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  • On Oct 26, 2019
    Desiree from Guayas Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! I’ll be visiting Hollywood Studios with my daughter for thanksgiving day this year, and I bought mid day tickets. Should I be worried that we might not get into the park?

    Hi, Desiree! Since you're visiting Walt Disney World Resort for Thanksgiving, you'll find plenty to be thankful for, especially since the Parks will also be decked out in all their holiday splendor. Just wait until you see Disney's Hollywood Studios' "Tinseltown" makeover!

    Although the Walt Disney World Parks are designed to handle large crowds, they sometimes have to do phased capacity closures. Thanksgiving Day at Disney's Hollywood Studios will undoubtedly see some heavier than normal crowds, but this holiday is not as big of a concern as Christmas Day or New Year's Eve. Disney's Hollywood Studios rarely ever closes, but there's no sure way to predict or guarantee that you'll be able to get in. Most touring strategies suggest being at the Parks extra early on high capacity days, so I understand your concern with the Mid-Day Magic Tickets

    I checked with Guest Services, and they confirmed that all theme park tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. If the worst-case scenario happens, and the Park has to close due to capacity, keep in mind that the phased closures could only last for a couple of hours. You might even want to consider upgrading your Mid-Day Tickets to 1-Day Park Tickets. Ticket upgrades must be made in person at the following locations at Walt Disney World Resort:
    *Theme park ticket windows
    *Guest Relations locations
    *Lobby Concierge at Walt Disney World Resort hotels

    Here are a few other tips to ensure your Thanksgiving Day goes smoothly. First, make sure to utilize FastPass+ for popular attractions; my hands-down favorite is Slinky Dog Dash!  I also recommend dining during off-peak meal times. My top pick for Table Service dining is 50's Prime Time Café. Even though they won't be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal, they have delicious comfort food here, including Aunt Liz's Golden Fried Chicken. Mobile Ordering is always a good idea any day of the week to avoid the long queues at Quick Service eateries. Lastly, make sure to end your holiday festivities with the nighttime spectacular, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

    Desiree, I want to wish you and your daughter an early Happy Thanksgiving! See ya' real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania!  I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique.  It’s amazing how many people you can find who love talking about, "The Most Magical Place On Earth!"  I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at middle school basketball games waiting for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical.


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