Wow, that's a LoT of chum you just dumped overboard......but I think I'll swim away for nowWell, let the name-calling begin. I rode Big Thunder right at park closing, then wandered around NOS, Frontierland and Adventureland. Made a phone call to a friend in Orlando to tell him about the differences I was seeing between the two parties, and was eventually approached by security to politely ask if I had a wrist-band. I said no, and was directed towards Main Street. I don't recall being told that I had to leave the park. I was aware that I would not be able to ride any attractions, and as I wandered the park after having dinner at the Plaza Inn, I avoided choke points where I would have been asked to show a wrist-band. I watched the cavalcade (seems generous to call it a parade) from iasw, and made my way back to Main Street to watch the fireworks. After the fireworks I went home.
I was asked, at one point, for my e-mail address so I could be asked about my experience at the party. I was not asked, at that point, whether or not I had a wrist-band. If they do contact me, I'll certainly be honest about that. I feel that allowing guests to remain in the park unhindered after the closing announcements, and allowed to dine, shop, and watch the entertainment offerings, would be fine. If you have no wrist-band, then you get no attractions, trick-or-treating, or character meet-n-greets. Simple as that. It would ease the crowd control craziness that seems to plague the DL resort lately. Interestingly, I just visited WDW for the first time, and didn't see a single CM waving a flashlight. They seemed to handle their mix-in Halloween party just fine, thank you very much! (I paid for that one, and took full advantage of the attractions, treats, and meet-n-greets. They also have a fantastic and elaborate parade, and a fireworks show that would give the AQMD a case of the vapors.)
The internet being the internet, and Mice-chat being a very special corner of the internet, I know full well that there will be people who will not hesitate to share their opinions about my post. Go ahead, if you need to get it out of your system. I'm wearing my flame-proof underwear. Being the internet, that's all I'm wearing, but it's flame-proof all the same.