Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jun 12, 2013
    Kitzze Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    There are 12 of us going to Disney World Nov. 26-Dec. 1st. We are doing 3 parks on Wed, Thurs, and Friday. Could we encounter the parks closing due to capacity? Wed- Ak Thurs- MK Fri, Hollywood. some of us are ok waking early others prefer to sleep in.

    Hi Kitzze!  You are traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday period so it is quite possible the crowds will be heavy.  I can't predict that it will actually reach capacity, but that is always a possibility.  I checked the calendar for your travel dates and Wednesday and Thursday have Extra Magic Hours for the parks you selected. That means guests staying at a Disney resort can enter the park at 8:00 a.m. - an hour earlier than normal.

    My rule of thumb is, if you are going to a park that opens early due to Extra Magic Hours, arrive early.  You'll want to be at the park by 8:00 to take advantage of the extra hour.  If you cannot make it  that early, I would suggest you switch your itinerary and visit Magic Kingdom on Wednesday and Animal Kingdom on Thursday.  This strategy has always worked for me.  There are others that avoid Extra Magic Hours altogether and visit a park that doesn't have the early morning hours.   

    I hope your vacation is magical, Kitzze!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Connecticut

Hello! I’m Diane from Connecticut. I am a retired project manager and I'm married with three grown children.  My family enjoys traveling to Walt Disney World and believe Disney vacations are like snowflakes in the Northeast, no two are the same! Learn More About Diane

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