Disney Parks Hit Capacity as Crowds Flock to WDW on New Year’s Eve

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With the New Year right around the corner (literally), it looks like Guests want to end 2020 on the best note they can — by being at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Related: You Can Still Celebrate NYE At Disney World This Year, Here’s How!

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Walt Disney World Resort theme parks aren’t hosting their annual New Year’s Eve fireworks (in fact, Disney World isn’t currently hosting any sort of fireworks shows within the theme parks at this time), and even Magic Kingdom will close at 11 PM, meaning they won’t be open when the New Year hits at midnight as they have been in past years. But despite this, Guests are still wanting to spend the last day of 2020 at Disney World.

Disney Park Pass Reservations Completely Booked

In order to visit the Walt Disney World theme parks, Guests must obtain a Disney Park Pass reservation prior to entering the park. However, the Walt Disney World website is showing zero availability across the board for today, December 31, meaning no additional Guests of any ticket type (Annual Passholders, vacation package Guests, or regular theme park ticket Guests) can get into any of the four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. — unless they already have a reservation for today.

Take a look:

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Credit: screenshot Disney World website

Related: Watch Fireworks From Your Disney World Hotel Room on NYE!

Keep in mind that Walt Disney World is currently operating at a limited capacity, meaning that even though there are no more Park Pass reservations available, the theme parks are not nearly as crowded as they were prior to when the pandemic hit. Also, today is the last day without Park Hopping, so Guests are only allowed to visit the one park they have a Disney Park pass reservation for today.

Walt Disney World Crowds

With that being said, the theme parks are still hosting several Guests this New Year’s Eve as Disney fans try to soak up every bit of Disney magic to end 2020. Take a look at some of the crowds already within the parks this morning.

It’s Pat on YouTube went live for the rope drop and took fans through the day at Magic Kingdom.

In this video posted by Curtindo os Dias em Orlando, you can see people lined up on Main Street U.S.A. for the holiday cavalcade along with the caption:

Today is the last day of Disney’s holiday celebrations. We will not have fires at midnight, but we hope that 2021 will bring more joy and hope for a better year!

Over at Animal Kingdom, Christopher on Instagram shared this photo of the Tree of Life, where you can see a handful of people lined up in front for photos.

EPCOT didn’t look too bad at rope drop, which you can see thanks to Mizara Norton on Instagram.

Another Guest posted a “Happy New Year!” greeting from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

And this Magic Kingdom visitor shared some morning views of the park.

Another photo posted by Isaura on Instagram shows the lines at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on this New Year’s Eve.

If you are planning to visit Walt Disney World, please remember to follow the new safety and health protocols in order to keep you and others safe during this time. Keep your distance from others, wear your face coverings, use the hand sanitizer located throughout the resort, try to use paperless payment methods, and cover your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing. For more information on Disney World’s safety protocols, visit their official website here.

What’s to Come in the New Year?

Remember, come 2021 Disney World is bringing back one of its most beloved perks — Park Hopping! Though it will look different than it has in years past, Guests are eager to have the opportunity to once again visit more than one theme park in a single day. Get the details on Park Hopping in 2021 here.

Additionally, the Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating a huge milestone in the New Year — Its 50th Anniversary! So, if you want to visit the theme parks and celebrate alongside Walt Disney World Resort, be sure to book your vacation today. You can get started by clicking here.

Read More: Everything to Know About Visiting Disney World in 2021

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