Popular amusement park makes major change and customers will love the convenience

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.

Entry rules for Disney World Annual Pass holders have changed


Entry rules for Disney World Annual Pass holders have changedPhoto credit: Getty

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.

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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)


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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Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing zackzwiezen@ustimespost.com.

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