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  • On Nov 19, 2010
    Theresa from TX 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.

    Heard that on holidays parks can reach capacity and no one else is admitted. Does that mean when a park closes for non-resort guests and reopens for extra magic hours for resort guests,they will then allow admission?or once a park reaches capacity thats it

    Hi Theresa,

    It is common for parks to reach capacity at certain times of the year - especially during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.  If a park is at capacity they can no longer let guests in; however, as guests leave, the crowd levels drop, and you may be gained entrance to the park.  The best way of finding out if a park is near or at capacity is to ask a cast member in the lobby of your resort.  They should have that information before you waste your time traveling to a park where you may be turned away.  I can say that if a park is NEAR capacity, I would stay away.  You're better off enjoying a less crowded park.

    The park doesn't actually close for Extra Magic Hours.  At the beginning of each attraction a cast member will ask to see your resort ID.  If you don't have one, you are not admitted in the attraction.  At that point, I would assume that many non-resort guests would leave and the park would no longer be at capacity.  I've also found that Extra Magic Hours are extremely popular during the first hour.  After that, families start to wear out and go home.  If you have the energy to stay for all three hours, you'll find that the crowds die down considerably by the end of the night.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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