Expedition Everest
  • On Sep 18, 2022
    Amy from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do the parks ever close due to crowds?


    Thanks for asking your question to planDisney!

    So the parks can, on rare occasions, stop accepting more guests after having reached their capacity limit. This can happen as a security measure, as you can imagine. You can only fit so many people in one place safely, and Disney is very focused on guest safety.

    The times that this will happen is rare, and typically occurs on dates that are fairly easy to anticipate. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Eve all come to mind. Also, this does not mean that all the parks will reach capacity. Usually, it is just at the Magic Kingdom, though of course it could happen at any of the parks.

    It is also important to note that if you are park hopping, a specific park may reach capacity and temporarily not allow new guests to enter. I caution that this could happen, but I am also glad to report that I have never had a problem getting in to a second park on my travels. Perhaps if you were trying to get into the Magic Kingdom on one of those peak dates, like Christmas Day, you likely would have a problem, but most days you should be fine. When you are getting ready to park hop, just call (407) 560-5000. That line will tell you the status of all the parks, and if the park you want to hop to has space.

    As long as you have made a Theme Park Reservation for your park of choice, you should be just fine. That reservation assures you entry to that park for the day. You can check availability for your planned dates by going to the Disney Park Pass Availability Calendar.

    Please do feel free to write me back directly if you have any follow-up questions.

    Have a Magical Vacation!


thumbnail image for Doug

Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

Related Video

  • thumbnail image for Tips For Selecting Your Next Disney Resort | planDisney Podcast - Episode 5

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please log in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.