Disney Park Pass Reservation – Trip.com’s Ultimate Guide!

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Disney World, in Orlando, Florida, is truly one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Boasting 4 fantastic theme parks, it’s a kingdom of its own. Families come from all around the world to enjoy the very best experience Disney has to offer. Rides and rollercoasters, parades and performances, animals and attractions – they’re all here at Disney World!

✅Disney World in Florida is comprised of the Magic Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios. Each of these theme parks provides its own unique experience. A visit to the Magic Kingdom, for example, wouldn’t be complete without a thrilling experience on Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, or the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

✅In the Animal Kingdom, you have Expedition Everest, Avatar Flight of Passage, and the Kali River Rapids to navigate. And who can visit EPCOT without seeing Spaceship Earth, Living with the Land, or Frozen Ever After?

✅All these and much, much more are open to you with tickets to Disney World from Trip.com. But with Disney’s new Disney World Park Pass Reservation system, there’s a whole new process of reserving spots at Disney World.

✅With Trip.com’s ultimate guide, you’ll find out why Disney is implementing this system for Disney Park Pass Reservation. You’ll also learn all the ins and outs of how to make a reservation, how to cancel a reservation, and how to check up on important things like park availability.

Getting to Disney World is a bucket list plan for many, and is top of the list of holiday destinations for many families. Now as things are opening back up, it’s important to know how to get those all-important reservations!

Let Trip.com guide you through the process!

Fireworks over the Magic Kingdom. Source: Jaime Creixems / unsplash

Fireworks over the Magic Kingdom. Source: Jaime Creixems / unsplash

How to make a Disney Park Pass Reservation?

Getting into Disneyland isn’t quite as easy as it once was, and obtaining your Disney Park Pass Reservation is actually the last step of the process. That’s just how you make sure you’ve got a slot at the park or parks of your choice. Before you even get making your Disney Park Pass Reservation, there are 2 steps you need to complete.

Keep reading for the full lowdown on getting the reservations of your choice...

Checking Park Availability

The first of these is to check the availability of the dates you’re seeking to visit the park. Disney’s handy availability calendar will let you check the availability of the parksMagic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios – as well as select resort hotels and annual passes.

Checking park availability with Disney's availability calendar

Checking park availability with Disney's availability calendar

In the screenshot above, you can see how the calendar shows you when all the parks are available (the dates in green), when some parks are available (the dates in yellow), and no parks are available (the dates in gray). You can then choose "Select Resort Hotels" or "Annual Passes" to check on their availability too.

Below that, you’ll see the detailed run-down of the availability of Disney Park Pass Reservations for each of the parks. All green ticks mean you’re good to go!

When you’ve made sure that the parks you want are definitely available on the days of your choice, then you can move on to the important next step – purchasing park admission!

Pluto on parade in the Magic Kingdom. Source: Miranda Campbell / unsplash

Pluto on parade in the Magic Kingdom. Source: Miranda Campbell / unsplash

Purchasing Park Admission

With Trip.com, you have a number of options when it comes to getting park admission. This is the last step before you get your Disney Park Pass Reservation.

Firstly, you can choose between a 1 or a 2 day session, depending on the parks you want to visit and the amount of time you have available. Then, you can choose between a "1 Park Per Day" option, or the "Park Hopper" option.

Disney has 4 main parks to choose from. There’s the Magic Kingdom, which features all the classic attractions, parades, and Disney characters you imagine. In the Animal Kingdom, you can encounter hundreds of species of animals, with performances and parades and numerous attractions to enjoy.

At EPCOT, you can explore fascinating exhibitions of global cultures and visions of humanity’s future. Finally, at Hollywood Studios, you have the chance to explore the worlds of all your favorite film and TV shows. There’s so much to choose from, and so much to do.

What the "Park Hopper" option gives you is the freedom to visit more than 1 park in a day. What that means for your Disney Park Pass Reservation is that you will only need to make a theme park reservation for the first park you visit. Then you’ll be able to hop on to the next park after 14:00 that day. Makes life that little bit easier!

There are plenty of options available within Disney World to travel within and between the parks. And for resort guests, it’s all totally free!

Disney World’s bus fleet, for example, is the same size as that of Atlanta! But the most iconic way to get around the whole of Disney World is to use the fantastic monorail service, which makes it both easy and fun to get to the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT.

Whatever way you choose to get around within the wonderful world of Disney, make sure you have your tickets and reservations sorted before you go!

Trip.com's handy booking options for Disney World

Trip.com's handy booking options for Disney World

Making Your Disney Park Pass Reservation

Once you’ve got your valid park admission, you can move on to the final step – making your Disney Park Pass Reservation! Getting excited yet?

