According to BlogMickey.com sources, Disney is considering adding “afternoon entry windows” to the Disney Park Pass reservation system for Annual Passholders. While plans are being thrown around, nothing here is considered final, so take it with a grain of salt.
Recent updates to the Disney World website could indicate that Disney will implement entry windows for the Disney Park Pass system that would apply to Annual Passholders. Some of the ideas being tested are a 12pm entry window and a 5pm entry window in addition to an “all-day” entry window that begins at park open.
One way that Disney could use the new system is to devote a small ratio of “all-day” entry windows for Annual Passholders per day and a larger ratio of 12pm or 5pm (or any other time of their choosing) to spread out demand at their theme parks. Reportedly, the new entry window Park Passes would not count against your Annual Pass type allocation. That is, unless you get an “all-day” Disney Park Pass, a half-day Park Pass would not count against the number of Disney Park Pass reservations that you’re allowed to hold at one time.
It’s important to note that the current rumor that we’re reporting on does not include a Park Hopping Disney Park Pass requirement. That means that if you get an “all-day” Park Pass, you will still be able to hop to any park of your choosing at 2pm without the need to make additional Park Passes for the parks you’d like to visit. It’s assumed that a half-day Park Pass would also allow Park Hopping after 2pm, but that is less clear.
Recent updates to the Disney Park Pass portal on the Disney World website include updated language that is meant to be dynamic based on what Park Pass type you will select. In the screenshot below, you can see that a “Day Visit” label has been added to indicate that you are selecting an “all-day” Park Pass. Disney is reportedly considering the verbiage of “Afternoon Entries” to indicate that you would be selecting a Park Pass that doesn’t include entry before a specific time.
It’s also important to note that these are entry reservations, not time frames that you are allowed to visit before being kicked out of the park. If you get a “Day Visit” (“all-day” Park Pass), you won’t be asked to leave when the 12pm or 5pm entry windows open. Instead, think of the Afternoon Entries as the earliest possible time you can enter. You’d be able to enter a theme park anytime after your entry window opens.
Ultimately, this sounds like a system that would allow Disney to further control when a Passholder might be able to visit a theme park. If you have an “all-day” Park Pass, nothing changes. You can still enter the theme park when it opens, enjoy your day, and park hop per current rules. However, if Disney wants to add additional Annual Passholders to their theme parks in the afternoon, they might allocate more Afternoon Entries on a specific day and allow Passholders the opportunity to visit on a day that might otherwise be sold out of “all-day” Park Passes. Again, it is not believed that these Afternoon Entries would count against your Pass allocation because they are not “all-day” Park Passes.
We’ll stress again that this is a rumor. Plans change and the system that is decided on and implemented might be different than what we have described above. However, the Afternoon Entries system appears to be moving forward and might be implemented this summer or fall as Disney continues to adjust operations at Disney World. These changes are not expected to affect Resort Guests initially.
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