• On Oct 30, 2017
    Stacy from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What happens with dining reservations during a park capacity closure? how often do closures happen?

    Dear Stacy,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your great planning question about park closures for capacity. 

    It is very unusual for Walt Disney World Resort parks to close for capacity, but it does happen upon occasion and it's good to be prepared. If the park closes for capacity, even if you have an Advanced Dining Reservation, you will not be allowed in. It is a fire code issue, so it's not something that you would be able to get around. 

    If you have a "do not miss" Advanced Dining Reservation on a date that is prone to capacity issues such as a major holiday, I would plan to arrive at the given park with plenty of time to spare, to alleviate any stress or concern. If you arrive in the morning, it's less likely that you would have a problem with that.

    Hope that helps with your magical planning!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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