How Walt Disney World’s Reopening Affects Passholders

Listen up, Annual Passholders. There’s a lot to know when it comes to Walt Disney World’s reopening.

Even for Passholders, we have to relearn the parks, the system, and so much more. We might be used to going every day to the parks, but, guess what? That’s not going to happen now.

One of the major things APs need to recognize is that we aren’t guaranteed park entry just because we have an annual pass.

The reopening of the parks will affect Passholders greatly. Here’s everything you need to know.

Can I make hotel reservations?

Yes, you can make hotel bookings.

Guests wishing to book a hotel package (resort and tickets) for arrivals starting in 2022 can do so now. Guests can also view park reservation availability prior to purchasing their tickets.

Can I enter the parks whenever I want?

Everyone who wants entry must have valid theme park admission (a ticket or an annual pass) and a park reservation.

Due to limited park capacity, it might be difficult for APs to get park reservations on certain dates. It’s important for Passholders to make sure their pass is valid (do you have blockout dates?) for park entry before making a park reservation.

Re: the Disney Park Pass system: Annual Passholders staying at select Disney Resort or other select hotels with valid theme park admission can make them park reservations for each day of their stay(s), AND in addition, APs can also make park reservations for up to 3 days at a time on a rolling basis. Once you use a theme park reservation, you can make another reservation for a future date.

Can I renew my pass?

Yes, current Passholders can still renew their passes. However, new annual pass sales are temporarily on hold.

Will I receive a pass extension when the park reservation system ends?

No, you will not. But, four months (the time the parks were closed), along with an additional month will be added on for those who choose not to cancel their passes.

Scroll down for more details on extensions and refunds for APs who paid in full compared to those on the monthly payment plan.

Photo of Walt Disney World Annual Passholder entrance at Animal Kingdom

What about AP benefits?

Some AP benefits and features are not available during periods of limited capacity.

What about the Epcot After 4 p.m. pass?

Seeing as park hours are currently reduced,  Epcot After 4 p.m. Passholders can now enter the park starting at 2 p.m. on dates when the park closes at 7 p.m. Remember that you still need to make a park reservation to enter. 

What if I have an Annual Pass with water park access?

Blizzard Beach reopened on March 7, 2021 (Typhoon Lagoon currently remains closed). At this time, you only need valid water park admission for entry. A park reservation isn’t needed.

Note that Water Parks Annual Passes and 1-Day Water Park Tickets sales will resume at a later date. Water Parks and Water Parks After 2 Annual Passes active at the time the Water Parks were closed will be automatically extended for the period both Water Parks were closed.

If you currently have tickets that include the Park Hopper Plus Option or Water Park and Sports Option, here’s what you need to know:

  • You can use your current date-based ticket with the existing add-on options at other experiences available during your visit.
  • Tickets, as well as Disney Resort hotel packages with tickets, may be modified by calling (407) 934-7639.
  • If you don’t want to use your ticket, you can cancel your ticket or package by calling (407) 566-4985.
  • For those who have unused, unexpired 1-Day Disney Water Park tickets, usage will automatically be extended through Dec. 31, 2021.
  • You can also cancel your ticket or if you can’t visit by Dec. 31, 2021, you can apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date. If you choose this option, call (407) 939-2732.

Important: At this time, you can also purchase new tickets that include the Park Hopper Plus Option or Water Park and Sports Option for admission March 7 and later.

Check out my complete Walt Disney World Reopening Guide for other details.

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