Early Entry... Do you really need it??

Discussion in 'Disney Rumors and News' started by CWIPPERMAN, Sep 18, 2002.

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Will you take advantage of "Early Entry"

  1. Yes - I'll use "EE", or plan around the "EE" park to avoid the crowd!

  2. No - I'll stay with my schedule - "EE" or not!

  3. I don't care about "EE" one way or another!

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  1. CWIPPERMAN

    CWIPPERMAN <font color=FF99FF>You don't have to be clever and

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    Ok,
    So unless you're living in a box, you've seen that "Early Enry" is coming back on October 1st. I just got back from 6 days at WDW last Friday, and before hand, I was quite disappointed that "EE" was not available. But, after retruning, I can honestly say that "EE" probably wouldn't have done anything for me. It was tough enough to drag our aching bodies out of bed every morning to get to the parks within an hour of opening. The only parks we actually made it to the "opening" of were the water parks (and they didn't open until 10AM compared to 9AM for everything else). And, we never spent an entire day at a park - at the most 5 or 6 hours.

    So here's the question... is it really worth it? Is "EE" really that important? For me any future trips where "EE" is available will only tell me which parks to avoid on which days. Personally I'd much rather see LATER hours at some of the parks (like MK), than opening a park earlier.

    And here's one more thing... maybe this needs a separate thread, but I would really love to see DisneyQuest open later. If you are there with kids (which we weren't), it seems like if you went to Pleasure Island, and sent the kids to DQ.... it would be a pain in the butt to have to leave by 11PM to get your kids. Of all of the places at WDW, I think DisneyQuest would be the best place to leave open late. There's probably a maximum of 40 employee's that you would have to have working, and it would add so much more value to the "evening" passes. Plus, mom and dad have more time to spend money at PI. Just a thought.

    Anyway... on to the poll!
     
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  3. robinb

    robinb DIS Veteran

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    For those of us who are commandos or who have small children, EE is worth it. I can get a lot of attractions done in those first 2 hours (the EE hour, plus the first regular park hour) than I can in 4 hours in the middle of the day!
     
  4. PKS44

    PKS44 DIS Veteran

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    EE means more chance to take a midday break...plus I am an early riser on vacation---I am EEcstatic it's back.
     
  5. Micca

    Micca Where there's a will, there's an heir

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    I am a recovering commando tourist. I loved getting up early(which I do every day) hitting the parks and enjoying a significant portion of the park attractions before the throngs got in. Unfortunately no one else in my party ever wanted to get up at 6:15 so we could leave the room at 7 so we could arrive approx 7:30am. I used EE and was sad to see it go, but now I don't know how much I'll use it.
     
  6. raidermatt

    raidermatt Beware of the dark side. Anger...fear...aggression

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    We'll probably be in the "avoid EE park" crowd.

    You're probably right. From an "off-season theme park touring" perspective, EE isn't really needed. On the surface, that makes this a curious time to bring it back.

    But from what we are hearing, the real reason is the depressed bookings at WDW resorts, especially when compared to Universal. Now, EE probably doesn't make much of a difference to most of the folks visiting in October, since the parks will likely be nearly deserted, as we keep hearing they are now.

    So why not wait to add EE until Spring, when crowds start picking up? Because the people visiting in the Spring/Summer of next year are starting to make their plans now. If Disney waited until then to bring back EE, it would be too late.

    I think the hope is that the new EE will have a marginal immediate impact on attendance, but will have a more significant impact on advance bookings before the next earnings report comes out. That way, management can report some more positive news about the future, rather than going through another call where they blame the economy and fear of flying for their problems.

    Certainly a step in the right direction, even if they had to be hit over the head a couple of times to figure it out...
     
  7. DVC-Landbaron

    DVC-Landbaron What Would Walt Do?

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    EE means choice. Options. You can join it and have two hours of bliss (if you can call dragging half awake kids through Fantasyland bliss ;)) or you can work against the crowd, knowing what parks to avoid that morning. It affords people who like the early morning to experience the park and get the heck out of there later at night when I'm there!!! Options!!! What a wonderful word!