There're a few things to understand before you go through the process. Firstly, if you are the holder of a single-day admission, then you only need 1 Disney Park Pass Reservation. If you have multi-day admission, then you’re going to need a Disney Park Pass Reservation for every day of your visit.

Secondly, the number of Disney Park Pass Reservations you can make depends on your status. Disney divides applicants for the Disney Park Pass Reservation into 3 groups: Disney resort and other selected hotel guests, annual pass holders, and existing ticket holders.

Disney Resorts are a great, fun, and convenient way to experience the best of Disney World. They net you all kinds of benefits – as mentioned above, for example, free transportation everywhere!

Some of the best Disney Resorts to consider are the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and the Silver Lake Resort.

In the Animal Kingdom Lodge, for example, you’ll have the chance to experience staying in what feels like the heart of Africa. This is truly the magic of Disney World – to transport you into another fantastic world entirely!

If you’re a member of this Disney resort group, then you can make reservations for the dates during your stay, as well as for all the days that you have park admission tickets.

Members of the second group – those who hold annual passes – can make reservations for the dates of their resort stays, as well as reservations up to the rolling limit of their annual pass.

Those in the third group – general ticket holders – can make reservations for the number of days they have theme park admissions.

Got all that? Phew! Now take a deep breath and we’ll look at the process of getting a Disney Park Pass Reservation itself.

The first step is to make sure your Park Admission is linked to your Disney account. So either sign in to your Disney account, or create a new one if it’s your first time around. Confirm that your current address is correct, then confirm your Park Admission is linked to the account.

If your Park Admission isn’t linked to your account, you need to link it before you do anything else. See the image below for reference!

Linking your Disney Park Admission to your Disney account

Linking your Disney Park Admission to your Disney account

In addition to this, if you have reservations for a Disney resort or hotel, you should also link them here. And any guests in your party with valid park admission should also link them to their profile, too.

The second step is to create your party! You’ll be asked to create your party from people on your Family & Friends list. So make sure that everyone you want in your party is on your Family & Friends list, and has a valid park admission linked to their profiles.

After that, just select them, choose the appropriate ticket or pass, and hit "Continue"! Another box ticked!

Then it’s time to choose your dates and parks. Of course, the whole point of the Disney Park Pass Reservation system is to limit entry to certain parks on certain dates. So hopefully you can find the dates that suit your plans.

You’ll see a calendar just like the one shown above, and after you’ve made your choices, you’ll be prompted to confirm your decision.

Finally, it’s time to review your choices and confirm your decisions once again. Maybe you need to make a few alterations – in that case, you can just hit "Back" until you get to the page you need.

You’ll need to agree to Disney’s Terms and Conditions, and sign their COVID-19 liability waiver. Then you’ll be able to continue. Once you’ve completed the process, your reservation will appear on your profile under "My Disney Park Pass Reservations".

It’s definitely best to go through the process of making your Disney Park Pass Reservation as soon as you’ve booked your tickets. You might find availability changes right up until the reservation is confirmed!

The EPCOT Ball – an iconic image of Florida. Source: Robert Horvick / unsplash

iconic image of Florida. Source: Robert Horvick / unsplash

How to change a Disney Park Pass Reservation?

For some time, the only way to change a Disney Park Pass Reservation was to cancel the reservation itself and create an entirely new one.

But Disney now has a simple and straightforward method to modify existing reservations. If you decide to change your Disney Park Pass Reservation to a different park or a different day, you should first take a look at the pass on your Disney account.

There, you’ll see the option "Modify Reservation". After you click on it, there’re just 3 simple steps. First, select whose reservation you want to modify. Second, select the date you want to use the reservation on. Finally, you just need to select the park you want the reservation for. Fingers crossed you find the available dates and parks you need!

The awe-inspiring natural world at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Source: Julia Lopes / unsplash

The awe-inspiring natural world at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Source: Julia Lopes / unsplash

Why is Disney World implementing a Theme Park Reservation system?

The main reason behind the Disney Park Pass Reservation system is to manage capacity, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Obviously, before it happened, all you needed was to buy your ticket and you’d have total freedom to hit the park anytime you chose.

As we all know, the pandemic has made life more complicated in a lot of different ways. Disney fans have experienced this too, and the Disney Park Pass Reservation system is part of it.

The system was first introduced in 2020 to enable the Disney theme parks to open while still ensuring safety goals were met. As time has gone on, longer-term complications of the post-pandemic world have emerged, so the Disney Park Pass Reservation system has stayed with us.

What are the issues that have made the reservation system a long-term part of the admissions process? The main reason why capacity at Disney World theme parks still needs to be managed in this way is partially due to staff shortages.

Staff shortages have emerged in many industries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and theme parks have not been immune to them. Because having the park running at full capacity would stretch a thin workforce beyond its limits, one solution has been to persevere with the Disney Parks Pass Reservation system.

