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  • On Sep 6, 2022
    Apryl from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Question on Park Reservations. We will be there over Thanksgiving this year. If we have a reservation for a park but do not enter the park for the FIRST time until later in the day.....and the park has reached capacity....will we still be allowed to enter?

    Hey there, Apryl! Welcome back to planDisney!

    I'm so glad to see you back here in our cozy little corner of the internet! I hope my fellow panelists and I have helped answer all your vacation planning questions thus far. I'd be honored to help guide you on your upcoming Thanksgiving vacation today!

    Apryl, you'll be delighted to know that your theme park reservation guarantees you entry into that specific park at any time of day. So, if you have a reservation at Magic Kingdom Park, but do not enter until 4:00 p.m., much past park-hopping time, you'll have no trouble entering the park, regardless of capacity. In addition, if you choose to enter the park early in the day and would like to return later in the evening, sneaking in a mid-day nap break or some time by your Disney Resort Hotel pool, you are still guaranteed entry once you return. Ka-Chow!

    I would like to share that it is very rare that Guests are turned away due to capacity issues these days, though it is still possible. The only time you'd be denied entry into a park is if you are hopping to a different park after 2:00 p.m. and that park had already reached its capacity limit. You will not be denied entry into a park for which you have a reservation, so if this situation were to arise, you'd be able to return to your starting park with no issue.

    Pro tip: If you choose to park hop over to EPCOT right at that 2:00 p.m. time slot during your vacation, utilize the Disney Skyliner wherever possible. The Disney Skyliner drops you off at the International Gateway Entrance to EPCOT, around the back of the World Showcase near the United Kingdom Pavilion. Many Guests park hop as soon as they're able, so you could imagine how busy it may be entering the parks at 2:00 p.m. This entrance is much quieter and will help you avoid the rush!

    Have a magical day,

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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