Doctor Disney Explains: The closing phases for Walt Disney World capacity

With the Monstrous Summer at Walt Disney World just about here, it is going to get rather hot and also incredibly crowded. Yes, with kids being out of school for the summer and parents taking off of work for their trips, there’s going to be a lot of people there and it could end up causing some problems for guests. Those problems will include long waits, FASTPasses running out quicker, and the ultimate in problems for a Disney World vacation…

…parks reaching capacity and closing their doors for a while.

Back during Spring Break of this year, the Disney Parks were closed a few times due to them reaching capacity. It causes some big time problems for guests because the parks closing is totally random and can happen at any time.

Before you jump all over Disney, they have to do these closings for legal reasons and according to safety procedures. But, there are some loopholes or “phases,” so to speak, that will allow you to get into the parks. Well, they’ll allow you to get into the parks depending on where you are staying or what type of ticket you have.

The information listed below is not set in stone or confirmed by Disney Parks in any way. Through research and going to the parks as much as I do, and knowing a number of people with the company and also being a former member of the company as well…it is what is believed to be correct.

With that in mind, it is time for Doctor Disney to explain the different phases of closures for the parks:

Phase 1

Those without tickets or one-day tickets or single-park tickets or getting into the parks via Cast Member passes will be told to turn around at the park toll booths.

Other guests may enter:

  • Guests with multi-day or multi-park tickets
  • Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort
  • Annual Passholders
  • Guests re-entering the park that day
  • Guests that were already in one park and hopping to another park
  • Guests with in-park reservations / appointments
  • Guests arriving via Disney transportation

Phase 2 Closure

These guests are allowed through the toll booths, into the parking lots, and into the parks:

  • Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort
  • Annual Passholders
  • Guests re-entering the park that day
  • Guests that were already in one park and hopping to another park
  • Guests with in-park reservations / appointments
  • Guests arriving via Disney transportation

Phase 3

These guests are allowed through the toll booths, into the parking lots, and into the parks:

  • Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort
  • Annual Passholders
  • Guests with in-park reservations or appointments

Phase 4

Toll booths, parking lots, and Disney Parks are closed off to all guests.

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