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  • On Aug 3, 2023
    Danielle from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are annual pass holders able to park hop to MK after 2pm on the weekends?

    Hi Danielle!

    Welcome to planDisney. I'm so glad you stopped by with this question today. I recently became an Annual Passholder and have loved the ability to visit the parks for as long or as little as I like in a day. I'm mostly still a rope drop-to-closing type of guest, but it's been a treat to pop in for a few hours to refill my pixie dust and then head along my magical way, too.

    Earlier this year, Walt Disney World Resort announced some changes to the theme park reservation system with more updates rolling out in 2024. Subject to blockout dates, Annual Passholders now have the option to visit the theme park of their choosing after 2 p.m. without needing to make a theme park reservation. The exception would be visiting Magic Kingdom Park on Saturdays and Sundays, which still requires a theme park reservation to enter, regardless of entry time. This is a wonderful update, especially for local Passholders who might want to plan a spontaneous afternoon visit. I sure wish I lived close enough to stop in on a whim for a Jack-Jack's Num Num Cookie from Neighborhood Bakery at Disney's Hollywood Studios, or a scenic ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris as the sun begins to set over Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

    Now Danielle, don't worry if you want to soak up some weekend magic on Main Street, U.S.A.  in Magic Kingdom Park. Annual Passholders are still welcome to frolic in Fantasyland, blast off into the future in Tomorrowland, and chart a new crusade in Adventureland. You'll just need to make a theme park reservation before your weekend visit.

    I double-checked with a friendly Cast Member who confirmed that although Passholders are able to hop between the other parks without a weekend reservation after 2 p.m., entry into Magic Kingdom Park will require a valid theme park reservation on Saturdays and Sundays regardless of entry time. If you're like me and want to end your day with Happily Ever After, you'll need to ensure you have a valid theme park reservation for Magic Kingdom Park when visiting on the weekends. Your other option would be to make a theme park reservation for either Disney's Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, or Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park for Saturday and Sunday, which would then allow you to hop over to Magic Kingdom, subject to capacity, after 2 p.m. Keep in mind guests must visit their reserved park first before hopping to another park.

    Policies are subject to change so I'd keep an eye on Disney Parks Blog for any additional updates are you prepare for your October visit. I hope this clears up any confusion Danielle. If we can be of further assistance please don't hesitate to come right back and ask us additional planning questions.

    Magic and memories,
    Amy
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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