If you, like many Disney fans, are planning a visit to Walt Disney World for the start of the 50th Anniversary here is what you need to know before you go!
Disney is currently using an online reservation system, called the Park Pass system, which needs to be used in addition to purchasing a theme park ticket, in order to gain access to the parks. Some theme parks are already all booked up for October 1, 2021 — The first day of the 50th Anniversary celebrations at Disney World.
Here is a list of what is currently available for all Disney World ticket types.
What is a Park Pass reservation?
A Park Pass is a reservation that Guests must need in order to visit a theme park. When Disney World reopened to the public last summer, they implemented this new system, which again, requires those who wish to visit a Walt Disney World theme park — including Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom — to have both a valid ticket as well as a reservation for the park they wish to visit on that day.
While the Park Pass reservation system came about as a way to help Disney implement modified capacity limits during the ongoing pandemic — Disney has extended the Park Pass reservations until 2023! That is why it is important to understand this system, especially if you are planning to visit during the 18-month long 50th Anniversary celebrations that will kick-off on October 1, 2021.
Disney places each ticket holder into three categories based on ticket type. Those categories are Theme Park Ticket Holder, Disney Resort Guests, and Annual Passholders. For each ticket type, there is a different amount of available park reservations per theme park allotted for use.
Note that right now water parks do not need a Park Pass reservation. Blizzard Beach is currently open to Guests while Typhoon Lagoon remains closed.
Park Pass Availability For October 2021
It is possible that Disney will open more Park Pass reservations as capacity limits could shift, but right now this is how things stand.
For those with regular theme park tickets, Magic Kingdom is currently fully booked on October 1, but everything else that day and the following week is available!
For Disney Resort Guests availability is currently the same as Theme Park Ticket holders for October 1.
And lastly, for those of you who are Annual Passholders, currently both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT are fully booked for October 1.
Additionally, tickets for October 2 are sold out for Magic Kingdom for Annual Passholders as well.
As you can see things are already starting to book up! Again, Disney could add more Park Passes, but it is best not to wait and to reserve your spot now.
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