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Disneyland and California Adventure halt ticket sales as holiday crowds fill parks

Disneyland Resort temporarily shut down access to both its theme parks Tuesday as holiday crowds pushed Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to capacity.

Park officials had to stop selling tickets for the second straight day at Disneyland around 10 a.m. -– about two hours after the park opened, a park spokeswoman said. Instead, patrons were directed to Disney California Adventure.

But by 1 p.m., both parks were full and Disneyland tweeted from its official account: "Disneyland Resort extremely popular today. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure access temporarily limited."

It was unclear when the parks would resume ticket sales. The week between Christmas and New Year's is traditionally one of the busiest in the parks. Annual pass-holders -– except for the premium level –- are blocked unless they want to pay additional admission.


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wish I had that problem , too much business


Who Cares.. Theme parks have gone way downhill in the past couple years, I remember going to Disneyland a couple years ago and not only did I spend about $250 (admission, food, drinks etc) but all the rides were closed... (side note) Magic Mountian is a much better expeirence.

disgusting that disney is making that much money!

stay away - yikes!

glad i went while it was raining...

Who Cares.. Theme parks have gone way downhill in the past couple years, I remember going to Disneyland a couple years ago and not only did I spend about $250 (admission, food, drinks etc) but all the rides were closed... (side note) Magic Mountian is a much better expeirence.

Posted by: Travis | December 28, 2010 at 03:31 PM

Obviously you are in the minority. Disneyland and California Adventure are constantly upgrading. Magic Mountain is pretty much the same as it was years ago.

If it is ONLY about roller coasters, Magic Mountain has more to choose from. But going to Disneyland/California Adventure is much more than that. Ask any 8 year old (or 8 year old at heart!)

So much for the recession!

now they have to make it bigger, they should redo the castle so u can go inside

The worst is when the rides are closed and they don't tell you outside the gates.

If a major ride is closed they should have a discounted ticket price.

Plus the crowds suck. I bet no one there right now gets on more than 2 rides all day.

I was there yesterday and it was a JOKE! I took pictures of the crowds and left after 2 hours because it was wall to wall people and I was afraid my kids would be trampled. I think Disneyland should refund money! That place is a joke!

This just shows you that even in hard times, people want QUALITY. Travis, I worked at Magic Mountain for years, and you don't even want to know what goes on behind the scenes there. Disney's quality knocks Six Flags' out of the park (no pun intended) and is actually worth the price.

That sure seems to be a good sign for the economy in my opinion.

Why would people punish themselves like that? Imagine paying all that money to stand in lines all day. I bet people who were there from opening to closing actually got on maybe six rides, which works out to about $12 a ride.

I once made the mistake of going to Disneyland at this time of year. Worst experience of my life.

We haven't been to Disneyland as a family of 6 because its too expensive just to get in, forget about eating or drinking. I've lived in CA all my life and it's weird to say my kids haven't even been there.

why would ALL the rides be closed?? that does not sound right. Usually a couple of rides may be closed but never ALL the rides. But 80 dollars a ticket plus 20 dollar parking is just exaggerating.

If only people would spend that kind of money in their communities at local businesses. But they'd rather make sickening rich people even richer.
We deserve our doom.

Well Travis. Magic Mountain is fun but I question it's value. At only about 15 + dollars cheaper once you get there you pretty much just go up and down and twist around the whole day. No great shows, or entertainment. The food is more expensive and the 15 you save you eat up on gas to get there. The river show at Disneyland is worth that 15 alone. But regardless when there's 80,000 people gathered anywhere that's when you'll find me at home!

Really, Travis? ALL of the rides were closed? In BOTH parks? Every single one? Not one single solitary ride to be enjoyed?

CHA CHING!!!!!!!!

So much for tough economy! People willing to
blow hundreds of dollars needlessly.

Nice ad for Disneyland presented as a news article.

Disneyland needs to build more attractions, plain and simple. I remember visiting Disneyland during adolescence and riding the Peoplemover or watching the Country Bears in the middle of the day when crowds where at a peak. However, crowded in the 1980s and 1990s did not entail regular bottlenecking in Adventureland and having to park hop to experience a more 'quaint' experience.

I applaud the Walt Disney Company stepping up its game to turn DCA into the Iconic park it deserves to be, however, I hope the crowding issues will be addressed in the original park at some point in the future as well. My family is more than willing to pay a premium for a premium experience, but not if every visit becomes a chore as we try to gage the crowd size and feel we haven't gotten our money's worth.

Travis, you're smoking crack. It's apples and oranges comparing these two parks. One is an all immersive audio-visual experience. The other has a lot of thrill rides and enough gang bangers attending that there's a Sheriff's substation prominently situated at the front gates...

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