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Making Disney Park Pass Reservations

When Disneyland reopened in 2021, there were a lot of changes. One of the biggest differences was that reservations are now required to visit either of the Disneyland Resort Theme Parks. You can no longer just show up with a ticket and be admitted.

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The new system is called Disney Park Pass. Don’t worry, it’s easy to use. Here is what you need to know.

Related: Visiting Disneyland Resort: What You Need to Know

This information is for general ticket holders, not those with Magic Keys, which is the new name for Disneyland Annual Passes. Making Magic Key reservations is similar.

The first thing you need is an account with Disney. You do not need separate Disney accounts for all Disney properties, if you already have one, just sign in. If you don’t have an account, you can create one here.

Availability Calendar

Before purchasing your tickets, it is a good idea to check the Availability Calendar, which you can find here. A date with a castle means that Disneyland Park has availability, and the Ferris Wheel means Disney California Adventure is open. You’ll probably notice that many dates have both.

After you have a Disney Account, you’ll need to purchase tickets. If you don’t have tickets linked in your account, you will not be able to make a Disney Park Pass Reservation. You can make reservations for others if they are on your Friends & Family list.

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From there, you’ll pick the dates that you want, the members of your party, and the Park! Follow the instructions, and then scroll to the bottom. You’ll need to accept the terms and conditions, as well as agree to the covid waver.

Related: Mobile Ordering at Disneyland

Hit continue, and you will have made your reservation! You’ll receive a confirmation number and a QR Code. These will also be in the email. We have never been asked for the code at the gate, but we always keep the email handy, just in case.

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If you have reservations that you aren’t going to use, don’t forget to cancel them. That will give someone else a chance to visit the Park. You can cancel on the My Theme Park Reservations page. Canceling is a two step process, so you won’t cancel anything by accident.

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Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH, and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married, and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010, we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the Parks. Under the name Paula Brown, I penned the novels 'Dream Wanderers' and 'The Coffee Cruiser'. I also am a co-author of 'Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide'. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida.

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