When Walt Disney World reopened in summer 2020, Guests visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth were informed that they would need to make a reservation to the specific theme park that they would like to visit. The reservation system remained in place as things like Park Hopping and Annual Passes were brought back, with Annual Passholders being able to hold a certain amount of reservations at one time, the amount being dependent on the Annual Pass they purchased.
Even though Annual Passholders can only hold a certain amount of reservations at one time — except when staying on Disney property –, Disney announced that they would occasionally release “bonus reservations”. Here is what Disney says about the bonus reservation system:
Starting September 8, 2021, bonus reservations may be added from time to time, allowing Annual Passholders to make extra reservations on select days at select theme parks. Bonus reservations do not count as a reservation hold.
Disney does not say when they will release these bonus reservations, or what theme parks will be available when they do. Annual Passholders can see if bonus reservations are available — and also book reservations — by checking their My Disney Experience app.
Disney recently decided to surprise Annual Passholders with more bonus reservations in October — which will allow them to visit select theme parks and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney made the following dates available for bonus reservations for all Annual Passholders:
- Thursday, October 7 for Animal Kingdom
- Sunday, October 10 for Animal Kingdom
- Tuesday, October 12 for EPCOT
- Wednesday, October 13 for Animal Kingdom
It is important to remember that bonus reservations can be secured by all Annual Passholders, not just those who have purchased the new Annual Passes that were released in September. Bonus reservations can also only be made for the designated theme parks — reservations made on the same day for other theme parks will not count as a bonus reservation.
Are you an Annual Passholder who is excited to see Disney release more bonus reservations? Let us know in the comments!
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