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  • On Aug 12, 2023
    Dallas from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    As an Annual Passholder, I know that I can enter most of the parks after 2PM without a reservation. But if I DO have a reservation, do I have to go to that park first? or could I just wait until 2PM and enter a different park from the one I reserved?

    Hi there Dallas and welcome to planDisney!

    As a fellow Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholder, I was also just as delighted as everyone else to hear that the previous restrictions had been relaxed this past April; one of the most inconvenient aspects of the existing limitations required us to have to enter the turnstiles at each location where we had an existing Theme Park Reservation before being able to visit a different one in the afternoon. More than once before this change, we have had to make the trek out to somewhere as far as Disney's Animal Kingdom to briefly enter after scanning our MagicBands before immediately turning around just to be able to leave and Park Hop over to Magic Kingdom Park. (This was notably on days where we weren't able to just change cancel and rebook our Theme Park Reservations.)

    My husband and I had a similar question to yours when the changes were implemented, and sought to test it out. The Cast Member who we first inquired about it with strongly recommended that we should just cancel our existing Theme Park Reservation if we didn't plan on entering that Theme Park before 2:00 p.m. just to be safe. However in my personal experience, we were never required to do so as we were able to enter into the Theme Parks after 2:00 p.m. directly, even if we had an existing reservation at another one earlier in the day and did not enter there. 

    Though I hope your personal experience will be similar and just as easygoing, it is however, still a good practice to cancel your reservations to free up space depending on the number of reservations that you can hold with your type of Annual Pass, and to be aware of any blockout dates and conditions like the Magic Kingdom Park exception on Saturday and Sundays. Now be aware that policies and offerings are subject to change without prior notice, but I'm hoping that future changes continue to be for the better for guests and Annual Passholder benefits alike. Be sure to stay tuned to the Passholder Buzz on the My Disney Experience App as well as any of the latest and greatest updates on the Disney Parks Blog ahead of your trip - in the meantime, we'll always be happy to have you back here at planDisney if you're ever in search of more Tips and Tricks!

    Here's to Hopping between Parks at the Most Magical Place on Earth!
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