RUMOR: Disney’s Park Reservation System To Be Overhauled
Now that Bob Chapek’s reign as the CEO of Disney has unceremoniously been brought to an end, all eyes have turned to returning CEO Bob Iger. While Iger has yet to announce any major changes, he is expected to shake things up. Upon taking the title of CEO he promised that his mission will be “Focused on creative excellence to inspire generations through unrivaled, bold storytelling.”
During his nearly three year tenure as the head of Disney, Bob Chapek’s presence could most be felt when visiting the Disney Parks. Much to the chagrin of many longtime park visitors, Chapek implemented a new reservation system. This new process required guests to get a “Park Pass” in addition to their purchased tickets.
While many fans voiced their opposition to the new system, Chapek was adamant that park reservations were here to stay. This led our very own Greg Antonelle to note
“The perception with Bob Chapek, whether it’s fair or unfair, is that he just cared more about the money than he did about fan satisfaction,”
Well, with Chapek now out of the picture, it appears as if the Park Pass may be following him out the door. According to Wdwmagic.com, Disney is expected to implement an overhaul of the reservation system early next year.
No More Park Reservations?
In a move that will surly be music to Disney fan’s ears, following an upcoming overhaul. guests will no longer need Park Passes in addition to their admission ticket.
The Park Pass system was a nuisance for many Disney fans, who were vocal in their opposition to the system. In the future, guests will no longer need a reservation for the park they want to visit. Despite this, Annual Passholders will still need a reservation for the time being.
Unrestricted Park Hopping
Another thorn in the side for Disney fans, has been the restriction on Park Hopping in recent years. Despite the fact that a park hopping costs extra, Disney has limited guest’s ability to go to a second park until after 2 PM.
According to the new WDWMagic report, guests will soon be able to freely park hop once again. The only restriction expected to remain, will once again affect Annual Pass holders. Unfortunately, those of you with an AP may have to wait until later in the day to hop parks.
When Disney initially introduced the Park Pass, the company touted the system as a way to optimize attendance and labor. While the new 2023 system may lack some of these controls, Disney is expected to throttle attendance by limited ticket sales for a given day.
As previously mentioned, Disney has yet to officially confirm any changes to the Park Pass system. So for now, this information should be treated as rumor. We will continue to keep our eye on the situation, so be sure to check back with MickeyBlog soon!