Disneyland hits capacity for the first time this holiday season

January 4, 2017, 2:06 PM · Yesterday we posted about the record-setting attendance at Universal Studios Hollywood, while noting that the Disneyland Resort managed to avoid any capacity-related shutdowns this holiday season, in large part due to changes to its annual pass calendar.

Well, today was the first day of the holiday season when all APs were valid at the Disneyland Resort. And guess what?

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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January 4, 2017 at 2:29 PM · I can't imagine a park at full capacity... Heck, Magic Kingdom is bad\hectic enough without being totally full...

PS - get ready for some much needed rain in Cali Robert, looks like you will finally get to wet stuff.. Plus 10 ft of snow in the Sierra.

January 4, 2017 at 2:33 PM · Rain forecasted for Thursday. Maybe time to go. I'm planning on going on Friday. Hope it won't be so bad.
January 4, 2017 at 2:42 PM · What is the capacity at Disneyland? DCA?
January 4, 2017 at 3:57 PM · I always find it fascinating that rain is a dealbreaker at Disneyland, but expected at Disney World
January 4, 2017 at 5:13 PM · RAIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!
January 5, 2017 at 12:14 AM · Went there during my winter break....hectic.......rides broke down.....nasty food too.....magic mountain here I come...
January 5, 2017 at 1:51 AM · 75,000 max capacity
January 5, 2017 at 8:17 AM · It can be so much fun to go when it's raining. Just wear a poncho and a smile. I wish more people looked at it as an opportunity for an adventure rather than the rain ruining the day.
January 5, 2017 at 9:14 AM · The crowd yesterday was rediculous. No walking room. To make matters worse when there is a parade going you can leave tomorrow land. Oh and hyperspace mountain for non fast pass riders had almost a 3 hour line!!
January 5, 2017 at 11:34 AM · Definitely a huge difference between drought-stricken Southern California and rains-every-day Central Florida.

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