Yesterday was the first time I have ever been able to go to Disneyland on the Fourth of July. For years I have read about how July has tended to be extremely crowded with the Fourth of July generally predicted to have the highest attendance numbers of the Summer.
So it was with some concern that I arrived at Mickey and Friends expecting to be turned away in favor of the new Toy Story lot due to overcrowding.
But then the weirdness began. There was NO line to get into Mickey and Friends at 1:30 PM. I parked on Daisy, level two, and they had just begun parking in the second section of the structure. Daisy was literally only half full.
Then I headed down to the tram...and made it on to the first one....no line.
Security check...no line.
Entered the park...no line.
What the freak? This was on the FOURTH OF JULY, a day predicted by many to be one of the top two or three most crowded days of the year! I thought there was a VERY good chance they would close the park at 2PM. In fact, I was almost positive they closed the park early last year for the fourth due to overcrowding.
And to top it off, so did Disney. I received a printed warning as I came in that there was a good chance that Disneyland would fill up by mid-afternoon, and if that was the case, guests should expect to go to DCA instead.
So the question is....where WAS everyone yesterday? Is it simply the fact that the Fourth of July fell on a Monday this year and everyone has to go back to work tomorrow....or are we beginning to see the first signs that ticket prices might actually be cutting into attendance numbers in this economy? I know that all of the lower tiered annual passes were blocked out, but they have always been blocked out on the Fourth, and for the past several years, I remember reading about the epic crowds and how the streets around Anaheim have been shut down for hours following the fireworks. It was just EERY to have probably the easiest parking experience and tram ride in the past several years on the FOURTH OF JULY on the way in!
The park finally began to pack out around 7 pm as people flooded in for the fireworks,and the wait for the trams afterwards was predictably epic. But it seemed like fairly average to almost below average attendance for the afternoon, and it just struck me as strange.
I was talking to Hot Sauce as we were camped out waiting for the Fireworks on Main Street, and he mentioned how the numbers seemed very thin at DCA on Sunday as well, with only 5 minute waits for Ariel. Not at all what he and his wife Diane were expecting.
So... what's going on with the numbers? Thoughts? Theories?