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  • [Chat] Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

    I've been thinking a lot about posting a thread like this, and I finally decided to do it.

    I love Disneyland. It's been a part of my 53-year plus life, forever. Plus, there's my nearly eight-year employment history.

    I live two hours away. I did have a premium annual pass, but I had to let it lapse for personal financial reasons.

    There's always been what I could call a "hassle factor" to one degree or another just getting to the front gates, from where you park your car. And with the old lot, getting a sun-baked car, or leaving the park at night.

    But the more I've been reading about the crowding, the parking issues and the like...sometimes I feel like the "hassle factor" outweighs the overall diminished product I see once I get through the gates.

    I would like your thoughts on this. And I can't control how a thread can go...but I'd rather not see any one group of DLR lovers getting "bashed".

    No matter how close to the park we live or how many times we visit or what kind of ticket we use, we still love Disneyland, I think in spite of Disney and Team Disney Anaheim.

    But it has become a lot more of a "hassle", from what I can see.
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    Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

    There's certainly some hassle involved. For me, just getting to the park usually entails getting up 3-4 hours early, preparing food, walking for 25 minutes to the right bus stop, and paying $7.50 to ride in a few different vehicles packed with strangers so that I can arrive at the resort some 2-3 hours later. I'm insistent on keeping a go-with-the-flow attitude throughout, which isn't really that hard, since I am going to Disneyland, but there's no denying that it's a hassle. In fact, without the time and expense and mild discomfort of the "commute," I'll bet I would have invested in an annual pass by now.

    There's also the hassle of crowds in the park. I try not to let that one get to me at all, but it's a little disheartening when a favorite ride is attracting a two-hour wait. Luckily, I've gotten pretty good at going when the park is only moderately crowded at most and using FastPass to my advantage.

    Then there's the fact that my feet are typically killing me at the end of the day. Even with orthopedic inserts and a change of shoes, hyperpronation does not make for pleasant sensations in the feet at the end of a long day in the park. Sometimes the pain lasts several days afterward. And I haven't even mentioned the gastrointestinal issues that I have to be annoyingly careful with in the park.

    Bottom line, I still go, and I invariably have an amazing day. But I'd be lying if I said that there weren't certain difficulties that have to be embraced in order for a good time to still be had. I suppose that's life.

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      Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

      Yep. It's called Christmas time, haha.
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        Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

        I'm going to get philosophical here and say that something only becomes a hassle when it is one. In short, if visiting DL is a hassle, then you're obviously not going to want to go.

        For me, there is no hassle. But I plan it that way. There is no hassle of overcrowding because I don't go on crowded days. There is no hassle in freeway traffic because I don't drive during rush hour. There is no hassle in parking for the same two reasons above.

        On top of that, I'm always laid back at Disneyland. There's no need to go on any particular attraction, so a long line gets passed by. I'm perfectly happy just to walk around the park. I avoid the most crowded show times and see later ones. Or I ride attractions during shows to avoid lines.

        I realize some people have to travel long distances to go to DLR and can only visit during hot, crowded summer days. But if you're relatively local and have the flexibility, you can avoid most hassles related to DL.

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          Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

          Yup, it's mostly the Parking right now.


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            Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

            Living in San Jose, it's definitely a drive heading down to Anaheim. My next trip next week will be my 5th this year. I don't see any hassle at all. Yes, there's the 6 or so hour drive, but nothing beats the moment when you see "Disneyland Dr" on the freeway and see the hotels, DD, and the attractions. It's all for that moment, the moment that your in an awesome place, away from reality.

            I know I'll have an amazing time the next day or so when I'm in the park. Nothing beats it. There's no "hassle" in the park because there's always something to do. Wait times can get annoying, but its not a hassle knowing that I'm waiting for an awesome attraction that can only be found here.

            There is no hassle for me when it comes to Disneyland

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            • #7
              Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

              Originally posted by Radiobarry View Post
              But it has become a lot more of a "hassle", from what I can see.
              Everyone should have a theoretical breaking point, unique to their level of handling hassling situations.

              I don't like paying, for example. So I have to go through the hassle of being nice to my patron for a few weeks ahead of time, to butter him up.

              I think we all can agree that we love the park, or whatever we conjure up in our minds that the park is (or should be) when we're not there.

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                Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

                I live 20 minutes away so it rarely is a hassle for me. I'm sure for those who live maybe 45 minutes or more things start to get worse. But for me it's not too much of a problem.

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                  Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

                  If only there were high speed trains to take you there...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

                    Reason # 6,987 that the AP program should be eliminated......people are starting to see the place as a "hassle".

                    Does Disney really want their brand associated with such a negative word?
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                    • #11
                      Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

                      There was one year we were in SoCal visiting family and was only able to spend one day at DL. It was August, blisteringly hot and humid, and severely crowded. There were no attraction ride wait times less than an hour (and this was before the FastPass)...the good ones were 90 min. and up. I swore that I would never again go during the summer or during a crowded season. Not to mention, just one day in the park isn't enough




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                        Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

                        It's all about the parking.

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                          Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

                          Our decision not to renew our AP's was based both on the financial aspect, and the hassles of dealing with large crowds while trying to navigate the park with small children. To us the "breaking point" was simply too many people within the park itself.
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                            Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

                            I think the parking deters me sometimes. Lately, when I've gone, there's a long line to get into the structure, a big crowd at the tram, a long line at bag check. Then, if I leave too late, another big crowd for the tram. I don't go to DTD as much any more either. Even if the parking lot isn't bad, it just seems so crowded.
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                              Re: Is There A Point Where the "Hassle" of Visiting the DLR Makes You Not Want To Go?

                              I think that anything can be viewed as a hassle if you look at it right.

                              I guess it just depends on my mindset. Some days, the last thing I want to do is deal with the crowds or the weather. That's when I just stay home.
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