Walt Disney World is continuing to draw in crowds as we get further into 2021. In fact, at this time there is only one park on one day left for select ticket holders in March, making last-minute trips nearly impossible for anyone who isn’t an Annual Passholder.
In case you aren’t familiar, when Disney World reopened to to Guests in July 2020, the Orlando resort implemented a new reservation system that requires those who wish to visit a Walt Disney World theme park — Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom — to have both a valid ticket and a reservation for the park they wish to visit on that day. The new reservation system is called the Disney Park Pass system.
At this time, the Disney Park Pass system currently allows Guests to book available theme parks all the way through January 2023, indicating this new reservation system is not going away anytime soon.
Now, according to the Disney Park Pass calendar, anyone who isn’t a Disney World Annual Passholder has very limited availability for the rest of March.
Theme Park Ticket Holders
When looking at the calendar for Theme Park Tickets, March 27 is the only day left available to book in March and there is only one park that Guests can make a reservation for: EPCOT.
Disney Resort Guests
And the same goes for Disney Resort Guests. When looking at the calendar for Resort Guests, March 27 is also the only day left available to book in March with the only available park being EPCOT.
When it comes to Annual Passholders, however, there is a bit more flexibility. March 22, 23, 24, and 26 are completely booked at this time with no Disney Park Pass availability. However, March 27, 29, 30, and 31 are all wide open, with full Park Pass availability.
March 25 currently has limited availability for Annual Passholders. Currently, EPCOT has some Park Passes left to book.
And on March 28, Annual Passholders can currently choose between Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom — but Disney’s Hollywood Studios is completely booked.
It is important to always check the official Walt Disney World website and the availability calendar before planning your Disney World vacation as Park Pass availability is subject to change.
More Information on Disney World’s Park Pass
As previously stated, Disney World implemented this new reservation system to Guests who wish to visit a Walt Disney World theme park — Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In order to enter a theme park, Guests must have both a valid ticket and a reservation for the park they wish to visit on that day.
In 2020, Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro indicated that the newly implemented Park Pass system is a “new normal” that isn’t going away anytime soon, if ever, so Guests should get accustomed to utilizing the Disney Park Pass system if they are planning a trip to Walt Disney World.
We do want to note that it is important to keep in mind anything is subject to change at any given time. Be sure to keep up with Inside the Magic for all the latest information regarding Walt Disney World Resort!
In case you aren’t familiar with the Disney Park Pass system, the official Walt Disney World website describes it as:
Please note that park reservations are limited in number and subject to availability. Availability can change until the park reservation is finalized.
Explore a variety of ticket options. Once you purchase your tickets, then you can make your park reservations.
If you have a room-only reservation at a Disney Resort or other select hotel, please call the Disney Reservation Center or call your travel professional to upgrade to a vacation package with tickets—and then make your theme park reservations.
Room-and-ticket packages may also be available.
Please review any advisories or restrictions in place for travel to Florida, and do not travel to or enter Walt Disney World Resort unless you are free of any COVID-19 symptoms and otherwise comply with the requirements of such advisories and restrictions.
Additionally, there are three different Park Pass options depending on which type of theme park ticket or reservation you have. For example, if you are an Annual Passholder you will have a different tier of availability as an existing ticket holder or a Disney World Resort Guest.
The official Disney World website states:
Park attendance is managed via the Disney Park Pass reservation system—now available to Guests with valid admission. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for Guests ages 3 and up.
Booking Your Park Reservations
The Disney Park Pass system is now open to Guests with valid admission. The number of theme park reservation days you can hold at one time varies based on your plans:
Disney Resort and other select hotel Guests can make park reservations for dates during their stay for the number of days that they have valid theme park admission.
Annual Passholders can make theme park reservations for up to 3 days at a time, and for their length of stay if staying at a Disney Resort or other select hotel.
Existing ticket holders can make reservations for the number of days of valid theme park admission.
For more information, visit Walt Disney World’s official website here.
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Will you be visiting Walt Disney World in March? Were you able to secure a Disney Park Pass reservation? Let us know in the comments below.