If you’re visiting Walt Disney World in 2024, then take a look at this quick guide for what you need to know before you go. Starting with park visits on Jan. 9, 2024, theme park reservations will no longer be required for date-based tickets.
Do You NEED a Disney Park Pass Reservation in 2024?
Yes, through January 8, 2024, a Park Pass Reservation is required, in addition to your valid park ticket for entrance into any Walt Disney World Park. ALL guests will need a reservation AND a ticket. It is essential 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. 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.
Disney Park Pass Reservations are no longer required for date-based tickets starting January 9, 2024.
Starting with park visits on Jan. 9, 2024, theme park reservations will no longer be required for date-based tickets. You heard that right! When getting your ticket, you will simply select a start date for Jan. 9, 2024 or later, complete your purchase and then you will be all set! For reference, date-based tickets are the standard ticket option we offer to guests. For other admission types, including non-dated tickets, theme park reservations may be required to help us continue managing attendance and delivering a great experience for everyone. You can check which admission types require park reservations by visiting DisneyWorld.com/ThemeParkReservations before you purchase.
Do You NEED a Disney Park Pass Reservation in 2024 if You’re an Annual Passholder?
Yes, with the exception of Good to Go Days, it appears as if Disney will still require that Annual Passholders have park pass reservations in 2024, if they do not have date-based tickets. For Annual Passholders and Cast Members Good To Go Days Will Not Require Park Pass Reservations. But, other days will.
In 2024, we plan to offer select days on which our Annual Passholders* and Disney cast members may visit Walt Disney World theme parks without needing a park reservation. Once introduced, we will roll out these good-to-go days on an ongoing basis. This will be in addition to the recent update which offers Passholders the opportunity to visit the theme parks after 2 p.m. without needing a park reservation, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom Park. Good-to-go days may vary by park, and pass block out dates and capacity limitations continue to apply like they do today. Please stay tuned for more details on good-to-go days.
Who can make Disney Park Pass Reservations?
- Disney Resort Guests
- Existing Ticket Holders
- Annual Passholders
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.
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 you and everyone on your Friends and Family List
- It’s important that EVERYONE in your travel party be on 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. If you have this issue, 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?
Starting January 9, 2024 guests with valid date-based tickets no longer need a park pass reservation.
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. Disney Resort guests nor Annual Passholders are not guaranteed park access with simply a hotel reservation and a pass.
Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.