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  • On Dec 1, 2018
    Nicole from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be staying at a Disney resort the week of Christmas which of course is the busiest week of the year. My question is if we are staying at a Disney resort does that mean we are guaranteed to not get turned away if capacity issues arise?

    Hi there, Nicole! Christmas is my very favorite time to visit Walt Disney World. With the decorations and the holiday festivities, I really find my Christmas spirit - despite the crowds.

    I want to start by saying that the Magic Kingdom, which is the park most likely to be impacted by closures, closes on average only six days per year. While a good number of those days are during Christmas week, that still leaves three other theme parks for you to pop into. Just make sure to head into the Magic Kingdom early on the day you want to be there.

    The theme parks close in phases at Walt Disney World. The most closed is the last phase, phase four, where the park and the parking lot are completely closed to any additional guests, regardless of where you are staying. Just so your mind is at ease, the last Phase 4 closure was in 2009. Walt Disney World resort guests will still be able to enter a theme park all the way through a Phase 3 closure.

    You will experience crowds and long wait times, but use your FastPass+ selections, get there early or stay late, and take advantage of extra magic hours. Hopefully, the pixie dust and holiday mood will erase any concerns over crowds!

    Have fun, Nicole!

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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