If you want to visit Disney World, you don’t just need park tickets but also Park Pass Reservations. We’ll walk you through step by step, whether you’re making a reservation as a regular ticket holder or you have an Annual pass. Click on any of the links below to go directly to that section, and you can also click any image in this article to enlarge it.
How Far In Advance Should You Make Park Passes?
Currently, some parks book up as far as a month or so out, although we didn’t find any parks unavailable at 45-60 days out. Still, this dynamic changes routinely and your best bet is to keep an eye on the Disney World Theme Park Reservation Availability calendar, shown below. If you start to see some days become unavailable a week or so before your trip, start booking.
If you’re in the app, you can click the plus and then select “Make a park reservation”. But, there is currently no way to make a reservation in the app, so clicking this button will open up the Disney website to the beginning of the park reservation workflow.
Or, you can click this link (it will open in a new window) to go directly to the page shown below, which is where either of the above paths (or any of several others) will take you.
Select the appropriate button based on the type of reservation you would like to make. If you are using a regular ticket, keep reading. If you are an Annual Passholder, even if you have a resort reservation, click here to go to the AP-specific walkthrough.
If you’re making reservations for a group that includes some regular ticket holders and some passholders, you’ll need to do each group separately — there’s no way to make all the reservations in one pass.
Park and Date For Regular Ticket Holders
The first step will be to select who you’re making reservations for. Everyone on your Friends & Family list should appear.
Next, choose the date you’d like to make reservations for. There are no availability indicators on this calendar, so make sure you’ve checked that the park and date you want are available beforehand.
As soon as you select the date, the list of parks will appear below. All parks will be shown even if some are unavailable — on the date selected below, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios were not available on the reservation calendar I had open in the other window, but there’s nothing here to indicate that.
As soon as you select one of the parks, you should proceed immediately to the Review & Confirm screen (click here to jump ahead to that part of the workflow).
Park and Date For Annual Passholders
If you’re making a reservation for an Annual Passholder, you’ll first need to select whether it’s a Park Pass for a trip where you’ll be staying in an eligible resort, or just a regular reservation. If you’re staying in a resort it’s usually best to choose that option as these reservations won’t count against your pass limits.
If you’re making a reservation for a group that has some people with a resort reservation and some without, you’ll need to do them separately unless you’re going to book everyone as a non-Hotel Guest.
If you’ve selected Park Reservation for Hotel Guest, you’ll see the screen immediately below to select which resort reservation you’re working with. Otherwise, you’ll skip ahead to the following screen.
Next is to choose who you’re making reservations for. If you’re making reservations for a Hotel Guest, this screen will show everyone who is on your reservation and has an Annual Pass. If you’re making a non-Hotel Guest reservation, it will show everyone on your Friends & Family list who has an Annual Pass.
One key item to note here is the number of reservations available — for a resort stay it will be the number of nights in the reservation you’ve selected; for a regular reservation it will be the number of reservations that you currently have available within the reservation limit of your pass.
In the next screen, you’ll select the date and park. Unlike the Regular Ticket Holder process, you can see availability indicators on the calendar and, when the park selection screen appears after choosing a date, you will only be able to select parks that have availability.
Review & Confirm — For Everybody
No matter whether you’ve made a regular ticket reservation or a passholder reservation, you’ll end up at this screen.
Do not be fooled by the “You’re all set!” language right at the top — you’re not done. If you check your Plans page at this point, you will not see your Park Passes. Make sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, shown below.
Confirm that your email is correct (it will show the email on your MDE account by default), check the box, then click continue. Now you’re all set!
If you check your Plans in MDE, either on the web or in the app, you’ll see your Park Passes now. You’ll also receive a confirmation email. I like to keep the emails handy when I head to the park. I’ve never had a problem, but I’ve had dining reservations “disappear” in the past, and it never hurts to be prepared.
Canceling or Modifying A Reservation
There is currently no way to cancel or modify a reservation from the app. You must go to the website. To make things even more confusing, some reservations can be modified, and some can only be canceled.
In the screen below from “My Plans” on the MDE tab of the website, the space to the right of the reservation shows a “View Details” button. If your reservation can be modified, you’ll see two links in this space instead, one to modify and one to cancel. If you only see the button, then you’ll need to click it to make any changes to the reservation.
When you click the View Details button, you’ll see the screen below. Click the link to cancel the reservation and book a new one for this date.
Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance should I make reservations?
We recommend checking the reservation availability calendar rather than relying on a set timeframe. When you see parks starting to become available in the weeks before your trip, you should book sooner rather than later. Historically some parks often sell out a month in advance, but it’s extremely rare for any park to sell out two months in advance. Typically Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios are the first parks to sell out, followed by Animal Kingdom and EPCOT.
The Crowd Calendar says the crowds will only be a 5 (or 4, or 6) in the park I’m going to, but Park Passes are sold out. What’s going on?
Our Crowd Calendar measures wait times at attractions, but parades, shows, dining, and other park activities contribute to capacity. This means that there isn’t a fixed crowd level that’s associated with sold-out parks. You should also not assume that a lower crowd level means that the park won’t be crowded; although a crowd level of 2 indicates some of the lowest waits of the year, it’s all relative and so you will still find a large number of people in the park and some lengthy waits.
How do you make a Park Pass reservation in the app?
You can’t currently make a Park Pass Reservation in the app. If you click the Plus sign and select “Make Park Pass Reservations”, you’ll be taken to the Disney World website in your phone’s browser.
How do you modify or cancel a Park Pass reservation in the app?
You can’t currently modify or cancel a Park Pass Reservation in the app. You must open the website and do it from there.
Can you make a reservation for an Annual Passholder and a regular ticket holder at the same time?
You can make them one after the other, but they need to be made as separate transactions.
I’m making a reservation for Annual Passholders, but only some of them have a resort reservation, can I make them at the same time?
You can make them one after the other, but the only way to make them in a single transaction is if you don’t associate the resort stay with the reservations.
Stitch ate my page / something went wrong, how do I finish making my reservation?
Stitch eats a lot of pages. Using your browser’s incognito or private browsing mode will usually allow you to bypass the little alien, but you’ll need to start from the beginning of the reservation process.
Do you have any tips or tricks for making reservations? Did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comments!