Disney World Park Pass System Now Favors Annual Passholders Over Resort Guests and Others, Passholders with Resort Reservations Facing Issues
Since Walt Disney World’s theme parks reopened back in July, the Park Pass reservation system has become an effective way to manage crowds in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. That doesn’t mean it isn’t without its flaws.
As WDWNT recently learned, the reservation system prioritizes certain group categories over others, with availability now favoring Annual Passholders. As we reported earlier today, the parks are completely booked March 13th-19th, with only select parks available for the rest of the month. Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Magic Kingdom are completely unavailable for resort guests and those with theme park tickets for the remainder of March.
Compared with the calendar for Annual Passholders, who, as of the writing of this article, have full availability March 22nd and 24th-31st.
This runs counter to the early days of the system, which mostly favored resort guests and ticketholders, offering them way more availability.
This change especially affects Annual Passholders staying at select resort hotels. A WDWNT staff member who is a Passholder recently had to cancel a hotel reservation Disney’s All Star Movies Resort in order to make a Park Pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The system prioritizes their resort stay over their Annual Pass, not allowing them to book a Park Pass Reservation since it is only available to Annual Passholders and not to resort guests. The room reservation was in fact stopping the Passholder from acquiring a reservation that would be available to them otherwise.
Of course, there have been small indicators that things could change the further out guests book. The Annual Passholder “bucket” was the first to be completely unavailable at EPCOT for guests on October 1st, the opening day of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, while reservations for the park on that day for the other two categories remain available. So far, this seems to prove that this is a constantly developing system, adjusting and re-prioritizing when needed.
Keep reading WDWNT for more on changes to the Park Pass reservation system.