Thing is - these numbers are not really their capacities ... they're just how many people they'll allow to be stuffed in the park on exceptionally popular days (NY Eve, Xmas, other holidays). The actual capacities depend on waaay to many variables for my brain to handle.
As I said these are estimates, and personal ones at that. The ones that I'm pretty sure of are that 30K-50K for most parks is a really busy, great day.
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Well, as someone above said, if you hear a park had a daily attendence of say 40,000, that doesn't mean they were all there at once. You need to look at "moment" figures (usually parks keep hourly attendence counts), not cummulative numbers.
But that's if you can get figures, which is not likely. But for a maximum cap. at any moment, fire marshals usually set that.... you could try to write a county's/city's fire marshal, as these stats are (usually) public record.
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Efteling, one of the largest theme parks in the world, is allowed to accomodate 62.000 people at once. This has only occured once until now. :)
Most theme parks are only allowed 20.000 tot 30.000 people inside at once due to safety regulations.
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I've been to MK at WDW during President's day weekend and they closed the park around 2pm. This has been known to happen during New Year's eve and the park has closed as early as 11am.
I don't know if thry open the park again after some people leave, though.
Also, they never close it to guests staying on-site, only to everyone else.
I remember that day! I also remember this past summer when PKI hit up to 50,000 guests. Even that's a lot. I was gonna go, drove by, saw it was INCREDIBLY crowded, and went onto Lesourdsville(got 30 laps on Screechin Eagle in).
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It is not uncommon for PKI to park people in that grass at the end of the parking lot. It is considered their overflow lot. If you were to ever park out there you would notice that they will bring out mobile lighting units, mainly purchased for that reason. As far as the actual capacity of the park, I'm not exactly sure. Yes we had some busy days this year but I know we did not get near 65,000. 55-58 at the most and we were turning people away long before that because we just don't have enough parking for that many people. (I truly don't think we even got that high) They used to pay us extra on days when we had 50K+ in the park but we haven't hit that since 1998 until this year.
As far as not having all those people in the park at once, it is true. If you are near any maintance guy or manager with a radio right about on the hour you will hear a message stating "gross" and "net" attendance (or alpha). Gross being current level and net being total for the day.
I think I might have to send an email to Mr. Siebert and ask about the capacity. He is usually good with that kind of trivia about PKI.
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Disneyland has seen 50K days.
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Wonderland Sydney holds the record for Australian parks. In 1992, they pulled 23,000 for a Halloween event. Most recently they got 14,000 because of a Union function (just shows how unionised Australia is - not something to be proud of to me).
Sounds pretty pathetic compared to some of the world-wide stats I suppose, but can't forget that this is a country with less than 20 million people, meanwhile America has well over 250 million. (just had to defend this country :))
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