Disney Parks Rendered Ghost Town After Massive Lockout

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A guest holds a Disneyland Magic Key ticket in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. A red "X" has been edited over the Magic Key pass.

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A Disney Resort has been rendered a ghost town following weeks of high wait times and big crowds. The lockout’s reasoning is genuinely unexpected, at least regarding Disney’s 2023 approach to crowd control.

A wide shot of the front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in California.
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Which Disney Resort Has Been Rendered a ‘Ghost Town’? Disneyland Resort California

The Disney Resort in question is Disneyland in California. Disneyland is the original Disney park envisioned by Walt Disney in the 1950s. For those wondering about the parks, here’s some quick information on Disneyland Park:

  • This is the original Disneyland park, often called “The Happiest Place on Earth.”
  • It is divided into themed lands, including Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Mickey’s Toontown.
  • Iconic attractions in Disneyland Park include:

In terms of the other park, Disney California Adventure Park:

  • This park opened in 2001 and features more modern and diverse attractions.
  • Themed lands in Disney California Adventure Park include Buena Vista Street, Hollywood Land, Grizzly Peak, Pixar Pier, Pacific Wharf, and Cars Land.
  • Notable attractions include:
    • Cars Land: Inspired by the Disney-Pixar “Cars” movies, this area features the Radiator Springs Racers ride.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!: A thrilling ride featuring Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy characters.
    • The Incredicoaster: A high-speed roller coaster in Pixar Pier.
Mickey's Fun Wheel and Incredicoaster on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Resort's California Adventure
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Regarding where guests can stay when visiting this retro and original Disney Resort, they have tons of options to choose from, including:

Hotels:

  • Disneyland Resort offers several onsite hotels for guests who want to stay close to the magic. Some of the hotels include:
    • Disneyland Hotel: A classic and luxurious hotel with themed rooms, dining options, and a pool.
    • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa: This hotel has a premium location, offering direct access to Disney California Adventure Park.
    • Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel: Inspired by the classic California beachfront lifestyle, this hotel provides a more laid-back atmosphere.

But recently, these vintage Disney parks have been suffering from several problems, like the one we’re about to mention, which deals with specific individuals being locked out of the parks for a certain amount of time.

Disney Resort - Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort in California.
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Magic Key holders, Disney Annual Pass holders, cannot make theme park reservations for an entire month, sometimes longer, as part of the new 2023 initiative from Disney to try and deal with the crowds at their Disney Parks around the world. Recently, there’s been an uproar from the Annual Pass community on Disney’s decision to exclude them and lock them out for a long time.

On the popular social media platform X, formally known as Twitter, a well-known theme park page, @FrshBakedDisney posted  the following tweet:

Is management asleep? Park is dead. Magic Keys can’t make a reservation. Can’t buy a single day ticket online. Guess we all stay home today?

The message is directed at that some pass holders, like the Inspire Key pass holders at Disneyland, are locked out from entering the parks for most of November and December, as seen in the photos above. Inside The Magic recently covered similar news of guests being locked out of the parks for a month but from the perspective of the Imagine Key Pass Holders, who are blocked from making reservations throughout December.

Disney’s decision to lockout these pass holders has been questioned by the community that spent hundreds of dollars on these passes and can not seem to enjoy the parks as much as they initially thought. Annual Passes resumed on sale just this past Spring, with another rumored sale happening in just a few months for the 2024 fiscal year.

Will you be buying a Disneyland Magic Key Pass in 2024? Will Disney block out even more days next year? Comment below. 

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