Basically, this means that with the Disney Park Pass Reservation, Disney can better allocate staff and resources across the parks to meet the demand on a given day. So there is a definite benefit for resource management, and crowd management too!

Although the reservation system introduces another step to the process of getting your tickets to Disney, it’s free – so at least there’s no extra hidden charge! And it’s the better alternative to raising ticket prices.

Classic film experiences at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Source: Brian McGowan / unsplash

Classic film experiences at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Source: Brian McGowan / unsplash

How to cancel a Disney Park Pass Reservation?

Sometimes plans change and cancellations need to be made. There are 2 ways to go about this for your Disney Park Pass Reservations.

If you’re using the My Disney Experience mobile app, open the app and click the 3 lines on the bottom right of the screen. You’ll see a list of options – choose "My Plans". Then you’ll see all your reservations – just choose the one you need to cancel. On the next screen, you'll be able to confirm cancellation.

If you’re using the My Disney Experience website, visit the "My Plans" sections. When you see the list of your reservations, click "View Details" under the reservation you’d like to cancel. On the next screen, you’ll see the option to cancel the reservation.

Obviously, just repeat this process for any and all reservations that require cancellation.

Walt poses with the world-famous mouse. Source: Jose Mizrahi / unsplash

Walt poses with the world-famous mouse. Source: Jose Mizrahi / unsplash

What to do if you don’t get a reservation?

The first thing to say here is that, of course, you absolutely need a reservation if you want to get into any of the Disney Parks.

This is very different from the pre-pandemic era, when visitors could just walk up to the ticket window in person and enter any park of their choosing, right on the day of their choosing! It seems like a long time ago now…

That means you need to book your ticket online – through helpful agencies like Trip.com – as well as make your Disney Park Pass Reservation before you go.

It’s a bit of a cliché, but prevention is definitely easier than a cure when it comes to dealing with lack of availability. What does that mean for your Disney Park Pass Reservation? It means trying to be flexible with the dates of your trip. It means trying to avoid the busy summer months. It also means making your reservations as soon as your trip is planned and booked.

What you'll be hoping to see – full availability for summer 2023!

What you'll be hoping to see – full availability for summer 2023!

Also remember that Park Hopping will allow you to enter a second park after 14:00. So if your first choice is all booked up, a reservation for a second choice will get you in, then after 14:00 you can head to the park you originally wanted.

For example, you might have your heart set on the Animal Kingdom. There may be no reservations available for the date you need, but perhaps there’re reservations available for Magic Kingdom. With Park Hopper, you can make the reservation for Magic Kingdom, and enjoy a morning there. Then that same reservation will cover you to see the Animal Kingdom after 14:00.

But maybe you’ve found that a Disney Park Pass Reservation just isn’t available for the dates you need. Maybe you just can’t be that flexible. Maybe you could only make plans on short notice – sometimes it happens to us all! Is it time to panic when you find that reservations are unavailable? Not necessarily!

Before you do anything, you should understand that getting through to a human on a telephone helpline or internet chat desk probably isn’t going to help you at all. The only time to get in touch with Disney themselves is if you experience glitches on the website that are preventing you from making any reservations whatsoever.

What might help, however, is a little perseverance. Read on to find out more!

Availability for certain dates can actually change for the better as the date itself approaches. This will be due to one of 2 situations. The first case might be that Disney decides, at short notice, to raise their capacity for the given park on the given day. The second possible case is that someone has canceled or modified their Disney Park Pass Reservation (for instructions on how to do this, see above).

▶So how are you going to snap up these new reservations that come onto the market? In the first case – Disney raising capacity – it’s best to get the news from the horse’s mouth. Follow Walt Disney World News Today on Twitter or Instagram – if capacity is about to be raised for one of the parks, that’s where you’ll get the news first. Then it’s just a matter of hopping back on to the Disney Park Pass Reservation system, and grabbing those tickets as quickly as you can!

▶Another handy Twitter account to check on is @WdwStats – Walt Disney World Stats. They also produce up-to-date information on when new reservations are available for a particular park. In addition, they’ll give you info on ride waiting times and Lightning Passes.

▶In the second case – waiting for others to make cancellations or modifications to their own Disney Park Pass Reservation – what it’s going to take is a little old-fashioned constant refreshing.

▶What does this entail? It means checking back during the booking process, refreshing the page, and waiting to see if a cancellation comes up. It may be stressful, but you might find it’s more likely to pick up a cancellation in the days coming up to the date itself. That’s when people are more likely to be needing to rearrange plans. Happy hunting!

