Angélica Escobar
Asst. Opinions Editor

Ever since I was little, I’ve been a huge fan of Disney, especially Disneyland. My addiction started when I was two years old, when my mom first brought me to the park. I have the best memories at Disney, and it’s my happy place — the place I can go to and feel like a kid again. The smell of churros while walking down Main Street, U.S.A., the tangy taste of dole whip, and the coolness of the Haunted Mansion on a hot summer day are things I love to reminisce about when I think of my happy place.

My favorite memory has to be my last time I was there. My best friend and I woke up at the crack of dawn to get on the new Star Wars ride, “The Rise of the Resistance.” We felt a lot of anxiety when we were waiting to get a reservation for the ride, but we ended up getting them. We spent the whole day walking through Disney, and even had some good food from the Lamplight Lounge in California Adventure. Then, we finally went on “The Rise of the Resistance” after waiting weeks and past fails to get a ride reservation. What I would give to have a day like that again, especially during these tough times.

Imagine having your happy place close mid-March due to a pandemic. I know this isn’t a real issue, but, at the time, I was paying a monthly fee for my pass; I didn’t want to keep paying the fee if I couldn’t go to Disneyland. Thank god they stopped payments, even though they still charged me for the month of March, which isn’t fair because I didn’t even get the chance to go in March. Why should I have to pay for a pass if I can’t go? Eventually, my pass got canceled by Disney because they got rid of the annual passes due to the pandemic. That was even more saddening. The amount of sentimental value the pass has is enormous. I’ve had a pass ever since I could remember, and it symbolizes all the memories that my past brought me. When Disney announced they would be opening the parks on April 30, I became the happiest person ever because I would finally be able to go back to my happy place. 

Exactly a week ago, tickets went on sale for Disneyland. I remember waking up at six in the morning because the website to get the tickets would be opening half an hour later. Even though the actual tickets didn’t go on sale until 8:00 a.m., I wanted to be one of the first people in the virtual line to get tickets because of what happened with The Taste of Disney. Basically, I waited for about two hours (some waited five hours) for Taste of Disney tickets and didn’t get any, so I was very scared that I wouldn’t get any tickets for Disneyland. The Taste of Disney, overall, was a huge mess; getting tickets was hard, and, from what I’ve heard from those who’ve attended, it wasn’t worth it. The only thing you got was a tease of mouth-watering memories. 

Honestly, getting the tickets was probably one of the most stressful things I had done that week because the virtual waiting room kept saying, “More than an hour wait” for eight hours! Around 12 p.m., the website glitched and wasn’t updating at all; it did this for about an hour. Disneyland released a statement about the delay, according to The Orange County Register: “We are experiencing high demand given the historic nature of the Disneyland Resort’s reopening.” According to the Disneyland website, per Forbes, “To deliver a strong guest experience, we are deliberately pulsing guests through the system and, therefore, wait times may be several hours or more depending on when you joined the queue. We still have plenty of reservation availability, and we plan to keep the system open throughout the night to accommodate the demand. Please don’t refresh and we will get you through the queue as soon as we can.” According to Fox News, the average wait time was about nine hours, which is ridiculous. I’m trying to buy Disneyland tickets to wait in lines, not wait in a line to buy tickets! 

Midday, around 1:00 p.m., I went on Twitter and noticed people were posting hacks on how to get your tickets and reservations faster. Some people changed their language to Spanish on the Disneyland.com website to skip the lines, as that line was a lot shorter than the one in English. Many people were able to get their tickets in under 30 minutes by doing it this way; some even didn’t have to wait in line. By the time I tried it, Disney seemed to have noticed and somehow fixed it. I ended up having to wait about a couple more hours until my computer screen said “50 minutes.”

I ended up getting tickets, gladly. I was able to score a three-day ticket for the months of May and June after being scared all day that I wasn’t going to be able to get a ticket for even one day.

Ticket sales for Disneyland went on throughout the night and into the morning because of the high demand. Lots of people were able to score tickets for the first two months of the summer, May and June. What made me really mad was that a couple of people who were not California residents were able to score tickets as well; I don’t understand why they did, as tickets are only open to people who are residents of California.

The overall experience of buying tickets was 6/10 because of the amount of stress it put on me and many other people. However, it was totally worth all the stress because Disneyland is the only place where I can feel like a kid again. 

Featured Photo Courtesy of Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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  • Angélica Escobar has just started working for the Quaker Campus for the 2020-21 academic year, and is currently a copy writer. She enjoys writing about politics, opinions, and arts and culture.

Angélica Escobar has just started working for the Quaker Campus for the 2020-21 academic year, and is currently a copy writer. She enjoys writing about politics, opinions, and arts and culture.

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