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  • #21
    Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

    Originally posted by Thomas998 View Post
    Okay, I have to ask... which Halloween Party did you go to. We had the misfortune of being there Oct. 19th and our experience was beyond horrible as far as line times go. Over an hour for Haunted Mansion, almost an hour for Jungle Cruise... the only thing we got on without a wait was Winnie the Pooh... When we left we noticed that they had sold out of tickets for that night's party... My only question is how many tickets do they sell now days... We have been to parties that had sold out in Disney World years back and the crowds were no where near as bad as they were for that this night. I'm afraid we ended up making a decision that it will be the last Halloween Party we ever do at Disneyland.... We had better luck and shorter lines on the Saturday after the party than we did during the actual party.
    Interesting, because we attended the party on the 19th as well. I forgot to mention that we did most of our ride riding during the first couple hours of the party, when most people were staking out for or watching the Halloween fireworks. We were able to ride Splash Mountain twice in a row with our own log and no waiting. We spent the rest of the evening riding the smaller Fantasyland rides that we hadn't ridden during the rest of our trip, and we intentionally avoided any ride that had a long line as it was our last night and time was of the essence. For the most part, it seemed that people were busy enjoying the party entertainment elements rather than waiting in line for the attractions.

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    • #22
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      Originally posted by Poisonedapples View Post
      the cost part.. people go to the parks and then they complain about the costs of everything.. yeah it's a theme park!! there is no getting around the cost of anything at Disneyland!
      I don't think anyone expects Disneyland to be free or even close to it. But when you pay a high price for something you do expect to get something that at least has the appearance of being of better quality than what you would find in a Dollar Tree.

      I would gladly pay more to get in if they capped the number of guest so that it wasn't as crowded, or gladly pay more for a shirt if it was thick quality cotton instead of cheap thin polyester blended garbage... I continually think that Disney buyers are clueless about quality and only focus on which supplier can find them the cheapest junk... At some point I keep hoping that they will realize that saving themselves $0.30 cents per t-shirt is costing them a lot more in sales than if they sold something decent.

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      • #23
        Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

        The sad thing is, ask any retailer at a tourist based business and they'll tell you it's the small, incidental crap that sells. they stock stores with tiny, cheap crap because it sells. I'm guilty of it too. I won't walk into the timepiece store and drop $200 on a watch, but I will buy a keychain or a pin. I totally see where you're coming from and am not trying to take away from your valid point but yeah, I can see why they stock that stuff. It sells.


        Originally posted by Ryancr78 View Post
        I forgot about another "ugh" - Hardly anything says "Disneyland" anymore. It all says "Disney Parks." Cheap and tacky.
        I never even thought about this until you said it, but you're right. Everytime I go I look for a shirt that says "Disneyland" on it. I lucked out with these ones last time but on so many other trips all I see are trendy shirts with silhouettes of Goofy or Donald, shirts devoted to specific rides, etc. It's like Andy Warhol got back into the marketing and advertising field, posthumously.

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        • #24
          Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

          On my last trip, I had to tell two people to cool it with the flash photography, once on Pirates, once on Small World. Luckily, both times the person turned off the flash with no problem.

          We also got great seats at the River Belle Terrace for Fantasmic! just to have the woman behind us turn on the light on her recording device, which annoyingly reflected off the white railing in front of us. Luckily, a CM on the pathway below noticed and asked her to turn it off, which she did with no complaint.

          It's so annoying to have to ask people to turn off the flash, but luckily my experiences with people complying have been pretty positive.

          Oh, and I too refuse to buy anything that reads "Disney Parks."

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          • #25
            Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

            Originally posted by LangenFox View Post
            Only in America.....

            I don't know about the Japanese and French Audience at both Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.

            I do know that they behave better than their western counterparts.
            I wouldn't be so sure of that. Rude people are everywhere. I have seen videos of fireworks and parades at both of these resorts and there is a sea of LCD screens there just like here as well as children hoisted up on parent's shoulders.
            "Greetings, Starfighter! You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada."

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            • #26
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              So question... Is the queue for Luigi's really that good? I haven't gotten the chance to wait in the queue as the only time I have waited for Luigi's was on media preview day and we went on it first so we didn't have to wait at all so we missed the whole queue. We ended up having to ride like three or four times without getting off because Good Morining America was filming a segment and so we kept going until they were done shooting. Just wondering if this is something to be checked out on the next trip?

