I think it has a lot to do with timing. Our last trip to FQ was this way for us. The kids had been to Disney several times before and were at the age of not riding the stars but bored of the kids rides. They were not excited for anything "new". We had just gotten back from St. Martin where we had a condo on the beach for a week. POFQ seemed like a huge letdown. That being said we were worried last year with CR as our vacation. The kids didn't express a lot of interest before we left, but it turned out to be our best trip ever. The oldest rode all the stars (after acting afraid until she got to the front of the line) and the youngest rode everything with virtually no lines. The ability to walk to MK at any time (and not ride the busses back late at night waiting) was well worth the extra magic as well.