Among the many elements in the tourist vs. local/casual visitor vs. AP debate, one has been mentioned in passing, but deserves a closer look. That is what I call the DL drill. The DL drill is the large body of specialized knowledge you've got to have in order to do DL effectively. The DL drill has many elements, all of which must be utilized correctly (and yes, there is a correct and an incorrect way). These elements include:
2. Circular flow
3. Fireworks policies
4. Fantasmic policies
5. Special hours for certain areas (i.e. Toontown)
6. Bus routes to the various parking lots
7. Priority seating
8. Loopholes and exceptions to all of the above (i.e. Fastpasses can be used after they expire)
See what I mean? Going to DL used to be a simple pleasure. The DL drill has elevated it into a commando operation. Now, there have always been those who've taken pleasure in micromanaging every minute of their day, bolting from attraction to attraction on a strict schedule, but what used to be a personal idiosyncrasy has become a necessity. If you don't believe me, just try strolling casually through a crowd in front of somebody w/ a stroller and see how long your Achilles tendon lasts. Just try showing up less than 4 hours before fireworks or Fantasmic and you'll get eaten alive by people who have nothing better to do after work than spend the whole evening camped out for the absolute best seats. These folks know the drill, by G-d. They come here twice a week and they're not about to let you take away their Friday night ritual! Who do you think you are, anyway? Of course, if you ask real nicely and maybe get down on your knees and beg, they'll let you have the Fastpass they shouldn't have, but knew how to get.
It's not that all locals or AP's are entitled prima donnas. It's that since DL decided to crowd the park, it had to create new policies to deal w/ the crowds. Those who come so often quickly learn the policies and the loopholes and are able to deal w/ them. Meanwhile, the poor tourists get chewed up and spat out because there's no way for them to prepare for the horrors of Circular Flow.
I want to go back to the time when people felt fortunate to be able to go to DL and everybody had an equal chance to do everything. One ticket, one parking lot, one line for each ride. A nice level playing field.