- Aug 11, 2017
Disney has said that there will be no characters for the same reason that there is no Christmas tree in DCA this year -- they don't want anything that will attract crowds. It's just too risky right now. BVS is classified strictly as an extension of DTD, i.e. a shopping and dining experience (aka an outdoor mall) -- this is not meant to be a theme park experience right now so that it meets all the state requirements.I see that they are opening Buena Vista Street in California Adventure, very clever way of getting past the rules in California, I presume it's free entry as it's only up as far a Cathay Circle. Still, it must be nice to be able to do that. I wonder if they will bring out characters to wave to guests from a distance.
GR posted today that reservations for Catal's Breakfast with Santa are cancelled and that refunds are being processed.Did anyone make reservations for Breakfast with Santa at Catal? I've seen a few posts on the Facebook group I'm in that some reservations are cancelled. But I guess Catal is trying their best to figure out how to keep them since they have to move all dining to outdoors.
I know everyone has their opinions of when the parks could or should open, but what’s interesting to me is that other than the actual rides, Knott’s is effectively completely open.So, folks. I’m sitting about fifty feet from the Soarin’ entrance. I approached a CM a moment ago and asked where to get a FP for the attraction (kidding, of course). She replied that she believes that management aims to open it soon - perhaps December or January- because she saw them measuring the queue for social-distancing purposes. This is merely her speculation, of course. But hopefully there’s a grain of truth to it.
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I parked offsite at Anaheim hotel. I made the 15 minute trek to the main DTD entrance instead of Harbor because that side is let in earliest (around 9:30). The hard part about coming in the main side is that loooong walk from Simba to BVS. I got my steps in LOLI'm interested in hearing peoples' experiences parking/waiting in line/virtual queuing. I'm going to try and go tomorrow morning, and I want to set my expectations appropriately. I am most interested in doing lunch at Carthay and a little shopping/browsing on Buena Vista Street.
I went this morning. Got to Simba around 8:15 with the intention of just waiting. But the lot and lanes were coned off in a way that you couldn’t wait. We went around the block a couple times, but nothing had changed by 8:30 so we drove over to Anaheim Hotel. Parking $25 (but I think I saw a public parking sign $20 at IHOP for future reference).I'm interested in hearing peoples' experiences parking/waiting in line/virtual queuing. I'm going to try and go tomorrow morning, and I want to set my expectations appropriately. I am most interested in doing lunch at Carthay and a little shopping/browsing on Buena Vista Street.
You are saying what I’ve been too nice to say. I’ve tried not to be too hard on Disney since their offering is free (minus $10 parking) but you are right. Knott’s planning and organization and handling of their events has blown Disney away all summer.We are spending the weekend at Knotts Berry Farm.... this morning we went to downtown Disney. After experiencing Knott’s at Halloween and now at Christmas, I have to say Disneyland was completely disappointing. All the waiting in line. For what? There’s barely any food, there’s absolutely nothing special going on, the decorations are a complete after thought. It’s like “come to Disney to stand in long lines to buy the same old merchandise we roll out year after year and eat in the same expensive mediocre DTD restaurants.” We couldn’t even get into any of the shops in BVS because the lines are so long due to capacity issues. Obviously this isn’t Disney’s fault, but this is the best they can do? Cuz the first amusement park in California down the 5 in Buena Park has them beat by a landslide.
Knotts has done an absolutely incredible job. The food is unique and delicious, the character meet and greets are socially distant and just what my kids needed, the Christmas music is lovely, the decorations are gorgeous, they let you remove your mask for photos, mask compliance is 99.9999%, it’s not crowded, they’ve had several shows, and even had professional singers performing religious and secular carols. Hearing music, especially religious music sung in public again made me cry. It was beautiful. We left Disneyland after less than two hours and headed back to KBF. Oh. Did I mention we get to go see SANTA at 6pm?
We’re done with Disney until Covid is over. We are moving anyway, but even if we weren’t, what they’re doing right now isn’t worth the $10 they’re charging for parking. We’ve happily taken our money to Knotts. Disney can do better.
I parked residentially 3/4 of a mile from the property and walked over. I don’t mind walking - indeed, I enjoy it - and arrived at the queue at around 9:30. The line switched back eight times in the parking lot however it only took 20 minutes to get through it. I then proceeded to the QR scanning station and learned that I was 126th in line. However, I didn’t receive my initial confirmation text so I checked with a CM who suggested that I try again. I did and just a few mins later I was 183rd in line. I spoke with another CM who speculated that it would be about an hour until I received the next text which indicated that it was my turn, which was pretty close (70 mins).I'm interested in hearing peoples' experiences parking/waiting in line/virtual queuing.