Disneyland-California Complaint - Disneyland-Worst Experience Ever!!

Review by Margo 123 on 2010-04-13
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA -- DISNEYLAND-Synonyms...Crowded, claustrophobic, overpriced, outrageous lines, not worth it. Why don't they cap the crowds? They just can't handle the people they are letting it. My family got 5 rides in one whole day...some rides were an hour and a half wait. 20 minute lines to get 1 (ONE!) fast track pass! The crowds were so thick, it was difficult to even move from one place to another. My family made a pact at the end of the day...NEVER AGAIN will we spend a dime on Disneyland!
Comments:18 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-04-13
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-04-13:
I agree. Disney is not my happiest place on Earth either.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-13:
I like Disneyland, but I have to say you do have a valid complaint. The crowds are horrible. I've been there once when I could not get in because they were at maximum capacity. I was thankful that I got turned away. The misery those folks inside the park must have been feeling.
Posted by Pepper on 2010-04-13:
though keep in mind

what one person says is "too much" may not be what another one says.

and i'd hate to see the person who gets told "no you can't come in, we're full!"... cos you know there'll be a lot of hell raised, especially if that person planned out a vacation around it.
Posted by goduke on 2010-04-13:
It's not just Disney, though. All parks have days when they are at max. Try Six Flags on 4th of July.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-13:
Crowds are probably the number one reason I haven't ventured to Disney Land/World. Who wants to spend their whole day waiting to do stuff. That doesn't sound very fun.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-13:
Good point, Pepper. If their vacation is planned through Disney I don't think that would happen. They usually stay at the Disney resort and have special entry passes. If it wasn't planned through Disney what you say could in fact happen and that would totally bite.
Posted by BEJ on 2010-04-13:
Just curious--what day did you go to Disneyland? A weekend day will always be busier. We have annual passes and generally go during a weekday and do not have the lines. I am sorry you had an awful time at Disneyland.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-13:
Everyone is missing the bigger picture here. I have been to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Six Flags, and Sea World. Each in their own right could've been a miserable experience. But it's not the parks themselves, it's the people taking vacation. Disneyland was my first and only mistake at vacation planning. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Think about it for a second...EVERYBODY takes vacation in the summer when school lets out, usually at the end of May or beginning of June. EVERYONE! Millions and Millions of Americans take their summer vacations at the exact same time of the year. Then, throw in the millions of tourists from across the globe, and you're all heading to one of the most popular destinations on earth. Yeah, it's gonna get crowded. So how can that possibly surprise anyone? I was young and naive when I first took my wife and son to Disneyland years ago. I too went during the "peak" days of operation. Never again. We waited for nearly 2-hrs in each line. No exaggeration. We only rode 4-5 rides that day. Fortunately, we had the 3-day pass, so the next day made up for it slightly. But as the years went by, and we tried other theme parks, we learned from our mistakes, and began going during non-peak times of the year. Less crowded, better bargains, cheaper hotel prices, etc...We went on the Universal Studio rides several times each in one day! We always found April or early May to be good times to visit such attractions. Weather is perfect that time of year in California...before the heat really kicks up in the summer months. So, instead of blaming these businesses for being overcrowded, first try and see what you can do to help the situation. Trust me, your time spent will be 10-X more enjoyable and virtually stress free.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-13:
J4A, not everyone takes their vacation during the summer. I don't.

My fave time to hit an amusement park is when it first opens on a weekday (Mondays are the best).
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-13:
Dryad, I realize not "everyone" does, but I was just trying to get a point across. It would be like complaining the drive-thru line at McDonalds is too long during lunch line. Well, duh! What do you expect?
Posted by Pepper on 2010-04-13:
ya when i lived in japan the word-of-mouth suggestion was to NOT go out to Disney Tokyo during "Golden Week".

actually it's coming up soon - the end of april, beginning of may... there's a bunch of national holidays all lumped in that period. the parks are especially crowded... i mean japan's a bit crowded to begin with but during that time, it's horribly crowded.

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-13:
But I do agree with the weekday philosophy. Much quiter. However, I've found some actually like the "crowded picture". My wife, for one, doesn't like going to the beach when it's empty or sparsely populated. She prefers the crowds. I'm much the same when it comes to watching movies at the theater. There's something to be said for opening night at a theater when the house is packed and everybody is screaming, laughing, etc...To each their own I guess.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-13:
Gah on the crowds! I remember being at Disneyworld one time, and the person in line behind me practically had their hands in my pockets. I had to pretty much keep making a circle with my arms to keep them away. I *loathe* crowds.

Posted by MRM on 2010-04-13:
Whoa Dryad! Are you sure he wasnt feeling on your booty?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-13:
MRM, I don't think so. But, I do know (unfortunately) that he hadn't bathed in awhile.
Posted by Pepper on 2010-04-13:
heh. don't ride a train in japan during rush hour
not that people will try to grab you - most of the people are just trying to get to or from work - but it's true... they pack the trains so full they literally stuff people inside.

on the plus side you can fall asleep standing up and not worry about falling over
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-04-13:
Justice, I don't think that's the bigger picture. The OP is saying that regardless of the day, time of year, etc., Disney should only allow the amount of people in that they can handle, and no more. I think the OP means that visitors shouldn't have to figure out the ideal time to visit, and that Disney should take it upon itself to make sure the park is not overcrowded at all times by turning people away at a certain point.

Of course, this will never happen, but I agree with the OP.
Posted by Inat on 2010-04-13:
my only question is, what did you expect? I've been to disney a few times and I knew what I was getting (one time was for halloween - it was VERY busy). But isnt that the fun, sorta? it would be creepy and boring if it wasnt busy at all. I think if you GO knowing it will be busy, then you plan differently - you don't try to ride all the rides; you juat ride the REALLY good ones - you use fast track, you people watch (make fun of the gross people gnawing on turkey legs), go hang out at the hotel pool, get a nice meal - its been a few yrs since i been to disney - its time to go back!

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