Disney World Announces New Restrictions, Effective for All Guests

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Disney World is back at making restrictions for guests.

Walt Disney World, often referred to as the “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” sees thousands of guests daily. Disney World has four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each park offers a unique and immersive experience, transporting guests to magical worlds and adventures.

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Magic Kingdom is the most popular Disney World theme park. Disney guests can spot Cinderella Castle, and experience classic attractions such as Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the iconic “it’s a small world” ride. The park is also home to beloved characters such as Donald Duck, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, and several more characters that roam the streets, creating magical moments for guests.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is where Star Wars fans and Disney fans can go explore. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to different lands and attractions such as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land, and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The park offers thrilling experiences. Disney’s Hollywood Studios also is home to the Nighttime Spectacular, Fantasmic!, Beauty and the Beast โ€“ Live on Stage, and Disney Junior Play and Dance!

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EPCOT is Walt Disney’s idea of the future. This park is a visionary park dedicated to celebrating human achievement and innovation. Divided into four neighborhoods: World Nature, World Showcase, World Celebration, and World Discovery. Each EPCOT land explores different cultures and global cuisines. The park hosts events like the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival and the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, enticing visitors with culinary delights and stunning horticultural displays.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is divided into several distinct areas, each offering its own blend of entertainment, attractions, and natural beauty. One of the park’s major attractions is Pandora โ€“ The World of Avatar, an awe-inspiring land inspired by James Cameron’s film Avatar. Here, guests can explore the otherworldly landscapes of Pandora, embark on the thrilling Avatar Flight of Passage ride, and navigate the mystical waterways of the Na’vi River Journey. Besides Avatar, Disney’s Animal Kingdom focuses on different regions like Africa, and Asia, where guests can spot different animals.

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Disney World, being one of the most popular and iconic theme park destinations globally, is no stranger to large crowds. The level of crowd size can vary significantly based on the time of year, day of the week, and occurrence of special events. Peak seasons, such as school holidays and major public holidays, often witness the highest influx of guests. During these times, especially in the summer and around major festivities, the parks can reach maximum capacity, resulting in longer wait times for popular attractions and a denser overall crowd. Weekends, too, tend to be busier compared to weekdays.

With the holidays happening at Disney World, Disney is in the process of adding new restrictions. Disney parking at Resorts has become a problem over the years. Guests not staying on-site at Disney Resorts can still book dining reservations at a Disney Resort; however, guests now will most likely have to stop at the gate and show their reservation.

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Normally, guests that have a dining reservation at Resorts can park their car and then either explore the resort or head to a Disney park from the Resort. With Disney putting a stop to overcrowding, guests planning to dine at the Resorts and park hop from there now may only have three hours to park at the Resort. Guests may receive a “Resort Dining” pass explaining the rules for dining at a Resort during the busiest time of the year.

While this change does not affect guests staying on-site or guests who are heading to the parks without reservations at Disney Resorts, it still is a change during the holiday season.

Does this new restriction affect your Disney plans?

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.