Disney World is Making 3 Huge Changes

Disney World is Making 3 Huge Changes to Bring Guests Back in 2023

Walt Disney World is making 3 huge changes in the coming months that will hopefully bring more guests back to the resort in 2023. Disney shared that these changes will improve the guest experience and to let Disney fans know their feedback is being heard, including Annual Passholders, who are some of Disney’s most loyal guests.

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Enjoy complimentary self-parking when staying at a Disney Resort hotel

Beginning Jan. 10, overnight self-parking will once again be offered complimentary to guests staying at Disney Resort hotels at Walt Disney World. This is a Disney difference many of you have asked to bring back, and Disney is happy to reintroduce it to make your vacation a little easier and more affordable – whether you’re road-tripping across the country, renting a car, or vacationing as a local Florida resident. As a reminder, Disney Resort hotel guests also continue to receive complimentary standard parking at Walt Disney World theme parks, daily early theme park entry (with valid admission and a park reservation) and complimentary on-site transportation options such as buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner.

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Walt Disney World Annual Passholders: Park reservation requirements will be relaxed for visits after 2 p.m.

Beginning in the next few months, Walt Disney World Annual Passholders will be able to visit the theme parks after 2 p.m. without needing a park reservation, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom Park. Pass blockout dates will continue to apply like they do today. While the theme park reservation system remains important to manage attendance in the parks, especially on busier days, Disney realizes Passholders enjoy more spontaneous visits – and this change will make that possible. Passholders will also receive access to Disney PhotoPass lenses and one complimentary Cinderella Castle Mural of Memories experience (age restrictions apply). Visit Cinderella Castle Mural of Memories and Disney PhotoPass Lenses for details, restrictions and other information.

Disney will share a start date with Passholders soon for when these offerings will become available, as well as information about a new offering that is planned where you can create and share short Disney-themed video slideshows with favorite photos from your theme park visits.

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Attraction photo downloads will be included with Disney Genie+ service

Beginning in the next few months, guests purchasing Disney Genie+ service will also receive digital downloads of their Disney PhotoPass attraction photos, taken in the park on the day of their purchase, at no additional charge. Attraction photos are taken while in the parks at more than a dozen of the most popular attractions including Space Mountain, Slinky Dog Dash, Test Track, Expedition Everest and more. An exact launch date will be announced at a later time. Disney PhotoPass terms and conditions and expiration policy apply.

Along with these announcements, Disney also said:

“Please know we will keep listening to you and adapting as we focus on making the guest experience even better for more people who visit us here at The Most Magical Place on Earth.

That includes making planning easier for everyone. For example, we recently added the ability to modify Disney Genie+ attraction selections in the My Disney Experience app, began automatically making theme park reservations with the purchase of 1-day, 1-park specific tickets and made our dining reservation policy more flexible if you need to modify or cancel.

As we’ve shared before, we’re also committed to providing a wide range of options to visit, which is why we roll out special offers from time to time for Florida residents and other guests.”

What do you think about these upcoming changes? Will you be visiting Disney World in 2023?

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