Thanks for the report, JMazz! I was there all last week as well. I was very disappointed in the crowds. We had planned these dates because we figured the resort would be rather empty. It seemed worse than June crowds at times! Friday morning was a sweet surprise, however. When we got to the rope drop, there were only a handful of people waiting, and my family and I literally walked on every E-ticket ride in Disneyland plus a few within the first hour and a half. Maybe few people realized it opened at 8 am that day?
Anyway, Friday night was horrific. Everyone was ushered out of DL and into DCA and it was a nightmare. We left pretty quickly. I felt cheated that I had payed good money for my family to go to Disneyland, and we were ushered out of the park and told that if we wanted to stay the rest of the evening that we had to purchase an additional admission ticket for each member of my family. Wait a minute!.....I already paid.
I was also disappointed that EVERY DAY was a magic morning admission to both parks! We had no chance to beat the crowds because they were already there before the park even opened......every day. I could see maybe every other day, or maybe alternating between the two parks, but magic mornings every day for both parks? That irritated me.
Bottom line, we really enjoyed our trip, but I feel like Disney is too much about the money now, and there are too many things happening (Halloween parties, magic mornings every day, etc). I'd like a chance of beating the crowds, but Disney only gives that opportunity to those who are willing to spend more.