BREAKING: Annual Passholders & Cast Members Will Not Need Park Pass Reservations for Select Dates at Walt Disney World in 2024

Walt Disney World Annual Passholders will not need park pass reservations on select “good-to-go” dates starting in 2024.

Annual Passholders & Cast Members Won’t Need Park Pass Reservations for Select Dates in 2024

While date-based tickets will no longer require park pass reservations in 2024, non-dated tickets, such as Annual Passes, will still require reservations most of the time.

The ability to enter the parks after 2 p.m. without a reservation (except for Magic Kingdom on Saturdays and Sundays) will still be in place. The new “good-to-go” days will be in addition to the current system. The days will be added on an ongoing basis and will not negate applicable blockout dates.

More details will be released in the future. We’ll keep you updated as new information is released.

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Park Pass Reservation System

Introduced when the parks reopened in summer 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the system requires guests to make reservations for a specific Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort theme park. Guests must have valid theme park admission to make a reservation, which allows for planning ahead but also potentially limits guests who buy their tickets last-minute.

Disney CEO at the time Park Pass Reservations began, Bob Chapek, claimed that the park passes “guarantee a great experience” for all guests. He referenced the past system where the parks would close for capacity on particularly busy days, such as Christmas Day. If a “family from Seattle” visited Disneyland for a two-three day visit and arrived at 10 a.m., they may have been turned away at the gate due to capacity limitations, he cited. Now, the pass system requires advance reservations that guarantee admission for the date of the reservation (with valid ticket media).


According to Chapek, this created the same “magical” experience for a guest who visits on Thanksgiving and a guest who visits on the second Tuesday of September.

This system, he noted, is the same as other fixed-capacity businesses such as airlines, hotels, and cruise lines. It gives guests confidence that the parks won’t be “overcrowded.” He also mentioned that it has the added benefit of maximizing shareholder value.

Despite these claims, many guests find the reservation system to be confusing, cumbersome, and a detractor from the special “magic” that Disney is famous for.

Chapek and Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro have continuously reiterated that the park pass system were here to stay. Other reasons given have cited the ability to plan staffing and supply needs based on the expected amount of guests per day.

Bob Chapek was unceremoniously fired as Disney’s CEO in November, 2022. Previous CEO Bob Iger returned from retirement to reprise the leadership role for two more years, hopeful to prepare a better-performing executive.

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  • Katie Francis

    Katie is a lover of all theme parks and an avid reader. Her favorite rides are Spaceship Earth and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. You can find her daydreaming of the Florida sun, and you can reach her at [email protected]

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