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UPDATE May 15 - Ever since the Disney Parks Pass system was introduced when the parks reopened in 2020, it has been divisive amongst fans. However, during the recent Q2 financial results call, it was reiterated that Disney has no plans for getting rid of this system at all and it will continue to be in use for the foreseeable future as Disney continues to focus its efforts on controlling crowd levels in its parks.

We found out back in January that new dates had been released for January 2024 on the Park Pass Calendar meaning we knew that the system would remain until then. However, many guests were likely hoping this may be reviewed once the parks saw further COVID-19 restrictions lifting. From this recent presentation it is definitely confirmed that Disney has absolutely no plans to return to normal regards to this with the Disney Parks Pass system set to continue long into the foreseeable future.

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January 25 - Since Walt Disney World and Disneyland reopened after closures due to COVID-19, the Disney's Park Pass Reservation System has been in place to manage capacity.

Many thought that when measures were eased and capacity increased that we would see this system disappearing. It has become clear in recent months that Disney likes this system in order to be able to plan ahead and cater more effectively for guest numbers at each of the theme parks.

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Good news for Disney, not so good news for guests. Many have complained that with this system in place it takes away the spontaneity they enjoyed before the pandemic especially for Annual Passholders. Well, it looks like Disney's Park Pass Reservation System is here to stay until at least 2024.

New dates have been released for January 2024 on the Park Pass Calendar. So it seems that we have no choice but to accept that we will have to continue to use this system for at least the next couple of years.

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For Annual Passholders it can become a little complicated as to exactly how many theme park reservations you can hold at a time based on the Annual Pass you hold. Check out the frequently asked questions section on the Walt Disney World website to confirm what you are currently allowed. Let us know what you think about this news by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.



I dont like it because we can't just get up and go.....we do live in Orlando and it's sad that we can't just get up and go whenever we would like..... I want to say that Disney cares very little about passholders, that's why we now frequent Universal studios much more than Disney its way more relaxed and no reservations plus the express pass after 4 is super!!! Over all Universal is a much better experience. So thank you Disney for pushing us away we are now having some real fun.

I'm not sure how much spontaneity it actually takes away. If I were an Annual Passholder in the Orlando area, I can see how it might limit "It's Saturday, let's go to Epcot!" but I imagine most travelers, when planning a Disney trip, at least have some idea of where they'd like to go on a given day.

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