It is no secret that Walt Disney World is seeing record crowds year after year. With new offerings and a gaining popularity; the parks honestly have no “dead” season any longer. With these crowds comes some logistics of how many people they can disperse between their parks – and when. Enter: phase closings. If you have ever been to WDW during a peak time ::cough…Christmas to New Year:: I’m sure you have heard or even experienced one of these. Let’s break down what each phase entails.
Phase closures are mean to control the amount of people in and entering a park. They start at 1 and can go all the way up to 4. It is important to note that just because a park is in a particular phase it does not mean it will last all day. As crowds diminish, the phase level will drop or diminish entirely.
Phase 1 Closure
Who is NOT allowed to enter? People that have not already purchased their tickets, those with one-day, single-park tickets, and those with cast member passes.
Who CAN enter the park? Guests with multi-day or multi-park tickets, guest of a Disney resort, annual passholders, guests who have park hopper passes, guests with in-park reservations (such as dining or Bibbibi Bobbidi Boutique, etc), and guests arriving via Disney transportation.
Phase 2 Closure
Who CAN enter the park? Disney resort guests, annual passholders, guests with a park hopper pass, guests with in-park reservations (such as dining or Bibbibi Bobbidi Boutique, etc), and guests arriving via Disney transportation.
Phase 3 Closure
Who CAN enter the park? Disney resort guests, annual passholders, and guests with in-park reservations (such as dining or Bibbibi Bobbidi Boutique, etc).
Phase 4 Closure
Once a particular park goes in to the 4th and final phase closure it means that NO ONE may enter the parking lot or turnstiles.
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