Guide to Disney World Capacity Closing Phases

Phase 2 crowd (yes, it can be worst than this!)

Phase 2 crowd at the Magic Kingdom (yes, it can be worse than this!)

A new park closure phase was recently added to the Phase 1 – 4 WDW closures:  Phase A Closure.

Note that a park may be at a Phase 3 or Phase 4 closure earlier in the day, then may drop back down to Phase 1 when enough people leave and the parking lots open back up.

Always check with the WDW Crowd Forecast when planning your day.  The parks are open 365 days a year, but that doesn’t guarantee you admission!

2016 Crowd Forecast for Disney World

Phase A Closing (new)

No admission of guests with Magic Kingdom one day tickets and no admission of guests even with Magic Kingdom FastPass+ reservations, unless they have one of the following:

* WDW Resort Guests, including The Four Seasons Resort, Swan, Dolphin or Shades of Green, Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels arriving by bus (Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, The Buena Vista Palace, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel, B Resort, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, Hilton), Golden Oak residents and guests.

* WDW Premier Passport, Annual & Premium Passholders

* Guests with Park Hopper tickets re-entering or crossing over from another WDW Theme Park

* Guests with Memory Maker

* Guests with dining reservations

* Magic Kingdom Guests with reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Harmony Barber Shop or The Pirates League.

Crowd estimate >40,000

Phase 1 Park Closing

Guests with ‘Magic Your Way’ base tickets, or a ‘1-Day 1-Park Ticket’, Guests without an admission ticket, and Cast Members using Main Gate & Silver Passes will be turned around at the parking lot booths.

Mainly effecting Magic Kingdom on days leading up to a major holiday.  Crowd estimate > 45,000.

A sad sign.

A sad sign.

Phase 2 Park Closing

Admission is limited to:

* Disney Resort Guests (including the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, and guests arriving by bus from the Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels)

* Annual, Premier and Premium Annual Passholders

* Guests with Hopper tickets coming from another park

* Guests re-entering the park

* Guests with dining reservations

* Magic Kingdom Guests with reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League

* Guests using Walt Disney World Resort Transportation will be admitted.

* Guests with pre-purchased 1 day Magic Kingdom tickets

Magic Kingdom crowd estimate: 50,000. Parking lot is almost full.

[Magic Kingdom was at Phase 2 Closure on July 4, 2015 by noon.]

Turning away cars.

9am:  Turning away cars at the toll booths.  Parking lot is almost full.

Phase 3 Park Closing

Admission is limited to:

* Disney Resort Guests (including the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, and guests arriving by bus from the Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels)

* Annual, Premier and Premium Annual Passholders

* Guests with dining reservations

* Magic Kingdom Guests with reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League

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December 24, 2015:  Phase 3 at MK at 11am.

(Magic Kingdom crowd estimate: 60,000.  Parking lot is full/closed.)

Wall-to-wall guests, all attractions have extremely long wait times, restaurants are packed.

Phase 4:  Wall-to-wall guests, all attractions have extremely long wait times, all restaurants are packed.

Phase 4 Park Closing (Major Holidays:  Dec 24/25/31, Jan 1st)

Closed to all newly arriving guests, aka avoid the park at all costs!!!

(Magic Kingdom crowd estimate: 75,000+. Parking lot is full/closed.)

Park is at capacity and would be difficult to evacuate in case of an emergency.

No more guests are admitted until a significant number of current guests leave.

[This is our least favorite time to visit the Magic Kingdom.  We’ve done it, but it’s not been a very fun experience.]

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

  by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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2 thoughts on “Guide to Disney World Capacity Closing Phases

  1. Big Disney Dreamer says:

    I found this image at Caroline and Elly’s Magical Moments in the DCP blog. This is Magic Kingdom Main Street USA at a Phase 4 which only happens during the holidays.

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  2. thanks for this article I really enjoyed it

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