OK, so there's this email rant flying around today in which the author from a homeschooling group in SoCal states that on Sunday night, Disneyland experienced a blackout, where the lights inside Disneyland where turned off for 30 minutes, and how horrible it was for everyone around her, not knowing if some kind of natural disaster had struck.
I'm trying to determine whether this is a joke, or, God forbid, someone was actually that stupid NOT to know that it was the result of the Candlelight Processional taking place. Here's the original message (I wish I knew the email addy of the author, but alas, I don't):
We have never been to the park before and we visited with relatives from the east coast and our 2 year old daughter. I approached the day with a certain amount of cynacism but, up until dusk, we had a great day and loved the parade. We emerged from the "It's A Small World" installation and suddenly the lights went off in the entire area.
COMPLETE DARKNESS at 5:30pm.
It was pandemonium. There were tens of thousands of people at the park last night and everyone was scrambling. No one had any idea what was happening - whether there had been a blackout or an earthquake.
Parents struggled to find young children. People pushing strollers wrecked into pedestrians. People on larks that did not have headlights were crashing into the curb and other pedestrians.
The worst part was that we witnessed an elderly lady walking with a cane fall on her FACE because she couldn't see that there was a step down from the sidewalk onto the street. It was that dark.
We rushed to her aid but there were no security guards and no call boxes anywhere in sight.
We hurried to approach an usher sort of person holding a flashlight who would not move from his position. He did absolutely nothing for an elderly woman in pain on the ground.
We ran to a small group of young kid ushers and they did the same thing - they sort of winced but did not approach the area where the woman was LYING ON THE STREET as masses of people were moving in complete darkenss and walking right into her.
Having never been to the park before we had no orientation about where we were and we walked for A HALF AN HOUR - yes, thirty minutes in the dark trying to rush to get out of the park before things got worse.
When we were at the gate at 6pm - yes, let me remind you again that we walked for 30 minutes in complete darkness among screaming children, screaming parents, wrecking strollers and larks... the lights were turned back on for some choral concert. Are you kidding me? Disney put the safety and welfare of tens of thousands of people in jeopardy for a big bang opening for a choral concert?!
I wonder if Disney intended to give the one nefarious customer a chance to abduct a child in the cover of darkness - or even a wallet for that matter.
I can not believe how utterly reckless and dangerous a decision was this. I am also shocked and appalled that Disney did not have any security personnel to deal with a situation like an elderly person taking a fall - the place seemed to be full of elderly.
I resent, after having spend several hundred dollars entrance fee, in not having had a fair warning so that I could decide whether I'd prefer to sit in darkness in the park or be in my car on the way home before Disney rudely turned out the lights.