- Mar 8, 2011
I was at DHS on 12/29, and the boarding group process was rough. Disney's IT infrastructure doesn't support 5000+ simultaneous attempts to access it particularly well, and I got errors the first 5 times I tried to get a pass. I did eventually manage to snag one, though, and the ride itself is every bit as good as it is reputed to be. Which is saying a lot, because getting on it at Disney World requires some serious logistical planning right now.Reading through the last 3 days of experiences for this ride at WDW are making me nervous. For a while there, it seemed that as long as you got there early enough to be in the park at opening, you would get a boarding pass. Now they go in like the first 60 seconds.
My guess is that things will settle down at Disneyland fairly quickly, though. It doesn't get hammered with crowds in the same way that Disney World does. Disney World has 30,000 rooms on-site and hundreds of thousands of guests during the high season, all of whom are determined to see the newest and best attraction. If you compare the wait times between the parks the attractions at Disney World almost always have longer wait times.
I'll be interested to see what happens on the 17th. A lot depends on whether Disney has managed to get the ride's operational issues worked out. I've seen rumors that the Disneyland version is running more consistently than the DHS version, since they've had time to roll in changes without having to work around guests. I'll guess we'll find out.