I hope they come back from that awful start.
Just curious, but did Disney World have the same problem?
I also heard there was a major tropical storm and a power outage, which caused the Pirates of the Caribbean to break free and eat the guests. Probably.
Note: jumping fences is an awful idea if you have a hemorrhoid
I seem to recall that when the monorail connected to the Disneyland Hotel, people could get into the park free simply by riding the monorail from the hotel.
I do recall when they had the A through E tickets and what a fiasco that was. Certain rides had different ticket requirements, we would end up holding these useless E tickets. This was long ago.
So Pokemon Go fest in Chicago wasn't that bad in the end... /s
My grandparents took my mom to the opening of Disney World (edited) and still had the ticket stub. My grandpa worked for NASA during the space race, so I assume that's how he was able to get tickets.
Considered a disaster, doubtful. That was a hell of a lot of unintended advertising that probably catapulted the parks success.
My favorite snafu from opening day wasn't even Disney's fault. The entire event was televised (including an appearance by future president Ronald Reagan) but the communications were spotty so there was a live broadcast of a reporter making out with some woman for about 10 seconds before he realized he was live. He recovered pretty quickly and professionally and made his report like nothing happened. Doesn't sound like a big deal now, but this was 1955. Lucy and Ricky had separate beds. You couldn't even say the word pregnant or hear a toilet flush on television. Pretty risqué for the time period.
The press really hammered them. The asphalt was fresh and people's shoes got stuck. Due to a plumber's strike, the drinking fountains weren't finished so people were forced to buy packaged beverages. Not to mention Disneyland was in the middle of nowhere, some 30+ miles from LA surrounded by farmland. Despite all this, they had 1 million visitors in the first 3 months.
Listen to Do Go On, an Aussie podcast:
They've got a pretty hilarious episode about this exact subject.