Beauty and the Beast Topiary at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  • On May 10, 2022
    Randi from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I was looking to book park tickets for next week and see that you need a reservation? What about if I had a military hopper pass? Do I need to book specific dates?

    Welcome to planDisney, Randi!

    The countdown to your Walt Disney World vacation is well and truly on! Can you believe it's nearly here? Mickey and his pals can't wait for you to arrive and join in the 50th Anniversary Celebration. Make sure you enjoy the Beacons of Magic displays throughout the four Theme Parks (my personal favorite is Spaceship Earth in EPCOT).

    At this time, Randi, all Guests must have a valid ticket and make Theme Park reservations on the day(s) they want to visit. Ideally, Guests should try and make these reservations as far out as possible since availability is limited. I'm looking at the Theme Park Reservation Availability Calendar for next week and, as I type these words, here is what I'm seeing:

    • May 18th - Availability for EPCOT and Disney's Animal Kingdom
    • May 19th - Availability for EPCOT and Disney's Animal Kingdom
    • May 20th - Availability for EPCOT and Disney's Animal Kingdom
    • May 21st - Availability for all four Theme Parks
    • May 22nd - Availability for all four Theme Parks
    Since you have the Park Hopper Option, you should have no trouble visiting your desired parks. You don't require a reservation for the second Theme Park that you visit on the same day. For example, if you make a reservation for EPCOT on May 18th, once 2:00 p.m. rolls around you'll then be able to hop to Magic Kingdom Park or Disney's Hollywood Studios. So you'll be able to enjoy the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival in the morning, grab lunch at Connections Eatery (tip: get the General Tso Chicken Salad and then splurge with a Liege Waffle), and then fly to a galaxy far, far away in the afternoon.

    I hope you have a magical trip, Randi.


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