Disney World Locks Out Select Guests, Closes Park Availability

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Walt Disney World Resort is known for magic and wonder. Guests head to Disney World for the iconic Cinderella Castle, thrilling rides, and beloved characters. Disney World offers an enchanting experience that captures the hearts of guests from around the globe.

When Disney guests decide they want to be more than “guests” and more like family, they can pay to become Disney World Passholders. Once guests become a Passholder, they will have special perks, discounts, and bragging rights to say they are Disney Passholders.

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Being a Disney Passholder opens the door to a world of possibilities, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the enchantment of Disney whenever they please. With various pass options available, ranging from the Pixie Dust Pass to the Incredi-Pass, guests can choose the pass that best fits their needs and preferences.

  • Disney Pixie Dust Pass ($439)
  • Disney Pirate Pass ($799)
  • Disney Sorcerer Pass ($999)
  • Disney Incredi-Pass ($1449)

One of the greatest perks of being a Disney Passholder is the ability to visit the parks multiple times throughout the year. Whether it’s a spontaneous trip to Magic Kingdom for a Dole Whip or a leisurely stroll through EPCOT’s World Showcase, Passholders can experience Disney’s magic whenever the mood strikes.

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Each pass comes with its own set of benefits and availability. While the Disney Incredi-Pass allows unlimited visits without any blockout dates, the lower-tier passes have restrictions.

If guests have the Pixie or Pirate Pass, blockout dates have started for them. This means that during these blockout dates, guests will not be allowed entry without a purchase of a ticket. These blockout dates will continue 2024 and into 2025, with specific dates outlined for each month.

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2024 blockout dates for the Pirate Pass are as follows:

  • March: 19-31
  • April: 1-6
  • May: 25-27
  • June: N/A
  • July: 3-6
  • August: 31
  • September: 1-2
  • October: 12-14
  • November: 22-30
  • December: 19-31

These blockout dates typically align with peak periods, such as holidays and school vacations, when the parks are expected to be particularly busy. For Passholders with lower-tier passes, blockout dates can be especially frustrating, as they may miss out on experiencing the parks during popular times of the year.

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Despite these challenges, many Passholders find that the perks far outweigh the disadvantages.

The ability to experience the magic of Disney on a regular basis, along with the added benefits of discounts and exclusive offers, makes being a Disney Passholder a truly magical experience.

Do these blockout dates affect your Disney vacation?

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.

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