• On Jul 18, 2018
    Betty from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello! Will our dining reservation to Skipper Canteen guarantee us entrance to the Magic Kingdom on a day that is at capacity? We arrive December 31st of this year and want to be sure we will be able to make our reservation despite a full park. Thank you

    Hi there, Betty!

    Walt Disney World definitely has days that are more popular than others, and New Year's Eve is one of those days. You'll find each of the theme parks generates quite a crowd, but because it's a smaller theme park, the Magic Kingdom can reach capacity on holidays like December 31st.

    Closures due to capacity are done in phases, so having an advanced dining reservation can be a help if you are trying to arrive later to the theme park on a busy holiday. Usually, until they absolutely have to restrict the parks from accepting ANY more guests, those guests with dining reservations or appointments at something like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique can still gain admission to a theme park.

    I will caution you, however, not to arrive too late. Although it's very rare, there have been occasions where the Magic Kingdom has had to close to even guests with dining reservations. While the festivities at the other theme parks will help spread the crowd out, I'd say err on the side of caution, and plan to arrive as soon as you can.

    Have an absolutely wonderful time ringing in the New Year in magical style!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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