Little girl celebrating
  • On May 26, 2021
    Tamra 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.

    I planned a trip to Disney for my granddaughter birthday, made reservation for stay but was not aware of the rules for reservation, and unfortunately only park available for the dates of our stay is EPCOT. This is horrible !! what can i do? Please help!!!

    Hi Tamra,

    Welcome to planDisney! I wish we were meeting under better circumstances! It's always my pleasure to greet a fellow North Carolinian. 

    How sweet of you to plan such a magical birthday for your granddaughter. I just double-checked your dates and it does look as if there are no Disney Park Pass system reservations available for Guests with theme park tickets. I do hope that you reserved park passes for EPCOT. If you have theme park tickets with the Park Hopper® Option, it may be possible for you to park hop to other parks at 2:00 p.m. or afterwards. On my most recent visit last week, we were able to park hop. Just keep in mind that the ability to park hop will depend on park attendance and capacity at the time of your visit.

    If you could alter the dates of your visit, I suggest contacting a Cast Member by phone to discuss your tickets. Tickets are non-refundable but you may be able to modify your dates. A third option could be to just keep checking the theme park reservation availability calendar. I also suggest that you actually try to make the reservation even if the availability calendar does not show any availability. Availability can change at any moment. I was able to make a park pass reservation for Magic Kingdom one day even though the availability calendar did not show availability. Cancelations do happen, so keep checking!

    I hope that you also made advanced dining reservations! These are simply a must-do, especially with a birthday girl. Even though our girls are 14-years old, they still adore a few character dining experiences. Our favorite is Topolino's Terrrace - Flavors of the Riviera. If you have not secured dining reservations, keep trying. Cancelations happen, often just before the week of your visit. 

    Tamra, there is still hope! Keep checking those park pass reservations and talk with a Cast Member by phone if you would like to try to shift the dates of your visit. And, once you get the dates sorted out, contact a Dream Maker with Disney Floral & Gifts. They can help you create a little extra magic for your granddaughter's birthday!

    Magic and memories,
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