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Walt Disney World Cancelling Park Pass Reservations Not Connected to Theme Park Admission

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Walt Disney World Resort will be implementing a new policy in order to free up some Theme Park Reservations that may be held on Guests’ accounts without valid admission.

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Although Park Passes must be reserved with a valid ticket, sometimes Guests may change the dates on their tickets but not the dates of their Park Pass reservations. Walt Disney World is attempting to curb the holding of Park Pass Reservations when they’re not connected to valid theme park admission, allowing more availability for other Guests.

Theme Park Reservation cancellation emails that will be sent out will give Guests 48 hours to either cancel the reservation or to connect valid theme park admission. If the Guest does not cancel the reservation, it will be automatically canceled after those 48 hours have passed. In a similar manner, FastPass+ reservations were automatically canceled to prevent Guest abuse when canceling resort hotel stays in order to take advantage of the 60-day booking window.

Theme Park Reservations for Disney’s Hollywood Studios have been the hardest to come by thus far, with reservations fully booked through July 1st for Theme Park Ticket Guests and Resort Hotel Guests before being replenished shortly after. Hopefully, Guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort will now have a better chance of obtaining the Theme Park Reservations they want thanks to the new policy.

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Ron Patterson
Ron Patterson
7 months ago

How about, get rid of the park pass…

Michael Powers
Michael Powers
7 months ago

Since I have no idea how guests do this, I am hoping my tickets aren’t affected. I wouldn’t be too happy if 48 hrs out, disney cancelled my park pass.

Jessie Rice
Jessie Rice
7 months ago
Reply to  Michael Powers

You should be fine if the number of days of your tickets and park passes match. Just keep an eye on your email. They send it out after the system sees that you don’t have a ticket for a day you have park pass. THEN they will give you 48 hours to correct it.

Bob
Bob
7 months ago

Will WDW refund the cost of tickets if park passes are not available?

Melissa
Melissa
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob

No. It says multiple times going through the ticket buying/hotel reservation process that you have to check first to see if there are park openings.

Bunz
Bunz
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Disney does not do refunds, we just went through a 4 day park pass that she was not able to use and no refunds are issued they said, use it or lose it.

Bee
Bee
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob

I believe you can reschedule.. and pay the difference (if any) on tickets for the new days you’ll be using them.

Tease Gould
Tease Gould
7 months ago

Get rid of the reservations. Or allow people to reserve with resort reservation until sometime before arrival. We don’t buy our tickets that far in advanced. Just stop making me over plan what should be a nice, pleasurable vacation.

keegan flynn
keegan flynn
7 months ago
Reply to  Tease Gould

agreed. It also puts pressure on the wallet too far in advance for an arguably abbreviated experience. On the other hand, there must be people hoarding reservations, which, in my opinion is idiotic

BrianC
BrianC
7 months ago

You must also renew your Annual Pass before reserving park passes past your annual pass end date. This is annoying as I have resort reservations through Christmas but my pass ends at the end of November, so I must buy another pass 8 months before I need to renew just to get a park reservation. It is not like I’m making a reservation at the resort then not reupping my annual pass, come on Disney.

Steve
Steve
7 months ago

It sounds like Disney is trying to make the lines even longer. It won’t matter to me as I won’t go any more. It used to be a great value back in the 80s and maybe the 90s, but now it’s not worth it to me.

Chris
Chris
7 months ago

Honestly Disney would be smart to cancel the reservations 60 minutes after the admission ticket is changed. This would allow for a guest to keep their reservations for a revision in case the change was made in error.

It just makes no sense to keep the reservations that are tied to a guest that is no longer going. This would free up things for other guests who would be there.

Sean p Compton
Sean p Compton
7 months ago

Over priced anyway.

Cheri
Cheri
7 months ago

Now they need to do the same thing with the Rise if the Resistance boarding passes! Make them only available to people that have a park pass reservation..Some people are taking up available spaces months in advance that they have no intention of using, just so they can practice for getting them when they do plan on going. :(

Lori Collier
Lori Collier
7 months ago
Reply to  Cheri

You have to have a ticket and a park reservation to secure a spot for Rise of the Resistance. At 7 am each day, you can make a reservation while outside the park. At 1:00 pm you must be inside the park.

People at home can practice getting a reservation at 7am, but they aren’t actually making a reservation. So no, people aren’t taking spots for Rise of the Resistance months in advance.

Cheri
Cheri
7 months ago
Reply to  Lori Collier

I don’t understand how it’s not actually making a reservation?

Lori Collier
Lori Collier
7 months ago
Reply to  Cheri

When you are practicing, you get to point where the system wants to confirm you have a valid park ticket, if you don’t have a ticket, you get a message that says, we are unable to confirm.

You practice the steps so that when you do need to get a reservation, the screens look familiar and you know what to expect. Worked great for me. Got boarding Group 2, back in February!

Cheri
Cheri
6 months ago
Reply to  Lori Collier

Thanks for the explanation. ☺

Daren Mahoney
Daren Mahoney
6 months ago

This sucks for out of state annual passholders due to the continued only 3 days at a time rule. Means you can’t guarantee you have a reservation at the parks for any trip until you have completed your next trip. For some of us who try to go monthly its making it really hard to go. Just get rid of the 3 days of reservations rule for annual passholders

Deb Murphy
Deb Murphy
6 months ago
Reply to  Daren Mahoney

Yes agree. Only way around this is to book a reservation allowed as select theme park resort for the days you are going so you have access to more park reservations but then that means you have to stay in one of those properties.