WDW Disney Guests Turned Away at Entrance After All Parks Reach Capacity

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Things are getting busy at Walt Disney World Resort this holiday weekend! These crowds are crazy!

It’s every Disney fan’s worst nightmare: being inches away from the magic of Disney just to be denied entrance at the gate. Unfortunately, that dream is a reality for any Walt Disney World Annual Passholder hoping to visit Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney Animal Kingdom Park this Friday morning.

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Annual Passholders are being turned away at the gate after Annual Passholder tickets sold out early this morning. The demand for these tickets has skyrocketed as Walt Disney World enthusiasts eagerly anticipate a magical holiday weekend at the Disney Resort ahead.

The crowds swarming the gates of the park are undeniably influenced by the fact that this weekend coincides with a popular holiday – Presidents Day, which falls on Monday.

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With Disney Annual Passholder tickets selling out at lightning speed, the disappointment for those who couldn’t secure their spot is palpable.

The irresistible allure of becoming an Annual Passholder lies in the exclusive theme park privileges and perks that accompany this esteemed status. Passholders are usually able to make a day-of park reservation to the parks on allotted days, but on busy Disney Parks days like this one, those available tickets can be sold out incredibly quickly.

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Today tickets were sold out before 9:00 am, meaning that any Passholder who shows up to the gate will be denied. At 2:00 pm, these restrictions will be lifted, and Passholder guests can once again enter the parks.

A Busy Weekend Ahead With Walt Disney World Crowds

As demand surges during holiday weekends like Presidents Day, the limited availability poses a challenge for both avid fans and the park management. The inevitable clash of supply and demand leaves many aspiring Disney Annual Pass holders facing the disheartening news of being turned away at the gate.

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The early sell-out of Annual Passholder tickets this holiday weekend has left avid Disney fans facing disappointment at the gates of Walt Disney World, but hopefully not for long.

Despite the temporary setback, the magic of Disney perseveres, embracing all visitors and reminding us that the enchantment of the parks is open to everyone, regardless of their Passholder status.

Did this setback affect your Walt Disney World plans? Tell us about it in the comments below!

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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