The date we have all been waiting for is quickly approaching! The Walt Disney World Resort is reopening its gates on July 11th, starting with Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom parks, followed by Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT July 15th.
With the news of the theme parks reopening came news of a new reservation system that will aid the resort in controlling guest capacity. Disney has stated they will be keeping guest capacity between 20-30%; no small feat during the busy summer travel season. However, given all the health and safety concerns looming due to the pandemic, it is possible guests will consider postponing their Disney vacations until the current health crisis has passed.
Disney is still preparing for an influx of excited Disney fans who are ready to get back to the magic! Some of which are loyal annual passholders. In a recent information update shared on the Disney World website, we learned that even with a valid Annual Pass, theme park entrance is not guaranteed, and guests will have to lock in those reservations in the new system.
Walt Disney World AP Blockout Dates
Does that mean that Annual Passholders with blackout dates can also make reservations? The answer according to Disney is no; blockout dates will still apply.
Here is the information Disney has released in the special Annual Passholder information page:
Please note that:
- During the limited capacity period, it may be difficult for Annual Passholders to get park reservations to visit on certain dates. To help manage capacity, total reservation days held at one time will be limited. More details will be shared in the coming weeks.
- Some pass benefits and features will not be available during periods of limited capacity. Also, park experiences and offerings will be modified and subject to limited availability or even closure.
- Annual passes are subject to blockout dates. Guests should ensure their pass type is valid for park entry prior to making a park reservation.
Disney World Annual Passes
Currently, Disney World offers different tiers of Annual Passes, some of which have select blockout dates such as the Gold, Silver, Theme Park Select, and Weekday Select passes. So, unfortunately, even with the reservation system in place, those blockout dates will apply, and with new ticket sales paused, guests with those AP’s will not be able to visit until their passes reopen.
Are you one of the Annual Passholders affected by the current blockout dates? How do you feel about Disney keeping those dates in place for their most loyal guests? Do you think they might lift the blockout dates for reopening? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!