On the heels of probably one of the smoothest land openings in Disney history, Disneyland has been faced with a unique predicament….an empty park.
Well not necessarily empty, empty, but, well, manageable. With 3 weeks of the park that Walt Disney built offering reservation only access to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge they have opened it to everyone with a Virtual Queue in place to be used once the land hits capacity. On day one the Virtual Queue kicked in about an hour after the land open but then wasn’t necessary for the evening hours, but here we are, day two and the land is still open without the need of the VQ.
So what is Disney to do? Well, they have lifted the block out dates for Cast Members. Before the land opened, Disneyland Cast Members learned that they wouldn’t be able to visit the land for the next couple of months, their self admittance ID would not work to get into Disneyland. Obviously a crowd control measure from the park management.
Now, since the land seems to be operating flawlessly and it’s not even hitting capacity they decided to lift the blocked out dates for self admission. Still Cast Members are not allowed to use their Main Entrance Pass (pass that offers entrance to family and friends) but at least they get to enjoy Batuu.
We are now eager to see if Disneyland lifts the blocked out dates for some select Annual Passholders in the hopes to fill Batuu, Disneyland and adjacent Disney’s California Adventure.
It is hard not to compare how things have transpired at Disneyland with expectations of how things may operate at Walt Disney World. At the moment Cast Members and their friends and family are completely blocked out of Disney’s Hollywood Studios from August 18th through the end of September. Will the opening run as smoothly in Orlando as it did in Anaheim, only time will tell.