Disney Fans Are Ready to Scrap Disney Park Passes

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If you have been to Walt Disney World Resort or planned a visit since the parks reopened in July 2020, you have surely been introduced to the Disney Park Pass reservation system.

When Guests want to go to Disney World, they must have a valid ticket linked to their My Disney Experience account, whether that be a day ticket or an Annual Pass, and then, they can make a theme park reservation to obtain their Disney Park Pass. Annual Passholders can only book three park passes at a time, and the system is meant to ensure capacity is being controlled.

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That being said, as demand continues to increase, snagging the Disney Park Pass is becoming very difficult to obtain. We recently reported that all availability for May was gone for all Guest types, and now, it looks like the majority of June is also disappearing. This means that if you are planning on going to Disney World, you need to book your park pass weeks or months in advance.

So, last-minute park days are no longer possible unless you manage to get a reservation at the last second; however, those moments are hard to come by. Disney CEO Bob Chapek also announced that the Disney Park Pass reservation system would stick around post-pandemic, so it seems like it would be helpful to Disney if Guests liked the system. Unfortunately, based on what we are hearing from Guests and Disney fans, it doesn’t look like a majority of Disney World visitors are liking the reservation system. Instead, they want it scrapped.

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Many Disney Guests are beginning to speak up on Twitter about their feelings regarding the Disney Park Pass reservation system, and it seems that the consensus is that Disney Park Passes should either change or be eliminated altogether.

Maddie (@maddie_odair) is one of many Annual Passholders who have lost much value in their pass while still paying the same costs as before the pandemic:

Literally this past two weeks ALONE I have wanted to dip into a park for an hour and just walk around or ride one thing and I can’t because of the park pass system. What’s the point of an annual pass then?

Gabe (@ectopuppy) is also ready to see the reservation system leave:

im honestly really worried anout this new park pass and reservation system. i dont want to have to plan out my entire trip in one go but with how people are seeing things booked out a week in advance it looks like ill have to start. this really ruins the energy of a disney trip.

Fazza_BayBay (@Fazza_BayBay) told Disney Parks that the value of a theme park ticket is too high not to allow Guests entry without a reservation:

@DisneyParks absolutely disgusting you’re keeping the park pass reservation system. People pay alot of money to enjoy going from park to park or to come to Disney in the first place

Jeff (@amazingjr87) does not understand why the system will be around post-pandemic:

Tbh, I understood why Disney put the park reservation system in place due to Covid-19. But why keep it after the pandemic ends? Why make the experience of visiting WDW and/or DLR feel so restrictive? Why is Chapek such a horrible & tone deaf CEO?

Kevin (@KevinPerjurer) also thinks that this system needs to be scrapped:

I really can’t foresee the Park Pass System sticking around considering that absolutely no one except for Chapek and maybe the IT guy that made it thinks it’s a good idea.

Dani at This Florida Life (@thisfloridalife) wants to get her money’s worth when it comes to Annual Passes:

If Disney Park Pass Reservations continue into the foreseeable future I’m gonna need them to work out a better way to check availability and make adjustments.

But also I am so sick of not getting my money’s worth on that AP.

Joseph (@FarmStuffz) is okay with the system, but not in the way it is functioning at the moment:

I don’t have an issue with a park reservation system. I have a problem with having to plan going to a theme park weeks/months in advance and not being able to do anything last minute.

As an Annual Passholder myself who lives minutes from the parks, I can agree with many other Disney Guests that the value of an Annual Pass has shrunk dramatically as I cannot get a Disney Park Pass for weeks. The purpose of purchasing an Annual Pass is so that Disney World Guests can visit as often as they like. This reservation system, unfortunately, removed that luxury without lowering or reimbursing the cost of the pass.

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That being said, it is understandable why the system was put in place as Disney is monitoring capacity. However, after 2:00 p.m., Guests can Park Hop unless the park they want to visit is at capacity. Even on busy weekends, I personally have never been turned away from a park. When calling the capacity hotline, I have never heard that any of the parks were at capacity past 2:00 p.m.

Knowing this, it would be nice if Disney were able to open up availability day-of to Guests who did not originally have a Disney Park Pass reservation, considering the parks continue to let in Guests that were not fully accounted for since they made a reservation for a separate park.

Related: Annual Passholders: How to Get Help with Disney Park Pass

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Alternatively, Universal Orlando Resort operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, allowing for last-minute park entry. It is typical for the parks to hit capacity earlier i the day, but more Guests can enter as others leave by the afternoon.

For now, it seems that the Disney Park Pass system is here to stay, although, as capacity increases, it may become easier for Guests to make reservations. 

What are your thoughts on the Disney Park Pass reservation system? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

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