Your Options When Disney World Is SOLD OUT

Planning a Disney World trip can be stressful! There’s a lot that goes into vacationing in the Most Magical Place on Earth, and you’ll need to be able to navigate the park pass system, Disney Genie and Genie+, as well as book dining reservations for any table service restaurants you want to experience.


Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom

The first (and arguably most important) thing you’ll want to do is make your park reservations. Park reservations (or park passes) are required for every day of your trip, and are subject to availability so they may sell out. Here’s what you can do when that happens.

Be Preemptive

One of the best things you can do to make sure you secure the park passes you need is to book them as soon as possible. As soon as you have purchased your tickets and you know which park you will be visiting each day of your trip, go ahead and make the park reservation.


Book your park pass as soon as you know which park you’ll be visiting.

You can make changes to your park passes later if you need to, but we highly recommend making your park reservations sooner rather than later to avoid missing out on passes.

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Take Advantage of Park Hopping

If you check the Park Pass Availability Calendar and see that the park you want to head to on a certain day is unavailable, you may want to consider taking advantage of park hopping. This will, of course, only work if you have a ticket with the park hopper ability added to it, but you can make a reservation for one park, then hop to another after 2PM.


You can make a reservation for one park, and then hop to another after 2PM.

If you plan to use this method, know that you’ll still need to enter the park you have a reservation for before you can head to your desired park, even if it’s after 2 PM. Let’s say you have a park reservation for Animal Kingdom, but you want to go to EPCOT. You’ll still need to go to Animal Kingdom and scan your MagicBand or park ticket to get into the park before you will be able to EPCOT.


You’ll still need to scan into your first park before you can head to your desired park.

It’s also worth mentioning that park hopping may become unavailable on especially busy days (like when guests were unable to park hop to Magic Kingdom on Disney World’s 50th Anniversary). When this has happened before, Disney has sent notifications in the My Disney Experience app, so you’ll definitely want to make sure you have that downloaded before you go on your trip. There’s also a phone number you can call — (407) 560-5000 — to get an automated message about park capacity that is updated throughout the day.

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Keep Checking the Availability Calendar

You might find yourself in a situation where every single Disney World park is completely sold out. If that’s the case, the best thing you can do is check the park availability calendar periodically to see if any park reservations become available. 


Keep checking — you never know when Park Passes may show up!

People’s plans change and they may need to cancel their reservations, so you may get lucky and be able to snag something at the last minute! Disney has also been known to release more Park Passes on days when things are sold out . This is something we monitor continuously, so make sure to follow DFB for more information on Park Pass availability!


Disney may release more park passes on days that are sold out!

While there is no guarantee, you also may be able to call Disney directly or go to Guest Services and see if there is anything they can do to help you get a Park Pass if you need one.

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Do Something Else

Sometimes, part of a Disney World vacation is being flexible! If you’re unable to book a park pass reservation, you might consider taking advantage of some other things Disney has to offer. There are lots of things to do that don’t involve going to the theme parks. For example, you can head to Disney Springs and do some shopping and eating, or maybe even catch the Cirque du Soleil show Drawn to Life. There’s also bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes and live entertainment on the Waterside Stage.


Splitsville Luxury Lanes

You could also head to a Disney water park (the water parks currently do not require a park pass for entry). Blizzard Beach is currently closed for refurbishment, but you can head to Typhoon Lagoon and spend your day going down water slides and chilling in the wave pool.


You could head to Typhoon Lagoon!

If you’re staying at a Disney World hotel, you could have a hotel day! Each Disney hotel has at LEAST one pool, so you could relax poolside, explore the resort, and have a chill day. If you have kids, you can let them play on the playground or in the arcade. If you want, you can even explore other Disney World hotels, but keep in mind that you won’t be able to park there unless you’re staying at the hotel or have a dining reservation there. Disney vacations aren’t always the most relaxing, so sometimes it’s nice to take a day to just chill at the hotel.


You can take some time to relax at your hotel!

One thing a lot of people don’t know about is all of the recreation activities you can take part in at Disney World! You can rent Surrey Bikes at some Disney World hotels like Port Orleans Riverside and Old Key West, you can play mini golf on two courses, or golf on two full-size courses!


You can rent Surrey Bikes at Port Orleans Riverside!

You could also head to Fort Wilderness, where you can rent canoes and kayaks, rent bikes or golf carts, and even ride horses! Honestly, you could spend multiple days at Disney World outside of the parks and not run out of things to do!

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Not being able to get the park pass you need on your Disney World vacation can be frustrating, but there are a few ways you can try to secure the reservation you need. If you can’t get into the parks, there are lots of other things you can do with your day in Disney World. Make sure to stay tuned to DFB for all the latest Disney World news and information!

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