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Leap Day at Disneyland: Thousands cram into park for celebration

March 1, 2012 | 10:39 am

 For once in the world of Disney, all the fun didn't have to end at the stroke of midnight.

Because of Disneyland's 24-hour Leap Year celebration -- "One More Disney Day" -- the crowds and traffic lasted until sunrise Thursday.

Disneyland in Anaheim and the Magic Kingdom park at DisneyWorld in Florida were open 24 hours, beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Tens of thousands of visitors crammed into Disneyland by Wednesday night.

The crowd was so dense by 9:30 p.m., park officials had to temporarily stop selling tickets because it had reached capacity. The gates were reopened about 2 a.m.

On Twitter, those attending snapped pictures of the packed crowds and the extended wait times for some of the rides. Those outside the park mentioned the bumper-to-bumper traffic leading into the park and that stretched for miles onto nearby freeways.

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-- Rick Rojas

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