WDW COVID-19 Operational Thread- Reservation System

Tom_E_D

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My understanding is that you mentioned cancelling your package that has the tickets attached. If you do that then the only reservations you can get are the ones APs can get and I think that is only 3 days.
APs can make park reservations for all days for which they have resort reservations (out of the Resort Guests bucket), plus three days for which they do not have resort reservations (out of the Annual Passholder bucket), subject to availability.
 

CarolynFH

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My understanding is that you mentioned cancelling your package that has the tickets attached. If you do that then the only reservations you can get are the ones APs can get and I think that is only 3 days.
I believe the posts I saw earlier were from guests whose APs couldn’t be renewed yet. When the time came, they would renew their APs and then book a room-only AP discount stay or a DVC stay, thus retaining the park pass reservations despite cancelling the package. The package would be a way to book PP early at a lesser cost ($200) than buying regular tickets for the anticipated resort stay and hoping to apply them to the AP renewal purchase.
 

DestyTiger

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In line at RnR right now and have seen a few people go up to the FP check in line and get there Magic Bands scanned and leave. Does anyone know if they are doing some sort of FP process? No one in line seems to know.
 
  • yulilin3

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    no, this is most likely Rider Swap or DAS. I'll merge you to the operational thread where this has been discussed
     

    finleyd

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    Has anyone had any luck with them opening more park passes, I'm scheduled on a Wednesday for Animal Kingdom but would prefer to go to Hollywood studios that day. I've been checking the park availability calendar but nothing. Does anything ever open up?
     
  • sbbobe

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    Yes your date might open up. You will need to check periodically to see if HS has opened up. Good luck!
     

    LiveToTravelNicely

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    Slightly OT, but similar question on the OG topic: Assuming a park has availability, how difficult is it to change park reservations for a given day? Can this be done even mid-day (as long as you haven't entered a park yet for the day)?
     

    yulilin3

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    Has anyone had any luck with them opening more park passes, I'm scheduled on a Wednesday for Animal Kingdom but would prefer to go to Hollywood studios that day. I've been checking the park availability calendar but nothing. Does anything ever open up?
    yes they do keep checking, also mergeed you to the operational thread

    Slightly OT, but similar question on the OG topic: Assuming a park has availability, how difficult is it to change park reservations for a given day? Can this be done even mid-day (as long as you haven't entered a park yet for the day)?
    depends on the day obviously, but yes, parks like Epcot and AK have higher chances to be available same day, DHS not so much
     
  • disneygirlsng

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    Slightly OT, but similar question on the OG topic: Assuming a park has availability, how difficult is it to change park reservations for a given day? Can this be done even mid-day (as long as you haven't entered a park yet for the day)?
    If there's availability it is super easy to change. But, the availability is the key and depends on the day and park. Yes, it can be done at anytime as long as you haven't entered a park.
     

    LiveToTravelNicely

    You said it Doc. Imagination is a blast!
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    depends on the day obviously, but yes, parks like Epcot and AK have higher chances to be available same day, DHS not so much
    If there's availability it is super easy to change. But, the availability is the key and depends on the day and park. Yes, it can be done at anytime as long as you haven't entered a park.
    Thanks to you both! I'm probably taking the unpopular method on this one. Since we are fortunate to be WDW semi-regulars and due to COVID, if on any given day the park we previously picked shows up full, we are going to change to an available park that equals less crowds. Example: Selected DHS for Wednesday, but after checking Tuesday see that DHS will be packed, moving on to somewhere else. Our goal with this trip is to just get to WDW and enjoy ourselves without any specific objective of seeing everything. Not a big deal if we miss an entire park completely this trip (looking at you, DHS!). While it would be cool to see Star Wars and Runaway Railway, there's always a future trip. Or maybe an excuse to go to DLR in a couple of years once Runaway Railway is open there!
     

    0FF TO NEVERLAND

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    I’m looking to book for June 2021. Do I seriously need to reserve my dates for June?? If so, by when?

    If all the experiences aren’t back by that time, I’m canceling that trip.

    No mask. Reinstating fireworks. But most important for me would be giving back fast passes. Never waited more than 20 mins to get on a ride, don’t want to start now

    Let’s hope for the best
     

    GBRforWDW

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    I’m looking to book for June 2021. Do I seriously need to reserve my dates for June?? If so, by when?

    If all the experiences aren’t back by that time, I’m canceling that trip.

    No mask. Reinstating fireworks. But most important for me would be giving back fast passes. Never waited more than 20 mins to get on a ride, don’t want to start now

    Let’s hope for the best
    You can reserve for then, but you don’t have to yet. Probably best to do it a little more than 2 months out though to ensure you get your park days.

    Though if you’re wanting everything back to normal, you might as well wait to book your package until March. You should have a better idea by then if the parks will be back to normal and summer discounts might start popping up around then.
     

    GBRforWDW

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    Thanks to you both! I'm probably taking the unpopular method on this one. Since we are fortunate to be WDW semi-regulars and due to COVID, if on any given day the park we previously picked shows up full, we are going to change to an available park that equals less crowds. Example: Selected DHS for Wednesday, but after checking Tuesday see that DHS will be packed, moving on to somewhere else. Our goal with this trip is to just get to WDW and enjoy ourselves without any specific objective of seeing everything. Not a big deal if we miss an entire park completely this trip (looking at you, DHS!). While it would be cool to see Star Wars and Runaway Railway, there's always a future trip. Or maybe an excuse to go to DLR in a couple of years once Runaway Railway is open there!
    If your trip is before Christmas, you’re going to have nearly 100% certainty DHS will be packed, even if not maxed out on park passes.

    If after Christmas, probably down to 98% certainty. If you don’t want stress in a park, probably best to plan to avoid at this time that way you can ensure you get park passes for the alternative park you would rather go to.
     

    0FF TO NEVERLAND

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    You can reserve for then, but you don’t have to yet. Probably best to do it a little more than 2 months out though to ensure you get your park days.

    Though if you’re wanting everything back to normal, you might as well wait to book your package until March. You should have a better idea by then if the parks will be back to normal and summer discounts might start popping up around then.
    true but I received an email from Disney for 35 percent of select hotels of staying up till June

    I tech can just put deposit now and I have till May 2021 to cancel for full refund so I figure lemme just do it now for the excitement lol

    anyone think the poly will be fullydone with refurb by mdw?
     
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    lovethattink

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    Breaking now: almost all equity performers have been laid off.
    All shows are affected, minus frozen sing along, citizens of Hollywood and Main Street are gone as well
    My heart is breaking tonight as I scrolled through my Fb feed and see so many friends affected by the lay offs. I’m thankful for all their years of magic. IMHO, they were the biggest draw for us to go to a park. We’d often go and skip attractions to see the shows and streetmosphere.

    I’ll miss that part of our Disney experience immensely!
     

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