Disney's new advance reservation system for theme park visits debuted for Walt Disney World hotel guests this morning.
Many guests reported problems signing in and getting available dates shortly after the Disney Park Pass system went online at 7am Eastern, as countless fans initially overwhelmed the system. Reports of trouble seemed to ease as the day went on, though some fans remained frustrated by long waits to connect.
You must be signed into your Disney account on the Walt Disney World website or My Disney Experience app and you must have a Disney World hotel reservation and valid theme park tickets connected to your account in order to reserve a date to visit the parks. Annual passholders without hotel reservations may start using the system on Friday. Everyone else gets in on Sunday, June 28.
Hotel guests by early evening had booked all their available spots for Disney's Hollywood Studios first three days: July 15-17. Beyond that, all parks are shown as available for all dates through the end of September 2021, which is how far in advance the system now goes.
You can check the current availability of dates on Disney's website. Note that no dates are listed as available now for annual passholders or daily ticket holders because the system is not open to them yet.
Disney is using this reservation system to enforce limited capacity at its theme parks as it looks to support safe physical distancing during the ongoing pandemic. Walt Disney World also has announced that it will not be allowing Park Hopping during its initial reopening period, so you'll be spending the whole day at whichever park you reserve for a specific date.
Disney's Hollywood Studios is home to the resort's most recent major attractions: Star Wars: Ride of the Resistance and Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway. Disney is no longer using the virtual queue that it had used for Rise of the Resistance - or any Fastpass+ ride reservations - so it's old-school, first-come-first-served queuing inside the parks when they reopen. That made DHS a top choice for the most eager Disney fans, as they looked to hit up these popular new attractions as soon as they returned.
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom reopen July 11, while DHS and Epcot return on July 15. All visitors will have to pass a temperature check and wear masks while visiting.Tweet
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