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2022 Dates You Should Make Your Disney Park Passes For NOW

With the reopening of Walt Disney World in 2020, Guests have been asked to make park pass reservations.  This new system allows Disney to control Park capacity as well as help move Disney Cast Members around the Walt Disney World Resort to help make the Guest’s experience as magical as possible.

The issue or frustration with the park pass system is that sometimes the Disney Park you want is blacked out.  This can mean that you might not get into the Disney Park of your choice on specific days.

As we start heading into the second part of 2022, there are some upcoming dates that if you plan to visit Walt Disney World you will want to make your park pass reservations now to ensure that you are able to get in.

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One of the busiest times of the year at Walt Disney World is the holidays.  If you plan on visiting Walt Disney World this summer during the 4th of July celebrations, you will want to get your park passes reservations made now.  Typically we see both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT with high crowds as they are the two Parks known for their amazing celebration.

If you plan to wrap up the summer with a Disney vacation for Labor Day, this is another holiday weekend that we will see park passes fill up quickly.  Make sure you snag those early to avoid being left out of the magic.

As we head into the fall, Halloween has become even more popular than ever.  With more schools offering a fall break, we are seeing the crowds rise in Walt Disney World.  If you want to see the fall decorations and experience the Halloween celebrations, you will want to make those park passes this summer or sooner.

Thanksgiving is a busier time of the year as Guests who want to experience both the fall decorations as well as get a glimpse at the Christmas decorations starts to come down to Walt Disney World.  Magic Kingdom becomes very popular during the Thanksgiving week as Guests look to see the Park transform into Christmas.

Finally, if you are wanting to spend Christmas at Walt Disney World or ring in the new year at a Park, we highly recommend getting those park passes made sooner than later.  The week between Christmas and New Year is the busiest week of the year and you don’t want to be blocked out of the magic.

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Another busy time that you will want to get your park passes made early are the runDisney weekends.  Runners flock to Walt Disney World for these special runs and love to be in the Parks to celebrate their accomplishments.

The runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend will be from November 3rd to 6th, 2022.  If you are a runner participating or just happen to be in Disney during this time, make sure you have those reservations made.

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First Days Festivals

EPCOT festivals are extremely popular and the first days they open are packed with people.  Not only do the locals come out to experience the festival, but you will also have bloggers, Instagrammers, and more all there to get the first taste and photos of the festival.

This year EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival will start on July 14th.  This day is sure to be packed in EPCOT so if you are wanting to experience the first-day fun, get those passes made now.

Although official dates haven’t been announced for the Festival of Holidays, in 2021 this festival started on November 26th.  We anticipate that the same time frame will happen in 2022 so once again get those park passes made for EPCOT if you want to be the first to be at the festival.

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May 4th

A random date that you will want to snag a park pass for is May 4th.  If you are wanting to be in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to celebrate this day, you will want to make that park pass NOW.  This day will see larger than normal crowds in Batuu so be prepared.

Jersey Days

Another time period that many Guests might not know about being busy in Walt Disney World is Jersey Days.  For one week in  November, New Jersey schools are given a break and often families choose to spend this week in Walt Disney World.

We know that the conference for teachers is on November 10th and 11th, so we anticipate the week will be right around there so plan ahead.

Although Jersey Days aren’t as busy during the holidays, you will see an increase in the crowd levels making that park passes important.

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Disney Holidays

There are two other dates in 2022 that those traveling to Walt Disney World will want to make their park passes for early.

On May 27, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be opening to Guests in EPCOT.  This date is sure to be extremely busy and if you are wanting to be one of the first to experience this new coaster, you will want to get your park pass reservation made now.

Also in EPCOT, on October 1st, EPCOT will be celebrating 40 years.  Although this won’t draw as big of a crowd as the 50th did, we highly recommend getting a park pass now if you are wanting to be in EPCOT during this celebration.

If you are planning on heading down to Walt Disney World during any of these dates, we highly recommend getting your plans made and your park reservations locked in.  We have seen larger than normal crowds all of 2022 and we anticipate this to continue throughout the year.  Don’t be blocked out of the magic and make those park reservations now.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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