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              • #27
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                Originally posted by gatheringrosebuds View Post
                I believe that they still do the loud speaker warnings. I heard one during the early summer, my last time on POTC. But guess what? The group with us decided that the rule didn't apply to them and persisted to take flash photograph, even after the message came on several times.
                If they stopped a ride temporarily to give people that little extra warning I bet it would stick. Not only would you irritate the CM's but you'd get on the bad side of other guests, too. If word got out that you will have a ride stopped if you don't follow the rules I bet it wouldn't happen as often.
                Merrily on our way to nowhere at all.











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                • #28
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                  Originally posted by DrFink View Post
                  If they stopped a ride temporarily to give people that little extra warning I bet it would stick. Not only would you irritate the CM's but you'd get on the bad side of other guests, too. If word got out that you will have a ride stopped if you don't follow the rules I bet it wouldn't happen as often.

                  Personally, I think that when you reach the disembarking place the CM should say "Please remain seated, everyone. Oh, except you Mr/Ms Flashy Flashbulb. You get out. But since you spoiled the ride for everyone else, THEY get to go again!"
                  "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.​"

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                  • #29
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                    Originally posted by Stormy View Post
                    Personally, I think that when you reach the disembarking place the CM should say "Please remain seated, everyone. Oh, except you Mr/Ms Flashy Flashbulb. You get out. But since you spoiled the ride for everyone else, THEY get to go again!"
                    That would be amazing. It's only fair because the other people on the ride don't ask for their experience to be ruined. I rode Pirates an additional time for the sheer fact that the kid behind me kept flashing every 20 seconds.
                    Merrily on our way to nowhere at all.











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                    • #30
                      Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

                      I just wish all the noisy, flashing, texting idiots would be corralled into one boat and they could just all try to out-do each other! LOL

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                      • #31
                        Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

                        I completely agree with a "Non Disturbance" line for rides throughout the park. I havent been riding Pirates unfortunately due to the boatloads of idiots that feel so compelled to update their status, take millions of flash pictures, talk loudly (especially when they're criticizing the ride! ), then give you some dirty look when it's pointed out by either you or someone else. Sad as I am to say, even my usual patronage of the mansion has seriously waned due to bs like this .

                        Heck if it were possible for pirates or mansion or any dark ride for that matter, offenders would be corralled together then sent through the ride with photo taking cast members barraging them with flashbulbs constantly as they progress through the ride.
                        While I do not condone in fact I outright hate violence against anyone on Disney property, sometimes you just want to haul these jerks off and knock some sense into them.
                        Des douze coups de minuit aux matines sonnantes,

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                        • #32
                          Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

                          Originally posted by Ryancr78 View Post
                          --Cell phone usage, talking, and flash pictures on dark rides. Just once I would like to ride through the Blue Bayou section of Pirates and listen to the crickets and the banjo strumming without hearing people talking, full voiced, to whomever they are with. Wait until the ride is over, I'm sure it can wait. Also, you're in Disneyland, most likely either on your vacation or enjoying some time away from the drudgery of the real world. Is it really necessary to text and update your Facebook status while you're on a ride? During one of our Haunted Mansion rides, we were backed up in the portrait gallery and a lady was in front of us with her two girls who looked to be about 5 or 6. They were excitedly pointing out the portraits changing and the lightning and asking their mom questions, and she spent the entire time texting with someone and completely ignoring them.
                          Yes.
                          I also get annoyed with the people holding up iPads to take pictures and video during shows like World of Color and Fantasmic. If you're going to take pictures and video don't use a tablet that is almost 10 inches tall and 8 inches wide with a super bright screen.
                          Merrily on our way to nowhere at all.











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                          • #33
                            Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

                            Originally posted by Ryancr78 View Post

                            Meh

                            --My favorite spot in DCA to cool off and relax, the animation building, had been hijacked with an exhibition about Frankenweenie.
                            Hijacking, what was previously empty unused space, by works of Tim Burton is Meh? The seats were still there and it the air-condition was still on. Hmm....

                            Micenation

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                            • #34
                              Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

                              Originally posted by Malina View Post
                              I thought they still did the loudspeaker warnings--I've heard them a few times over the past six months, most recently on Splash Mountain when some idiot in one of the logs ahead of ours stood up.
                              I had that exact same experience on Splash Mountain just last time. Two overeager young girls just couldn't keep still. They reached their arms out at one point, and at another point, near the end with the boat, they actually stood up in the log! I actually asked them to please sit down, and I even heard the loudspeaker warning. Not that that had much effect on them. I was just lucky that the ride didn't stop working simply because of this.
                              My top favorite Disneyland attractions:

                              1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
                              2. Pirates of the Caribbean
                              3. Splash Mountain
                              4. Mad Tea Party
                              5. Peter Pan's Flight
                              6. Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

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                              • #35
                                Excellent post, Ryancr78!

