Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Lucky you. But before you go, make sure you make a reservation using the Disney Park Pass Reservation System. Here are some tips on How to Make Park Reservations at Disney World.
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How to Make Park Reservations at Disney World
Park reservations have always been an option at Disney parks but have become much more popular and required to enter the park since Disney parks have re-opened after the 2020 shut down due to Covid.
Making a reservation is always a great idea because it guarantees your spot coming into the park. Currently, it is required for any guests age 3 years or older to not only have a park reservation but also a valid ticket of admission for the same day in order to enter a park, this is to comply with current limited capacity requirements. Not sure how to make your reservation? No need to be worried, today we are going to be walking through just how to do that!
Guaranteeing Park Availability
The first step to making your reservations is ensuring that there is availability to the park that you want to visit when.you want to do so. Disney has an online reservation system that will list availability.
Available dates are broken up into three different types of ticket purchases, these include open availability for tickets to the park, tickets for guests that are staying on Disney property or have booked a vacation package, and finally tickets for those hold annual passes.
When viewing the availability calendar you may see a couple of things, the date will be colored in green meaning that all parks are available for reservation, yellow meaning some of the parks may be available for reservation but 1 or more parks are fully booked, or grey meaning all parks are booked solid for that day. You can find park availability here.
Making Your Disney World Theme Park Reservations
In order to secure reservations, you must first purchase tickets. You can purchase tickets online at Disneyworld.com, be sure to link your tickets to your Disney account by logging into your My Disney Experience account. Don’t have one?
Be sure to create one! Having a My Disney Experience account is a great way to keep all of your Disney trip information in one spot. Once you have purchased tickets, be sure to secure your park reservation as well.
Reservations can be changed or modified at a later date if necessary, just be sure that if you do need to make changes that you ensure that your new date is available before cancelling or modifying your current reservation.
All members of your party must have their reservation linked. When you book your reservations, the system will prompt you to list all of the members of your party. Having your party linked makes things run so much smoother, especially when it comes to dining reservations, fast passes, and utilizing add ons such as the Disney Memory Maker.
How Long Will Disney Reservations be Required?
Although we don’t know for certain how long reservations will be required to enter the park, at this time the park reservation system is available through Mid January 2023 so at this time it doesn’t appear that it will be going anywhere any time soon.
Is Park Hopping Allowed?
When Disney World first re-opened the park hopper option was not available at all. Today the park hopper option has returned with just a couple limitations. Guests are still required to have a reservation to enter the first park of their day.
Currently park hopper hours start at 2:00 pm which means guests must start by visiting their reserved park first and then after 2:00 pm you are then able to utilize the park hopper option.
Disney Dining Reservations
Although not required, I highly recommend making dining reservations for your trip as well. At least when it comes to the table services restaurants of course. Some of the most popular dining options for reservation include the Be Our Guest restaurant and Cinderella’s Royal Table. Dining reservations are a great idea if you want to avoid long wait times and lines for dining.
What are Your Thoughts on the Disney Park Pass Reservation System?
Feel free to share your thoughts below on the Disney World Park Reservation system. Do you like the system and think it should stay in place? Or are you ready for the park to be put back to fully capacity and return to normal park guidelines?
If you are not a fan of the park reservation system, I hate to say that I think it’s hanging around for quite some time. If you are planning a Disney World trip, remember park reservations are required at this time. I hope that this guide has helped you to know just what to do when you need to book your reservations. Have a Magical trip!