Disneyland fans who have been waiting over a year for the popular theme park to reopen are being forced to wait hours to snag a ticket online as demand heats up.
The Anaheim, Calif.-based park started selling tickets again on Thursday ahead of its planned April 30 reopening. But within a few hours of the ticket window reopening, the website was overwhelmed — creating a backlog that continued into Friday, according to social media posts.
“Remember when we were Annual Passholders and we didn’t have to deal with this queue bulls–t,” tweeted one fan.
The company on Friday acknowledged that guests may have to wait “several hours of more” for a ticket.
“We are experiencing high demand given the historic nature of the Disneyland Resort’s reopening,” a spokesman from Disneyland told The Post. “To deliver a strong guest experience, we are deliberately pulsing guests through the system. Wait times may be several hours or more depending on when you joined the queue.”
On Friday morning around 9 a.m. ET, the queue’s wait time was only around 20 minutes before ballooning to more than an hour just two hours later.
“We still have plenty of reservation availability, and we plan to keep the system open to accommodate the demand,” the spokesman added. “Please don’t refresh and we will get you through the queue as soon as we can. We know you are just as excited to return to the Disneyland Resort as we are to welcome you back, and we thank you for your patience as we work to accommodate as many guests as possible.”
While some Mickey fans were able to book tickets, others griped on Twitter that Disneyland’s site timed out or they landed on a webpage with the Seven Dwarfs that read: “We’re Working on It. This page is temporarily unavailable. Rest assured, we’ll fix the issue soon, so please try again later.”
Frustrated fans took to Twitter to air their grievances Thursday and Friday.
“For those of us trying to get #Disneyland tickets this morning,” read a tweet that included an encouraging “Star Wars” gif that read “May the Force be with us.”
Another weary customer tweeted: “I have a feeling this image will haunt me for the rest of my life… #Disneyland.” The tweet a cartoon image of the park’s ride “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad” that was accompanied by the Mouse House’s boilerplate message to “Please Sit Tight” wait on line.