The Disney Park Pass reservation system that was implemented to manage reduced attendance when the Walt Disney World theme parks reopened in July 2020 (and was scheduled through September 2021) has been extended through January 2023.
Despite Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s optimistic prediction during The Walt Disney Company’s earnings call on Feb. 11, 2020, that some COVID-related restrictions will likely ease in 2022, the reservation requirement extension suggests that limited guest capacity will be in place for some time.
During the call, Chapek noted that the key determining factor for increasing capacity at Walt Disney World and reopening the Disneyland Resort would be the COVID-19 vaccine’s availability.
“In terms of the outlook for the parks for the rest of the year and the capacity, it’s really going to be determined by the rate of vaccination of the public,” he said. “That to us seems like the biggest lever that we can have in order to either take the parks that are currently under limited capacity and increase it or open up parks that are currently closed.”
The Disney Park Pass system requires that all guests ages 3 and up with a valid Annual Pass or theme park ticket reserve their space in a specific park per day in advance and based on availability. Annual Passholders can make theme park reservations for up to three days at a time and their length of stay if staying at a Disney Resort or other select hotel.
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