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Disneyland Must Make These 8 Fixes To Handle Larger Crowds

Disneyland Monorail
Orange County Register
Robert Niles
October 31, 2017
November 13, 2017
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Anyone who's circled around the Disneyland Resort on a busy Friday night should welcome last week's news that Disney is moving ahead with a new parking garage at the resort, even if it won't be at the much-debated Eastern Gateway. But a new parking garage and a fourth hotel don't address all of the logistical needs at the ever-more-crowded resort. Here are eight things that the Disneyland Resort still needs to better manage the fans crowding its property.

1. A dedicated I-5 ramp for traffic from the south

This was one of the main selling points of the Eastern Gateway project and with the new parking garage moving next to Mickey and Friends instead, that need remains unfulfilled. Yes, people coming up from south Orange and San Diego counties can pull off and park in the Toy Story lot, but that doesn't keep traffic off clogged Anaheim Resort area streets the way that flyover across Ball Road into and out of Mickey and Friends does.

2. A better central drop-off/pickup location

Ride sharing services such as Lyft and Uber can take a lot of the pressure of Disney's parking lots and garages. But they can't move people into or out of the resort if there's no good place for them to do that. The official drop-off/pickup location on Harbor Boulevard is often gridlocked and only accessible by southbound traffic on the street anyway. Should Disney create a separate area for Uber and Lyft? Or designate part of Toy Story as a cell phone waiting lot, so that traffic can keep moving through the current pickup/drop-off zone? I don't know, but Disney fans who want to leave the car at home need a better solution.

3. Disney's Magical Express

Walt Disney World fans love Disney's free bus service to and from the Orlando airport for on-site hotel guests. With a fourth hotel in the works, will Disneyland finally have enough on-site hotel guests to make a West Coast version of Disney's Magical Express viable? People spending their vacation at Disneyland have zero need for a car once they've arrived at the resort. If Disney wants to keep its guests on property for their entire stay, Disney's Magical Express could help do that.

4. Our own Star Wars (or Avengers) hotel

Every Disneyland fan I know remains jealous that Disney World is getting an entire Star Wars-themed hotel along with its version of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land. This won't be just some well-decorated place to stay. It's a live-action, role-playing adventure - a unique concept in the hotel industry. If Disney needs to add a fifth hotel to make Disney's Magical Express viable, I vote for a West Coast version of the Star Wars hotel. Or, if Disney wants to shake things up or is pressed for space in Anaheim, an Avengers Tower hotel will substitute nicely.

5. A Monorail stop in Disney California Adventure

Let's give fans another way to hop between the parks. If Disney is going to transform California Adventure's Hollywood Backlot into a Marvel land, I vote for building a Monorail station along the existing track there. Better yet, use that excuse to transform the Monorail into Marvel-themed attraction that links Tomorrowland, the new hotel and the future Marvel land. Riders would need to have a Park Hopper ticket to ride, but Universal Orlando established that precedent with its Hogwarts Express attraction connecting the Harry Potter lands at its two theme parks. I want to see Disney ease some congestion at the front gates, while topping Universal, with a Marvel-themed, two-park monorail at Disneyland.

6. "No bags' security lanes

Disney does this in Orlando, and I would love to have the option to skip the bag check queue when I'm not carrying one at Disneyland, too. Just let me go straight to the metal detectors. OK, that's a wait, too, but it's still less of one.

7. More good quick service dining options in Downtown Disney

The No. 1 complaint I have heard from Disneyland fans about last week's announcement was over the loss of the Earl of Sandwich restaurant. Fans want more quick-service dining options in Downtown Disney. They certainly don't want to lose what many considered the best of that limited selection. Here's hoping that Disney finds a location for Earl of Sandwich elsewhere in Downtown Disney or its hotels and that it adds a few more top-quality, reasonably-affordably priced, quick-service locations, too.

8. Reopen the Blue Sky Cellar

Now that Disney again has officially announced, but as-yet-unbuilt projects at Disneyland, it's time to help fans get excited about what's coming next by reopening the preview center in California Adventure. Show us part of that Star Wars land model from the D23 Expo. And a model or designs for the new hotel, too. Fans want to get excited by new projects, and Disney shouldn't miss this easy opportunity to encourage that.
Attractions Referenced

Disneyland Monorail

Lands Referenced

Star Wars Galaxys Edge


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