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Old 06-11-2014, 09:40 AM   #1
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We were at DLR from June 3 through June 7. DL was OK at opening but very busy by 10 a.m. Ride lines were tolerable but getting there was not. Sometimes I felt like I was in gridlock. We often had to wait in a line to use the rest room.

Longest wait was 1 hr. 20 min. in standby line for RSR on Tuesday.
MM on Thursday was a bust; would not do it again. We got held up in the entrance line by a family entering for the first time and having to sign their tickets. They need a separate line for those folks. We walked straight to PP but still waited 35 min. Waited 35 minutes for Mattherhorn. Regular mornings were much better.

After doing the essentials in DL, we hopped over to DCA and walked onto Soarin’. Also got FP for Soarin’ for 9-10. Got into the FP line for RSR and got FP for 10:20 to 11:20. DCA was practically empty and much more enjoyable. In our 5 days, we spent more time there than in DL. On Friday we spent the entire day in DCA until 7 pm, then went over to DL for the fireworks, which were cancelled due to wind. Having a slow dinner and then a slow dessert at the Plaza Inn (we started at around 7 pm) is a good way to have a good view of the fireworks.

Our character breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen was fantastic. The buffet was enormous and delicious. In addition to a full breakfast buffet (eggs, bacon sausage, etc.), they had an omelet bar, biscuits and gravy, waffles, pancakes, French toast; a fruit bar, a sandwich bar, mac & cheese, cheese pizza, regular pizza, hot dogs, pastas, vegetables, potatoes, bagels, pastries, desserts, fish, chicken nuggets, salads, rice dishes, etc. We saw Alice, Chip, Dale, Goofy, the Mad Hatter, Baloo, and Pluto. We would definitely do this again; much nicer than Ariel’s.

My husband declared that Disney has indeed improved on their burgers. He had one at Hungry Bear and enjoyed it. However, my daughter said the chicken sandwich was blah.

My daughter took my granddaughter to see Anna & Elsa. Although the wait was shown as between 3 and 3.5 hours, they waited for only 2 hrs. They did not feel rushed by the characters, but did feel that the photographers were rushing them through.

On Saturday morning, we got to eat at Carnation Cafe at 8:30 with no wait. The food was very good, except for the OJ which tasted a bit odd.

Waited 45” for Roger Rabbit (not worth it). The audience for Disney Jr was the largest I have ever experienced. The people were sitting all the way to the back of the theater.

I encountered no nasty people. We were pushing two strollers. I bumped into people a couple of times, and people bumped into me. We all said “Sorry” and all was well.

On the negative side:
Something just felt different -- not magical. We spent some time pondering it and came to the conclusion that it was the crowds. We constantly felt like we were going the wrong way. We wonder if DLR is overwhelmed. But there are things they could do. For example, one of the most congested areas is the one between the Tiki Room and Pirates. If they would make it a two-way passage, folks could move through much easier. But I have to wonder if Disney even cares to ease the congestion. If they did, they would be doing something about it.

I have been going to DLR for decades and this was the first time I found it dirty -- trash laying around, dirty diapers on the bathroom floor and bathrooms needing attention, dusty window dressings, half-eaten food boxes and empty drink cups sitting around, etc. We stopped a custodian and asked him if they had cut back on workers. He said they had not. He also told us that DLR is raising the prices in hopes that fewer people will come.

Just a thought, and I do not want to offend anyone, but wouldn’t some of the crowd problem be solved if Disney stopped selling passes or put more restrictions on the passes?

I enjoyed my visit, but am not looking forward to my next trip like I usually do; just too many people.
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:49 AM   #2
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We had a similar problem with crowds only the horrendous change to FPs at WDW made it even worse. We were there when school was in early May, (but it was weekends around our Disney cruise), and I LOVE being where the people are, but the magic was missing slightly. So I know what you mean, you start to feel unimportant or like cattle.

I know people do it, but when you go to the parks in June, you are going PEAK SEASON. This is just something I would never ever do. All the school teachers etc taking off for vacation, its hot and crowded.

I guess I just would wonder about a trip report that says "We went in Peak season, and wow, it was busy?"

We learned our lesson at WDW the week of Thanksgiving in 2005, which we will never repeat either.

I think the locals tend to go more on the weekends, so if you were busy during the weekdays too, its unlikely that it was mostly AP holders, not as many as the peak season travelers. (Like you.)

As frustrating as it is (believe me I know, especially with what they are doing in WDW), Disney doesn't want LESS passes sold, they want every single spot filled out to the MAX and they are probably jumping up and down at the increase last year and what will probably be more crowds this year.

I'm looking at either Jan-Mar or early Dec so I can avoid all the crowds... I hope...May is now off my list too...
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:56 AM   #3
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Not sure about crowds and will see for myself next month but the attendance at DL was up only slightly in 2013 over 2012 while at DCA it was up a lot. However, DCA has more space now with CarsLand to absorb people.

See http://teaconnect.org/tea-aecom-2013...d-museum-index

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Interesting. I was there at the same time, and I had the time of my life. I did a TR on the TR portion of this site (see link in sig). I didn't think the crowds were all that bad compared to times I've been there, and I was still getting on standby pretty easily where FP or SR weren't options. It was a GREAT day and a half on teh 5-6th.
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I think maybe how we judge the crowds has something to do with the number in your party. We were trying to move 9 people through, and it was challenging to say the least.
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I think maybe how we judge the crowds has something to do with the number in your party. We were trying to move 9 people through, and it was challenging to say the least.
I agree and think one should account for things like that. A large group will always move slowly and it will always be hard to get everyone to agree on things.

Other things that play into this is whether the guest takes an afternoon break, arrives early morn, knows how to use FP, knows good rides to go on when the park starts to get more crowded, has kids and/or strollers, has someone in their group in an ECV or whellchair, etc., etc., etc.

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I agree and think one should account for things like that. A large group will always move slowly and it will always be hard to get everyone to agree on things. Other things that play into this is whether the guest takes an afternoon break, arrives early morn, knows how to use FP, knows good rides to go on when the park starts to get more crowded, has kids and/or strollers, has someone in their group in an ECV or whellchair, etc., etc., etc.
I completely agree with this. Last year, I read reports where people thought Thanksgiving week was insane and would never go back during that time. While it is a busy time, I didn't feel feel that way at all and it has to do with the way we tour. Up early, using EMH, afternoon breaks, avoiding known crowded areas at certain times (NOS, Adventureland late in the afternoon), using FPs. I'll also add that it's a different mind set if you get to more often vs. once in a lifetime. Even though we like to do everything, there wasn't a great let down if we had to skip something because we knew we'd back at some point.
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