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  • On Aug 26, 2023
    Andrea from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello. What happens if u don’t use a park pass can it be used at another time in the year ?

    Hi Andrea,

    Thank you for stopping by planDisney with your question about Disney Theme Park Reservations.

    At this current time, a valid admission (ticket) and a Disney Theme Park Reservation is needed to visit any of the 4 theme parks.  Beginning January 9, 2024, Guests with date-based tickets no longer need separate Disney Theme Park Reservations to visit the theme parks.  Certain tickets that are not date-based, such as Annual Passes, will continue to need Disney Theme Park Reservations in order to visit the theme parks.

    It sounds like you might be visiting around the time of the change.  If you will be visiting before January 9, 2024, you will need both a theme park ticket and a Disney Theme Park Reservation.  If you have current Disney Theme Park Reservations and wish to change to another date or park, you can do so by logging into your My Disney Experience Account or use your My Disney Experience App.  Once you are logged in, you can make or change your Disney Theme Park Reservations underneath the category of "My Plans".  Disney Theme Park Reservations have no monetary value and can be changed to another date or park, pending availability.  I would like to advise you to check the Disney Theme Park Reservation Availability calendar for availability through January 8, 2024, for the date that you want to visit before canceling your current Disney Theme Park Reservations.

    If you are planning on visiting on or after January 9, 2024, you don't need a Disney Theme Park Reservation in order to visit the theme parks.  In that case, all you need to do is link your date-based theme park tickets to your My Disney Experience account and head to the theme park of your choice.  Keep in mind that theme park capacity can limit your ability to enter a theme park. However, in my experience, unless you are visiting during a holiday or during spring break, usually the theme parks do not hit capacity.

    I hope this information helps you plan your next visit.  Please come back and visit us here at planDisney with all of your vacation planning questions.

    See Ya Real Soon,
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I fell in love with Walt Disney World on my very first visit, which took place during my honeymoon. Since then we have added 4 "mouseketeers" to our family and have come to appreciate what a great value a Walt Disney World vacation can be on a budget. As a Physical Therapist and a mom of a large family, I would love to help you plan your next magical trip! Learn More About Brenda

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