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  • On Jul 15, 2010
    Christian from MN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family of 10 is going there during Christmas and we are trying to decide on Park Hoppers or Base Tickets. I have heard the park admissions can close due to high volume of people. Could this effect us if we want to go to a different park in the same day?

    Hi, Christian!  During the height of the Christmas season, it is not uncommon for a park to close because it has reached capacity.  Once this happens, they cannot allow anyone else to enter the theme park.

    If you are hoping to do some park hopping, you will need to be aware in advance that it may not be possible to hop to the park of your choice if that park has already filled to capacity.  The days most often affected by something like this include Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve, but it can happen other days during this very busy week.

    Cast Members are notified if a park is closing due to capacity, so you can often ask at the park you are in before you leave.  Buses will be aware of park closings, and they usually make an announcement so that people are not disappointed.

    Just a side note, even if you are in a theme park early in the day but leave for any reason, if the park fills to capacity, you will not be able to return to the park you were already visiting.  

    I hope this helps with your planning.  Even though it's busy, this is one of the most magical times of the year to visit Walt Disney World, and I'll be right there with you, soaking up the holiday spirit!
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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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