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  • Writer's pictureChristine Hardenberger

What You Need to Know about Walt Disney World's Park Reservation System

Walt Disney World is instituting a park reservations entry system for the foreseeable future. This new system requires guests to reserve their entry into a specific theme park for each day that they want to visit the parks. This system will enable Disney to control the capacity of each park on a given day for safety purposes. Here are the basics that you need to know about this new system.

First of all, you must have your theme park admission purchased, or part of a Disney resort hotel vacation package, in order to make park reservations. Your admission or vacation package must be linked to your My Disney Experience account, and then you'll be able to select park reservations for your trip. Guests who already have tickets for 2020 can make park reservations now. By June 28th, guests wanting to travel in 2021 will be able to book 2021 hotel packages and tickets, and will be able to make park reservations as far out as September 26, 2021. (Please note that new bookings for 2020 are currently not available).

If you have an existing reservation and already have your tickets, please be aware that park reservations are not optional. Having tickets, or having a dining reservation inside a theme park, will not guarantee your entry into the park. Every visiting guest must have a park reservation, as well as valid admission for the same day, in order to enter one of the theme parks. The only exception is children under 3, who do not require theme park admission or a park reservation.

At this time, the park reservation system only allows guests to choose one park per day, so the option to park hop has been suspended. You must make a separate reservation for each date you plan to visit, even with a multi-day ticket. Please note that reservations are limited in capacity, subject to availability and are not guaranteed until confirmed.

If you are preparing to make park reservations for your trip, please keep in mind that this is a new system and there may be glitches or downtime. I have often found that the website responds best in incognito mode in Google Chrome. Please note that this process needs to be completed on the website, not the My Disney Experience mobile app.

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