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  • On Feb 1, 2021
    Brad from UT Asked

    Hi, I am thinking about a trip in a few weeks. I tried checking availability on line but the site said there were no tickets found. Do I have to buy tickets before I know whether there is availability?

    Hey there, thanks for stopping by planDisney. I'm glad I saw your question come in, Brad. I'm actually wanting to make a quick trip down to Walt Disney World in a few weeks, myself, to visit the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts which is running until February 22nd. Your question is a great reminder that I need to make my own Disney Park Pass Reservations! 

    It is great that you are aware you'll need to make a Disney Park Pass Reservation in addition to having a valid theme park ticket to visit Walt Disney World right now. Currently, there are three categories ( Theme Park Ticket Holders, Disney Resort Guests and Annual Passholders) that park pass reservations are being categorized in. Each of these options has a different availability calendar. You do not need to purchase your tickets ahead of time to view any of these calendars and check availability. I took a look at the availability calendar for the month of February and at this time each category does have plenty of availability. I do see where one park, Disney's Hollywood Studios, does not have any availability for a few days later this month. At this time, the other theme parks are wide open for reservations. If you have your heart set on visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios over that time frame, however, I wouldn't stress too much. Park availability changes constantly. Itineraries often change and with that so does theme park availability. Just keep checking back. 

    If space does not open up at Disney's Hollywood Studios and you'd still like to visit that theme park, I do have an idea for you. At the start of this year, Park Hopping officially returned to Walt Disney World. Park hopping is when you can visit multiple Walt Disney World Theme Parks in one day. This is a really great solution to your problem, Brad. While park hopping has returned, it does look a bit different these days. 

    Here is how Park Hopping is currently working:
    • Guests must have valid theme park admission with the park hopper option
    • Guests must make a Disney Park Pass Reservation to one of the four theme parks the day or days they are wishing to park hop
    • Guests must visit and scan in to the park they made a park pass reservation for first
    • Starting at 2:00 p.m. Guests are allowed to park hop to any other Disney theme park subject to capacity limitations
    • At this time, Guests are not required to make a 2nd park pass reservation for the park they are wanting to hop to
    I hope this helps clear up any confusion you may have had regarding the availability calendar, Brad. With the help of park hopping, you should be able to enjoy all of the magic to be had. If you have any other questions before your trip, please do feel free to come back and ask. 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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