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Video: Packed Disneyland may have set attendance record

December 29, 2010 |  8:40 am

Disneyland officials rarely discuss attendance figures -- and Tuesday was no exception -- but the signs flashing outside said it all: "Disney Parks Full."

Resort officials halted ticket sales to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on Tuesday. It was the second day in a row that guests were turned away at Disneyland. Officials at the parks credited the holidays and the addition of new attractions at California Adventure.

Although they declined to say how many people filled the parks, Al Lutz, who edits the Disneyland website miceage.com, estimated that between 75,000 and 100,000 people went there Tuesday.

"The crowds are huge," Lutz said. "They're close to 100,000 between both parks -- that's the record. I think they hit it [Monday], and they're hitting it again" Tuesday.

Lutz said the holiday season has surpassed the summer months as the busiest time at Disneyland Resort.

Steady rains during the days before Christmas "shifted all the traffic to this end of the holiday period," Lutz said. "Normally this would have been spread out over two weeks; it's all pent-up demand."

With Wednesday's morning rain, visitors may have more luck getting through the turnstiles.


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Video credits: KTLA, Orange County Register