also provides a key so guests can see:
1. If Some, All, or No Parks are available through the month at a glance; and
2. Availability of specific parks on an exact date (as seen under “Parks with Available Reservations”).
- Guests will only be able to select and visit one theme park per day — at least initially — under the Disney Park Pass System. (Guests will not be able to “Park Hop,” and you can read more about that here.)
- Reservations are not guaranteed until they are finalized, and are limited and subject to availability.
- Guests who have a multi-day ticket will be required to make a park reservation for each date of their visit.
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