Major crowds are expected to pack into the parks this week through Wednesday.  The expectations are mainly hinged on the absence of annual passholder blackouts at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park.  Schools are out this week for the Thanksgiving break and when mixed with the scheduled long hours, holiday entertainment as well as the park being open to all level passholders, you have a perfect storm for high level attendance.
It is not uncommon for Disneyland to close the gates to all entries on super busy nights, and you may be denied re-entry if it comes down to this.  What can be expected, and has already been seen this year, is a “soft closing”.  Disney will stop the sale of same day tickets and post signage on the streets surrounding the resort warning incoming guests that Disneyland is “full”.

If you are planning to be in parks over the next two days make sure you plan ahead and be prepared for large attendance.  Get your hand stamped, even if you are a passholder, it may be required for re-entry.  Do yourself a favor and park in a different location than just the Mickey & Friends structure, such as the Toy Story lot (see our parking map here). Also keep in mind the traffic patterns around the Hub and Rivers of America at night, or better yet, just try to avoid these areas all together.  Also, it is not uncommon on busy nights for the “backstage exit” to appear behind Coke Corner in order to help expedite guests leaving the park after the fireworks and Fantasmic! as well as to help alleviate gridlock on Main Street.

Attendance is expected to return to a “normal” (I use the word loosely) Holiday time level on Thursday when annual passholder blackouts resume for the Holiday weekend.

Are you planning on going to Disneyland this week?  What are some of your tips for avoiding and dealing with large attendance?  Let us know in the comments below and we’ll share theme with the rest of the DisneylandLive community on Twitter & Facebook!