The Disneyland Resort today lifted its summer blockouts for all levels of annual passes. And, as they do every year at this time, thousands of annual passholders crammed the park as a result, filling the Mickey and Friends parking structure by early evening.
PARKING UPDATE: Disneyland Resort Mickey & Friends parking structure is currently full. As of 6:50 p.m. Disneyland Resort parking is available at the Toy Story parking lot. Updates to follow pic.twitter.com/Mq45aII0xU— Disneyland Today (@DisneylandToday) August 21, 2018
With so many annual passholders, the Disneyland Resort's crowd pattern moves as much with its AP blockout calendar as it does with holidays and the school year. That makes the weeks just before and after the summer blockout of the popular SoCal Select annual passes especially busy ones at the resort, as hundreds of thousands of those passholders crowd the parks to get in visits while schools are out of session and their passes are valid.
Even though more and more schools have been moving to earlier starts in Southern California over the past decade, the late August return of APers continues to fill the park to near capacity. But with those earlier school starts, the late August visits now tend to be after-school or after-work ones, clearing the park for vacationers who are willing to take advantage with an early arrival.
Further proves to get there early. We arrived at opening. By 10am the following was completed. Space Mountain. Buzz. Indy. Pirates. BTMR. Canoes. Pooh. Splash. Peter Pan. Mr Toad.— M Ryan Traylor (@theADTraylor) August 21, 2018
If you are looking for anther strategy for a bit of a break during the late summer season, SoCal Select passes are blocked on weekends and SoCal passes are blocked on Saturdays, so a Saturday often has some of the lighter crowds during the week. Especially if you get there early, too.
Do also remember that Pixar Fest and its special fireworks show closes on September 3 and A Bug's Land closes permanently on September 4, as Disney prepares to redevelop that land as a new Marvel-themed superhero land for a 2020 opening. So those closures should encourage some annual passholders to check them out before they go away. Join them if you wish, but maybe delay your visit until after the fourth if those attractions aren't important to you and you're able to visit later. But Halloween Time starts September 7, and that will bring out the crowds, too, so there aren't very many truly empty days to visit anymore.Tweet
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