As Disney Parks work towards allowing guests to safely be in the parks, a new reservation system has emerged. The Disney Park Pass is now required for anyone visiting Walt Disney World. And we expect a similar system to be in place for Disneyland guests soon. From How to Make Disney Park Pass Reservations to how long we can expect this change at Disney, read on. We’ll be sharing all the tips, and everything you need to know about the new Disney reservation system.
Do You NEED a Disney Park Pass Reservation?
Yes. For entrance into any Walt Disney World Park ALL guests will need a reservation AND a ticket. It is important while you’re doing your Disney vacation planning that you consider which parks are best for which days, because you will only be able to choose one park per day.
There is No Park Hopper Ticket available for any vacations from now until at least September 26, 2021. For this reason, check out our Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World post to get a handle on which days are generally best in each park.
Who can make Disney Park Pass Reservations?
- Disney Resort Guests
- Existing Ticket Holders
- Annual Passholders
Guests with existing tickets and Annual Passholders are provided the opportunity to make park reservations for 2020 dates. Walt Disney World Annual Passholders are only able to make up to park pass reservations for up to 3 days at a time, and many perks of having the pass will not be available through this time. Read all the annual passholder rules for park reservations.
When can you Buy Tickets to Disney World for 2020?
Disney announced that starting Late Summer, they will begin to open up the opportunity to buy Disney Tickets and reserve Resort stays. This is heavily, HEAVILY, dependent on the state of health in Florida. This is also not a guaranteed statement by Walt Disney World, and also dependent on Walt Disney World Capacity Levels
When can you Buy Tickets to Disney World for 2021?
Starting June 28, 2020 ALL guests are able to purchase new Disney Resort packages and Tickets, for arrivals beginning in 2021. As parks and potentially resorts will be operating at limited capacity, it is important to get your ticket, resort or package requests in as soon as you can. Booking a Disney package usually requires a $200 deposit. So be aware of the cancellation policy as we go through these strange times. Things seem to change daily so check out Disney’s cancellation policy here, if you need to.
Also be aware that the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World is starting in 2021. Potentially in August, ahead of the official anniversary date of October 1, 2021. Be aware that even given the current climate, this time of year will be busy if park capacity allows it. And we figure both tickets and rooms will sell out fast. Check out everything happening for Disney’s 50th Anniversary here.
How to Make Disney Park Pass Reservations
Since everyone who plans to visit Walt Disney World will be using this system, it’s important to note that at times you can expect the system to be slower, or may have to wait in a “waiting room” to get access. Never fear. At one point you will get in to make your reservations. To get started you can go to the Make a Disney Park Pass Reservation page to get started and learn about how it works. We will also walk you through it here, hopefully to help make this process simpler.
You can start your Park Pass reservation on the Create Your Party page. This is not available in the My Disney Experience App. But you can access the website on your phone to access that way if you’re on the go.
Steps to Make a Disney Park Pass Reservation
- Go to the Create Your Party page
- You will be prompted to sign in
- The next screen will show yourself and everyone on your Friends and Family List
- It’s important that EVERYONE in your travel party be in your Friends and Family List in order for you to make reservations for everyone. You can make selections for up to 8 guests.
- Choose your travel party
- You will then be shown a calendar with dates available. Have your Disney vacation dates close by and work through each day to choose which park you want for each day.
- You do this by scrolling a little down on the page to see which park is available for the day you have chosen. Click on the picture of the park you choose.
- Once your date is assigned you’ll be brought to a confirmation page.
- On the bottom right hand of the page you will see a “Make another Reservation” button, which will allow you to make additional reservations for all your vacation dates until you are done.
- When done, click complete reservations
- And double check your My Disney Experience account to make sure all the reservations show up. They will show up in the app for anyone you included in your party on the first screen.
Note: We did experience a glitch involving guests that had both a Disney Package and a Disney Annual Pass on their accounts. This is a tactic we personally use to take advantage of package offers like Free Dining. If you are in this same situation, you may hit some barriers when attempting to reserve your park pass. Simply reach out to Disney via chat or email, so they can separate your account tickets and allow you to make the reservation.
How Long will Disney Park Pass Reservations Last?
Park reservations are available through September 26, 2021, based Disney Guest resort stay and ticket eligibility or ticket eligibility window. So it will be a good idea to get familiar with the system and how it works as we will all be using it through the next year.
Disney Park Pass Reservations
As a reminder Disney park reservations are REQUIRED alongside a valid Park Ticket. You must have both in order to enter a Disney Park from now until September 26, 2021. Disney Resort guests nor Annual Passholders are not guaranteed park access with simply a hotel reservation and a pass. Hopefully this process will continue to get easier as Disney works out the kinks in the opening months of the parks. Hang in there. We’re all in this together;)