Is Disney’s Park Pass Reservation System Here to Stay? See Bob Chapek’s Latest Comments

We’ve been getting a ton of Disney news and updates, courtesy of the 2022 Quarter 3 Earnings Call.


We’ve gotten updates on Disney+ subscriber numbers, information for Disney+ Basic (with ads) and Premium (no ads), and general details regarding the company’s revenue. Along with all of those big updates, Disney CEO, Bob Chapek, also shared some new thoughts regarding the Disney Park Reservation System.

On the Q3 Earnings Call, Bob Chapek discussed the Park Pass Reservation System. Park pass reservations are required for guests to receive access to the Disney parks, along with a valid ticket, Annual Pass, or Magic Key Pass.

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This has been a controversial addition in Disney parks, as the reservation calendar can fill up, blocking guests out of the parks. But, if Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s statements are any indication, this system likely isn’t going away anytime soon.


During the earnings call, Chapek shared that the reservation system provides Disney with the ability to change whatever factors they need regarding ticket packaging. They’ve also found that the reservation system does a great job at spreading out demand and providing a better experience for guests by limiting park capacity.

Chapek even noted that they see nothing in the future indicating anything to the contrary of what they’ve seen so far in terms of demand. And he shared that if they see some kind of spikiness, they can smooth that out now in a way they couldn’t before.

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So it looks like Disney likely won’t be removing the reservation system anytime soon. For more information from the Q3 Earnings Call, check out the latest subscriber numbers for Disney+. Or check out the MAJOR price increase for Disney+ Premium. You can also click here to see Disney’s statements on the demand for the parks.

And, as always, stay tuned to AllEars for the latest Disney news.

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5 Replies to “Is Disney’s Park Pass Reservation System Here to Stay? See Bob Chapek’s Latest Comments”

  1. Based on the number of people in the parks from my visit from 8/2-8/11, there isn’t much restriction on the number of people allowed to enter each park. Every one was packed. With all the add on prices, Genie+ & individual pay rides, not sure what the price increases on the entry ticket gets you. That is Disney gouging its customers just because they can. It has definitely changed how I will purchase/use park tickets in the future. What is new does not justify the multie price increases just this year. As a DVC member, I can use my points for a hotel room and spend my money elsewhere on or off proprty.

  2. One good thing about park reservations, along with using resort reservations, the combination could give Disney a better handle on their transportation needs. Knowing how many are at each resort and of that number with reservations to a certain park they can better adjust the number of buses or other mode of transportation from resorts to the parks. But do they or will they?

  3. The earnings report is stunning. Disney far exceeded analysts expectations. Why? Mainly because demand at the theme parks was far above what they expected. And from, wait for it, charging for lightning lanes. Not to mention all the perks they got rid of. So the guests not only bought a bottle of wine for the dinner party. They bought all the food and dessert as well. And the host charged the guests more to get in the door. The thought of rewarding the guests who helped Disney amass huge profit doesn’t even cross their mind. Not even a token thank you gift. We are using our DVC points in February and have no plans to visit the parks. We aren’t going to let them keep our DVC investment, but we aren’t going to reward them for what they have done, either. This won’t end until guests start recognizing the host is taking advantage of you and turning down the invite and saying “Thanks, but I have gotten a better offer”. I can find far better things to do with my time than spending 4 hours to get into a two minute ride. Do that twice and your $125 entry gets you 4 minutes of fun in eight hours.