Disney Park Closure Policy – A Busy Disney World Closes in Phases!

If you’ve headed into the Magic Kingdom on a very busy Holiday, you’ve probably wondered about the Disney Park Closure Policy.  If not, perhaps you will next time!

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All of the parks have fairly flexible capacity limits, known usually to a very select few higher executives within the organisations.  The reason for the mystery is unclear, but it may well be more determined by loadings on the restaurants and attractions rather than the actual footfall through the turnstiles.  They aren’t necessarily linked as much as you might perhaps think!

A trip into the Magic Kingdom on a main holiday can see crowds of people on the walkways, but relatively moderate line waits on some of the bigger rides.
The reasons vary hugely, but as an example; larger family groups head there just to celebrate being together with Granny and Grandpa at Disney over Christmas or Easter.
No way will Granny chance those false teeth on Big Thunder Mountain!

So, with the wave of an executive’s wand those park turnstiles close?
No!

When those carefully monitored rides, restaurants and walkway densities are triggered, those clever electronic systems kick into effect a number of gradual actions that prevent the park from reaching levels that will run out of control.

 

Here’s our quick guide to the phased steps of the Disney Park Closure Policy

 

Phase 1 – Closed to Casual Guests and single Ticket Guests

  • Guests without tickets will be turned away from the Parking Lot Entrance Plaza
  • Guests with Single Park or Single Day Tickets will also be turned away
  • Cast Members visiting the park as Guests will be turned away

The following Guests may enter;

  1. Walt Disney Resort Accommodation guests
  2. Guests Hopping from another Park
  3. Guests with multi day tickets or park hopper passes
  4. Guests with Valid Annual Passes (and ID)
  5. Guests that have chosen to re-enter the park from earlier in the day
  6. Guests arriving by the Disney Transportation system (bus, monorail)
  7. Guests with dining or event reservations

Phase 2 – Closed to most Magic Your Way Ticket Holders

The following Guests may enter;

  1. Walt Disney Resort Accommodation guests
  2. Guests Hopping from another Park
  3. Guests with Valid Annual Passes (and ID)
  4. Guests that have chosen to re-enter the park from earlier in the day
  5. Guests arriving by the Disney Transportation system (bus, monorail)
  6. Guests with dining or event reservations

 

Phase 3 – Restricted to Resort Guests, Annual Pass holders and booking holders

The following guests may enter;

  1. Walt Disney Resort Accommodation guests
  2. Guests with Valid Annual Passes (and ID)
  3. Guests with dining or event reservations

 

Phase 4 – Park Closure to all arriving guests

Guests will not be admitted through the Parking Plaza or main entrance turnstiles.

 

Our Advice when visiting the Walt Disney World Parks over the busy Holiday periods!

 

  1. Head in there first thing – Christmas Day is full by 10am!
  2. If you can’t get there early, consider booking a meal for each guest.
  3. Hop from another park, it may be a slightly better chance!