Everyone celebrates the holiday vacation differently. Some go back home to see family, others stay put and just spend the Christmas/New Years period in the same surroundings. And there are those who use those days off to travel to destinations that are already popular during the rest of the year, like Disneyland. Normally classified as The Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland was anything but that today, as the park was struck by a power outage during the day. For example, here's what happened to some folks who were in the middle of the It's A Small World attraction.
And the "fun" didn't stop there, as the lack of power on other attractions led to the crowds growing in size as more people were waiting. Disneyland is already notorious for its large lines, but with a gathering like the one below, it's no wonder that a lot of people were not happy about what was happening.
A transformer problem caused the Disneyland power outage in the Toontown and Fantasyland areas, and about 12 rides were affected, requiring guests to be escorted off. The situation got bad enough that the official Disneyland Today Twitter account posted at 1 p.m. PST that the Disneyland Park was only accepting guests for re-entry, though visitors could still check out California Adventure without any problems. An hour and a half later, the account acknowledged the power outage with the following tweet.
According to Variety, power has finally been restored to all the areas of the Disneyland Park, though the re-entry rule is still in effect. It's unclear whether the size of the crowds played a role in the re-entry rule, as well, but in Disneyland, as with any other major theme park, the lack of electricity can be disastrous. One could only imagine what might have happened if the park lost power for the entire day rather than just a few hours. Ok, maybe it wouldn't have been as bad as the Mad Max-like scenario presented below, but it's still funny.
As mentioned earlier, Disneyland is a popular vacation destination all year long, as is its Florida counterpart, Disney World. But during specific holidays, like Christmas, New Years and the days in-between, the park is extra crowded, so even when power is functioning normally, sometimes people are turned away from one or both parks because they're at capacity. An unexpected power outage being added to the mix makes things extra stressful, both for visitors and employees. So when planning a trip to Disneyland, be mindful of when you schedule your visit. It doesn't reduce the chances of mechanical failure or other issues completely, but at least going when there are smaller crowd sizes will help make the trip more enjoyable.
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