After a temporary closure due to COVID-19, Walt Disney World Resort reopened its theme parks with new procedures in place. To maintain physical distancing, the resort limited capacity within its parks, instituting a new park reservation system to manage daily attendance. Disney just extended the ticket reservation window to Jan. 14, 2022, so the park reservation system is sticking around longer than expected. And in hopping news (literally!), Disney announced today that park hopping would return starting Jan. 1, 2021. We've got the full details below, but the bottom line is if you wish to visit the parks before Jan. 14, 2022, you will need valid admission AND a Disney Park Pass reservation for the same park on the same day.
As more people are now hopping back to the parks, including the last few months of this year and into early 2021, it's especially important to make park reservations ASAP. The first step is to purchase tickets. With park hopping returning, guests with Park Hopper tickets (or annual passes that include the option) will again be able to hop around multiple theme parks in the same day. This post will walk you through all of the specifics so you can reserve your spot at Walt Disney World Resort!
All of the Details on Disney's Park Pass Reservation System
As mentioned above, Disney limited capacity in its parks when it reopened, initially capped at 25 percent. As more people are returning to the parks, capacity has increased to 35 percent. While capacity remains open at most parks most days, as of this writing, Disney's Hollywood Studios is hitting its limits. In fact, for some of November and the week of Christmas in December, it has already hit capacity. The same goes for Magic Kingdom, where guests are eager to hop to take in the park's holiday festivities. What this means is that if you're planning to visit the parks before the end of the year or in early 2021, we highly recommend you purchase your tickets AND make your park reservations NOW.
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- You can see current park availability when purchasing.
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- Once you receive your E-ticket or physical ticket IDs, we suggest linking your ticket straight away to My Disney Experience and making your theme park reservation. (If you prefer physical tickets, we will provide your ticket numbers in advance of shipping.)
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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 Jan. 14, 2022, 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 as Disney World's 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+ 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 who had made their initial three theme park 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.
- Prior to Jan. 1, 2021, guests will be able to visit one park per day.
- After Jan. 1, 2021, if your ticket or pass includes the Park Hopper option, you will only need a Disney Park Pass reservation for the first park you wish to enter. Once you've entered the first park for the day, you are able to hop to another park at 2 p.m. (though entry is still subject to capacity limits). More on this below!
- 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. (In other words, it's a rolling pass count — three park reservations at any given time.)
- Guests ages 2 and under do not need a Park Pass.
- You can view a Disney Park Pass Availability calendar here.
- If you are looking to reserve in-park dining, you will also need a Disney Park Pass reservation for the same park, on the same day; a dining reservation does not guarantee you entry to the park. (If, for example, you'd like to dine at Hollywood & Vine at Disney's Hollywood Studios, you'd also need a valid ticket and Disney Park Pass, all for the same day as your dining reservation.)
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. Right now, you'll be shown an "arrive between" window, which are the park's operating hours for the day.
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.
How Will Park Hopping Work with the Disney Park Pass Reservation System?
Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the Park Hopper option will be back, with some slight modifications. Guests with passes or tickets that include the Park Hopper option must make a Disney Park Pass reservation for the first park they plan to visit and enter that first park prior to visiting another. At this time, a park reservation is not required after the first park (but this is subject to change, so stay tuned!) Additionally, there will be specific Park Hopper hours. Park Hopper hours will start at 2 p.m. each day and end at the park's scheduled close time. Be sure to check DisneyWorld.com/ParkHours and the My Disney Experience app for the most up-to-date Park Hopper hours, as they could start earlier at a later date depending on the day and park. Entry will still be subject to capacity limits, so it'll be especially important to check My Disney Experience before you make the jump!
We are so excited to park hop again! If you've spent your day hopping around Fantasyland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland and Adventureland, but want to cap off your day with a drink or dinner at EPCOT, a Park Hopper you to do so! Perhaps you weren't able to snag a park reservation for Disney's Hollywood Studios — the return of the Park Hopper would give you the option to travel to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge later in the day, after you've visited your first park. More options, more magic — count us in!
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