• On Aug 3, 2009
    Lisa from MD 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.

    We are headed to Disney the week of Tgiving. If we had reservations at the 50's Diner and the park was closed because it was full, would we still be able to enter showing our confirmation of our reservation? Thanks

    Let me start by saying that I have never heard of the parks reaching capacity during Thanksgiving week. While nothing is guaranteed and unanticipated crowd convergences could happen any time, typically the only days of the year that you might anticipate full capacity crowds are July 4 and December 24, 25, and 31. And this doesn't even happen every year.

    When crowd control does happen, it occurs in phases. This is described very well by Moms Panelist Bret here. In the rare instance when there is a Stage 4 crowd control in place, that means that no new guests will be able to enter the park. That means no guests, not annual passholders, not DVC members, not people with dining reservations. If Stage 4 is in place, the park is at it's full legal by-order-of-the-fire-marshall limit. In this situation, you would be unable to go to your dinner.

    My advice to you would be if being in a certain park or dining at a certain restaurant on a holiday is a priority for you, plan to be there as far in advance as possible. But again, I have to say I think it is extremely unlikely that you will encounter this situation.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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