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  • I am confused! Can you explain to me about the parks closing due to capacity? I read somewhere that if you are onsite you can still get in to the park. Please explain.Thanks!!!!
  • - Asked by Karen from Arizona on 4/7/2008
  • Karen,

    First let me emphasize that it is very rare for the theme parks to close due to capacity, and if they do it typically is only for several hours in the afternoon (for example noon to 4:00).  This only happens on "perfect storm" crowd periods.  Most examples I have heard of happen on holidays such as the 4th of July or around Chrismas and New Years.

    In these VERY RARE cases, I understand that the process goes through the following phases:

    Phase 1 - Open to anyone with a park pass and resort guests. (i.e.: ticket sales are stopped at that location).
    Phase 2 - Open to anyone with a multi-day park pass and resort guests.
    Phase 2A - Open to anyone using the last day of their multi-day pass and resort guests. Phase 3 - Open to resort guests only.
    Phase 4 - No entry available. The park is at capacity.

    In addition, the Magic Kingdom also sometimes uses vehicle access control to limit the people entering their park.  I'm not 100% sure about this process, but it is something like: 1st close the parking lot to new cars, 2nd stop transporting people to the parks (monorail, buses), 3rd start using the phases mentioned above.

    But...did I mention this isn't something you normally need to worry about, since it happens very rarely?!  ;-)

    Hope that clears up the confusion.

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