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Old 05-18-2009, 03:06 PM   #1
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I have never seen the parks look better!

Just returned from an 8 day trip May 8-May 17 and I just wanted to comment on how great the parks looked. I have never seen them look better on 12+ trips! I was really worried that the maintenance, cleanliness and appearance would suffer with the cutbacks, but it definitely hasn't.....at least in areas visible to guests. We stayed at 3 resorts during the trip (POP, BCV, POR) and they looked great as well.

The only area I noticed that weren't in great shape were the park restrooms. They were messier than usual, but not bad......just not as spotless as usual.

I also have never seen so many "management" type figures out and about interacting with guests. I am sure this is cutback related, but it was a nice surprise and they were very helpful and accomodating.

Finally, I was also surprised by how many street performers and shows were still going on. I am glad Disney has not cut these little "extras" because they truly are the Disney difference!
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:11 PM   #2
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That is so good to hear! How was the housekeeping? Rooms nice and fresh?
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:12 PM   #3
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That's good to know! I am glad you had a nice time. We can't wait to go, it will be my childrens(both 6) first time. I know everyone had to cut back on things but all the little things are what make people keep coming back!! How was POR? That is where we are staying.
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:13 PM   #4
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great to hear! we are headed down in less than 2 weeks now! thanks for the input!
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:22 PM   #5
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We were at the "World" 4/22-4/29 and were a little worried about how things would look especially since the few weeks before we were there is some of the busiest time of the year. I have to say that my DH and I thought the parks looked great too. Our resort (CSR) was very clean and maintained also. Only one bathroom that I was in at Epcot needed a little "help" but as I was leaving a CM was coming in to clean so it was probably just my timing.
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:26 PM   #6
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Thanks for the report! So great to hear positives!
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:49 AM   #7
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when we were there recently, I talked to one of the castmembers that was kind enough to show my sons a good spot to see Wishes towards the entrance to a/land. I told her that I was so surprised by the amount of trash/bottles were on the ground after Spectro. I told her that I thought it was terrible that people would just leave stuff on the ground especially the popcorn boxes/ soda bottles. She said that it was amazing the amount of trash that gets left on the ground. I told her that what amazed me was that I would be back in the morning and it wouldn't even look like there had been any trash at all. She told me that that was part of the "Magic".
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:14 AM   #8
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On our last night (Friday, May 8th) we were headed back to MK via the monorail (from Poly) and I thought our car was a mess! I couldn't believe how dirty it was. Sticky soda on the floor, popcorn all over the floor and seat, lollipop wrappers all around. Our car must have housed some very messy guests. Granted, this was the busiest day in the parks for our whole week (MK was a zoo!) and maybe they just couldn't keep up.

Other than that, the resort and parks were very clean. Didn't see one messy bathroom our whole trip! No complaints!
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:15 AM   #9
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GREAT TO KNOW!!! I'm so excited for my trip!!
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:49 AM   #10
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i have been to disney atleast 15 times and i must say in late april it was the cleanest and nicest i have ever seen it. i was there for 9 days and never seen any of the parks being dirty and unkept like i had read in past posts. it was more perfect than i remember it being.
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We were there 2nd May - 16th May and I agree with you. Everything was perfect!
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Glad to hear. Don't know why people make such a mess. Walt said if you have a nice park people will keep it nice. I guess most guests do and there are others that just try to spoil it.
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Glad to hear the parks are in tip top shape!
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:11 PM   #14
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I am also so happy to hear this. My BFF and her two girls will be joining us so I was hoping that everything would be perfect for them.

I am getting so excited.
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:21 PM   #15
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when we were there recently, I talked to one of the castmembers that was kind enough to show my sons a good spot to see Wishes towards the entrance to a/land. I told her that I was so surprised by the amount of trash/bottles were on the ground after Spectro. I told her that I thought it was terrible that people would just leave stuff on the ground especially the popcorn boxes/ soda bottles. She said that it was amazing the amount of trash that gets left on the ground. I told her that what amazed me was that I would be back in the morning and it wouldn't even look like there had been any trash at all. She told me that that was part of the "Magic".
Not really "magic", just a couple of large suction machines that suck everything up like a big vacuum cleaner. We were there on Monday, 5/11 and stayed after Spectromagic at 9pm for the Wishes at 10pm. No less than 5 minutes after Spectromagic was completed they had the machines out and were making passes up and down Main Street clearing the debris. The machines were loud and they were coming right up next to our legs where we were sitting on the side of Main Street. I definitely wouldn't describe it as "magic", that's for sure!
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