Benches and brick planters have been disappearing at Disneyland, but why?
If you frequent the Disneyland Resort, you may have noticed that your favorite resting spot in the park has gone missing. Your favorite bench in New Orleans Square might have vanished. Is this a Halloween prank on the part of the world’s second most visited resort?
Though it’s the season of tricks and treats, Disneyland isn’t pulling pranks on Guests. Instead, the happiest place on earth is downsizing some of its seating areas to allow for widened walkways. Over the last twenty years, Disneyland has seen an attendance explosion, which is great for shareholders, but it can make for some very congested thoroughfares in the park.
In New Orleans Square, between the popcorn cart and the Disney Vacation Club kiosk, congestion has been on the rise, especially at night since the Fantasmic! show takes place nearby each evening.
“We are always looking at ways to enhance elements such as guest flow [and] seating,” said Liz Jaegar, spokeswoman for Disneyland, in a statement.
Many Guests have opted to simply lean against railing or fencing when they need to take a rest during their adventures in the park.
Per Disneyland officials, the plan is ultimately to replace all of the seating that is removed. But the replacements might not be in the same locations. In Adventureland, the Bengal BBQ quick-service restaurant used to only accommodate seating for 36, but the eatery now has room for 100 to sit comfortably. At this time, it seems the only additional seating will be at restaurants in the area.
Disneyland also says that it is widening walkways to accommodate for the projected record attendance in the park once Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens next year. Star Wars fans have been ecstatic about the new land since it was announced at the 2017 D23 Expo.
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