Disneyland Is More Hellishly Overcrowded Than Ever

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Disneyland is currently so massively packed that, according to experts, either ticket prices go through the stratosphere, or the company adds another park. Or the happiest place on Earth becomes progressively more 28 Days Later-like. Doesn't that sound like FUN?!?!

"Duh," you're saying. But it's even worse than whatever you're picturing! (Unless you are picturing Hieronymus Bosch with mouse ears.) According to the L.A. Times, visitors often have to park in the damn boonies and waits for rides can take an hour. (Hence people getting creatively unethical.) When it's all said and done, attendance might be up as much 25 percent for the year. According to industry analysts, visitors have ballooned from 13.4 million annually in 2004 to 15,963,000 in 2012.

Faced with, clearly, a shitload of demand, Disneyland just upped ticket prices to $96. ($96!!!) In 2004, tickets were $49.75. They could keep upping the ante, which ought to drive off some visitors. (Though you never know with Disney obsessives.) Some devotees are hoping the crush will inspire the company to revive old plans for a third park.

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One step the park has already taken: Suspending sales of a pass specifically for Southern California locals. It cost $379 and offered broad, nearly year-round access to the park. (Disney's still selling a version, but it's weekdays only.) According to the CEO of "MousePlanet.com," if you've got a pass, "You go to the park like you would go to hang out at the mall with your friends."

So imagine the most crowded mall in your hometown, crossed with Times Square, seasoned with some Coney Island and a dash of Black Friday. But with a bunch of kids singing their favorite tunes from Frozen.

I'm beginning to understand why every request for a trip to Disney as a kid was meet with a "LOL NOPE" from my parents. As an adult I cannot imagine anything more frazzling than ushering a small child through thousands upon thousands of sugared-up toddlers pleading to see Goofy. I'm scared, is my point. Very scared.

Photo via AP Images.

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Question, I'm in my late 20s, my husband is in his mid30s. We're considering a trip to either Disney Land or Disney World sometime in the next few years. Neither of us really likes kids, kids stuff, or Disney Movies, it's more of a nostalgia thing. He grew up in florida and I had family there when I was little. We have family and nephews in Florida and it's with in driving distance. we'd like to go with them but they're far away from Orlando so I don't know if that would actually happen. Our other option would be to go to Anaheim really just for the hell of it and spend a few days in SoCal and a day at Disney. Is this a dumb idea or a waste of a good vacation? I remember I loved disney when I was little but idk if id love it now. We do like theme parks and the like. We're going to six flags soon. Anyone have an thoughts/complaints/musings on a Disney trip for couples?