A BIG theme park has changed entry rules for their annual passes.
That’s good news for regular visitors to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Disney World has announced that annual pass holders can now visit the park after 2 p.m. without a reservation.
The only exception is Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom.
The convenient change went into effect on April 18, two days before annual passes went on sale for the first time in two years.
On April 20, thousands of Disney fans desperately tried to buy annual passes online and waited in virtual queues for hours.
As one of the last remaining pandemic-related measures, the restriction on spontaneous visits was lifted.
It was previously unpopular with some of the park’s most loyal visitors.
Disney informed fans with a blog post in January that the rule would be scrapped “in the next few months.”
The company wrote at the time: “While the theme park reservation system remains important to manage visitor numbers at our parks, particularly on busy days, we know our pass holders enjoy more spontaneous visits – and this change will enable that.”
Various passes that have been unavailable since November 2021 went on sale on Thursday.
Available to Florida residents only, pricing is as follows:
- Pixie Dust Pass $399
- Pirate Pass $749
- Sorcerer Pass $969 (also available to non-Florida residents who are eligible Disney Vacation Club members)
- Incredi Pass $1,399 (available to non-Florida residents)
MORE CHANGES AT DISNEY
A big money saver for guests staying at Disney Resort Hotels is that self-parking is now available for free.
Guests who purchase the Disney Genie+ service also receive free digital downloads of their Disney PhotoPass attraction photos.
Meanwhile, there are changes to the on-site dining experience.
The Trail’s End Restaurant in Fort Wilderness in the Magic Kingdom area has closed for the summer but will be back later in the year with some new changes.
The restaurant will reopen as a marketplace concept to offer guests a faster, no-table experience.
Over at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, the Catal restaurant and adjacent Uva Bar closed forever on April 14
The restaurant, which operated there for 22 years, will be replaced by Mexican eatery Paseo and its sister courtyard bar Céntrico, which features a menu by Michelin-starred chef Carlos Gaytán.
Also, a $5.4 million renovation is underway at Disneyland.
Upon completion, the Orange County Theme Park will feature a new 8,300 square foot commercial building with five new stores and two new restaurants.
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