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Bob Iger Might Be Removing the Park Pass

A recent report speculates that with Bob Iger’s return, the controversial Disney Park Pass system might see its end for regular Guests.

The Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort are some of the best places in the world to have a Disney vacation. Whether you visit a Disney Park like Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World or Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort, you’re almost guaranteed to taste the Disney magic.

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Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom/Disney

However, the Disney Parks have seen some changes in the last few years that have changed the Disney experience for Guests, including the introduction of the Park Pass reservation system. The system was instituted after the pandemic closures. In addition to each Guest having a valid Disney Park ticket, Guests must also secure a Theme Park reservation for the same day or period they wish to visit.

The system was contentious, and many criticized it and the Walt Disney Company. Many Guests have expressed that the reservation system is redundant since it was initially installed to manage the number of Guests for social distancing. But now, a rumor is going around online that Disney is planning an update of the Walt Disney World Parks Pass Reservation System, which could come into play as early as January 2023.

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Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World/Disney

Here is what the report says,

“Guests with date-based theme park tickets would not need a separate Parks Pass reservation as Disney would be controlling the amount of guests by limiting the amount of ticket sales rather than Park Passes. However, if you are an Annual Passholder then don’t get too excited just yet as the rumor says that Annual Passholders will still need a Park Pass Reservation for the time being.”

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Main Street, U.S.A., Magic Kingdom/Disney

Since this rumored change is only for regular ticketed Guests and not Annual Passholders, it could make the experience for the former much easier. The update also might mean that Park hopping would become available at any time for regular ticket holders if you have a Park Hopper ticket rather than being from 2 pm as it currently exists. Annual Passholders might likely still be able to Park Hop, but it will be restricted to a particular time.

This also isn’t the first time this rumor has come to light. We reported on it earlier this week when some Disney insiders tweeted that these plans have been in the works for months, and were initially instituted by former Disney CEO Bob Chapek.

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It’s important to note that Disney has not released any official confirmation of this update and this is still speculation and a rumor. With Bob Iger already instituting changes to the leadership at the Walt Disney Company and expressing frustrations with the Theme Park experience under Chapek’s tenure, only time will tell what the future holds for the Disney Parks.

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