                                I strongly agree with almost everything,
                                except that we like Luigi's Tires,
                                and the temporary Frankenweenie exhibit.

                                Disney should post some signs "Please do not use cell phones during this attraction, not even to text." outside of POTC.

                                I'll lighten the following because it's a deviant opinion:

                                Spoiler
                                I thought I was the only one who hated some of the DCA entertainers. I can't put my finger on why. The Newsie Boys & Minnie's flight attendants annoy the heck out of me. I get that it's because there must be something wrong with me. And I love singing and most barbershop quartets, but I've never been a big Dapper Dan fan, except when they sing "Grim Grinning Ghosts." There, after about 1,776 posts on Micechat I had to get that off my chest once. P.S. I miss the Delta Daddios.
                                Last edited by jcruise86; 11-17-2012, 10:01 AM.

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                                • #36
                                  Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

                                  Disney used to care about what the guest experience was like.......now it's all about how many times that you open your wallet.

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                                  • #37
                                    Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

                                    Originally posted by Ryancr78 View Post
                                    --The new entertainment offerings at DCA are... tolerable, but they were lurking behind every corner every single time we went anywhere. Buena Vista Street? The Jonas Bros. Newsie Boys singing their NSync version of "California Here We Come." Cars Land? The loud, loud, loud DJ car thing and his equally loud female human leader. Paradise Pier? Phineas and Ferb singing some "Carpe Diem" song on a float that creepily seemed to go wherever we went, following us, like a couple of giant cartoon stalkers. Also, I like the concept of the Goofy orchestra water show thing, but when we were on the other side of the Pier and heard that "Ha! Ha! Ha!" music, we wanted to jump into the water just to make it go away.
                                    I don't know, I liked that newsboy show, especially since it had a TALKING Mickey! It was neat to see his eyes and mouth actually moving! And that water show with Goofy was neat. That "Ha ha ha" music is actually "Holiday For Strings" as performed by Spike Jones. I know because I was there and I heard it, and I thought it sounded like Jones. I especially remember it because it was used as one of the songs featured on DTV, a collection of music videos comprised of pop and rock songs interwoven Disney cartoons, and originally playing on the old school Disney Channel. In fact, YouTube has several of those DTV music videos available to view. Here's the video for "Holiday For Strings" as seen on DTV: DTV - Holiday for Strings - YouTube.
                                    My top favorite Disneyland attractions:

                                    1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
                                    2. Pirates of the Caribbean
                                    3. Splash Mountain
                                    4. Mad Tea Party
                                    5. Peter Pan's Flight
                                    6. Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

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                                    • #38
                                      Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

                                      Originally posted by mainejeff View Post
                                      Disney used to care about what the guest experience was like.......now it's all about how many times that you open your wallet.
                                      Unfortunate but true.
                                      I had a terrible POTC experience on my trip last month with a kid taking flash pictures through the entire ride and there was no loudspeaker warning or anything. No acknowledgement of him breaking the rules by any CM during or after the ride. It was disappointing.
                                      Merrily on our way to nowhere at all.











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                                      • #39
                                        Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

                                        I had some Korean teen age/college kids on a trip on Haunted Mansion. Spoke no English just yelled to each other in Korean whole ride (yelled on pre-ride and bumped into me several times) and took constant flash photos during dark ride. Really annoying. Total A-holes. I know because I could recognize their language. Nothing against Koreans, just against these jerks who ruined my favorite ride.

                                        ---------- Post added 11-17-2012 at 09:28 PM ----------

                                        I agree with OP about the Red Car Newsies. Bad music. It could be so much better with less rave drums... Come on. Also the Pheonis and Phurb or wharever. Just take the volume down a notch please! I do really like Mini's Fly school though. Just take out the lame techo beat to the newsies. So bad.

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                                        • #40
                                          Re: Yays, Mehs, and Ughs

                                          Originally posted by mainejeff View Post
                                          Disney used to care about what the guest experience was like.......now it's all about how many times that you open your wallet.
                                          Ughh....so true!
                                          For the love of Disney....:yea:

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