Amid Massive Crowds, Disney World Has Hit Capacity 

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If you wanted to make a last-minute Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend Disney Park Pass reservation, think again.

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Credit: ITM Reporter Alessa Dufresne

If you have been to Disney World during the pandemic, you know that things are a little different. For starters, you can’t just wake up and decide you want to go ride Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom or head on over to EPCOT for dinner. You now need a Disney Park Pass to enter a park due to the current capacity being set at 35% (according to what has been officially announced by Disney this month). Sometimes, it is possible to get same-day reservations or reservations a day in advance, but on a holiday weekend like this, not so much.

Thanksgiving was busy at the Magic Kingdom yesterday, but it looks like it will only get busier as all four Disney Parks are now at max capacity, per current guidelines. This means that for the next two days, you cannot enter Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom, unless you of course made a Disney Park Pass reservation in advance. As you can see below, all Disney Park Pass reservations have been booked for Today, Friday, November 27, in all three Disney Park Pass categories: Annual Passholders, Theme Park Ticket Guests, and Disney Resort Guests.

Credit: ITM, Screenshot via WDW Website
Credit: ITM, Screenshot via WDW Website
Credit: ITM, Screenshot via WDW Website

Will this happen during every holiday until normal operations return?

The holidays at Disney World will always be a busy time of year, and with Christmas around the corner, many Guests are wondering if they are going to be able to visit. For reference, the Disney Parks typically hit capacity by noon on Christmas Day, and now that that capacity is reduced, it is less likely that entry will be easy. 

Related: Disney Park Pass Reservations for NYE Are Going Fast, Book Today

However, it seems that before any major holiday, Disney World has been adding more Disney Park Pass availability to their reservation system. This could be both good and bad —  good because it means we have more of a chance to get to the parks during the holidays, but bad because that would hint at a raised capacity during the pandemic.

magic kingdom thanksgiving
Credit: ITM Reporter Alessa Dufresne

Now that we know Disney is continuing to (silently) raise capacity, and more Christmas Day Disney Park Passes are available, it is very well likely that the 35% capacity limit we were recently warned about could increase. 

If you want to be updated on all things Disney World, stay tuned to Inside the Magic for all your details!

Do you think Disney World is looking a little too crowded? Or is increased capacity a good thing? Would you visit? 

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