If you've ever been to , then you know that a day bopping around the park is exhausting. It's hard work waiting in line for rides, picking out the cutest Minnie ears, and trying to decide which to get...not to mention all that waaaaaalking.
That being said, plopping down on bench for a few minutes might be the recharge you need to get you back in The Most Magical Place On Earth mode. Unfortunately, places to sit are dwindling, it seems.
reports that Disneyland has begun removing benches, chairs, and planters in order to make room for the massive crowds expected when the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens next summer.
An estimated 18.3 million people visited the parks at the Disneyland Resort last year, and Disney planners are trying to determine how to control the crowds that they expect will flock to the new Star Wars attraction, per The OCR.
The new area where the attraction will be is located near the back of the park, meaning that people will have to do a lot of walking through the existing areas to get there. That being said, the already-overcrowded park needed to create more space out of the existing areas.
Near the Haunted Mansion, for example, there used to be brick planters that ran along the front of the attraction, and people would sit on those. recently removed them to make way for a widened concrete walkway. According to The OCR, a few benches were added to the area, although people often resort to sitting on railings and fences not designed to hold them.
An annual pass-holder, Debbie Sinclair, told The OCR, "It's getting harder and harder to sit down in the shade and relax. I'm really bummed about it, because I have bad knees and ankles. It's turning into Magic Mountain that's all concrete as far as I'm concerned."
Some seating and planters in Tomorrowland have been removed, as well, to help pedestrian traffic. Liz Jaeger, a Disneyland spokeswoman told The OCR in a statement, "We continually strive to delivery a great guest experience, and we are always looking at ways to enhance elements such as guest flow, seating, and landscaping, which play an important part of a guest's visit to the parks."
The seating being removed will eventually be replaced elsewhere, The OCR reports, such as with more restaurant seating.
We've reached out to Disney for more information regarding the removal of seating throughout the park, and we will update as we hear back.