So...I got to the park around 9:45 AM this morning (Tues, 11/24) and....aLL of the traffic was again being diverted from Mickey and Friends to the farther lots. I know this came up before recently, but as I passed by the structure, I looked back and it wasn't CLOSE to half full. The third level and top levels were completely empty, and something tells me the fourth wasn't that full either.
On top of this, when I left at 12:30, all entrances to the structure were still blocked off.
And this is one of the busiest weeks of the year.
Now...I think it was mentioned before that they want to SAVE these spots for the AP crowds which show up later in the day. But....what are they really doing here? Do they really have LESS of a traffic problem if 4000 cars show up and try to smash into Mickey and Friends all at the same time, especially when the ticket booths are under staffed and the lines go all the way back to Ball and over the freeway?
It just seems to me that the folks who come in the morning should expect to be able to park in Mickey and Friends and not have to add another 20 or whatever minutes to their morning driving all the way to the outer lots where they may or may not find a tram or bus waiting to take them to the park. If people show up at 7 pm, I would think they would be expecting to have to deal with the fact that there are less spaces.
Am I missing something here? It seems that Disney is punishing those who have come for the full day, and rewarding those who just pop in for the fireworks and some shopping. I don't get it. Especially if you consider that our recent discussions around here are suggesting that the AP crowd is not spending as much as those who are from out of town and who are there for the full day at full price. Is it wise to send the out of town folks driving all over Anaheim when it might be their first time to the park?
Or did they close it for some other reason??
(The crowds this morning were quite sizable. When I left, there were several gridlocked spots, including the area in front of POTC, Adventureland (big surprise) and quite a bit of Main Street. Not sure about wait times, but I'd say the crowd was about three times what you would normally see on a Tuesday morning.)