Disney World Theme Park Capacity Level Phases

Magic Kingdom Parking Lot on July 4th

Magic Kingdom Parking Lot on July 4th

If you plan on heading to one of the Disney theme parks during one of the holidays, you should really consider the Disney Theme Park Capacity Levels.  With so many years experience with mass crowds, Disney has created 4 phases of closure for their parks.  Cast Members are often made aware of which phase of closure the parks are in so they can be aware of what to expect from their day working in the Disney Parks.

To put this in prospective, the Magic Kingdom at maximum capacity allegedly holds more than 100,000 guests.  Disney chooses to use phase closures to help guests keep a level of comfort and safety within their parks.

When to Expect Park Closures:

The parks are likely to hit levels of phases for closure detailed below during holiday such as New Years, Christmas Day and the Fourth of July. You will find that EPCOT is less likely to close due to the size of the theme park.  On the converse, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom are much smaller and can hit capacity levels easier.  However, it is the Magic Kingdom park which most frequently finds maximum capacity levels and must move through capacity-based closures.

In addition to the closures found in the theme parks, expect the water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, to hit capacity all throughout the summer months.

Parking Lot Closures

When the parks become crowded, many times the parking lots will also close.  When this occurs, guests are routed to alternative parking lot locations for parking.  If rerouted to another theme park, such to EPCOT from Hollywood Studios parking lot, be sure to carefully follow instructions on how to get transportation back to Hollywood Studios using Disney’s Transportation.

Phases of Closure

Disney has 4 phases of closure which works to restrict the number of guests coming into their theme parks.  Not that if you plan on heading to the Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day, you will likely find that the park has hit Phase 4 Capacity as early as 10 AM!  However, as the day passes, the Phase 4 Capacity may be change as guests leave for the day from the park.

Phase 1 Closure

Guests who have only one day tickets, single park tickets or those who plan to use cast member passes are not allowed in the park.
Guests who can enter the parks are those with

  • multi-day tickets,
  • those staying at a Disney Resort or holding Annual Passes,
  • those hopping from one park to another or are reenterng the same park,
  • those who arrived using Disney transportation or those with dining reservations.

Phase 2 Closure

Guests allowed in the park includes:

  • those staying at a Disney Resort or holding Annual Passes,
  • those hopping from one park to another or are reenterng the same park,
  • those who arrived using Disney transportation or those with dining reservations.

Phase 3 Closure

Guests allowed in the park includes:

  • those staying at a Disney Resort or holding Annual Passes,
  • those who arrived using Disney transportation or those with dining reservations.

Phase 4 Closure

No additional guests are allowed in the parks.

Above all:

If you are staying at a Disney Resort, you are guaranteed access to a Disney World theme park.  HOWEVER, it does not necessarily mean you can access the park you had originally hoped to visit!

Talk to Us!