Disney World theme parks fully booked for New Year’s Eve

Disney's 4 Orlando parks have reached capacity for year-end celebrators

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All four of Walt Disney World’s operating theme parks are at capacity for New Year’s Eve.

At least that’s what the hospitality giant’s Theme Park Reservation Availability calendar shows as of Wednesday.

Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are no longer showing open availability, according to the calendar.

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Theme park reservations have become mandatory for visitors throughout the coronavirus pandemic due to guest capacity limits. The Walt Disney Company’s CEO Bob Chapek reportedly announced its Orlando-based theme parks would operate at 35% capacity in November, according to local news outlet WESH.

A spokesperson for Disney declined to comment on its theme park attendance figures.

Walt Disney World Resort will be open on New Year's Eve. (iStock)

Walt Disney World Resort will be open on New Year's Eve. (iStock)

While it appears that Disney World’s 4 theme parks will not be open to host its usual midnight countdowns, according to listed park hours, there will be festive activities available at open Disney Resort Hotels.

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Special events being hosted at select resorts include New Year’s Eve scavenger hunts, crafts and pre-recorded fireworks shows that are available for streaming from guest room TVs or the My Disney Experience app, according to Disney’s Enchanting Extras Collection: Know Before You Go webpage.

Quick-service restaurants, pool bars, lounges and merchandise stores at Disney resorts will be open after midnight. Select locations will be open until 1 a.m. at the following Disney World Resort venues:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

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Disney World Resort is also encouraging New Year’s Eve guests to celebrate from the safety of their rooms.

Walt Disney World Resort has been operating with coronavirus safety measures since it reopened to the public in July. (David Roark)

Walt Disney World Resort has been operating with coronavirus safety measures since it reopened to the public in July. (David Roark)

Coronavirus health and safety protocols have been implemented throughout Disney World properties, including capacity limits, physical distancing markers, mandatory face coverings and temperature checks. Hand sanitizer stations and contactless payment systems are available as well.

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In terms of entertainment, character greetings, fireworks and parades have been suspended to discourage gatherings.

The state of Florida has the 3rd highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. – with more than 1.3 million as of Wednesday, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard.

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Considerations for New Year’s Eve-related travel and gatherings have been posted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.