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Arthur Levine

Disney's Claustrophobic Adventure

By December 31, 2010

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Sure, you'd rather be at a park right about now. Trolling around on About.com's Theme Parks site is no substitute for riding actual rides. And if, like me, you're looking out your window at mounds (and mounds!) of dirty snow, I'm sure you'd rather be walking the sun-dappled midways at California or Florida parks in your shorts and T-shirts. Or would you?

The week between Christmas and New Year's traditionally draws the biggest crowds of the year to the destination parks. But this year looks like it may be one for the record books. Massive crowds have swelled both Disney and Universal parks on both coasts to capacity and have caused the operators to shut their gates to new guests on multiple days. With this year's debut of the highly popular World of Color show and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, both Disney California Adventure and Islands of Adventure maxed out at the turnstiles for the first time. Can you imagine planning a holiday-season trip to the parks, only to be shut out at the gate? Take my advice, and zag when everybody else is zigging by visiting parks when they are likely to be relatively quiet. Despite what the cute dolls may sing--and sing and sing and sing--it really isn't a small world after all. Especially when they all seem to show up at the park at the same time.

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