Power goes out at Disneyland, during one of its busiest weeks

December 27, 2017, 2:04 PM · A power outage has closed several rides and restaurants at Disneyland in Anaheim, California today.

The power went out just before 11am in Fantasyland, with adjacent attractions in other lands also affected. As of 1pm, the following attractions remained closed at Disneyland, according to the Disneyland app:

Alice in Wonderland
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Disneyland Monorail
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
It's a Small World Holiday
King Arthur Carrousel
Mad Tea Party
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Peter Pan's Flight
Pinocchio's Daring Journey
Snow White's Scary Adventures
Storybook Land Canal Boats

"We've determined that the issue is with a Disneyland Resort transformer and our team is currently assessing and working to restore power," Disneyland said in a statement to the press.

Update: The power was out for several hours for many of those attractions, and Disneyland closed its gates to new arrivals as the park's overall capacity was diminished due to the downtimes. But by 4pm, everything but Thunder had reopened.

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day traditionally is the busiest of the year at the nation's top theme parks, though Disneyland's changes to its one-day pricing and annual pass blockout schedule have reduced somewhat the crowding during this week and shifting it to next week when AP blockouts lift for several passes. Nevertheless, the park remains quite busy, with wait times inflating at other attractions as the Fantasyland rides remain closed.

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January 1, 2018 at 1:23 AM · I was scanning the web and social media (Twitter) looking for updates about the power failure, and was surprised how the story was picked up by national news outlets almost right away (CNN, NPR, the big 3 network news channels including Disney's ABC, Variety,Bloomberg), as well as local news outside of Southern California. Essentially, this was a huge publicity black eye for Disney, especially since the articles included words like "evacuate" and "gates closed."

Then in response, several people posted on Twitter that Puerto Rico had been without power for almost 100 days since the hurricane and Americans don't raise an eyebrow, but if Disneyland loses partial power for a few hours, it's a huge deal, implying that Americans have their priorities messed up.

December 28, 2017 at 9:27 AM · Not to get too political, the prior posters comment, needs to be put in proper perspective. In puerto rico, the republicans, are idologically liberal democrats. The democrats in puerto rico, are ideologically socialist.

As a result, the government of puerto rico, has grossly overspent their budget for several decades. Including (but not limited to) things, like small sparsely populated cities, having city run ice rinks. makes no sense.

They did this, instead of investing in the infra structure of the electric grid.

It would be a disaster to bail out, such horrible decision making, by the puerto rican (and as a result of democracy the citizens of puerto rico), gov.

December 29, 2017 at 7:07 PM · yeah but Puerto Rico is about life or death. Real lives. Disneyland is just a vacation escape from life.

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