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Walt Disney World and Disneyland roll back some restrictions for Annual Passholders and Resort Guest

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In an internal email from Josh D’Amaro and blog posts to the Disney Parks blog, Disney has announced long awaited post-COVID adjustments to its theme parks for hotel and day guests, along with annual passholders. Some of these changes are effective today.

At Walt Disney World

The biggest change for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders will come in a few months when Disney rolls back the need for a theme park reservation after 2pm, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom. Reservations will still be required for arrivals before that time, which is important if you want to get in a virtual queue or by Genie+. Blackout days will still apply. 

Effective today, Disney resort guests will now enjoy complimentary self-parking at their resort. This was a huge complaint among one of Disney’s largest group of supporters, those who drive in from out of town. This looks to be a permanent change too.

In the coming months, guests who purchase the Disney Genie+ service will also get free digital downloads of the pictures and videos they took at select Disney PhotoPass attractions on the day of their purchase and park visit. 

Annual Passholders will also get access to Disney Photopass lenses and one complimentary Cinderella Castle Mural of Memories experienced (age restrictions apply).

As far as we can tell Walt Disney World has shared no updates as to when it might release Annual Passes for sale again. 

The Disneyland Resort

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Disney plans to significantly increase the number of days, almost 2 months’ worth, that they’ll over their lowest-priced one-day, one-park ticket at $104.

Those guests with the Park Hopper option will be allowed to cross between parks starting at 11am beginning February 4.

Complimentary Disney PhotoPass digital downloads of attraction photos for all ticketed park guests, beginning February 4 throughout the Disney100 celebration

Finally, Disney promises to make Magic Key passes available for sale more often during the year as inventory becomes available. Not sure exactly what this means, but it sounds promising. 

What do you think of these changes? It sounds like Disney is listening to feedback its been getting from fans and resort guests after all.

3 thoughts on “Walt Disney World and Disneyland roll back some restrictions for Annual Passholders and Resort Guest”

  1. LOVE ALL THE CHANGES. It absolutely great they are doing these for Disney guests but one nitpicking comment that I feel is a major miss- What the heck, individual ticket holders can park hop at 11am & annual Passholders cant until 2pm!?? Or did I misunderstand something?

    1. Two different coasts… 11am out west at the Disneyland Resort, 2pm in the east at Walt Disney World. Doesn’t matter what type of ticket you have as long as it has park hopping benefits.

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