Disney Park Pass System: When and How to Make Reservations

by | Jun 19, 2020 | WDW Blog, WDW News

Today, detailed information on how the Disney World Ticket Reservation system will function as they move forward with park openings in July. They’re calling this the Disney Park Pass System.

Here’s the timeline for Annual Passholders and guests with valid theme park admission. These guests will receive communication from Disney beginning next week for more information.

When to Make Your Park Reservations:

  • Beginning June 22, 2020: Resort and select hotel guests with existing tickets will be allowed to make their park reservations
  • Beginning June 26, 2020: Annual Passholders, without a resort stay, will be allowed to make park reservations
  • Beginning June 28, 2020: Existing ticket holders (without a Resort reservation) will be allowed to make park reservations

How the Disney Park Pass System Works

This brand new park reservation system, the Disney Park Pass System, will help Disney maintain the number of guests in each park at a time in the most organized way possible.

Annual Passholder Disney Parks Pass System

Annual Passholders and existing ticket holders will have the first chance to get reservations. Photo by Cliff Wang

All guests with valid theme park admission, including Annual Passholders, will be required to make a reservation prior to entering any gate at Disney World.

Reservations are linked through My Disney Experience, so all guests (at least one member of each party) will need an account.

Your park tickets have to be linked through your My Disney Experience account. Any resort reservations must also be linked to your account.

Disney Park Pass System How It Works

It’s an easy process to make a park reservation. Image Courtesy of Disney

Once all information is linked into the account, guests will be able to select which day they’d like to attend a specific theme park. If you have a multi-day pass, each day must have a designated theme park.

This system will function much like creating a dining or FastPass+ reservation.

Reservation availability is limited, and can change at any point until the selections are completely finalized. Guests may find certain theme parks unavailable one day, if the park capacity has already been met.

Friends and families can make reservations together, if their My Disney Experience accounts are linked.

Park Hopper Options

At this time, guests will only be allowed to visit one park per day. No Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus options will be available.

This is to help control the number of guests going through each gate.

Guests who have existing Park Hopper tickets will be able to modify or cancel their tickets.

Disney does hope to bring these options back to guests as soon as it is safe. Guests booking for 2021 will be allowed to choose Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus tickets for now.

Safety Efforts and Guidelines

Touchless Pay at Disney World

Disney is encouraging touchless pay options for safety. Photo by Cliff Wang

As we already know, Disney has outlined many different ways they plan to keep guests safe, both in the parks and the resorts.

The Disney Park Pass System is a big way they’re trying to keep guests safe. Limiting the amount of guests in each park will help manage distancing measures and maintain safety.

Other safety requirements and procedures in place:

  • Face coverings required
  • Temperature screening prior to park entry
  • Physical distancing barriers and ground markings
  • Hand cleaning stations around parks
  • Mobile payments and food ordering encouraged
Disney Park Pass System Mobile ordering

Mobile Ordering on the app is encouraged for limited contact. Photo by Cliff Wang

While some of this may seem overwhelming, Disney is doing the best they can to make a magical, simple, and safe experience for everyone involved. For more information on the Disney Park Pass System, read further details on Disney’s website.

If you need any help navigating your 2020 Disney trip, and the new procedures, our friends over at Destinations to Travel can help! Contact them today for a super easy and stress free Disney vacation.

Written by Leah Sikes

Written by Leah Sikes

Leah Sikes is a graphic designer and contributing writer for WDW Magazine and Dad's Guide to WDW. When she's lucky enough to visit the Happiest Place on Earth, you catch her hanging out with the 999 Happy Haunts. She also loves running in the parks (when it's allowed at the marathons).

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