In Walt Disney World, “the happiest place on Earth”, guests cannot be more displeased with the requirement of making reservations for each and every park. The requirement makes zero sense. In a previous article, a reasonable and logical replacement for the park pass reservation system was discussed. Guests do not need to be at wits end trying to figure out their park visits that so far in advance. Where’s the happiness in that? Can someone try to pin point how is this even a satisfactory guest experience? No one can! The park pass reservation system has got to go, and must be replaced with a more logical solution. Once again, a capacity cut-off time is the solution. It is not just a logical solution, but it is the right solution. It’s a Disney no-brainer.

Avid Disney travelers, including Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders, should be given the VIP treatment. There is no reason for why all Disney guests, regardless of status, should have to go through such hardship trying to figure out what parks they are going visit on what day. Who thinks like this? This isn’t the COVID pandemic when theme parks around the country wanted to keep crowds low to prevent the spread of the disease. COVID is in the rear view mirror. There is absolutely no reason for why a park pass reservation system should stay in effect. It’s time for it to be scrapped and replaced with a much more logical idea. A capacity cut-off time is the right solution, the perfect solution, and above all-the logical solution. In the guests’ minds, it’s acceptable, feasible, and most definitely plausible. There’s no better solution than to implement a capacity cut-off time. It is not just the right way to approach crowd issues at the parks, but the most logical way to balance out the crowds on daily basis. It is an easy fix? Is is most definitely an easy fix and a fix that should be immediately considered. It’s a solution that should be cemented in stone for the long run.

How will this capacity cut-off time work? Will it be apply to all guests? No, it shouldn’t have to. To be fair to all resort guests, including Disney Vacation Club and Annual Passholders, the capacity cut-off time will apply to all non-resort guests. Why non-resort guests? First, it helps alleviate congestion-both guest parking and the crowd volume. Secondly, it allows for a far more satisfactory experience for all resort guests. Resort guests pay good money to stay at a Disney resort. Whether at a value resort, moderate resort, or deluxe resort, they pay good money. They deserve nothing but the very best. They pay good money for their park passes, too. They deserve to a have park experience with ample elbow room. Guests don’t deserve to struggle while navigating the tight crowds on Main Street U.S.A., Hollywood Boulevard, or when walking around World Showcase in Epcot. Guests deserve such an experience!

How will non-resort guests be managed? It is not hard at all. Non-resort guests will be directed to arrive at designated times of the day. Non-resort guests will be allowed entry into the parks in the late morning to early afternoon, as opposed to resort guests. Resort guests will have the benefit of arriving at the park gates at their leisure. Again, they paid good money. Therefore, they deserve to have the benefit of doing so without contending with excessive crowds. It is not the year 1971 anymore, nor is it 1991. It is 2022, with guests visiting from all over the world by the millions. Not everyone stays on property; that’s true. To maintain a satisfactory experience for resort guests, a capacity cut-off time is the right step forward. It doesn’t take the smartest Disney executive to come up with such a solution. It’s acceptable, feasible, and plausible.

It is late 2022. Walt Disney World has turned the big 5-0. There is no reason for why resort guests should have to go through such hardship online figuring out their park schedule. Further, they should not have to be forced into thinking so critically about what day they should make reservations. The park pass reservation system is beyond the status of long-in-the-tooth. It served its purpose during the height of the pandemic. Nowadays, with normalcy finally a reality, it’s time to move forward to reward resort guests with the benefit of having a satisfactory park experience. Non-resort guests, unfortunately, will have to be given a backseat treatment. All in all, resort guests should be treated like royalty for what they’re paying and the high expectations they have each and every day. Every day is not just a special day at Walt Disney World, but every day should be magical-always. To keep that magic flowing as consistently as possible, a capacity cut-off time for non-resort guests must be implemented. Not only is it a sound solution, but the right solution. It provides for a safe and satisfactory experience for resort guests. Further it provides for an even safer work experience for cast members. It’s that simple! If CEO Bob Chapek is looking for a way to improve the guests’ park experience, he can look no further. The answer is clear, cut, and dry. It doesn’t take a pair of “thinking ears” to fix the situation. A capacity cut-off time is the “One Little Spark” that Disney is looking for. There is no better corrective action than a capacity cut-off time. It is the Disney touch of “give and take”.

About Author

David Kriso has been a travel writer since August 2011. He is a contributing writer for both of his hometown's newspapers, The Gazette, and The Observer. His articles focus on cruise and railroad travel. David is also published online at, a cruise magazine based in Vancouver, Canada and at Amtrak's story site, David also writes for the publication On, he writes about cruise and rail travel. David is a long-time train traveler, avid cruiser, and a Disney traveler since age 4.

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