Walt Disney World Park Reservation System

With the reopening of the most magical place on earth comes a brand new Walt Disney World park reservation system.

This means in order to access parks, all guests will need both valid theme park admission and a park reservation to enter.

The purpose of the reservation system is to help maintain a limited capacity. Here’s how the “Disney Park Pass System” works.

When can I make park reservations?

All guests can now book park reservations.

New important update: 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.

NOTE: Park reservations are now available through January 2022 based on your vacation package and ticket eligibility or ticket eligibility window. 

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How does the Disney Park Pass System work?

Those with valid theme park admission (ticket holders and Annual Passholders) are required to make an advanced reservation for park entry.

You must have a My Disney Experience (MDE) account and a valid theme park ticket or AP that’s linked to MDE. If you have a Disney Resort hotel reservation, make sure that’s also linked to MDE!

When it comes time to making reservations, you will also have access to a calendar of available reservation dates for each theme park.

If you’re a multi-day ticket holder, you will make a park reservation for each date of your visit.

Family and friends can link their tickets together in order to arrange theme park entries at the same time.

Note: only guests ages 3 and older need valid theme park admission and a park reservation for entry.

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Here’s a step-by-step process:

Step 1: Link Your Admission to Your Disney Account

  • Sign into your Disney account.
  • If not already done, link your valid admission, along with other members in your party.
  • If you also have a Disney Resort hotel reservation, link that as well.

Step 2: Create Your Party

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You’ll need to create a Family & Friends list prior to making a park reservation.

Once you log into your Disney account, hover over “My Disney Experience” and then click “My Family & Friends.” You’ll then be able to add guests, if needed. They will also need to accept your invitation, which is why this step is so important before booking park reservations.

When it comes time to creating your party for the park reservation, you’ll choose members from your Family & Friends list. Then, hit “continue.”

Now, this is important. Per Disney, “You may need to make more than one Disney Park Pass reservation for your party depending on your admission type. Please make sure your party consists of Annual Passholders or theme park ticket holders.”

And this key bit: If you’re staying in a Disney Resort or other select hotel with a package that includes tickets, then everyone in your party must also have a hotel reservation. If that’s not the case, you will need to make separate Disney Park Pass reservations.

Step 3: Select a Date and Park

Next, you’ll be able to choose a date, theme park, and time of your choosing, depending on availability.

  • Selecting a date: you’ll view a calendar and choose an available date for your visit

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  • Selecting a park: you can choose from any parks that are available

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  • Selecting a time: you will select the arrival window that is listed

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Step 4: Review and Confirm Your Plans

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Finally, you’ll be able to review your selection and confirm the park reservation.

You can select “Back” to make changes, if needed. You will also have to agree to the Terms & Conditions before hitting “Confirm.”

Your completed reservation will show up in “My Plans” in MDE. (You can also cancel a reservation in My Plans by selecting “Reservation Details.”)

To make another park reservation, select “Make Another Reservation” and follow these exact same steps.

Can I park hop?

At this time, park hopping isn’t allowed. That said, Disney is hoping “to bring back the ability to visit more than one park per day soon and will continue to offer these add-ons for 2021 ticket purchases.”

Anyone with existing tickets that include Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus will be able to modify or cancel. Here’s how:

  • You can extend it to Sept. 26, 2021 (park hopping will hopefully return by this time)
  • Starting June 22, guests with Resort Packages that have tickets can modify by calling (407) 934-7639 or cancel your ticket or package by calling (407) 566-4985

Can I purchase new park tickets?

As of July 9, 2020 ticket sales and hotel bookings are open.

Guests wishing to book a hotel package (resort and tickets) for arrivals starting in 2021 can do so now.

Important: Guests will be able to view park reservation availability on the Walt Disney World website prior to purchasing tickets.

 

How many reservations can be held at once?

Disney Resort and other select hotel Guests with valid admission can make theme park reservations for the entire length of their stay.

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 you leave and return to the park?

Yes, you can leave and return to the park you have a reservation for.

How far in advance can reservations be made?

All dates through Sept. 26, 2021 can book park reservations.

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

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