Starting today, Annual Passholders will not have to make a Disney Park Pass theme park reservation after 2pm in most circumstances. While weekday visits after 2pm no longer require a theme park reservation to any theme park, if you plan on visiting Magic Kingdom on the weekend, you will still need a Disney Park Pass reservation if it’s your first theme park of the day. Here’s the official policy from the Disney World website:
Annual Passholders may visit the theme parks after 2 p.m. without needing a theme park reservation, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom Park. Applicable pass blockout dates apply.
It’s important to remember that if Annual Passholders want to enter any Walt Disney World theme park before 2pm, they will still need a Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.
The new policy comes after Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro and Disney CEO Bob Iger decided to take steps to undo some of the unpopular COVID-era policies. Perhaps the biggest COVID-era policy that still exists today that guests express the most unhappiness with is the Disney Park Pass system. As an early champion of the system, D’Amaro said that it is “here to stay”, but today’s change hopefully represents the first step in undoing it, or, at least, severely limiting its use during the normal cadence of the year.
If Disney executives are actually listening to guests, can we suggest a return to normal for Park Hopping?
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