All four theme parks at Walt Disney World have run out of park reservations for today and tomorrow, New Year’s Eve, according to Disney’s official website.
It’s not unusual since the holiday weeks are among the busiest of the year. For years, the parks have announced they were at full capacity on New Year’s Eve, turning away people at the gate until the crowds abated.
Though Disney hasn’t said what its current limits are, it has been gradually increasing crowds since it lifted its self-imposed capacity limit of 35 percent last summer. It appears to still be controlling park capacity to some extent through the Park Pass reservation system. Even if you have an annual pass or a park ticket, you must get a reservation on the day you want to visit. In its latest quarterly earnings report, Disney noted that “we continue to be impacted by reduced operating capacities.”
The Walt Disney World website is showing zero availability across the board unless the guest already has a reservation for today or Friday.
A mask mandate is still in place for all guests age 2 and older. They must wear a face mask indoors, including at indoor queues, rides and restaurants — except when actively eating or drinking — regardless of vaccination status.
But Disney World “is taking a giant step towards normal,” this year, said Reed Jones, director of creative development with Walt Disney World Live Entertainment, in a recent park podcast. It has brought back its tram system in the parking lots, as well as parades and fireworks that were canceled last year because of COVID-19 concerns.
By midday Thursday, popular ride wait times were already eclipsing two hours.