The nights when they have to open backstage are nights when I would rather not be in the park anyways... if it is that crowded then I would want to go home so my comment is this... if opening up backstage gets me out of a large crowd and home that much faster then by all means open up backstage! Is it "bad show" possibly, do I care, not in the least.
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No... i am dying to see back there, even though I know it's just buildings and such. Never been to DL when it was that crowded, I guess.
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Yes it is, but having been caught in a very scary, complete stand still, human gridlock, with everyone trying to go in different directions, yet not moving for what seemed like five minutes while at Disneyland a few years ago after the fireworks... I would have loved to have walked backstage for an escape.
I'm going to have to vote Nay. Safety is always the number 1 priority, over everything else. If safety is an issue, show takes second seat. It may not be the best show, but it's not bad show.
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We were there early October. It was not super crowded. After the first showing of Fantasmic we were basically herded out to Main Street, behind the buildings, and out of the park (ther fireworks were getting ready to start). I would have liked to have gone over to Big Thunder but that was not an option.
I wasn't happy about being "cattled" out, but I LOVED seeing some of the backstage area! And boy, there was a cast member every 10 feet or so making sure we didn't take pictures or try to climb something. Felt rather intimidating!
I once had this happen to me during a parade while I was heading to the Main Street train station. The CM opened a door in front of me and waved for me to come through the backstage area to get around the crowd. I didn't think it was bad show, in fact I thought it was great because I was able to get back to the train station to meet my family faster. It didn't ruin anything, but there were a bunch of Jungle Cruise boats which made me realize for the first time that the Jungle Cruise is RIGHT next to Main Street. I also got to see something I've never seen before.... the backside of Main Street! Everyone behind me seemed excited to go backstage too, and the CMs kept telling people to put away their cameras and phones and any other electronic device that could take pictures.
So no, I don't think it's bad show. It's better than getting trampled to death, and people like rare opportunities like being able to go backstage.
Is it bad show when GC directs guests through the backstage areas of main street to help the post-fireworks crowd leave the park quicker?
Yes; but this back isle/alley should be fixed up themed and made avaiable allot more and if possible always. Disney has a traffic control and entrance to the parks problem and has had it for years. As they keep adding attractions and shows without adding crowd control the problem is only going to get worse. I believe Disney's crowd problems have been a hands off and out of touch managment that doesn't want to get it's hands dirty.