Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by ~Tinkerella, Jan 3, 2013.
Sorry you were so disappointed
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I have to agree that even though the OP said the crowds were NOT the issue, that it seems they were. The ride most likely wouldn't have gone down as often, the fastpasses wouldn't be gone, a million people from the fastpass line wouldnt have gone in front of you and possibly 9 people wouldn't have broken in line? Sorry your time here was bad, we have been here since December 26th and no ride issues as of yet! Still 2 more days left at the parks and praying for the same. I guess sometimes you just end up at a park on a bad day...like a day that it is suppose to be sunny and 70 but instead it is rainy and 40...it happens. Wishing you better luck in May.
I've seen multiple ride closures in Sept. and the first week of Feb. It can be very frustrating.
We were there Christmas eve to Nye and had no issues. We did use fp effectively and went early. I kept an eye in the lines ap in the afternoons...yowza. there us nothing in wdw I'd wait 3hrs in line for we did everything ride wise we wanted. Fp people still wait...just not in the queue.
We've run into some ride issues but not that many luckily. The problem rides for us have been RnR Coaster and the MK mountains but not that often.
I know that it's frustrating when a lot seems to be down though.
Wait! I forgot we were stuck on itasw for 15 mins next to the hula dancers. I guess I blocked it. Hubby said "at least we aren't in the room with the lyrics" lol
I can see the posterss problems. Lots of folks are complaining about lack of maintenance.
Grab a deep breath, sit down and write Disney a thoughtful letter. Snail mail gets more points than a quick email. Probably wont do any good but at least they will know that 1 family is getting to their limit on how much they will put up with. Face it as long as the parks are full why should they worry about anything.
Yep....its like some folks fell here from the moon...Its BUSY during christmas...always has been always will be. If you go then...dont expect to ride much...its more for looking and walking. The crowds are HUGE. Lines will be HUGE. Nothing new.
We are lucky because we always go EMH mornings, and I DO NOT go on the big rides! That allows me to zip over to something and grab a Fastpass while the family rides a heavy-hitter (often twice!).
We also don't go during peak times now (learned that lesson), but still do the EMH mornings, leave at lunch, then head to another park for the evening later, even when we go during a slow time. That plan just WORKS!!!!
Rides going down stinks! But as others have mentioned - Disney runs 365 days a year, tough to keep the ride maintenance going!
Sorry you had a disappointing time, but don't cancel your upcoming trip. The magic will come back!
I disagree. I've been down for Christmas frequently and I've always gotten to ride everything I want, multiple times if I want, and I'm only in the parks mornings and evenings. Meticulous planning does wonders
However, yes, the crowds are HUGE and FP's for most attractions are gone by 10 am, if not earlier. The crowds are bigger in the evenings than in the mornings by FAR. It is not a week to mosey in the parks at 11 am and want to ride stuff. It's not hard to find information on how busy Disney is that week either
Yeah.....and how many "inside" rides does CP or KI have? The rides that are breaking down at Dinsey are INSIDE so the "cold" FL weather is a weak excuse. This is happening every single day of the year. Disney is seriously starting to tick people off with this.
Forbidden Journey at Universal is one of the most technical rides in the the history of rides and it has been pretty much running non stop since it opened. Universal apparently takes maintenance a little more serious.
Absolutely agree. We experienced this in Oct and couldn't figure out why the heck the line wasn't moving. After waiting forever - DH noticed the CM was allowing a 5 to 50+ ratio (majority-of-the-time). I want to say the group that was in front of us had either 3 or 4. So the 3-4 of them got to go, and we got stopped because we had 8. Then we had to wait our turn as hoardes of FPer's went by. This was at BTMR, where a 45 min wait turned into double that; and Soarin, where people were literally cursing at the CM and leaving....
Was that the first week of May? If so, I was there the same day and ran into the exact same issues. I kept thinking, is anything running today, then we got stuck on Spaceship Earth for what seemed like forever. I finally gave up on Future World and wandered over to World Showcase at 11:00am, just to find Maelstrom was also broke down that day. Epcot was having a really rough day that particular day. Cap'n EO, Living with the Land, and Dinosaur were the only things we didn't have a problem with that day (oh, and the movies in the different countries of course).
And I forgot about Spaceship Earth!! It went down while my husband and son were on it that day. I can't remember what dd and I were doing. I missed the Maelstrom fun
Yep, we must have been there the exact same day. They had several Norwegian CMs standing out in the courtyard area, telling everyone they were having technical difficulties and did not know when Maelstrom would be back up. A man in front of us was really irritated and demanded to know if any ride in Epcot was running that day. lol It's annoying when your favorite ride goes down, but it's really annoying when almost every ride in a park (that doesn't have that many rides to begin with) goes down. At first we were annoyed, but then couldn't help but laugh as we just wandered around looking for absolutely anything to ride. I go to WDW several times a year, so break downs don't normally bother me. I figure I'll just catch that ride next trip. However, that day almost every ride was down. Test Track has been down for my last four trips, so I'm looking forward to finally getting to ride it again in May, but if it happens to be broken down, there should be other rides to ride, unless Epcot has another day like the day we were there last May. lol
Come to think of it, when we were there Feb 4th-12th last year, alot of rides seemed to be down then too (not as bad as last May, but still alot).
I'm sorry you had such a rough time of it. We were at the parks the second week of December, and only had a few ride issues. But at least two of them was because of stupid guests (you could hear them yelling at people on the TTA to sit down). I don't think it will be long before they have lap bars on almost every ride.
I know Everest is a hard one for them to get going when it is cold. We once had a long chat with a CM, as we were in line and only one train was running. They have to make sure the train is at a certain temperature or higher, or else it will not make it around the track. So a chilly day is not the day to run over to Everest.
I'm not sure there is a great solution. When Disney has a ride down for refurb people pitch fits. No way would they close down for a month to get everything into tip top shape. When you have longer park hours and run machinery that is already stressed, you are bound to have more breakdowns. But how many people would like shorter park hours over Christmas?
3 hour wait for space mtn. yesterday! There is no way I'd wait that long!
We were in the parks from 12/29 - 1/5. We rode everything w no lines and no issues. We arrived prior to rope drop and used fast passes. We took long afternoon breaks and had relaxed evenings. We never waited more than 15 minutes for a bus and usually less than 10.
Only ride that wasn't open once was big thunder but we rode it later w a fastpass. We were even in MK on 12/31 and rode all the biggies and left by 12:45 after watching the parade. We were in our room at POFQ by 1:15! (Parade started at 12:15).
It was a perfect trip! With a plan and early morning even peak crowds are doable.
I knew the moment you put your disappiontments in writing you would start to get flamed. You can't say anything on this web site without the nay sayers coming out. Is everything you said the way it really happend, probably not, but you just needed to vent. Guess I'll be next. You are off the hook. Hope you don't cancel and give Disney another chance. We have been more times then we can count, with both good and bad visits. Good Luck, I'm going to need it after this post. TDBIASWS.
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