We all remember when Disney Parks around the globe had to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some theme parks were only closed for months, others were closed for more than a year. Others dealt with multiple openings and closings as the country they were located in saw COVID surges and plunges in cases. When Parks were able to open, things were incredibly different — Park capacity was extremely limited, all Guests were required to wear face masks, and reservations were required to visit the Park of your choice.
The reservation system was something a lot of Guests struggled to deal with. Gone were the days of buying your ticket and just going to whatever Park you wanted. Guests had to purchase a ticket, then make a theme park reservation. Want to Park hop? Still need a reservation, and you have to wait until a certain time of day to do it.
Since the reservation system was instituted at the Disney Parks, Guests have had a lot of opinions about it, especially Annual Passholders who pay a premium to be able to visit the Parks but find themselves unable to make reservations for weeks at a time. In order to combat the growing anger and frustration, one Disney Park has decided to implement a waitlist for Annual Passholders.
Disneyland Paris now gives Annual Passholders the option to join a waitlist if the Park they are trying to make a reservation at is full when they try to book. The news was shared on Twitter by ED92 (@ED92Magic):
A waiting list feature has been added to the Annual Pass reservation system. When the parks are full, AP holders can join a waiting list and if the date becomes available then their registration will be confirmed automatically.
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A waiting list feature has been added to the Annual Pass reservation system. When the parks are full, AP holders can join a waiting list and if the date becomes available then their registration will be confirmed automatically. pic.twitter.com/mzPd5YHop7
— ED92 (@ED92Magic) June 13, 2022
According to the Disneyland Paris app, Annual Passholders can join a waitlist if the day they want to book is full. If the day becomes available and their name is at the top of the list, their reservation is automatically confirmed. An email will be sent to the Passholder, so they are aware that they now have a reservation. If that date no longer works for the Guest, they are free to cancel and another Guest on the waitlist will be given the reservation.
If this waitlist option proves to be popular and successful, it is possible that Disney could choose to launch this at other Parks. Disneyland Resort in California could benefit especially from that. The biggest complaint amongst Magic Key Holders — what Annual Passholders are called — have is that weeks will be completely booked. One woman even launched a lawsuit against Disney, claiming that they were engaging in deceptive practices when they sold the Magic Key that promised no blackout dates.
Disney has not yet shared if they are planning on expanding the reservation waitlist for Annual Passholders.