Since reopening the parks back in June of 2020, the Walt Disney World Resort has implemented a new Park Pass Reservation system. Park Pass Reservations were started to control attendance in the parks. With limited cast members and the need for social distancing, Disney needed a way to manage park capacity. It seemed that this Park Pass Reservation system would only stay in place until Disney World could operate at full capacity. But it looks like Park Passes are here to stay.
Disney World’s Park Pass Reservation System
So what is a Park Pass Reservation? A Park Pass Reservation allows you to enter the park of your choice on each day of your trip. This allows Disney to track the number of guests that will be in the park for that day. Park capacities are limited so it is best to make your Park Pass Reservation soon after you purchase your park tickets. Depending on events happening at Disney World and holidays, Park Reservations can reach their limit for attendance weeks prior. As Disney World increases park capacity this has become less of an issue. I am writing this the week before Thanksgiving 2021, most Park Pass Reservations are gone for the week of Thanksgiving with a few exceptions. However, the two weeks around Christmas still have openings at most of the parks.
Can I change my Park Pass Reservations? Technically, yes. You will have to cancel your current Park Pass Reservation and rebook a new one. There may be the option to modify your Park Pass Reservation (some people have reported this comes up as an option in the My Disney Experience app) but this seems to only be available on select days. You can change your Park Pass Reservation for one day or for your entire trip. If there is availability, you can even change your Park Pass Reservation the day of your visit.
Before You Make Park Pass Reservations
- Make sure you qualify to make reservations for the days you want to visit. Availability varies for guests with tickets, annual passes, and Disney resort reservations.
- Check the Theme Park Availability Calendar to see availability
- Have a My Disney Experience Account — go Here to make one
- Link your resort reservation and/or tickets in your My Disney Experience account
- make a profile for every person in your party
- Each person in your party must have a valid park admission linked to their profile
How to Make Park Pass Reservations
Making Park Pass Reservations
- Create a My Disney Experience account
-Create or sign in to your existing My Disney Experience account — see link above
-Link your tickets to your Disney account -each person in your party must have a valid ticket linked to their profile
-If you have a Disney resort reservation be sure to link it to your Disney account as well.
- Create your party
-Create your party from your Friends and Family list
– Select the family and friends you’d like to include, then select “Continue”.
-Don’t see someone in your travel party? Select “Add a Guest” to include them.
-If you are staying in a Disney Resort or other select hotel with a package that includes tickets, everyone in your party must also have a hotel reservation.
If this varies, you will need to make separate Disney Park Pass reservations.
- Select a Date and Park
-Select a Date: View a calendar and choose one of the available dates for your visit.
-Select a Theme Park: Park hours will be displayed for your convenience.
-Select a Time: This is the time that you can visit the park.
- Review and Confirm your plans
-If you need to make any changes, select “Back” to revise your selections.
-Before confirming, you’ll need to agree to the Terms & Conditions, including the COVID-19 liability waiver. Then, select “Confirm” to complete your park reservation.
-Once confirmed, your reservation will appear in My Plans in your My Disney Experience account.
-As a reminder, if you have a multi-day ticket, you will be required to make a park reservation for each date of your visit.
New reservation(s) will appear in My Plans—both online and in the My Disney Experience app.
If you need to cancel a reservation, view your daily itinerary in My Plans, then select “Reservation Details”.