I posted on the "One more disney day- crowded!" thread already, but since I drank mass amounts of coffee in preparation of staying up all night, I thought I would write a trip report now while it's all fresh in my mind
today was pretty odd. looking back on it now, it is definitely the weirdest day at the parks I've ever had. we arrived around 12:30 and I didn't think it was very crowded- maybe it seemed lighter because I was expecting the worst. we waited in a few short lines for some rides and then headed over to DCA, which is when we saw that they were filming for "Modern Family" in front of the entrance. it was madness! people really really wanted to see this being filmed, no matter where the actors were in the park or how little they were doing. later in the day we had to go around huge crowds of people in frontierland who were trying to catch a glimpse of the filming.
it started getting busier throughout the day, but it wasn't until about 8 o'clock that it got INSANE. completely packed in NOS, and adventureland was a MADHOUSE! we kept mellow and went with the flow, strolling around a lot and looking at things. by 11:30 there were hardly any kids left, and that's when things started getting uncomfortable. so many people wreaked of alcohol, and while we were in line for BTMRR two different groups of people started smoking weed in line. by this point the 75 minute line was wrapped tightly around behind where the country bears were having a meet and greet, and it was impossible to tell who was smoking.
around 1 we started seeing people smoking cigarettes everywhere, and a lot of people were hiding it, because they knew they weren't in the smoking area. now okay, I see some people accidentally light up in the wrong place almost every trip, because some people aren't used to that, but this was excessive. in line at food carts, in front of shops, everywhere!! there weren't enough CM's to deal with this many guests, and I only saw one CM tell a person that they can't smoke there (right outside of the stage door cafe)
there were a few people who "confided" in me that they were drunk, and I heard profanities yelled from every angle all the time. I'm no prude, by any means, but it felt like I was somewhere else! CircusCircus maybe, or a dirty mall with a bar in it.
don't get me wrong, I had a LOT of fun and me and my boyfriend had a great time. It was just so odd, at one point I saw a group of 20-somethings yelling and laughing, and as they walked by I watched a girl rubbing her boyfriend's arm, and saying 'look how beautiful the castle is, it's soooo beautiful, I love this place soooo much, and I love youuuuu...."
after we saw the aforementioned girl and her group, we knew it was time to leave but to be honest we were scared of how much of a mess exiting would be. it ended up being a breeze, and as we left we saw that both sides off the ropes for the ticket booths were PACKED. by this point it was about 2 AM. I had seen from the main street train station earlier (about... 10PM maybe?) that there were pretty big lines in both, so I wasn't surprised that they were there, I was just surprised they were still there! It didn't click until we were leaving and I asked a girl in line what they were in line for. she replied, "Well when I called earlier they said they'd be selling tickets all night, but now they say they're only selling Annual Passes!" she was pissed. that's when I realized- these people were actually here. at 2AM. waiting on both sides of the ticket booths with soo many other people. waiting to get tickets! for february 29th! this blew my mind, that they were still willing to wait in the cold for tickets to an event they would have less than four hours to enjoy.
then we exited through bag check and I didn't even recognize what I saw at first. everyone leaving along with us was gasping and saying "are you kidding me?" there was a crowd spanning from the bag check past the fountain, as wide as the bag check itself. these people were packed next to each other so tight and everyone looked so mad, it was insane. I can't believe there were that many people in that area, waiting to get through bag check to wait in line for tickets to get into an event that was at capacity!
I'm slowly losing my awake-ness (not a word) so I don't have time to analyze now, but what do you guys think? how did it compare to your trips? I had a lot of fun and it was a great day time at the park, the night was just a little too weird.