With Walt Disney World reopening later this week, annual passholders who haven’t already booked their park passes will have to wait until Aug. 17 to visit some of the theme parks.
To help stop the spread of Covid-19, Walt Disney World has implemented a number of safety procedures as the theme parks reopen, including temperature checks, face mask requirements, social distancing, and making all guests have “Park Pass” reservations set-up in advance of visiting, even annual passholders. Park hopping is not allowed for any guests. FastPasses and Single Rider Lines will also not be available.
Just over a week ago, Park Pass reservations opened up for all annual passholders to reserve up to three days at a time, and the days started booking up quickly. As of this morning, July 5, 2020, almost all of the passes for July have been booked, with only Epcot being available on July 29 and 30. All other July dates are completely booked.
The month of August is also booking up fast, with most weekends fully booked for passholders and Disney’s Hollywood Studios not available until Aug. 17, 2020.
This means no matter which annual pass type you have, if you haven’t already booked your three Park Passes, you’re limited to visiting Epcot for two days in July, and you have limited parks to choose to visit the first couple of weeks in August. If you have an annual pass with blockout dates, those still apply.
We reached out to Disney officials to ask if they have any plans to add more capacity to the park reservation system for annual passholders. They responded, “We encourage passholders to check the Disney Park Pass system from time to time as reservation availability can change.”
Walt Disney World has limited the capacity of each park, and has said they will increase that capacity as time goes on. This is assuming everything goes well with their opening, and the Covid-19 cases start declining, which isn’t yet happening in Florida, as cases reached record levels this past weekend.
You can check the Disney Park Pass Availability yourself at the Walt Disney World website. There is currently more availability for guests with Disney resort reservations and those with day tickets. It’s also possible Disney will add more capacity to certain days as the days near and the spaces held for ticket holders and resort guests don’t fill up. So as Disney says, keep checking.
What do you think? Is it worth having an annual pass right now with limited visits? Will more availability open up after this initial “rush” to return to the parks? Should the theme parks even be open with these restrictions and Covid-19 cases rising? Do these restrictions make it safer to visit Disney World than your local grocery store? Let us know your thoughts below.
Also see our guide to booking your Disney Park Pass reservations.