The Much Hated Theme Park Reservations are Going Away for Most People in 2024!
Unfortunately this does not not include the U.S. Military Community!
Disney World announced today (11 Oct 2023) That:
Beginning Jan. 9, 2024, guests with a ticket with Park Hopper benefits or an Annual Pass will be able to once again visit another theme park at any time of day during park hours (subject to capacity limitations). As a reminder, since returning in 2021, Park Hopper access has only been available after 2 p.m. each day. Now, there will be no more waiting – guests can decide when it’s time to visit another park.
On days when theme park reservations are required for Annual Passholders and certain non-dated tickets, including Military Tickets, Passholders and guests will be able to take advantage of the updates to Park Hopper access after visiting their first park.* For example, if a Passholder has a reservation at EPCOT and enters the park at 9 a.m. for a quick ride or two, they can then head to another park right after.
And there is even more news for Passholders! “Good-to-go days” will begin sometime in January! With good-to-go days, the theme park reservation calendar will be updated periodically and will show Passholders select days when they may visit a Disney World theme park without needing a theme park reservation (blockout dates will continue to apply like they do today).
Key Point for the Military
Here is the key point: All Military Tickets are Not Date-Based!
In their announcement Disney said “On days when theme park reservations are required for certain non-dated tickets…”
I’ve just queried Disney as to whether:
- Disney Armed Forces Salute and Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets are “Certain Non-Date Based tickets (do theme park reservations apply to us?)
- Does the military community need theme park reservations or not?
- If we do, when are the days they will not be needed?
- Will these dates we need reservations (if we do) be posted way in advance (like a year) to plan with military schedules?
What This Means
When Disney World announced the 2024 Disney Armed Forces Salute, they stated that Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets will require Theme Park Reservation sin 2024!
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