Well, today was the first day of the holiday season when all APs were valid at the Disneyland Resort. And guess what?
Many Guests are enjoying the Parks today. Disneyland park is not currently admitting new Guests. (1 of 2)— Disneyland AP (@DisneylandAP) January 4, 2017
Yep, Disneyland just hit its capacity.
Disneyland had changed its annual pass system in late 2015, eliminating the no-blockout Premium level and replacing it with two Signature levels: one priced a few bucks more than the Premium that blocked out the two weeks around Christmas and New Year's, and a Signature Plus that allowed admission every day but that cost several hundred dollars more than the Premium.
With thousands of price-conscious annual passholders dropping out of the remaining no-blockout level, Disneyland was able to keep the gates open during what traditionally is the busiest week of the year — the week between Christmas and New Year's.
But with the holidays falling on weekends this year, many local schools opted for a late vacation that's keeping kids out of classrooms until next Monday. That's left thousands of local families still on vacation as the holiday AP blockouts lifted at Disneyland. Put two and two together... and you've got tens of thousands of people trying to get into the parks.
SoCal and SoCal Select APs hit their blockouts again on Saturday, so maybe that might be a better time to go, if you can't wait until next Monday, when pretty much everyone's back in school.
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