Disney World Resort is an incredibly busy tourist destination. Prior to the pandemic reducing theme park capacity at Disney World, it was common practice to have your shoulder touching someone else next to you while walking through Fantasyland. Although we are experiencing the parks hitting capacity now, in a COVID-free world, capacity is a rare occasion since capacity number runs as high as 90,000 Guests at Magic Kingdom and 110,000 Guests at Epcot.
There is however one day each year that typically hits capacity, and that is New Years Eve. With all four Disney Parks hosting New Years Eve celebrations in the past, Guests flock to the parks to ring in the new year with Mickey Mouse! I remember getting a notification last December 31, 2019, that EPCOT was at capacity by noon, a full 12 hours away from the clock striking midnight.
With the Disney Park Pass reservation system, Guests can now reserve their slots for the park of their choice in advance. With parks hitting capacity so quickly during the pandemic, Guests can no longer just show up to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to grab a quick ride on Tower of Terror just because they feel like it. You must book these reservations in advance. Depending on your ticket or stay, the number of tickets you can reserve at once may vary according to the Disney World site:
- Disney Resort and other select hotel Guests can make park reservations for dates during their stay for the number of days that they have valid theme park admission.
- Annual Passholders can make theme park reservations for up to 3 days at a time, and for their length of stay if staying at a Disney Resort or other select hotel.
- Existing ticket holders can make reservations for the number of days of valid theme park admission.
Considering Disney Park Pass reservations clear so quickly, some Disney Fans are thinking ahead and booking their New Years Eve tickets now. Currently, you are able to make a Disney Park Pass reservation for New Years Eve, just about 2 months away. As you can see below, all four Disney Parks are currently available and no exact times are denoted as to when the parks will be open, which hints that Disney is still undecided on their NYE offerings this year with the pandemic still looming over the theme park industry.
If you are an Annual Passholder, this reservation will leave you with only 2 slots to use until December 31st, so that is something to keep in mind. If you don’t want to use up that space you can book a Disney Resort for the night and you will be given a Disney Park Pass for each day of your stay. Resorts are also booking fast with all Value Resorts gone, and Disney’s Coronado Springs is the lowest price at $343.00 USD.
Will Disney cancel NYE?
We have taken a deep dive into this question already – and you can read it all here. With major events such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party being canceled, and fireworks still not showing at any Disney World park, we are not sure if New Years Eve will occur. It is too soon to estimate what Disney will do and what the state of the world will be in the next 2 months, but as of now Disney has not denounced NYE, and we do not know what capacity will look like for Disney then. With Governor DeSantis allowing for 100% capacity to theme parks, the choice is up to Disney.
Stay tuned to ITM to get all the latest news on New Years Eve at Disney World this year! And if you want to get that New Years Eve holiday planned, click here and start booking today.
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