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Do I Need Disney Park Reservations?

Do I Need Disney Park Reservations?

So much has changed at Disney over the last few years and we do our best to keep you updated. It’s taken years but Walt Disney World finally seems to be making progress on getting things back to normal. The list of shows, restaurants and shops left to reopen continues to shorten. However, some pandemic era reopening changes are still in effect today. One is an extra step that all Disney Parks guests need to know about in order to plan their next visit. Upon reopening in 2020, Disney Parks needed to limit capacity to allow for social distancing. And so, in addition to a ticket you also needed a Disney Park reservation to play for the day. You might be surprised to discover that you still need to book a Disney Park reservation to visit any of the parks, even if you have an annual pass or purchased a ticket for a certain day. This includes Disney Vacation Club Members too. Reservations get extra tricky when members of your travel party have different kinds of access to the parks. There are different availability calendars for annual pass holders and those using regular day or multi-day ticket. This is in addition to any block outs days you may have.

Do I Need Disney Park Reservations?

Walt Disney World Resort Park Reservations

Yes, as of 2022 all guests need Disney World Park Reservations. Even if you’re staying at a Disney Resort hotel! There is a different availability calendar for resort guests but you still need to make a reservation. Park hopping is still available but not until after 2:00 p.m. You do not need a reservation for any park you want to hop to after your first park. The number of park reservations you can have at one time depends on the kind of ticket you have and if you have a Disney resort reservation at the time.

Disneyland Resort Park Reservations

Annual Pass holders at Disneyland, now called Magic Key holders, need to make park pass reservations too. At Disneyland Resort, park hopping begins at 1:00 p.m. After that, eligible guests can go back and forth between the parks. Note that multi-day tickets require a theme park reservation each day. When purchasing park tickets on the Disneyland website, guests are able to make a reservation too. It can be one seamless process. It’s also possible to book Disneyland Park reservations for a ticket you purchased without a reservation.

Check the policy before your trip for the most up to date information.

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Nicole is a native Floridian who attended the University of Central Florida and decided to call the land of theme parks home. She’s been sharing magical tips, tricks and Orlando travel and tourism favorites online for over a decade.

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