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  • On Nov 12, 2023
    Mirella from FL 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 wanted to know if I make a reservation for Christmas to stay in a resort, I can go to a park with not reservation? I am an annual pass holder

    Hi, Mirella!  Welcome to planDisney!

    Spending the Christmas holiday at Walt Disney World Resort would be nothing short of magical!  I'm happy to answer your question for you today so that you can start making your holiday plans.  

    All Guests, regardless of where they are staying or what type of theme park admission they are using, are required to have theme park reservations to enter a park through January 8, 2024.  I took a look at the theme park reservation availability calendar for you.  I'm not sure which level of Annual Pass you have.  At this time, it looks like park reservations are still available for all four theme parks for Guests with a Disney Incredi-Pass, but Christmas Day is blocked out or unavailable for the other levels of Annual Passes.  Even if you book a Disney Resorts Collection hotel stay, if your Annual Pass is blocked out for Christmas Day, you will not be able to make a park reservation or enter a park unless you purchase a separate standard theme park ticket.

    If you're not able to visit the theme parks for Christmas this year, there's still plenty of holiday fun to be had around Walt Disney World Resort.  I love visiting all of the resort hotels to take in the gorgeous holiday decorations, especially the life-size gingerbread house display at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  There's also lots of holiday cheer over at Disney Springs.  You can head over there to try some holiday treats at the Ganachery or to take the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll.

    As the holiday season winds down, be sure to check out these updates that will be going into effect in early 2024.  The theme park reservation requirement will be going away on January 9, 2024 for Guests using date-based tickets.  After January 9, 2024, some dates will be listed as "good-to-go days" where Annual Passholders will not need to make theme park reservations.  However, theme park reservations may still be required for Annual Passholders on other dates, and block-out dates still apply.  For more information on these updates as they are implemented, be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog.

    Mirella, if we can help you with any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  Wishing you a very merry holiday season!

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