Fireworks light up the sky at Disney World, Florida. Source: Matt Popovich / unsplash

Fireworks light up the sky at Disney World, Florida. Source: Matt Popovich / unsplash

Disney World Park Tickets

As mentioned above, all this assumes you’ve actually got your Disney World tickets. You can’t use your tickets without a reservation, but you can’t make a Disney Park Pass Reservation without having your tickets first.

All this is a far cry from what Disney guests would have enjoyed in the good old days before COVID-19. But for the time being, this is the system we have to work with!

There’s no better place to sort your tickets than Trip.com. Your options are explained above – you got a choice of a 1 or 2 day pass, with extra options of "1 Park Per Day", or the "Park Hopper".

We’ve also laid out the benefits of the "Park Hopper" option, especially with the limitations introduced by the Disney Park Pass Reservation system. The "Park Hopper" option will let you hit 2 different parks using 1 single reservation – giving you a little more flexibility when trying to find that elusive reservation.

So let’s talk prices. For 1 Day Admission, "1 Park Per Day", adults will pay USD118.00 and kids aged 3 to 9 will pay USD113.00. For 1 Day Admission with the "Park Hopper" option, adults will pay USD187.00 and kids will pay USD182.

1 Park Per Day - 1 Day Admission

adultsUSD118.00
kids aged 3 to 9 USD113.00

Park Hopper - 1 Day Admission

adultsUSD187.00
kids USD182.00

With 2 Day Admission and "1 Park Per Day", adults will pay USD251.00, and kids' tickets are USD242.00. With 2 Day Admission and the "Park Hopper" option – which could let you enjoy all 4 parks! – adults tickets come in at USD323.00, and kids at USD314.00.

1 Park Per Day

adultsUSD251.00
kids' tickets USD242.00

2 Day Admission and "Park Hopper"

adults USD323.00
kids' tickets USD314.00

These are all date-based admission tickets, and service fee is included in the charge. Once booked, there’re no cancellations or modifications. Before you buy, be sure to check Disney’s availability calendar!

When getting your tickets through Trip.com, make sure you enter your name and the name of any guests exactly as they appear on the government-issued personal identification you are using. This will keep the process smooth and free of hitches.

Once you’ve received your e-ticket from Trip.com, simply take it to the admission office on the date of your visit. They’ll exchange it on the spot for an admission ticket, and your gateway to the Magic Kingdom is open!

Crowds return to Disney World – they all made their reservations! Source: Jocelyn Hsu / unsplash

Crowds return to Disney World – they all made their reservations! Source: Jocelyn Hsu / unsplash

Disney World Tickets with Trip.com – Your Keys to the Magic Kingdom!

It’s just fantastic that the Magic Kingdom has once again opened its gates to the world. When the wonder and enchantment of Disney movies comes to life before your eyes, it’s exhilarating for kids and their parents alike!

Kids dream of a trip to Disney World, many pestering their parents for it. And to tell the truth, many parents look forward to the experience as well.

But it hasn’t quite gone back to business as usual at Disney World. The process of actually getting to the Magic Kingdom often doesn’t feel very magical at all!

The Disney Park Pass Reservation system has proved to be a more permanent fixture than first expected. It’s an extra step in the process that can be particularly frustrating, especially if it’s your first time booking Disney tickets.

And let’s face it, the first time should really be the most special. That’s why Trip.com have tried to remove the headache. Firstly, by making booking your tickets as easy as possible on their easy-to-navigate website. Secondly, by providing this guide – the ultimate guide! – to make those pesky park reservations.

So if you have any queries at all about the process – how to make the reservation, how to cancel or modify it, what to do if you encounter problems with availability – hopefully, you’ll find some direction above.

In planning your trip to see Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and all the rest, you have Trip.com on your side!

Disney World's famous monorail. Source: Heather Maguire / unsplash

Disney World's famous monorail. Source: Heather Maguire / unsplash

FAQ

  • What is a Disney Park Pass Reservation?

    A Disney Park Pass Reservation is a necessary reservation you need to access any of the Disney Parks. Reservations should be made after tickets are purchased. For tickets, check Trip.com!


  • How to change a Disney Park Pass Reservation?

    You can change a Disney Park Pass Reservation by checking the reservation in your online Disney account, and clicking on the option "Modify Reservation". For tickets, see Trip.com!


  • Is a Disney Park Pass Reservation required?

    Without a Disney Park Pass Reservation, you will not be allowed admittance to any of the Disney World Parks. See Trip.com for tickets!


  • How much does a Disney Park Pass Reservation cost?

    The Disney Park Pass Reservation is totally free, but it is required before admission to any of the Disney Parks. See Trip.com for tickets!


  • How to check availability of Disney Park Pass Reservation?

    Just use Disney’s handy park availability calendar to check reservation availability. Then head to Trip.com for your tickets!


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