• On Dec 16, 2019
    Bessie from ON 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 plan to visit the Magic Kingdom on New Year's Eve. I understand there is a capacity. What would be the best time to arrive? Are you able to leave and return without loosing your entrance spot as 16 hours is a very long day?

    Hi Bessie! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    It sounds like you have some super fun plans this holiday season at the Walt Disney World Resort! I can't think of a better way to ring in the new decade than at "The Most Magical Place on Earth." With New Year’s Celebration Dance Parties in Frontierland and Tomorrowland, and the special Fantasy in the Sky fireworks display at night, New Year's Eve is a LOT of fun in Magic Kingdom Park!

    While there is no way to predict exactly when Magic Kingdom Park will close for capacity, I can tell you that last year it closed around 11:30 AM. In addition, there were very long lines of cars trying to get into the parking lot at that time, many that had to be turned away, so I strongly recommend you plan to arrive early in the day. Normally, Guests can leave and return to the same theme park on the same day with a valid theme park admission ticket, but on days that the park reaches capacity, Guests will not be able to return.

    Since it is a long and full day in the theme park, you may want to schedule in some breaks. There are benches all around the theme park, indoor seating at many Quick-Service dining locations, and Tom Sawyer Island usually provides a little bit of a quieter atmosphere that can be perfect for some downtime.

    I hope this helps as you plan your day, Bessie! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Tabitha, Tennessee

Hello all! I'm a happily married, proud mom to two young children, and I love to plan trips to Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite things about taking a Disney Parks vacation is that there is always something new and wonderful to discover, no matter if this is your first trip or if you visit multiple times per year. I'm excited to help you plan your next adventure!
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