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Chapek boasts that park reservations guarantee you a great experience

Chapek boasts that park reservations guarantee you a great experience

It looks like theme park reservations are here to stay. Chapek says they benefit both guests and shareholders.

Theme Park Reservations

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Since the phased reopening of the theme parks, park reservations have been required for all four theme parks. Although Disney makes more park passes available at times, it’s a good idea to secure them as soon as you book your vacation. This is especially important during busier times of the year.

Holidays and school breaks increase the number of guests at Disney Parks. Park reservations fill up quickly for these times. Previously, the Disney Reservation Calendar allowed booking through the end of 2023. This has been extended through January 2024.

Chapek’s Past Statements

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Many Disney fans are not fans of Chapek. He’s earned a penny pinching reputation with only the bottom line in mind. While Chapek brags about park pass reservations “exceeding expectations” most fans want them and the 2:00pm park hopping rule to go away. Previously, he called Annual Passholders “unfavorable guests.

Just last month, Chapek made a bold claim that new Annual Passes aren’t being sold to “heed the needs of everyone who travels from across the country one time every five years.” However, fans were not in agreement with his reasoning.  Instead, it seems that by controlling who is coming into the parks.

Not only are they saving money by not having as many Cast Members on the schedule, but they are also making more money by charging more for things that used to be free (or cheap) in the form of tickets, food, merchandise, resort hotels, and Genie+.

Latest Statement

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At The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live 2022 event today, Chapek discussed pricing and demand at theme parks along with avoiding alienating the company’s most passionate fans.

Chapek stated, “We practice yield management…so that we have pricing be a reflection of how many people we can actually let in and still guarantee that great experience. For some of our fans that’s heresy, but I think it’s not only good business practice…maximizing shareholder value, but more importantly it protects the guest experience so that when you get into the park…you can have confidence it’s not going go be overcrowded.”

What do you think of Chapek’s statement? Do the parks seem less crowded with reservations? Does he give off a smug attitude while presenting this information? Please let us know in the comments below and on Facebook.

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Mitchell IVEY

Thursday 27th of October 2022

I've been twice since the reservation system went into place. Well, 3 times but one was right after they reopened and no one was there. Greatest experience ever, but the other times sure seemed to be worse than pre pandemic crowds. If less people are there, why is it so much more crowded? Was not a GREAT experience. It was frustrating. He's full of it.


Thursday 27th of October 2022

Bob Chapek couldn't tell the truth in the confessional talking to the Pope!!!


Wednesday 26th of October 2022

The parks are still way overcrowded!! And people that didn’t renew pass during covid can no longer renew.


Wednesday 26th of October 2022

I wonder exactly what is the color of the sky in Bob’s world? Total pain, so much that my wife says she will go the resorts but not spend money to go to the parks.


Wednesday 26th of October 2022

Parks are crowded therefore lines are long, bathrooms need more attention, cant hop until 2, genie + is just a money maker, can't get reservations for full service dining but the reservation system is giving everyone a better experience. He doesn't care.

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