Mickey at Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • On Aug 1, 2019
    Kelly from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Have ADR for Sci Fi Diner 8/31/19 at 6pm. Also have FP for a few rides before our ADR, but not in Galaxy's Edge. Will we be able to enter HS to do our FP & ADR if new land is at capacity? Heard different answers on this.

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Kelly!

    I will be at Walt Disney World Resort that same weekend and I, too, have a dining reservation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (along with FastPass+ selections both before and after dinner) that day. Unfortunately, we can’t 100% know what types of crowds or potential closures the weekend will bring. Disney’s Hollywood Studios has only closed due to capacity once within the past decade (and that happened 10 years ago), but the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be an unprecedented event for this Theme Park.

    Typically the Theme Parks will institute a “phased” closure system should any Park reach its capacity. In the rare event such a closure occurs, it usually happens around major holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve and July 4. Walt Disney World Resort hotel Guests and those with confirmed dining reservations are the very last ones to be turned away, though. My understanding is that if in the unlikely event you were not allowed to enter the Park for your dining reservation, you would not have to pay the late cancellation fee.

    On the rare occasions the Theme Parks have closed for inclement weather or crowd capacity in the past few years, there has been a pop-up notice on the My Disney Experience mobile app as well as an email if the closure happens on a day you have a dining reservation or FastPass+ experiences booked. I would recommend checking your app before making your way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see if any such notification pops up, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed that we both get to enjoy our dinner reservations on the evening of Aug. 31. If you see me in the Park that day, say hello!

    Best wishes,
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