    Everyone used it, or I should probably say 'was affected by it', whether they knew it or not!! I know I was and I never entered a park before 2:00pm in the last ten years!!!

    I'd normally write a sentence saying 'thank you' to Disney, but they don't deserve it. They blew it big time when they took it away and they did nothing more than correct a terrible mistake!

    So, I guess, "Thank you Disney for finally waking up!!"
     
  8. CWIPPERMAN

    CWIPPERMAN <font color=FF99FF>You don't have to be clever and

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    Hey, I have a request of the moderators. I started the poll, and want to know if it can be changed.

    Could you change the "yes" options from one to two, and make them:

    Yes - I'll go the the "EE" park early!

    and the other...

    Yes - I'll avoid the "EE" park to miss the crowds!


    I would really like to know the difference on how people will use the "EE" days.

    Thanks :D

    (I would edit the poll myself, but it says "moderators" only.)
     
  9. wdw4us2

    wdw4us2 <font color=blue>Not only a DIS Vet, but a 33 year

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    We always used EE - it really makes a difference, especially at MK.

    When the EE park became too crowded, we either went back to the resort for a break or went to another park.

    We will definitely be utilizing EE again!

    Lisa:smooth:
     
  10. Eeyore2U

    Eeyore2U I'm the one you talk about. I rain on parades and

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    It matters not to me about EE. I'll have to pay attention to the EE schedule so as to miss the EE park.
     
  11. EUROPA

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    I love the fact that the same people that agreed with Disney saying that many people did not use EE are now saying they will be avoiding the parks on those days to miss the crowds. :) So I wonder how many people does it take to make MK crowded and for the average person to notice the increased number of people in the parks by Noon? 2,000, 5,000, 10,000?
     
  12. DVC-Landbaron

    DVC-Landbaron What Would Walt Do?

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    OH MY GOD!!! Maybe I don't get it!! By running counter to EE (i.e. avoiding the crowds) it DOES matter to you and you ARE using it!!!! Just like I use it!! Even though I never wake up before ten!!

    If you play it right, EE is wonderful!!! :bounce:
     
  13. Eeyore2U

    Eeyore2U I'm the one you talk about. I rain on parades and

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    Baron,

    I guess it's semantic. I don't get up early, like you. Is that using EE? I think it's being smart. ;)

    In all my posts regarding this inane topic, I never said I didn't take advantage of what EE creates. If and when I have grandchildren it may change but I prefer to roll and go back to sleep while others get up earlier then when they are home.
     
  14. Bob O

    Bob O <font color=navy>Voice of Reason<br><font color=re

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    I ALWASY use EE!!!! Nothing is more magical than being ina disney park with few people and not having to wait in lines!!!!! And being able to have pictures with the characters without people pushing or shoving and getting in the way!! Its give you an extra hour in the park and increased the value of your resort stay/park admission. Escepcially w/kinds its great to get the rides in fanastyland done without waiting for dumbo and the other low capacity rides. By time the parks open to the masses you are done with FL and can make the dash to SM and also have done some of Tomorroland or TOT/RNRC at MGM so it is the best perk for staying onsite and makes the extra expense worthwhile.
     
  15. raidermatt

    raidermatt Beware of the dark side. Anger...fear...aggression

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    "Not many" is a relative term. We KNOW there just weren't large numbers of guests taking advantage of EE. If there were, there would have been long lines.

    But, yes, an extra 2000 people in a park is enough to change one's plans.

    The key to all of this is that even Disney was smart enough to read a turnstile count and see its a low percentage of on-site guests. What they underestimated for whatever reason, was the number of folks who made an on-site vs off-site decision based on EE. How many actually walked through the EE turnstiles on a given day was really almost irrelevant.

    In my case, I made the assumption that Disney was capable of estimating the number of on-sites guests they would lose with some level of accuracy.

    I was wrong.

