Walt Disney World has given a long awaited update to passholders regarding how to access the parks as they begin to enter their phased reopenings in July.

What’s Happening:

  • Walt Disney World has given the following update for their annual passholders:

Our Annual Passholders are some of our most loyal and valued guests. We truly can’t wait to welcome you back—and we will do it with great thought.

With that in mind, when the parks reopen, park capacity will be significantly limited—and may continue to be for a period of time, based on guidance from health experts to promote physical distancing.

We understand how much excitement, thought and time goes into planning your Disney visits and realize some new changes may be disappointing. For example, during this unprecedented time, an annual pass will not guarantee park entry and Annual Passholders will be required to make an advance reservation to enter a park via the new Disney Park Pass system.

Please note that during the limited capacity period, it may be difficult for Annual Passholders to get park reservations to visit on certain dates.

  • All Annual Passholders are eligible to make Theme Park reservations for up to 3 days at a time.
  • Annual Passholders staying at select Disney Resort or other select hotels with valid Theme Park admission are eligible to make Theme Park reservations for their entire Resort length of stay. 

AP Reopening Previews:

  • Passholders will have the opportunity to register for a special preview at Magic Kingdom park or Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park on July 9 or 10.
  • Email invitations with registration details will be sent out soon. Previews apply to the following passes:
    • Weekday Select
    • Theme Park Select
    • Silver
    • Gold
    • Platinum
    • Platinum Plus
    • Premier
  • Reservations are required and limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. An eligible activated annual pass is required to register.
  • If a Passholder would like to register a Guest to accompany them, that Guest must also have a valid annual pass (from the above list), be listed on your Family & Friends list and have opted to share “All My Plans” with you.

Pass Benefits:

  • Some pass benefits and features will not be available during periods of limited capacity.
  • Park experiences and offerings will be modified and subject to limited availability or even closure (ie Water Parks).
  • Annual passes are subject to blockout dates. Guests should ensure their pass type is valid for park entry prior to making a park reservation.


Walt Disney World is automatically extending Annual Pass end dates by one-month, or Passholders can choose options to end their pass early.

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