Everything That Happens When a Disney World Park Hits Capacity

With the holidays quickly approaching, Disney World is getting a bit more crowded every day.

Holiday crowds in Magic Kingdom

Many guests plan their trips around the holidays, too — making sure to spend Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve (or both!) in the parks. But, with waves of people heading to Disney World, there’s always a chance the parks could reach capacity with no other guests allowed in. It’s rare, but it can occur — so here’s everything that happens when a Disney World park hits capacity.

The holidays are right around the corner — but so are the Disney World crowds! If you’re heading to the parks on a busy day and are concerned it might reach capacity, fear not. We’re bringing you all the tips you might need to know for being in a Disney World park when it hits capacity.

Theme Park Entry

Disney World is still utilizing the Park Pass Reservation System, so in addition to having valid park admission, you need to make sure you’ve booked your park pass reservations for the desired date(s) of your visit. That way, you can ensure entry into the park you’ve booked since you’ve already reserved a spot.

Scanning into a Disney World park

On any given day in a Disney World park, guests with valid admission and park pass reservations are able to come and go from the park they reserved. In Magic Kingdom but forgot your water bottle in the car? You can go get it. Want to take a break from EPCOT and get a little mid-day snooze before heading back for fireworks? That’s alright, too.

The same is true even if the park you’re in hits capacityEssentially, if you have theme park reservations on a sold-out day, you’re guaranteed entry into that park all day — regardless of whether or not the park reaches capacity.

Transportation and Ticket Center crowds

So, if you have a Hollywood Studios park reservation on New Year’s Eve but want to leave the park and return later in the day, you’ll be able to do so even if Hollywood Studios is sold out and no more guests are allowed in. Keep in mind that the holiday season is busy and can book up quickly, so if you haven’t already made your park pass reservations, you might want to go ahead and do so!

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Park Hopping

The story is a little bit different when it comes to Park Hopping, though — you’re not guaranteed entrance to a second park if it reaches capacity. Right now, Park Hopping is only available after 2PM, and after a guest has already scanned into their first park of the day (that they booked a reservation for).

Hollywood Studios Crowds

Let’s say you started your morning in Animal Kingdom and want to hop to EPCOT after 2PM. You can come and go from Animal Kingdom regardless of capacity since you have a reservation for that park. But, since you technically don’t have a reservation for EPCOT, if you get there and the park is at capacity — you’re out of luck.

EPCOT Entrance

The good news is that since you do have a reservation for Animal Kingdom in this scenario, you can head back to that park and spend the rest of your day there. But, this is pretty important info to keep in mind if you’re park hopping on a busy day in Disney World.

Everything You Need To Know About Park Hopping in Disney World

What You Can Do

Don’t worry — not all hope is lost, and you don’t have to waste time and potentially get stranded at that second park. Disney is all about customer service, so if you’re getting ready to hop to another park and are worried it may be full already, there’s a phone number you can call!

Animal Kingdom Crowds

Yep, just dial (407) 560-5000 to find out whether or not the parks are full before you leave your current park. This number has been used in the past to notify guests if a park is open to additional guests or not. Plus, if you call this number, you can hop to a different park if your first choice is at capacity.

Mexico Pavilion Crowds in EPCOT

If you’re heading to the parks during this busy holiday season or any other busy season, keep these tips in mind for managing a full-capacity day in Disney World. We’ve got plenty of planning info for your next visit, like the terrifyingly easy ways to ruin your vacation and what to do if you can’t get the hotel reservation you want.

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Have you been to a Disney World park when it was at capacity? Let us know in the comments!

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