Disney World was forced to stop letting more guests into the jam-packed Magic Kingdom before noon on New Year’s Eve

Disney World closed Magic Kingdom's gates early on New Year's Eve.

Disney World closed Magic Kingdom’s gates early on New Year’s Eve.
  • Disney World stopped allowing new guests to enter Magic Kingdom at 11:35 a.m. on Monday.
  • The theme park is crowded with people planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve there.
  • Last year, Disney was similarly forced to stop allowing new guests in before noon as the theme park reached capacity.

If you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Disney World, you need to show up early.

At 11:35 a.m. on Monday, Walt Disney World Today announced on Twitter that its Magic Kingdom theme park was no longer allowing more guests to enter. Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom remained open as of 1 p.m.

The time between Christmas and New Year’s Day is one of the busiest periods of the year for Disney World. New Year’s Eve is especially popular, as each park has its own celebration to kick off the new year.

“Magic Kingdom is the most popular park and will be the most crowded during New Year’s Eve at Disney World,” a post on a tourist blog says. “If Magic Kingdom is your park of choice, we recommend you arrive early and stay all day since it is likely to reach capacity for some part of the day.”

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The crowds are also resulting in long lines for people visiting the parks. As of 1 p.m., there was a three-hour wait to ride the Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coasters, according to the Disney World app.

Photos from the park show just how crowded Disney World can get around New Year’s Eve:

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Here are some more photos of the recent crowds at Disney World:

Toy Story Land the day after Christmas. Ill never understand whyanyone goes this week. from r/WaltDisneyWorld

It's not the first time Disney has been forced to close Magic Kingdom early on New Year's Eve. Last year, the park stopped accepting new guests at 11:30 a.m., but reopened its gates around 5:30 p.m., The Orlando Sentinel reported.