Disneyland Resort Mickey and Minnie Holidays parade; Christmas tree; Christmas apparel
  • On Oct 28, 2023
    Melissa from OR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are visiting DL Xmas week when it’s at its busiest. We have dining reservations at DL but plan to get park hoppers. We understand that sometimes the park hits capacity and people aren’t able to come in- would we be able to do so with reservations? Thx

    Hey there, Melissa!

    Welcome to planDisney! You are heading for a very merry Christmas season, how exciting! It's great that you already have dining reservations, that's a wonderful method for taking a break during busy park days. You sound like an amazing planner!

    When the Disneyland Resort published park hopping updates earlier this year on the Disney Parks Blog they reminded guests that park hopping is subject to that park's capacity limitations, operational hours, or closures and isn't guaranteed. So it is possible that the parks could hit their capacity limits and that would make it so you could not park hop, even with reservations.

    However, I wouldn't stress about park capacity too much. Thanks to theme park reservations, it's much more rare for the parks to hit that limit. If you do want to park hop, it's a good idea to ask a Cast Member near Guest Relations (close to the entrance and exit in both theme parks) if there are any capacity concerns that day. I also noticed that all Magic Key passes are blocked out during the week around Christmas, so that will help manage park capacity as well. Could the parks hit capacity? Always. Is it likely? Certainly not as likely as it used to be!

    Some things that will be super popular during your visit are holiday snacks and treats! Check out the Disney Parks Blog Foodie Guide to help you find the unique options that you don't want to miss. The Galactic Holiday Punch is a favorite of mine! Happily, many of these items are available through Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering on the Disneyland Mobile App. You may even be able to order a few of the holiday items like character sippers and insulated cups through the app! Check the app for ordering return times early in the day, because popular times do fill up.

    Now that Halloween is over it feels like Christmas is just around the corner...and that means your trip is, too! Thanks again for your question, Melissa. If we can help with other planning questions I hope you'll stop by again!

    Keep moving forward!

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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, Utah

Hi! I'm Amanda—a pixie-sized wife, mom, engineer, content strategist, and Disneyland Resort specialist! I fell in love with science as a kid at Disneyland Park, learning about physics while I waited to ride Space Mountain. I love how Disney combines art, words, science, and music to create incredible experiences. Solving challenging problems is one of my favorite things, I'm so excited to help you design the perfect strategy for a magical day! Learn More About Amanda

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