Disneyland is getting rid of chairs and benches because of overcrowding, according to a Disney spokesperson.
If you’ve ever been to Disneyland during peak tourist season, then you already know how the main thoroughfares can be shoulder-to-shoulder traffic as people all try to shuffle to their various destinations. The amusement park sees an average of 50,000 visitors per day, according to the Global Attractions Attendance Report, and that number is only going to increase as time goes on.
The original design of Disneyland was intended to make traversing the park highly efficient, with the castle forming the center of a wheel and all the various rides and attractions circling around it--much like a wheel with spokes, as reported by the Orange County Register.
Chairs and benches could be scattered around Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and Adventureland without too much worry since those were destinations and not avenues. People went there to stop, not to push forward. The problem is, Disneyland has expanded to include more “lands” behind the originals, so now people have to walk through Frontierland in order to get to New Orleans Square or Critter Country and vastly increasing the amount of foot traffic that walks through Frontierland.
To make room for more feet, something had to give. That something was benches and outdoor seating.
While seating is being removed from Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and Adventureland, it’s being added back in other areas of the park. According to Movieweb.com, restaurants such as the Bengal BBQ in Adventureland are expanding their outdoor seating, with Bengal going from 30 to 100 seats.
Disneyland spokeswoman Liz Jaeger told the site that the park is "always looking at ways to enhance elements such as guest flow, seating, and landscaping, which play an important part of a guest's visit to the parks."
However, more as the park continues to expand and more guests walk through its doors, even greater efforts to manage customer flow may become necessary. The OC Register expects that Disneyland will have to follow the example of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida where all greenery was eventually removed and paved over for guests to move freely around the park.