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An Update on Availability for Thanksgiving Day

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, we thought we’d update you on Disney Park Pass availability for Thanksgiving Day.

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According to the Availability Calendar, both the Theme Parks Tickets category and Select Resort Hotels category are full on Thanksgiving Day. The spots that were open last week are now gone.

8:00 a.m. on November 22, from the Walt Disney World website

Things are a bit different for Annual Passholders. As of midnight and then again 8:00 this morning (November 22) there was availability in all four Theme Parks. This is a change from last week, when Magic Kingdom was full. When we checked an hour later, the Magic Kingdom had filled up once again, but the other three Theme Parks had availability.

Does this mean that Walt Disney World has increased capacity again? That is a possibility. This would not be the first time that Disney Park Pass Reservations opened because Disney decided that it was time to allow more people in the Parks.

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There is another possibility as well. It could be that some of the Disney Park Pass Reservations were being held back. There are a lot of variables that go into visiting Walt Disney World right now, from international travel to the Mousekeeper shortage. It could be that Disney decided to hold onto some extra spots as late as possible.

If that is the case, it makes sense that the reservations would be released to Annual Passholders. Since many are local, they will not need hotel rooms. (The are no rooms available November 24-26.) Annual Passholders are also more likely to make last minute plans.

Remember, to enter any of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks you need to have a Disney Park Pass Reservation. If you plan to Park Hop, the option must be included with your ticket, and you can Park Hop only after 2:00 p.m. Call the Park Hopping Hotline at 407-560-5000 to see if any of the Theme Parks have reached capacity.

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.