Exciting Changes at Disneyland Leave Walt Disney World Guests Wanting More

Visiting Disney Parks has changed dramatically since the pre-pandemic days of spontaneous visits and unrestricted Park Hopping. The theme park reservation system, which operates at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, is just one point of agitation for Guests, along with Park Hopping restrictions, Annual Pass sales (or lack thereof), and more.

Walt Disney World has already implemented some changes for Annual Passholders that has made visiting the Parks a little bit more spontaneous by allowing entry into theme parks with no reservation after 2:00 p.m. but there is still work to do. And while some changes begin this weekend at Disneyland, Guests at Walt Disney World are left waiting for more on the East Coast.

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Beginning tomorrow, February 4, 2023, Guests at the Disneyland Resort will be able to take advantage of exciting new changes. First, Park Hopping restrictions will still exist, but they will become a little bit more flexible. Like Walt Disney World, Park Hopping at Disneyland is unavailable until 2:00 p.m., but this weekend, Guests will be able to begin Park Hopping as early as 11:00 a.m.

This change to the Park Hopping rules could be a game changer for Guests who either are unable to get a reservation in their first choice of a Park for the day or for anyone who simply wants to get breakfast or hit up a few attractions before spending the day elsewhere.

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Along with the update to Park Hopping, beginning tomorrow, Guests at the Disneyland Resort will also receive complimentary digital versions of PhotoPass pictures taken on select attractions.

No such changes have been announced for Guests visiting Walt Disney World, with Park Hopping still off limits until 2:00 p.m. and on-ride photos only available for purchase.

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Both Resorts continue to experience difficulties with Annual Passes, with Disneyland’s Magic Key pass only briefly going back on (and off) sale, while Disney World has still not offered sales of new Annual Passes since the beginning of 2020.

We at Disney Tips will continue to monitor updates to the Guest experience at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."