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Warning: Entire Disney Park Closing Early This Week

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An entire Disney park will close its gates early this week, and guests with tickets to visit the park need to be aware of the change in park operating hours.

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Inside the Disney kingdom of fandom, there are several things that can turn your “best day ever” into the “worst day imaginable,” even at a Disney park–and we’re not talking just rain here.

It’s awful to look forward to a day at your favorite park and arrive to find the weather has some deeply rooted vendetta against you and is wreaking havoc on your favorite attractions, your favorite meet-and-greet experiences, and your beautiful hair. Then again, nothing sucks the magic out of a day at Disney like a 50-person tour group with no apparent concern or respect for other guests in the parks.

And please don’t get us started on the legendary “12-Foot-Wide Guest,” witnessed by many parkgoers but rarely caught on camera–a lot like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. (This writer can attest to such a beast living within the confines of more than one Disney park.)

But most Disney-loving fans, whether young or young at heart (like those awful Disney adults), have the uncanny ability to have several stressful scenarios thrown at them when visiting the parks–and still somehow rise above it all like the phoenix.

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That being said, for a majority of Disney fans, few things are worse than finally getting to visit your favorite Disney theme park only to discover that it’s closing early on the very day you’ve planned to have your “best day ever.” It’s a terrible phenomenon that often happens to non-California guests visiting Disneyland Resort in Anaheim during the fall months–some for the first time ever.

That’s because the Oogie Boogie Bash takes place on select evenings at Disney’s California Adventure Park, and guests who aren’t used to the spooky change in park operating hours are in for an unwelcome treat when they find they have to exit the park early if they don’t have a ticket for the event.

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Guests in costume, ready for the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland Resort/Credit: Becky Burkett

For guests of Tokyo Disney Resort this Friday, the same best day-destroying potential will be there, as Tokyo Disney Sea will be closing early due to a private event for which the park has been reserved.

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On Friday, September 29, Tokyo Disney Sea will close at 6:00 p.m. to all guests who are not part of the private event scheduled at the park that evening. If you’re planning to visit the theme park that day–and you’re not part of the private event that evening, be prepared to start your day early so you don’t miss any of the hours during which the park is operating for all guests.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!