Oh hoppy day — the magic has returned! After a temporary closure due to COVID-19, Walt Disney World Resort reopened its theme parks, starting with Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Animal Kingdom July 11, followed by EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios July 15. If you wish to visit the parks between reopening and Sept. 21, 2021, you will need valid admission AND to make a reservation using this new Disney Park Pass System! This post will walk you through all of the key details you need to know to reserve your spot at Walt Disney World Resort!
If you're anything like us, we were so hopping excited to get back to Walt Disney World Resort. To smell Main Street, USA and the Pirates of the Caribbean water. To savor a churro, Dole Whip, popcorn or anything Mickey-shaped. To see magical landmarks such as Cinderella Castle, the Tree of Life, Spaceship Earth and the Millennium Falcon ahead of us. To board that runaway train, take the wildest ride in the wilderness and ride on the back of a banshee. And, of course, to blow a big ole kiss at Mickey Mouse. We'd like to think that Disney missed us (and you!) too! Making a reservation using the new Disney Park Pass System is the first step in hopping back into the magic we've missed so much.
Who Needs to Make Disney Park Pass Reservations?
Short answer: everyone!
Disney has set aside a limited number of Park Pass reservations for three separate groups: Guests with Disney Resort hotel reservations, guests with theme park tickets and annual passholders.
Park reservations will be available through Sept. 26, 2021, based on your resort stay and ticket eligibility or ticket eligibility window. If you've booked a vacation package through Disney, your ticket eligibility is tied to your package's travel dates. To make a park reservation for a different date, you'll have to modify your vacation package dates. All guests are now able to book new Disney Resort hotels and Walt Disney World theme park tickets, and make their park reservations for arrivals starting in 2020 as the phased reopening continues.
What to Know Before You Make Your Disney World Reservation
With safety a top priority, you'll find some new policies in place at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney will require masks and temperature checks, among other new health and safety measures, including limiting capacity in parks, on attractions, on transportation and in restaurants. Disney has also canceled all existing FastPass+ and dining reservations through the end of 2020. (Here are full details about health and safety policies for Disney World's reopening.) Before you make your Disney World reservation, there are a few important things to remember:
- Initially, this system was limited to those who already had valid theme park admission (guests with existing hotel reservations and tickets, annual passholders with existing hotel reservations, guest with existing tickets and annual passholders have made their initial three reservations). Now, the system is open to the general public.
- Linking your tickets to My Disney Experience does not void Undercover Tourist's return policy.
- Reservations are limited and subject to availability and not guaranteed until a reservation is finalized.
- At this time, guests will be able to select only one park per day. Visiting more than one park per day, aka park hopping, will be temporarily unavailable due to attendance limitations.
- A park reservation must be made for each day of entry. If you have a multi-day ticket, you must make a park reservation for each day of your visit.
- If you have previously linked your theme park tickets or hotel information in My Disney Experience, we recommend that you log in and double-check that the information looks correct in the system.
- If you have not already linked your hotel reservation or tickets in My Disney Experience, you'll want to make sure they are linked ASAP. They are required before you can make a reservation in the new system.
- Annual passholders without a hotel reservation are limited to three park passes at a time. Once you use a park pass, you may obtain a new one.
- Guests ages 3 and under do not need a Park Pass.
- You can view a Disney Park Pass Availability calendar here.
Step-by-Step Guide to Using the Disney Park Pass System
1. Register or sign in to StartYourDisneyExperience.com and link your admission.
If you haven't already, you will need to register for an account at StartYourDisneyExperience.com and then link your park admission. (If you've already linked your tickets in My Disney Experience, you'll just need to log in to My Disney Experience and navigate to Disney Park Pass System.)
2. Create your party.
Then, create your Family and Friends list for your travel party. You’ll need this to assign tickets to them and to make theme park reservations a little later. (If you've used My Disney Experience in the past to make FastPass+ parties and reservations, you'll find the process very similar.)
3. Select a date and park.
Choose the date and the theme park that you'd like to visit.
You'll also be asked to select a time.
4. Review and confirm your plans.
That's it! You'll be able to see your Park Passes in My Plans in My Disney Experience at any time. We'll continue to update this guide as we learn more details, so don't froget to hop back!
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