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Turned Away At The Magic Kingdom?


Since 1971 the Magic Kingdom has been entertaining, quite literally, millions of guests. For the most part that entertainment has been every day of the year. There have been a few exceptions. The park has been closed for hurricanes. It was closed and effectively evacuated on 9/11 (For more info on how terror affected Disney World click here.) Under those circumstances it is perfectly clear why the gates would be shut on your vacation dreams.

But are there other circumstances that would result in you being shut out? There is at least one more. Sometimes the park reaches capacity and people are turned away at the gates. Can you imagine making your way to the Magic Kingdom, taking the ferry or the monorail to the TTC and then being turned away at the gate? Surely that doesn’t happen does it? Why yes it does. In fact it happened this past Christmas! Christmas dreams were turned into a Clarke Grizwald nightmare!

It doesn’t happen often though and the good news is not everyone was turned away! If you met certain criteria you could still get in. One of those criteria was being a guest of of one of the the Disney World resorts. Just another perk of staying on property.

Here are the four phases of Park Closing:

Walt Disney World closing phases

Phase 1
Guests with ‘Magic Your Way’ base tickets, or a ‘1-Day 1-Park Ticket’, Guests without an admission ticket, and Cast Members using Main Gate & Silver Passes will be turned around at the parking lot booths.

Phase 2
Admission is limited to:

  • Disney Resort Guests (including the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, and guests arriving by bus from the Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels)
  • Annual and Premium Annual Passholders
  • Guests with Hopper tickets coming from another park
  • Guests re-entering the park
  • Guests with dining reservations
  • Magic Kingdom Guests with reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League
  • Guests using Walt Disney World Resort Transportation will be admitted.

Phase 3
Admission is limited to:

  • Disney Resort Guests (including the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, and guests arriving by bus from the Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels)
  • Annual and Premium Annual Passholders
  • Guests with dining reservations
  • Magic Kingdom Guests with reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League

Phase 4
Closed to all guests.

I searched high and low (okay I did two quick searches) for images of this evacuation but couldn’t find any so instead I will let Darth Vader explain it to you.

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About grumpydisney

Okay since I am a Disney addict and they don't have a twelve step program for Walt Disney World I will serve my addiction by blogging about the place I'd rather be!

Posted on December 27, 2011, in Home and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I guess there were a lot of disappointed people not being allowed in. We visited the Magic Kingdom on three occasions in the two weeks leading up to Christmas and luckily we didn’t have any problems. However we did notice that it got more crowded as Christmas approached.

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