The busy season has begun with a vengeance this year! Travelers are flocking from every state to the Magic Kingdom marking the end of the locals' favorite time of year - the off-season.
Disneyland has been packed to capacity nearly everyday since early March, making it difficult for locals to enjoy the last half of Disney’s annual 2Fer Time - where locals buy a ticket for one day at one park and get into the other park free on a later date. Add that to spring break, the “Give a Day, Get a Day” promotion, and the skyrocketing number of annual passes and its no wonder the Magic Kingdom is bursting at it’s ribbon-cutting seams.
In anticipation for the high volume of expected visitors, though, Disneyland has finally opened it’s new parking lot - the Toy Story lot - just across Harbor Boulevard from the Anaheim Convention Center. With the parking becoming such a large issue last year (Disneyland was regularly turning customers away due to full parking lot capacity), this new lot offers 2,678 more families access to the park (bringing the total number of parking spaces for the Disneyland Resort to a whopping 29,000!).
Its quite a walk from the front gates of the park, so Disney has provided shuttles at no extra cost (although the cost to park is still the standard $14). The best thing for locals about the new parking lot - many bus drivers who lost their jobs in last years OCTA budget cuts were hired on as new drivers for Disney. Disneyland President, George Kalogridis told the Orange County Register, “We had a need. There was an opportunity.” Just one more opportunity that proves Disney stands behind its local patrons and partners as not only the largest private employer in Orange County (over 20 million employees), but also one of the most promising.
Whether or not visitors crowd the roads of Mainstreet U.S.A., local Disney fans continue to show support and love for the Happiest Place on Earth.