RUMOR: Walt Disney World Park Pass Reservation System to be Updated in 2023

Walt Disney World may be completely overhauling their Park Pass reservation system early next year.

Cinderella Castle with 50th anniversary decorations at Magic Kingdom

Right now, all guests are required to secure a Park Pass for the park and date of their choice in addition to their ticket.

The rumored update will mean guests with date-based theme park tickets will no longer need to make separate Park Pass reservations. Park entry will be guaranteed with their ticket purchase. Disney will still be controlling attendance, just by limiting ticket sales instead of Park Passes. Annual Passholders will still need to make Park Passes for the time being.

Park Hopping for regular ticket holders will be available at any time instead of just after 2:00 p.m. It will still be restricted for Annual Passholders, but they will be able to Park Hop earlier in the day than 2:00 p.m.

These changes will reportedly go into effect in early 2023, possibly as soon as January. Disney has been working on the update for months, but it will certainly reflect well on newly reinstated CEO Bob Iger. Former CEO Bob Chapek repeatedly defended the Park Pass system, though many guests are not happy with the Park Pass system as-is. Two Walt Disney World Annual Passholders filed a lawsuit over the system last month. A similar lawsuit against the Disneyland Resort, which has had even more issues with the Park Pass system, was filed in May 2022 and is still pending. Disneyland Paris Annual Passholders protested Park Passes last month.

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12 thoughts on “RUMOR: Walt Disney World Park Pass Reservation System to be Updated in 2023”

  1. I’m confused as to why regular pass holders won’t have time restrictions with park hopping but annual pass holders will. It doesn’t make sense to me.

    • I agree as annual pass holders we are a steady source of income from a business point. From a customer stand point over the last few years annual pass holders have been losing more and more of our benefits. Whens the last time you were invited to a soft opening? 2013 was the last time for me. This trend must stop.

  2. Get rid of it all together, especially for annual pass holders!! It ruins the spontaneity and the magic of Disneyland!! Also all the extra line hoping, ride reservation stuff is ridiculous!! I already pay enough for an AP, I shouldn’t have to purchase the Genie+ scam!!
    Thank you…

  3. About time! We thought about nor renewing our annual pass. Decided to give Igor a chance
    Hope he puts WDW back where Walt wanted it
    My thoughts are as much as the annual pass costs we should get priority with entry and fast pass

  4. It’s about time, long over due. Many people make reservations and then don’t go. But you still can’t a reservation. By the time they have updated it. You have made other plans


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