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Robert Niles
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Disney 24-Hour Party Crowds Lead to Frustration at Disneyland (*With Updates)

Published: May 22, 2015 at 4:09 PM

Update 3: (7pm) While it appears that Disney is officially keeping California Adventure open, access to it is extremely difficult, with clogged roads, closed parking, and large crowds in and around the esplanade. Disneyland is closed to all guests and expected to remain that way until at least 10pm, when the parade and fireworks will have concluded. We recommend watching the live feed online or read our reviews of the new events:

Update 4: (11:30pm) Disneyland remained closed as midnight approached, even though reports from inside the park suggested moderate to light crowd levels.

The official @DisneylandToday Twitter reported no more parking spaces anywhere at the resort as of 10pm, and crowds continued to mass outside the bag check areas. Cast members were heard saying to guests that the park's president had ordered Disneyland kept closed to entrants for the remainder of the event, though this could not be confirmed.

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(4:09pm) Two Disney theme parks at the same resort never have hit capacity at the same time. But we might be close to that historic first at the Disneyland Resort.

At about 1:50 this afternoon, Disneyland closed to new entries, due to the crowds of visitors at the park for the start of the Diamond Celebration and the 24-hour day.

Disney began sending all guests seeking to enter the parks for the first time today into California Adventure instead. With massive after-school and after-work crowds expected to hit the resort in the next few hours, cast members are facing the possibility that both parks will have to close to new visitors, which could set off a chain reaction of traffic jams in the area as incoming visitors have nowhere to go.

We've heard that the Mickey and Friends parking structure closed temporarily earlier today, and Disney is saying that access to the garage is "intermittently available." Fans have crammed the esplanade between the two parks.

At the original "One More Disney Day" 24-hour party in 2012, Disneyland hit capacity in the early evening, creating traffic jams thoughout the area as fans tried to cram into the resort. (California Adventure closed at 8pm on that day, compounding the capacity problem.)

Needless to say, if you're not already at the Disneyland Resort and were thinking about visiting, may we suggest that a visit later in the weekend might be a better idea?

Update: (4:35pm) As of 4:15, Disneyland is closed to re-entry by returning guests, as well as to guests seeking to enter for the first time today.

Update 2: (5:30pm) While DCA remains open, officially, good luck getting to it. Disney's parking people in the old RV lot at the corner of Harbor and Bell now, which is pretty much the last nearby lot Disney has left. Cast members have been telling guests in the esplanade that Disneyland readmissions might start around 10pm. So if you're not already there, stay home and watch the livestream.

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Robert Niles
Editor

Raptor Encounter Invades Universal Orlando's Jurassic Park

Published: May 22, 2015 at 3:51 PM

Universal Orlando today introduced a new Raptor Encounter attraction in the Jurassic Park section of the Islands of Adventure theme park.

Raptor Encounter

Consider this a more, uh, action-oriented version of the old Triceratops Encounter that Universal used to offer guests in this land. This Raptor is no gentle "plant eater," slumbering while guests take photos. Universal's Raptor roars and lunges, intimidating even as he entertains. Take a look, via Universal's promo video:

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Robert Niles
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Vote of the Week: It's Party Time at Disney!

Published: May 22, 2015 at 7:46 AM

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Matthew Gottula
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'Disneyland Forever' Takes Fireworks to Dazzling New Heights

Published: May 22, 2015 at 7:15 AM

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Matthew Gottula
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Disneyland Recharges its Electrical Parade with Paint the Night

Published: May 22, 2015 at 1:12 AM

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Robert Niles
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A New Yeti Moves in on Disneyland's Matterhorn

Published: May 21, 2015 at 6:21 PM

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Robert Niles
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First Look at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Merchandise from Universal Studios Hollywood

Published: May 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM

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Matthew Gottula
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World of Color – Celebrate!: A [Somewhat Spoiler Containing] Review

Published: May 21, 2015 at 1:58 AM

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Wicked Cyclone Storms into Six Flags New England

Published: May 20, 2015 at 7:45 PM

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Russell Meyer
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Laff Trakk Debuts at Hersheypark (*Updated)

Published: May 20, 2015 at 7:44 PM

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Robert Niles
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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: Now in 3D

Published: May 20, 2015 at 6:24 PM

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Makes the Old New Again with Twisted Colossus

Published: May 20, 2015 at 2:19 PM

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An Insider's Look at Disney's New World of Color - Celebrate

Published: May 19, 2015 at 10:28 PM

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Universal Studios Hollywood Promises Wizarding World of Harry Potter News on June 2

Published: May 19, 2015 at 1:08 PM

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Six Flags Challenges Disney, Universal at Their Own Game with Justice League: Battle for Metropolis

Published: May 19, 2015 at 11:01 AM

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Jacob Sundstrom
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Where to Eat: Dinner at Epcot's Restaurant Marrakesh

Published: May 18, 2015 at 9:12 PM

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An Insider's Look at Disneyland's New Parade - Paint the Night

Published: May 18, 2015 at 12:01 PM

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John Ramey
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Weekly Top 10: The Things That Theme Park Employees Block Out While Working

Published: May 18, 2015 at 8:31 AM

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Robert Niles
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An Insider's Look at Disneyland's New Fireworks Show - Disneyland Forever

Published: May 17, 2015 at 3:24 PM

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Rick Bridger

Attraction Spotlight: The San Diego Zoo

Published: May 17, 2015 at 10:58 AM

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Getting Ready for Disneyland's Diamond Celebration

Published: May 16, 2015 at 11:36 AM

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