Did you know that Disney has a plan for the park’s peak periods? There are times when Disney parks reach a capacity where management have to implement a plan to keep everyone safe and allow the to enjoy their day. Below are the particular phases and what it means if you happen to be there when it happens.

Stage 1
Guests without tickets or who have 1-day, 1-park tickets will be turned away at the entrance to the parking lot.  Additionally guests intending to use cast-member passes will not be allowed to park.

Who may enter:

  • Guests with multi-day or multi-park tickets
  • Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort
  • Annual Passholders
  • Guests re-entering the park that day
  • Guests “hopping” from another park
  • Guests with in-park reservations (such as dining reservations or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique appointments)
  • Guests arriving using Disney Transportation

Stage 2
Admission is limited to the following categories of guests:

  • Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort
  • Annual Passholders
  • Guests re-entering the park that day
  • Guests “hopping” from another park
  • Guests with in-park reservations
  • Guests arriving using Disney Transportation

Stage 3
Admission is limited to the following categories of guests:

  • Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort
  • Annual Passholders
  • Guests with in-park reservations

Stage 4
The park is closed to all arriving guests.  Think of Stage 4 as the equivalent of reaching “fire marshal capacity.”  They simply can not allow anyone else into the park