With crowds descending on Walt Disney World to ring in the new year, Magic Kingdom began turning guests away just before noon Monday. As of about 11:30 a.m., a message to guests said that no more people would be admitted to The Magic Kingdom, but Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Animal Kingdom were still allowing people to enter.
While this level of crowding on New Year’s Eve is nothing new, those who had to be turned away from Magic Kingdom on Monday afternoon were reportedly offered $50 Disney gift cards they could use elsewhere on property.
This first phase of capacity closure only affects those people with 1-day 1-park tickets who are not staying on Disney property. Anyone with a multi-day ticket, Annual Pass, or those staying at any Disney hotels and most Disney Springs hotels, as well as those with dining reservations, are still permitted to enter.
Those who made it into Magic Kingdom before the closure are enduring long waits for rides, with wait times of more at or near three hours for Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.