Major overhaul of Disney Park Pass reservations and Park Hopping coming to Walt Disney World in the new year

14 days ago in "MyMagic+"

Posted: Thursday November 24, 2022 9:38am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The hugely unpopular Disney Park Pass reservation system will be undergoing a major overhaul for launch in early 2023 at Walt Disney World.

 

Based on significant push-back from guests on the current reservation system, much of the existing Disney Park Pass system will be removed and simplified, providing guests with an experience closer to pre-pandemic conditions.

Park hopping will return for date-based tickets at any time and will no longer be restricted to 2pm. Annual Passholders will still be restricted but will likely be able to park hop earlier than the current 2pm limit.

Date-based Walt Disney World theme park tickets will no longer require a Park Pass reservation, with park entry secured upon purchasing the ticket. Annual Passholders will still need a reservation, at least initially.

Disney introduced Park Pass as a way to control attendance and labor, and these changes in early 2023 may at first appear to be reducing Disney's operational control. However, the new system will control attendance by limiting ticket sales for a given day rather than selling an unlimited number of tickets and restricting access via a Park Pass.

These changes have been in the works for the last few months, and although the system is nearly ready, we understand it will not debut until early 2023, most likely in January.

Although new CEO Bob Iger did not direct these changes, the timing will undoubtedly help Iger as he begins efforts to restore Disney's reputation among guests and its most loyal fans.

Disney is yet to announce the changes, and as always, information should be treated as speculation until officially confirmed.

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Ayla9 days ago

I think it was more of a 'testing the temp' kind of thing, get a feel for how CM's are feeling and what they're thinking.

CastAStone9 days ago

I think the point was to 1) give the appearance of listening and 2) actually listening. Hopefully he follows up with answers to most questions in a follow up email or meeting. Our CEO at my last company I worked for was fantastic about that no matter how inane the question. We got better plastic forks in the lunchroom once because of a question asked at a town hall. Multi billion dollar company. 🤷‍♂️

VJ9 days ago

then why did he hold a town hall? all of his answers were variations of "shrug"

monothingie10 days ago

Park Pass is going away. Or more accurately being camouflaged within the new ticketing scheme. Which comes along with a built in price hike. There’s no reason to think this won’t spread to Multi day tickets and new tiers of AP were the more you pay the more freedom you have to do what you want without restriction.

Vegas Disney Fan10 days ago

I think our only hope was Chapek was pressuring D’Amaro to tow the company line on reservations, if we don’t hear a comment from D’Amaro in the next few days well have our answer though. I’m not expecting them to go away but I’m still hopeful.

Fido Chuckwagon10 days ago

I was there in July of ‘21 and this wasn’t the case. I mean sure, if I wanted to ride IASW or Ariel it was 15 minutes, but all of the headliners were an hour plus of actually waiting in line.

CastAStone10 days ago

I read it as “look I just got back here and I have no idea what the plan is or the problems are”

MerlinTheGoat10 days ago

People should click on the actual article to get a fuller idea of what was said. Iger said he has never used the system (did anyone think he had btw? lol) and deflected over to D'Amaro. As of just a couple months ago, D'Amaro said park reservations are "here to stay". So unless that was a lie, or he changed his mind since then, I don't see much to indicate a possibility that it will go away. As a few people have pointed out, staff reductions were a major reason that park reservations have been maintained as well. IMO, Iger's response reads to me as the empty "i'll think about it" line parents give their kids to shut them up when they want something they have no chance of actually getting.

helenabear10 days ago

We were there June of 2021. Lines looked longer but they were faster. Not lightning but definitely moved better. No FP/LL available at the time.

Chi8410 days ago

When was that? We were there in May and October 2021 and didn’t see any lightning speed lines. And most of the more popular rides had pretty significant waits.

eddie10410 days ago

This is what Iger has to say

lazyboy97o10 days ago

Right, because as @fgmnt noted, the queues have been designed and redesigned for the various virtual schemes. Because less capacity is dedicated to Stand-By, longer waits need less physical space.

Sirwalterraleigh10 days ago

That’s a hoax…and if wait patiently for a few more days/weeks…I bet the Iger redemption tour leaks out that it was a hoax - officially

jlhwdw10 days ago

The lines were physically longer with more people in them, yes. But they moved at lightning speed and were some of the shortest standby lines in decades