What happens if a park reaches capacity and they restrict entry but you have a dining reservation?

Disney has never officially released its closure procedures because its tied with park attendance numbers, which is a closely guarded secret. However, based on previous experience and some help from Len Testa at, I got some answers for you. It is important to know that WDW park closures happen in phases. A Phase One Closure means all non-ticket holders, one-day park ticket holders or cast member ticket holders will be turned away at the parking lot. During a Phase Two Closure, only the following guests can enter: Disney Resort guests, Annual Passholders, anyone re-entering a park, anyone “park-hopping” from another park, anyone with an event or dining reservation and anyone arriving via Disney transportation. A Phase Three Closure allows only Disney Resort guests, Annual Passolders and anyone with event or dining reservations to enter. Lastly, a Phase 4 Closure means the park and its parking lot are closed to all arriving guests. Level Three Closures are usually seen only during the busiest season (Chrstmas, Spring Break, etc), but even that is typically temporary. Restrictions are reduced or lifted once enough guests leave the park. I suggest making any dining reservations for early in the day so you can be in the park and stay in the park without issue. Have fun!

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About Marie Rossiter

My love for Walt Disney World goes way back--to October 1982 when I was 11 years old and took my first vacation there.. My first visit included a trip to EPCOT within the first few weeks its gates opened. I have been hooked ever since. I am a wife, mother of two girls (a teen and a tween) and a confessed Disney World junkie and tech geek. I am freelance writer who contributes to a variety of Disney sites and other non-WDW publications. I help businesses with social media management, website development and public relations. I have my own site, and you can find me at and on Twitter at @DisneyWriterMom. In my spare time, I research all things Walt Disney World, listen to music, work on my sites and books and love to plan trips to Walt Disney World for myself and my family, friends or anyone that asks! My favorite WDW attraction will always be Horizons.