Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Dec 1, 2012
    Amy from QC 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 will be at POR from 12/19 to 12/26. We have heard that the parks could deny you entry once they are filled to capacity. Does this apply even if you are staying on property? We are traveling with a bunch of little ones & its sometimes hectic.

    Hi, Amy! There are four phases to the closing of Walt Disney World theme parks. Resort Guests are allowed to enter the parks in three of the four phases.

    Phase I: Guests with non-hopper-type Magic Your Way base tickets or Single Day/Single Park Tickets, Guests without prior-purchased admission, and Cast Members using certain types of Cast Member admission are turned away at the entrances to the parking lots.

    Phase II: Disney Resort Guests, Annual/Premium Annual Passholders, Guests with Park Hopper tickets, and Guests re-entering the same park on the same day are admitted, but only if they arrive using Disney Resort transportation or a taxi.

    Phase III: Disney Resort Guests and Annual/Premium Annual passholders are admitted; however, they must arrive using Disney Resort transportation.

    Phase IV: The parks are closed to all incoming Guests. There is no incoming transportation of any kind.

    As you can see, while it's true in general that Disney Resort Guests are allowed into a park that has been closed to day Guests, it is possible for even Resort Guests to be shut out of the parks if they get to a certain capacity. If a park got to that phase of closing, you wouldn't want to be in the park anyway, trust me! Make sure that you utilize Disney transportation. The General Rule of Thumb for Disney Resort Guests is, "If you can get to the turnstiles, you can get in the park." Do remember, though, that it's possible that even Resort Guests could get locked out. Happy planning and have a Magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Krista, Tennessee

My husband and I have a 16 year-old daughter and an 14 year-old son and over a decade's worth of Disney traditions and memories. We try new experiences each trip, so we have experienced many "extras" in and out of the parks. Learn More About Krista

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