Disneyland is a busy place. In 2017, 18.3 million people — more than 50,000 a day on average — visited the park, according to an indepent report.
That many people can make it difficult to get around, which is why Disney taking out benches and chairs in order to widen walkways and paths for guests. T
he OC Register noted that the entire theme park has long been an attraction, rather than just “a collection of rides,” making it an inviting place for guests to come, sit for a spell, and take it all in. But, those benches and planters are now simply getting in the way of people making their way through the park each day. So it's either more seating, or fewer bottlenecks in crowded areas.
Beyond removing seats, Disneyland also changed its pricing structure to alleviate overcrowding (as is Disney World). It implemented “demand pricing,” increasing its admission pricing for its most popular days.
“We continue to work on managing demand by expanding the resort and adding new attractions, balancing offerings at our two theme parks, and providing seasonal pricing to help spread visitation throughout the year,” Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown told the Los Angeles Times.