I keep hearing that Disneyland is overrun with AP'ers. I never seem to hear similar "complaints" about other parks, or even other Disney parks. Is the "Disneyland Situation" all that different from how it's done at other parks in the industry? I have AP's (Premium, when offered) at just about every other park in California (including the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose!) and have never experienced the sight of almost about everyone ahead of me in line producing an AP as they go through the turnstiles. Do other Disney parks around the world even offer AP's? I never hear about them. My Premium pass at DLR is up for renewal in August and I am having questions about whether or not it is worth renewing. I have been a passholder at DL since they first started offering them over 20 years ago and have never been without one since. It's just that the place has become so crowded that it i's becoming less and less "fun". Don't get me wrong, I love the place! It's just that Disney seems to want their Parks jammed at all times and after visiting other un-jammed parks, I seem to want to go where there is room to swing-a-dead-cat rather than a place where you are so encircled by humanity that it is hard to put one leg in front of the other without having your ankle hit by a stroller. I would like to hear stories about what your pass at other parks gets you as opposes to what it gets you at DL.
Unrelated Special note to coaster junkies (like myself): Annually, Six Flags Magic Mountain begins their 7-day a week schedule beginning with the Spring Break period (a.k.a. NOW!)and will continue to do so through the Summer. While most other "Weekend Operating Parks" will again close down during the slow weekdays before the Summer crush, Magic Mountain does not! I highly recommend that you go now before the schools get out for the Summer. This period is used as a "shake down" period for the new summer employees and maintenance crews are increased to handle the now-daily operation of the rides. During this period, the park is a ghost town on weekdays (Mon.-Fri.) as Magic Mountain does not advertise that it is now open daily. The park is open from 10:30-6:00 but you will absolutely get your money's worth! All of the rides are walk-ons and you are allowed to ride as many times as your stomach can handle. In fact, there are times where a coaster train will remain in the station waiting for the minimum number of riders to arrive! Last year I sat in the station for Goliath almost 10 minutes because 2 more riders (for a total of 8) were needed before the train could be dispatched! I bought my SFMM pass with just this period in mind. Check their operating schedule on their website. You should have about 6 weeks of weekday desolation at the park before the crowds decend beginning Memorial Day Weekend and don't let up until late August. The weekends are still busy during this period but weekdays are the BEST!!! At the end of the Summer, SFMM will return to "weekends only". Thanks everyone and I'll see you at the parks!