Girl at Disneyworld
  • On Mar 24, 2021
    Jenny from KS Asked

    If I buy tickets for Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, do I need to also let someone know that we are coming? Does buying the tickets reserve a spot for us when we visit?

    Hi, Jenny! Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question! 

    Since the reopening of Walt Disney World last summer, some things do look a bit different and require a little additional planning, but no worries we are going to get you all setup! Once you've purchased Walt Disney World Theme Park tickets there is another step you'll need to do to secure a spot at the theme parks. Right now, in addition to tickets, Guests must make park pass reservations at the theme park you'd like to visit each day of your vacation. Basically, because park capacity is lowered at this time, a park pass reservation is virtually reserving you a spot in line to get into the parks.

    To make a park pass reservation, the first step is to link your purchased theme park tickets to your MyDisneyExperience account. Next, I'd recommend viewing the park availability calendar to make sure there are spots available for the days you'd like to visit. The calendar is broken down into three categories - Guests with resort reservations, Guests with tickets only and Annual Passholders. You'll want to be sure you are viewing the calendar that pertains to you because there is different availability for each category. Once you've made sure the park you are wanting to visit each day has availability, it is time to make your park pass reservations. Once on the park pass reservation website, you'll select "Make A Park Pass Reservation". The next page will prompt you to sign in to your MyDisneyExperience account if you are not already logged in. Then you'll be prompted to create your party. You'll be able to make park pass reservations for anyone that you are linked to via the my friends and family option on MyDisneyExperience. Once you've selected all of the people who will be joining you at the park you'll hit continue and this will bring up a calendar. You'll select the first date you wish to make a park pass reservation for. You do have to make park pass reservations one day at a time. I like to pick the first day of my trip and work from there so as not to get confused. Once you've selected a day on the calendar, you'll see the four parks appear and you can select the park you want to visit. Click the picture of the park you'd like to make a park pass reservation for and if there is availability you'll be taken to a review and confirmation page. From there, you'll be able to make park pass reservations for the rest of your vacation by following the same steps. I know it may seem like a lot of steps but it's a very automated system that walks you through all of the steps. 

    If your tickets include the park hopper options, which is where you can visit multiple Walt Disney World Theme Parks in one day, I wanted to let you know that you only have to make a park pass reservation for the first park you plan on visiting each day. Right now, park hopping hours start at 2:00 p.m. and last until each park closes in the evening. In addition to your park pass reservation, to park hop, you will need to scan in and enter that first theme park to activate the park hopper feature each day. 

    Jenny, I hope this has helped you set up your park pass reservations for your trip in June. If you need any more assistance or have other questions about your trip, please feel free to come back and ask me. I'm happy to help! 

    Have fun! 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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