Two Disney Parks Unavailable This Holiday Season

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It is now time for the holiday season at the Disney Parks. Decorations have arrived, and the holiday events are preparing to start. For those wanting to enjoy the holiday season at Disney, reservations would already need to be made. Two Disney Parks are unavailable for select days as we head into the holiday season.

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Park Reservations

When Walt Disney World reopened following the pandemic, guests were required to make Park Pass Reservations. This asked guests to select one of the four Disney Parks (Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT) for each day of their ticket.

Disney used this to help manage crowd levels and Cast Members throughout the parks. Even though we have seen experiences return to “normal” at Walt Disney World, guests must make Park Pass Reservations before their vacations.

We haven’t seen parks reach capacity or become unavailable for a while now. Still, a few reservations are unavailable for select days and groups as we hit the holiday season.

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Capacity Reached

As we prepare for the first holiday celebrations of the year, both Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are unavailable on select days this month.

So far, we see Magic Kingdom unavailable on November 10 and 11, 2023. Currently, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is unavailable on November 10, 2023.

Luckily for most guests traveling to Walt Disney World, that won’t be an issue. These dates are currently unavailable to Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.

So far, we haven’t seen any restrictions for regular park tickets or those staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

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Good News

The good news for those Walt Disney World Annual Passholders is that even on those select days that are unavailable, they can still visit a Disney Park. After 2:00 pm, Annual Passholders can enter any Walt Disney World Park without making reservations.

The exception to this rule, because there are always some, is that they aren’t able to go to Magic Kingdom on Saturday or Sunday.

We have also seen more capacity added so these dates might open back up.

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Holiday Crowds

This tells us that Walt Disney World is anticipating larger crowds during that first week of holiday celebrations. Magic Kingdom prepares for the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas on November 9, 2023.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special ticketed event. During this event, guests enjoy some extra magic throughout Magic Kingdom. Holiday fireworks, stage shows, parades, goodies, and fun happen all night.

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For the first time, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is getting even more involved in the holiday fun. This year, Jollywood Nights will take place on select evenings. Starting November 11, 2023, Jollywood Nights will be full of glamor and festive fun.

The excitement of these holiday celebrations seems to bring in many guests to Walt Disney World. If you plan to travel down this holiday season, make sure you have those Park Pass Reservations made.

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Park Pass Reservations: No More

Remember that Park Pass Reservations will go away starting Janurary 6, 2024. If you are heading to Walt Disney World in the new year, you will no longer need to worry about this additional step in your planning.



About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.