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  • On Jan 11, 2024
    Kristen from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    As a WDW annual pass holder, what happens if you make a park reservation and then don't make it to the park? Is there a deadline to cancel a park reservation or any penalties?

    Hiya, Kristen, and welcome to planDisney! I'm glad you're a member of the Annual Passholder family; so am I! Aren't the perks fabulous? I always feel like a VIP when I whisk out my passholder card for meal and merchandise discounts. We're in a club, you and me! Let's look at theme park reservations for passholders, and how cancellations work.

    I chatted with a helpful Cast Member who said that while there are no penalties for theme park reservation no-shows, you should cancel a reservation as soon as you know you won't be coming to a park. That will open up a spot for another guest to make a reservation, and it helps with tracking capacity and attendance. 

    You can cancel a theme park reservation anytime, even on the day you have reserved. Go into your My Disney Experience mobile app and tap the plus sign at the bottom of the screen. Choose Make or Modify Park Reservations to cancel. If you don't cancel, the reservation won't drop off until the end of the day, but I suggest canceling as soon as you know your plans have changed. 

    Disneyland Resort has a penalty system for its theme park reservation no-shows, so I assume it became a problem for the California parks. If we all stay on top of those cancellations, then the hope is that Walt Disney World Resort won't need to establish those rules. We can do it!

    Have you seen the latest theme park reservation policies for annual passholders? We'll still need to make reservations for most days, but tomorrow is the first good-to-go day. I'm going to Magic Kingdom Park to check it out! 

    I hope I've given you some answers about theme park reservations, Kristen. Please stop by planDisney anytime!

    Magic awaits,
    Elaine
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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