Saturday, May 23, 2015

Disneyland 60th Anniversary Kickoff Disaster

Disneyland kicked off their 60th Anniversary celebration in much the same way as the park's opening day: unmitigated disaster.

That might be too strong a term to describe both days but most certainly yesterday's 24-hour event had more negative than positive associated with it and will likely jeopardize the future of these events at Disney Parks.

What happened was that a massive crowd descended upon the park, many of whom were willing to camp out along Main Street from early in the day to wait for the evening's debuting parade. The park was completely inundated, closing to all guests in the afternoon resulting in a backlog of hopefuls crowing the esplanade between Disneyland and California Adventure, into California Adventure park, and up Harbour Blvd. Worse, the park never announced a closing for California Adventure despite it being impossible for guests to get in. The park never reopened until very late at night (we're talking 2am late) and social media was filled with guests furious with Disney.

I'll have more thoughts on this as the weekend progresses but for now it should go without saying that Disney needs to seriously reevaluate the way it handles these 24-hour events if they plan on having them again in the future. Which, after yesterday, is a definite "if."

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