Walt Disney World now offering passholder only entrances at theme parks

All four Walt Disney World theme parks are now offering passholder exclusive entrances. Look for giant red signs as you approach the park as they can be in different places (to the left at EPCOT and Magic Kingdom and to the right at the Studios).

The dedicated entrances are expected to remain throughout January 2017 and possibly be extended beyond that.

Back in the 90s, before construction started on California Adventure, Disneyland tried passholder only entrances. I found it was a rare occasion when the line was actually shorter than the main entrance. The problem in Anaheim was that all the passholders tended to arrive at the same time (after work mid-week, mid-morning on the weekends).

So far in Orlando the waits are generally less at the Passholder entrances. That’s in part due to cast members requiring you show your passholder card in order to get scanned.

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2 thoughts on “Walt Disney World now offering passholder only entrances at theme parks

  1. Geoff

    The bag lines tend to keep the checkin lines short anyway maybe bag line for small medium and large/strollers with extra help where required.

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  2. Disney Mike

    Personally, I think this is a great idea. It’s nice to offer a perk to the Passholders, and I have absolutely no problem showing my Annual Pass if it means I can cut a couple of minutes off my wait time at the turnstiles. Most days, though, it seems like it wouldn’t be necessary, as the wait at the turnstiles is usually pretty short when we go — but we tend to only go at slow times of year, though.

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