Just got back from DL, well, DLR that is. So we got there at about 12:30. As we pulled up to the parking structure, a large sign (the type they use to warn you of construction work on the freeway) informed us that Disneyland was full.
Then, as we pulled up to the Parking Lot booth, the signs there informed us, again, that Disneyland was full:
Sorry it's kinda hard to read; it says 'We're Sorry...the Disneyland Park is Full."
Here's a digitized version of the above sign:
Now being the MiceAge and MiceChatter that I am, I wasn't suprised at this. After all, this was the day before New Years Eve and of course the park would close at some point due to the crouds. But, I figured, surely it would open in a few hours, right?
So, as we payed for parking, before asking us for our $10, the parking attendant warned us, again, Disneyland was full and we could not get in. They were really trying to make sure that people knew. I have experienced, in line at Guest Relations, many guests yelling at the CMs there that a sign had not been posted saying Disneyland was closed for admission. This time they were clearly avoiding that one. (Though the complaints must have been horrible).
Now, once in the Esplanade, the folks at Guest Services said that Disneyland was yes, closed for admission, and would not be open again until- and this threw me- 10:00PM. I mean, this was 12:00, they were closing Disneyland for TEN HOURS? Yes, indeed.
So after lunch in Downtown Disney we bought our tickets, these were the 1 day, 1 park tickets one usually buys for a 1 day trip, but closer examination revealed they were not the usual 1 day pass:
If you read that closely, you'll see that it's a one day ticket that's ONLY valid for Disney's California Adventure, that is, until 10:00PM today. Now, this doesn't mean one has to wait until 10:00 to use the ticket. I was told by the CM as I entered DCA that with a handstamp, I could enter Disneyland- after 10:00PM.
At DCA, they actually announced that there would be an extra 11:30 showing of Fantasmic!. I found this interesting, but, afterall, we could go to DL after 10, and DCA closes at 10 anyway.
So here I sit- at home, with Disneyland 60 miles away. With my ticket, valid for Disneyland entry in a half an hour, and my handstamp. *sigh* [smilie=1,4,5]
Oh, the one silver lining to this is that I got to go on Monsters Inc: Mike and Sulley to the Rescue. Not bad! DCA is certainly on the right track.