Last Updated on March 17, 2022 by disneyparkssnob
Walt Disney World Theme Park Reservations
When planning a Walt Disney World vacation it’s important to understand that you no longer can just show up, day of and enter a park. Now, you must make a theme park reservation and have a valid ticket or pass for a specific park and date. Park Reservations are required to enter any of the 4 parks at Walt Disney World.
Making Theme Park Reservations
In order to make theme park reservations, you will need to purchase your tickets so you can make those reservations. If you are booking a Disney Resort Hotel and tickets package; once you book that package, you will be able to make your theme park reservations even if your package isn’t completely paid off. If you are staying off property, you will have to pay for your tickets in full before you can link them to your My Disney Experience account and then make your park reservations.
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Depending on your travel dates, there is a possibility that a certain park might be “sold out”. Holidays, school vacation weeks, 3-day weekends and summer vacation are always the busiest times at Disney. Personally, I like to look at the theme park availability calendar before I set my mind to any specific travel dates. If your travel dates aren’t flexible, booking your trip as early as possible will be the safest bet for getting the park reservations you want.
To make your park reservations, you are going to log in to your My Disney Experience account. From here you will see all of your trip plans. Once you have your park tickets linked or book your Disney package, you will click “Make a Park Reservation” from the MDE dashboard.
You will create your party by selecting all the people in your My Disney Experience account that you have added and assigned a theme park ticket to. Then you will chose the dates you want to make park reservations for. You will select a specific park for each day. If you have purchased a Hopper Ticket, the park that you are making a reservation for will be your “Morning park”. The park that you hop to later in the day, you DO NOT need a park reservation for.
Once you’ve successfully made your theme park reservations, they will appear in your plans on your MDE account. If for any reason you need to change your park reservation you can do this on your MDE account either on the app or desktop. If you had wanted to make a park reservation for a certain park and it wasn’t originally available and later your preferred park becomes available, you can “swap” them. In order to change your park reservation, you will need to cancel your existing park reservation and then go back and make a new park reservation. Again, all park reservations are made on the MDE app or desktop site.
Just in case, take screenshots of your plans. I just feel better having that backup in the event that something strange happens to my account.
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