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Disneyland Article
Its 3am At Disneyland, And The Wait For Space Mountain Is 75 Minutes

Source:Orange County Register
Author:Christopher Yee
Dateline:May 23, 2015
Posted:May 31, 2015
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After spending much of the day at capacity, Disneyland re-opened its gates with a little more than three hours to spare in its 24-hour day.

Park guests like Robert Llanos of Tustin spent hours waiting to cross from Disney California Adventure to Disneyland.

By 2:50 a.m., about an hour after the last Paint the Night parade performance, the gates were opened to new and returning guests, and hundreds flooded in.

"We thought we'd be stuck waiting all night," said Llanos, 22.

By the time the gates re-opened, attraction wait times were short except at Disneyland's most popular attractions.

Space Mountain remained most crowded with a 75-minute wait, while Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye came in second at 45 minutes.

Palm Springs resident Alexandra Jimenez, 19, was one of the people who finally got to enter the park Saturday morning. She wasn't surprised by the wait at Indiana Jones.

"Everybody went for the main attractions, and this is one of the best," Jimenez said.

By 3 a.m., several attractions were closed for the night, including Big Thunder Mountain, the Matterhorn and Splash Mountain.

"With so many rides closed, I don't think a 45 minute wait is that bad," said a 22-year-old from Diamond Bar while waiting in line for Indiana Jones.

Meanwhile, not only were park-goers running out of juice, so were their mobile devices.

People huddled around electrical outlets inside the Turtle Talk area inside the Animation Academy at Disney California Adventure, and the lobby of the Disneyland Opera House. Some found a few outside of buildings around the parks.

Abraham Rodriguez, 23, of Los Angeles, plugged his iPhone 6 inside the men's bathroom near the Space Mountain exit.

He sat on the tile floor.

"This is the only place I could find to charge my phone," he said.

Lines at merchandise stores had long since died down, but fans were still looking for the parks' smallest souvenirs -- pressed pennies.

Thirteen new pressed-penny machines made their debuts Friday at the Disneyland Resort, all featuring 60th anniversary designs.

Corona resident Rick King was pressing pennies in the Adventureland Bazaar at 3:30 a.m. King's personal pressed penny collection stands at more than 4,000.

"It all started when I realized how expensive souvenirs here get," King said. "How can you beat a souvenir for 50 cents?"

Attractions Referenced

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Indiana Jones Adventure, Temple Of The Forbidden Eye

Matterhorn Bobsleds

Space Mountain

Splash Mountain

Walt Disney Story Featuring Great Moments With Mr Lincoln

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Adventureland Bazaar

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