Park reservations change kicks in April 18 – Orlando Sentinel

Walt Disney World has announced the day that its reservations system will be loosened up. As of April 18, Disney World’s annual passholders will be able to visit any of the four theme parks after 2 p.m. without needing to make a reservation.

Notable exceptions: Reservations will continued to be needed at Magic Kingdom theme park on Saturdays and Sundays.

Disney announced the change in January but did not say when it would take effect. A post on the official Disney Parks Blog has been updated with the April 18 element.

“While the theme park reservation system remains important to manage attendance in our parks, especially on busier days, we realize our passholders enjoy more spontaneous visits — and this change will make that possible,” the January post said.

Disney World’s date-specific reservations starting being required as the resort emerged from a four-month pandemic shutdown in July 2020. Annual passholders have been allowed to park hop after 2 p.m., but they have had to first go to a park with reservations before moving on to a second one.

The partial loosening-up of the system was made in an announcement along with the company suspending the overnight parking fee for resort hotel guests and the addition of free PhotoPass attraction photos for visitors who purchase the Disney Genie+ service. That PhotoPass arrangement will begin March 20, Disney says.

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