Who is ready to do away with park passes and hopping restrictions? Here are the big changes reportedly coming next year at Disney.
Opposition from Disney Guests
When Disney implemented park passes and park hopping restrictions, the original reasoning was that it would help manage attendance due to the pandemic. Despite Disney removing every other health and safety measure, park passes and hopping restrictions remain.
This led many to believe it was never about the pandemic, but instead controlling attendance and managing Cast Member schedules. Especially for passholders who used to have complete freedom in the theme parks, these two things have been the biggest grievance for many Disney fans.
To kick off 2023 with a fresh start, we may be seeing several major changes in the coming months.
What’s to come
The unpopular park pass system is rumored to to undergo a major overhaul at the start of the new year. While it may not completely go away, it is expected to be simplified with some aspects completely removed.
For starters, date-based tickets will no longer require a park pass. This means if you buy a ticket, you are guaranteed entry. However, annual passholders will still need a reservation for the time being.
So, how will Disney control attendance? Apparently they will do so by limiting the number of tickets sold for any given day instead of limiting park passes. Honestly, it should have been done this way from the very start.
As far as park hopping, the 2:00 pm rule is set to be completely removed for date-based tickets. This is important to note because, according to the rumors, annual passholders will still be restricted. However, it is expected that those Guests will be able to park hop earlier than the current 2:00 pm.
It’s also worth noting these changes have reportedly been in the works for a few months now, but the system will not be ready to go for a few more months. As far as park hopping…well that doesn’t take much (if any) system re-working…
Of course, we will keep you updated when/if any of these rumors come to fruition.
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