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  • [Question] Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

    This is something I've wondered about for a while, then with the incident last week with the undetermined substance that shut down the ticket booths in the esplanade and the entrance to DL, it brought it back to mind... why isn't there more than one entrance/exit to the park? I suppose you could count the monorail as a second, but with it's recent history, the capacity isn't that great, so maybe it counts as .1 entrances. Even if you only had a second exit so you didn't have to deal with the additional man-power for bag checks and entry, it seems like it would help. Imagine an "exit-only" location back between Splash and Pooh that led to the Mickey and Friends parking structure. All those people leaving the park after Fantasmic wouldn't flood Adventureland and Main Street. Or how about an exit over by the Tomorrowland train station that fed an pedestrian overpass going Harbor to the eastside hotels?

    If DCA had a second entrance/exit, maybe near the Pizza place in Paradise Pier that would be convenient for DLR hotel guests or a tram dropoff, it would make the whole entrance rebuild this year a lot easier than trying to shoehorn the only entrance next to Soarin.

    So is it better for security? Less man-power? More merchandise sales by funneling all exiting folks past the stores on main street? Just seems weird that everything else, from movie theatres to sports stadiums, to your house has more than one entrance/exit, but not a place where millions of folks go every year. Hmmmm.

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    Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

    The reason for the one entrance/exit into and out of DL is for people to be funneled down Main Street and into the shops.

    DCA does have a 2nd entrance through the Grand Californian.
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    • #3
      Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

      That way you gotta pass the stores!

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      • #4
        Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

        ther are two entrances/exits. Don't forget the monorail station at Downntown Disney, my personal favorite because I get dropped off smack in the middle of the park
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        • #5
          Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

          In point of fact if there were a real emergency, there are several exits that would be utilized. A completely packed park (they brag) could be emptied inside of 15 minutes.
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          • #6
            Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

            The "show" is suppose to begin and end once you enter/exit the tunnels onto Main St.

            And besides, for YOUR shopping convenience, the stores on Main St. will usually be open an extra hour! LOL

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            • #7
              Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

              Originally posted by ttrocc7007 View Post
              In point of fact if there were a real emergency, there are several exits that would be utilized. A completely packed park (they brag) could be emptied inside of 15 minutes.






              Yeah, there are plenty of alternate ways to get guests out if they have to.

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              • #8
                Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

                Originally posted by OregonBoy1963 View Post
                If DCA had a second entrance/exit, maybe near the Pizza place in Paradise Pier that would be convenient for DLR hotel guests or a tram dropoff, it would make the whole entrance rebuild this year a lot easier than trying to shoehorn the only entrance next to Soarin.
                There is an entrance into DCA via the GCH.

                And there was originally a third separate entrance into DCA thru a small gate just off the entrance into the GCH driveway. Just two turnstiles as I recall, it was the perfect for guests coming from the PPH or walking in thru Katella. They closed it off after the park's first few years.

                Funneling the majority of guests thru and past DTD is an obvious route to take if you want to make additional money.
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                • #9
                  Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

                  I was there in Christmas a few years back during the night of a candlelight procession and have never seen the park so packed. Later I read in the paper that over 300,000... someone would have to check if that was even possible but I swear every inch of the park had someone standing in it.

                  Anyways, they mentioned that night that there would be a second exit near It's A Small World to help people leave the park.

                  I didn't see it. Can anyone verify if this ever happens and what is considered a large number. Is 300,000 possible? The exit was an announcement that kept repeating every few minutes after the fireworks and Silver Bells. (IT WAS THE FIRST YEAR THEY HAD SNOW--- if that helps with the year) .
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                  • #10
                    Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

                    It actually goes a little deeper than just the wish to funnel guests into the park.

                    Remember that movie art directors and set designers designed the park, and their experience in telling stories and directing audience attention played a large part in their thought processes.

                    Disneyland in some ways is about subtle control. Basically, the designers didn't want you to walk into the middle of the movie at Scene 3. They wanted you to see the first scene of the "movie", which sets the tone for the rest of the "film." Main Street is designed to give you some understanding of what the rest of the park will be like, subtly alleviating you of the cares and worries of everyday life.

                    If your first impression of the park was entering through Tomorrowland or ToonTown, the effect might not be as pronounced.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

                      Just about every theme park I can think of only has one entrance/exit. I guess Knott's does have the "Western Entrance" which they really never use anymore. But they want you to shop for stuff after your day on your way out.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

                        Originally posted by aashee View Post
                        That way you gotta pass the stores!
                        At Dollywood they funnel you right through their biggest gift shop to exit the park.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

                          DCA used to have a 3rd entrance for Paradise Pier Hotel guests. It was located next to Mullholand Madness. It's not there any more though.

                          Steve really summed it up well. It's not just about shops... it's about setting scenes. The people that designed Disneyland were movie makers. They really did think in terms of plot development.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

                            Originally posted by Beatle_johnny View Post
                            I didn't see it. Can anyone verify if this ever happens and what is considered a large number. Is 300,000 possible?
                            300K would be like twice the legal capacity of the PROPERTY OF THE RESORT (Meaning DL Proper, DCA and DTD) from what I have heard.

                            Originally posted by mycroft16 View Post
                            DCA used to have a 3rd entrance for Paradise Pier Hotel guests. It was located next to Mullholand Madness. It's not there any more though.
                            It is still "there", just not open or used. And isn't it right behind the new DVC wing at the Grand now?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Why is there only one entrance/exit to the park?

                              ^^^^

                              We used it a lot when DCA first opened and we were staying at the PPH quite often.

                              Maybe it will be the new "exclusive" entrance for the DVC folks?


                              Yeah, as "exclusive" as the entrance is for the GCH guests... :lol:

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