• On Feb 20, 2020
    Mark from IL 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.

    My wife, daughter (13) and I are planning a trip to DW for New Years 2020 as my son's band will be marching on Dec 31st in the Magic Kingdom. If we buy a 3 day pass but stay off property can we be denied entry if the park closes due to capacity?

    Greetings Mark! 

    Thanks for bringing your question to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Visiting the Walt Disney World Resort is always a Magical time but visiting during the holiday season is even more Magical. There’s so much to do and see you will be overwhelmed with all the sights and smells of the holiday season! 

    Theme Parks have reached capacity in the past. I’ve seen the capacity announcement made on New Year’s Eve and Christmas Day. My best advice, on these unique dates, is to arrive early and stay in the parks. Since your son is performing, I recommend arriving at Magic Kingdom Park prior to his performance time. If he is needing a change of shoes or clothes for his performance later in the day, I recommend renting a locker to store any extras he will be needing. I know many people arrive early to see the New Year’s Eve Fireworks, so just plan to be there as soon as you are able to arrive. 

    I also recommend purchasing tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on an evening your son isn’t performing. It’s the best way to enjoy the holiday season. There are many attractions open with shorter wait times, plenty of holiday treats to try, and enchanting holiday entertainment like the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show! You will feel jolly after spending the evening celebrating with Mickey and all his Pals!

    Have a Magical Day!
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Meet the Panelist: Shantel, Arizona

Hi ya Pals! I'm Shantel from Arizona. I am a mom of two and a military wife. I grew up going to the parks, and now we're sharing that tradition with our kids. When I am not visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm at home researching and planning for our next trip! One of my favorite things to do is search for new snacks to try, especially if they are Mickey shaped. I'm definitely living the dream my heart wished for! I cannot wait to answer your questions and help make your vacation even more magical! Learn More About Shantel

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