- May 11, 2010
I completely agree with you. Dh and I really could skip 7dmt and not think twice. Btmr is my absolute favorite just because it’s so much fun to ride at night. Space or CoP come tied in second. I think it’s still popular because it has characters on the ride and younger kids might be more willing to ride it compared to space or btmr.The funny thing is, although it's a "good" ride, it's not my favourite and I can gladly skip it. Weird that it is still SOOOOOO popular. I think other rides are just as good or better.
OK that was one of the more bizarre experiences of my life - I just rode splash with no music on most of the ride. A lot of the lighting was off too as were some of the effects and movements. The drop was the least scary bit of the ride!
Highs: seeing fireworks on BTMR, not one of our family got run over by a stroller or scooter!
Lows: kinda sad to see MK scattered with litter and dropped Mickey bars here and there. They ran out of bottles water at the end of the night.
*the first time we rode Splash Mountain, the audio was off and only random animatronics were moving. It must be on a timer of some sort and they forgot to turn it back on. It was really creepy but in a fun way.
Yea, they do advertise unlimited snacks. But I think there is an implied reasonableness to anything listed as "unlimited". And yes, maybe the lady was getting those ice creams for 30 other paid attendees. Or maybe she was stocking her freezer for the next few months.
I don’t want to sound like a negative nelly, but I am on the fence if I would do this again. I do think that part of the reason I feel this way is that our family has gone at very low crowd times and this didn’t feel (crowd-wise) THAT much different.
This is my first chance to catch up and give my thoughts on the event.
I must say, I was surprised by the number of people in the park AND that it was not a sold-out night. Here’s the thing - in 2016 our family went in November and on one of the days the park closed at 4:00 for a Cast Member party. Because we had park hoppers, we went that morning. The “crowds” that day were truly non-existent. It was amazing! So, that is what I was hoping for with DAH. After reading the reviews here, I thought my expectations were realistic, so I was a little disappointed with the number of people there.
All that being said, we were able to ride almost every ride we wanted, with the exception of AstroOrbiter which DS decided would take too much time. We did take our time and enjoy the evening VERY much. We never really rushed to any ride. DS said it was his favorite trip so far! And THAT made it “worth it.”
We were in right at 6:00. We FP’d: Jungle Cruise (great Skipper!)
Magic Carpets (no FP)
Event began and we rode/
BTMRR x2 (had to re-board) - fireworks
7DMT (long-ish line; we must not have timed it right)
BTMRR - This was “unscheduled,” but DS had left his hat in the pocket of our seat. No luck getting it back BUT he has another one just like it.
Barnstormer x2 (stayed on)
(Ice Cream) - DS tried the Olaf bar -YUM! Bought one in AK the next day.
Space - DS only to close out the night. I was left holding his Olaf bar. I don’t think he was off Space until 11:15-11:20? We grabbed another popcorn. Which - by the way - I can’t recall who suggested the Ziplock bag, but that was GENIUS!!!
We stopped by City Hall to try to recover his hat, but no luck there either. So, I don’t think we were out of the park until 11:45 at the earliest. We and a couple waited for a bus to OKW less than 5 minutes, bus driver waited a couple of minutes for any other riders (none) and we were on our way. So no complaints about transportation at all.
I don’t want to sound like a negative nelly, but I am on the fence if I would do this again. I do think that part of the reason I feel this way is that our family has gone at very low crowd times and this didn’t feel (crowd-wise) THAT much different. But, on the other hand I am very glad I did it! As I mentioned earlier, what made it worth it to me was spending one-on-one time with one of my kids doing something we both love without the stress of having to be all strategic in my planning...or having to plan anything at all! Oh - and the “free” Mickey bars!
Agree with the posters above that Splash without music was very...odd. Almost all of the animatronics’ voices were working when we went on, so it was cool to actually hear all their different lines. And by the time we got to the last scene the music was back on, so that was fun! It was a REAL celebration! However, it made a unique memory for DS. He was kidding about telling his grandchildren about how back in the day, he rode Splash Mountain one time...with no music.
Love, love, love fireworks on BTMRR! Whenever some went off and we could see them, the whole train would cheer! That was a lot of fun!
I also agree with @GMatisse’s Highs and Lows above. It was really sad to see the trash that had been left behind by guests. There was even a plastic water bottle floating in the water at Its a Small World. I have a theory that since the ice cream treats were free, parents were more apt to let the kids have messy treats. If it gets dropped (and subsequently left where kid dropped it), no big deal. On the other hand, DH & I closed MK down (EMH maybe even?) back in September, and it almost seemed like they didn’t bother to pick up trash the last hour of park time because it was on the floor of the attraction queues and near the loading/unloading. Definitely not good show.
I understand your concerns, however, there is just no way for Disney to know that some guests are “hoarding” treats. Some guests eat a lot, others not so much. If ALL guests begin to hoard, then maybe Disney cracks down. But, I think they have strategically chosen the complimentary snacks by offering “free” ice cream, which melts, and popcorn, which is cheap. And let’s face it - it isn’t “free,” the cost is covered in the ticket price.
Trying to buy tickets for 3/1, but the 7 Dwarfs are doing maintenance to the website! Let’s hope it doesn’t sell out. 3/1 is Epcot day for us, which means we will have to skip Illuminations...I guess we will have to figure something out
Can you share them with us here? I'd love to see them!Yes, that was us! We have always wanted to get that photo but the parks are always just too busy. We were laying on Main Street between the Emporium and the Confectionery taking photos. They came out really great.
I guess for us, the benefit of this event is that you cannot predict or guarantee when you might have such low crowds on a normal park day. But by doing this event, you can guarantee (absent changes to the even in the future) that you will be in the park with very low crowds.
And not specific to MommaBerd's post, I wonder how much one's perception of crowd levels is affected by any number of factors. Such as gravitating to the more popular attractions, the path around the park that one takes, or just the randomness of constantly traveling in the same direction as other groups of people.
So... tell me more about this Olaf bar...
I just went back and read the first post again, and I have to say Thank You to GADisneyDad for keeping all that information in one place! That post plus all the reviews in this thread really make this a great resource for all things DAH. So helpful.
Do we have a list of DISers for the remaining dates? We have decided to attend on 3/8 (the last event for this year!) and I was curious who else might be there.
I’m planning on going to btmr during the fireworks. Hopefully they will let us use our lanyard from 8-9. If not we might just stroll around a bit so our niece can take it easy and then hit it hard once dah actually startsInterested to hear everyone's plan for the next ones that start at 9, with an 8 HEA.
Do regular parkgoers still leave in droves after HEA, or do they disburse for a couple more rides?