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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Disneyland Resort Temporarily Halted Ticket Sales After Hitting Max Capacity

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Disneyland hit it's phased capacity on Friday, December 27th, 2019 as one of the largest crowds since the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. (File photo by © Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Disney Parks, during the Holidays, are generally very busy. Disney goes all out for the holidays, trying to make the destination one of the best holiday experiences in the world.

Yesterday, Disneyland Resort had to stop selling tickets temporarily into the Disneyland park. The resort stopped selling tickets at approximately 11:40 a.m. PST. Disney California Adventure tickets were still being sold at the time.

Disneyland park hit crowd capacity on Friday, December 27th, 2019. Thousands of people on Main Street U.S.A. Image: (© Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Generally, the parks reach their busiest time of year during mid-summer and at Christmas time. Friday’s halt for daily ticket sales marks the first crowd incident since the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, earlier this year.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland park during one of the busiest times of the year. Image: (© Hugo Martin / Los Angeles Times)

“The new land expanded the size of the park from 85 acres to nearly 100 acres. Disney representatives have never publicly disclosed the capacity of the park, but before the expansion opened, insiders said its limit was 80,000. Disney doesn’t release daily attendance figures, but longtime Walt Disney Imagineering director Kim Irvine revealed a few months ago that Disneyland attendance of 65,000 is a “normal” day.”

Visitors with annual passes were still able to enter Disneyland but guests with a “park hopper” ticket to both parks were only allowed to visit Disney California Adventure until the crowds at Disneyland subsided.

Popular attractions like Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Space Mountain, ranged from a 65-minute wait to 125 minutes.

Disneyland is the second-most-visited theme park in the world, behind Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida. Disneyland drew 18.7 million visitors last year while Magic Kingdom drew in 20.9 million visitors. Both of these figures are a 2% increase from the year prior.

The holidays are still proceeding in full force at the Disneyland Resort until January 6th, 2020.

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