    Eeyore, I think what Baron is saying is that EE at MK for example, actually draws people away from the other three parks that day, allowing us later risers to actually enjoy a slightly less crowded park on that day.

    Personally, I think its a bit of a trade-off, in that it essentially eliminates one of the 4 parks for me that day (i.e. one option), if I want to avoid the largest crowds.

    But, at worst, its a wash for us, and certainly there are quite a few guests who felt very postive about EE, to the point that they decided to stay off-site.
     
  16. Eeyore2U

    Eeyore2U I'm the one you talk about. I rain on parades and

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    RM,

    I agree with Baron's premise. But by working against it, although I get an advantage from it, but don't feel I'm using it. It's semantics. We tour OUR way. EE or not.
     
  17. EUROPA

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    So you saying that an "extra" 2000 people in the park can make the crowds so bad that in the advice of most guide books you should get out of there by noon and high-tail it to another park or your hotel?
     
  18. DisneyKidds

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    The way we tour, EE is a very useful item. We don't have to get up any earlier to do EE, we just use our time differently.

    Without EE we will get up early and eat breakfast at 7:30 so that we are ready when the parks open at 9:00. Without EE everyone else shows up around 9:00. You might have it easy for an hour, but by 10:00 the late sleepers are arriving. By 11:00 it is more crowded, and by noon you will have the max waits for the day (granted, in off season that may not be much of a wait).

    With EE we will get to the park at 8:00. You have it easy breezy for a good two hours, you hang with the late sleepers for an hour, and then when the peak crowd is there we cruise and do a late breakfast.

    Either way we go back to our resort around 12:30 or 1:00 for a mid day break. With EE you get more productive time in the park and we spend time eating rather than waiting in line in the late morning.

    The issue of the EE park being more crowded is not an issue for us. We simply go to a different park in the afternoon. As such, you get the benefit of the extra uncrowded hour in the morning, plus the fact that other parks might be less crowded in the afternoon.

    I'll be calling tomorrow to rearrange our PS's accordingly.
     
  19. Planogirl

    Planogirl I feel the nerd in me stirring

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    We enjoyed using Early Entry particularly at the Magic Kingdom where crowds tend to build so quickly. But we've been going during busy times of year when it's hard enough to see everything so ANY extra time is an advantage.

    Another interesting tidbit is that Early Entry is useful for those who stay offsite too. They, like anyone else, can plan to avoid the Early Entry park for that day and be at another park at opening time. It makes a difference!
     
  20. Lesley

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    Though we managed without ee, our trips since its cancellation have not been the same. We always used ee.....though not normally early risers, dh and I both have very much enjoyed the cool early mornings in the practically empty parks (yes, less crowded than last Jan. even....) I could see the arguement that not many people acutally show up for ee, but that's what makes it so great. Plus as others have said....resort guests just want to know that they have the option, whether they use it or not. I've been feeling like a real hypocrit for staying on-site since ee's cancellation, because of how strongly I felt about it (fact is...we're just spoiled and still wanted to be right there even if the deal wasn't as good as in the past...that four fingered, white gloved hand has a pretty good grip on our wallets, I'll admit)

    I'm thrilled that we can go back to our old touring strategies. I just hope I can get my kids with the program. EE is the only way to do Fantasyland. And hour of non-stop walk ons...Pooh, Peter Pan and even Dumbo multiple times in a row. That takes care of the necessities for the kiddos and the rest of the day we can focus elsewhere.

    BTW, our strategy always has been to do whatever we can during ee....get to the popular stuff that isn't open during ee first thing after rope drop while the masses are still entering...have breakfast and then head out for our daily break. Not having ee really messed that up because our breaks became later or non-existant, or got too close to closing time.

    Dh's reaction to the news...."Cool! Do you think we'll be able to get the kids up?"
    :D
     
  21. SPAGo 98

    SPAGo 98 Do not ingest.

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    i only attended EE once, and never made that mistake again. i do use the EE schedule to plan, because i will not be caught in an EE park ever again. so i guess i use it.
     

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