Gone are the days when you could buy a ticket to Walt Disney World and just go to the park of your choice and have a good day.
Since Walt Disney World reopened in July 2020 after nearly three months of closures due to COVID-19, every guest not only needs a valid ticket, but also a reservation using the reservation system. Disney Park Pass. Disney put this system in place to manage capacity when strict caps had to be applied due to COVID-19. Capacity increases have taken place recently, but the system looks set to stay at least for the near future.
Over the past few weeks, mask rules have changed dramatically at the Walt Disney World Resort, with masks now only required by everyone on closed Disney transportations, including Disney buses, monorails and the Disney Skyliner.
Face coverings are now optional for fully immunized guests in most theme park and resort areas, including stores, restaurants, and rides. Proof of vaccination is not required and Disney states that they expect guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue to wear face coverings in all indoor locations, as well as at the entrance and in all attractions and transport.
So the rule of the mandatory mask at Walt Disney World has undoubtedly changed a lot, which left guests wondering about the future of the Walt Disney World Disney Park Pass reservation system?
In this week’s big debate, we asked you if the Walt Disney World Disney Parks Pass reservation system should go or stay? Here are the results…
We always try to keep the choices in our debates as simple as possible, but I thought it was necessary to add a few more options in this case:
- Get Rid of Everyone – 65%
- Stay for everyone – 13%
- Get rid of for hotel guests, stay for everyone – 19%
- It doesn’t make any difference to me anyway – 2%
It is clear from the breakdown of results that the “get rid of” option far outweighs the stay option. That said, 13% of those who voted obviously think it makes sense for the Walt Disney World Disney Park Pass reservation system to continue.
Interestingly, almost a fifth of voters (19%) said it should be okay for hotel guests and stay for everyone with just 2% saying it makes no difference for them to anyway. I have to admit I think I have to agree that surely hotel guests should have guaranteed entry to the parks if they chose to spend the money to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort.
This is certainly an issue that Disney fans have strong opinions on and you can read a selection of the comments that have been left on our website and Facebook page below …
Your thoughts and comments
“As someone who has hiked more than a dozen times since about 2001, the advance planning now required has gotten ridiculous and started to give negative perceptions of the parks. You can see this in the comment sections on many different pages and groups.
While I understand the need during the pandemic, the pandemic is coming to an end and so is the park reservation system. The park pass reservation system only adds a stressful level of planning rigidity to what has already become an inflexible and unpleasant process.
It also removes the ability to change “day of” plans due to a number of circumstances such as weather, park hours, wanting to sleep, wanting to go to the pool instead for a few hours, changing preferences food, change park preferences. … etc “
“I say get rid of it and bring back the quick passes. With the fast passes you were pretty much locked in a park anyway, so why make it so much more restrictive. “
“A big reason that Park Pass might stick around until COVID-19 is no longer a daily topic of discussion is because Park Pass is how Disney makes sure customers on existing tickets have accepted it. COVID-19 disclaimer, which can be read at https: / /disneyworld.disney.go.com/park-pass-terms. “
“Don’t worry about the park passes, but I would love to see the fast passes come back and look more like Universal Studios. Unlimited.”
“It should stay for regular park patrons and repeat patrons who have booked a hotel reservation. For annual pass holders, this should not apply.”
“Go – So boring. As an annual pass holder who lives nearby, I hate not being able to go last minute for a few hours a day if I want to.”
“This is the main reason we didn’t get our APs back… I will not buy an AP and never be able to use it… we used to go to the parks every Monday and we didn’t go. since October if 19… “
“If it doesn’t go away, they should increase the number of reservations we can have. It used to be 7 in 30 days – 60 days for hotel guests. Now the schedule for Disney is wide open but we can only book 3 days in total. “
“Come on. It’s a horrible experience for guests, local or otherwise. I make Disney want to make some money, but it’s starting to exceed the limit of what should be allowed.”
“Disney trips should be experience-driven, without having to spend hours pre-booking and pre-planning every minute of the stay. Put away phones and apps and just go back to normal queues.”
“I understand why it was in place to begin with. However, with the restrictions being lifted, capacity increased, optional masks, etc. it’s time to end this and bring back the ‘normal’ experiences. All the shows, fireworks, quick passes. “
“Stay if he can control crowd levels and cut wait times. The Disney experience is more important than getting people excited. Magic is what brings families back again.”
“Reservations only add more stress to the vacation. I would like at least some flexibility to accommodate things like bad weather.”
“Pandemic plans have been created so that we can always enjoy our lives.
Things are back to normal for the most part, so get back to how it was. Park in jump, no reservation, etc.
EVERYTHING worked fine until the pandemic rules were released. It’s that simple.”
“Reservations suck for us with annual passes. Before, we could go to EPCOT for dinner when we had a free night. Hate having to plan months in advance.”
“I really don’t care about park pass reservations because someone who only goes once a year, I know which parks I want to go to anyway. I understand why annual pass holders may have issues with the system. “
“Yes, it stinks on some levels. Many times we would go to 3-4 parks on the same day, hitting our favorites or something different. A little hard now. “
We have had a whole series of comments on the great debate this week. What seems like a lot is the effect the Walt Disney World Disney Parks pass reservation system has on annual pass holders. This completely eliminates the possibility of deciding on the day to go to one of the parks for a few hours or to Epcot for the evening. One reader suggested that if the system is to stay, the number of reservations that annual pass holders can hold should increase.
Many readers have said that it adds another level of planning to your trip or vacation. Disney has confirmed that the Disney Park Pass system will continue to be in place for now and in the future, but they previously confirmed that the masks will be in place until the end of 2021 and that has changed, so it seems there is hope for anyone who thinks the Disney Park Pass reservation system should be gone.
If you haven’t yet said whether the Walt Disney World Disney Parks and Pass reservation system should go or stay, leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page. Don’t miss our big debate this week which will arrive soon in Theme Park Tourist.