There is a difference, I think, because when someone sets a towel down on a lounge chair near a pool they're setting a place for their stuff so they don't have to carry it into the water, and a place where they can have a dry towel once they get out of the pool.
With people tossing down blankets for Fantasmic!, it's more akin to someone putting a towel down on a pool chair and then going to walk around downtown Disney for a few hours, maybe go back to the hotel room to watch a TV show, and finally coming back, hours later, expecting a spot to be saved for them. In both cases, someone is taking a spot away from someone else when they aren't going to be using it for another several hours.
Maybe I'm just a curmudgeon...but this actually stopped me from going to Jamaica. I was reading reviews about a hotel, and a common complaint was that people would go down early in the morning, put towels on lounge chairs, then go back up to their rooms and go back to sleep. This practice would leave no chairs for those who actually went down to use them right away.
So, it's obviously not something that is isolated to DL. I just thought, with as much money as one spends to visit there...DL would have a rule in place to insure against guest complaints about this. They seem on top of things with rules for safety reasons...I wonder how this has situation has escaped their scrutiny?
This is a topic that really bugs me because I hate walking by ROA around 3:00 and see the Occupy Fantasmic folks. I say Disney should not let people camp out until at least they have roped off the area. Now it seems like its getting earlier. I've seen people camping out at 1:00 on some Saturdays.
I have tripped once on someone's blanket and have seen a heated argument with a CM and a person camping out because they were sitting in an area designated for handicap people. The way I look at it is that until it is roped off it is still a walkway and if your blanket is in my path they so be it I am going to walk on it, or "accidentally" drop my coffee.
I was reminded today, of a trip to DL. A fellow Mcer, me and our families were walking past the Fantastic area, and I was shocked at all the blankets placed on the ground. It was at least 3 hours before the show was supposed to start and there were at least 3 rows deep of blankets with no people sitting on them. I thought it was incredibly rude to the people who would show up and actually sit in a spot to "reserve" it. So, my question is...have you ever moved a blanket to take the spot? What do you think of this practice?
nope. cause if they have placed a blanket as a marker that is their spot. it's a first come first serve thing i feel.. i would never move a blanket and i would never take the spot. park guests are allowed to camp out like that.
So, "camping out" a spot means putting a blanket down, walking completely away from said blanket and that claims their spot?
I disagree. I thought "camping out" a spot to mean they or a member of their party sit/stand there and wait for show to begin.
Then again, I don't think that it is a Disney rule to determine how spots for show seating should be saved. Although there probably should be. But people are gonna do what they are gonna do so until Disney does set up a rule, its going to keep happening. And if the a policy does get set up, people are going to try and skirt around it.
Last edited by clara; 02-18-2013 at 04:51 PM.
My biggest peave about the blankets is people claim 10 sqare feet of land but only need 6 to fit their group on. It's very selfish.
On the reverse end of that I hate camping out for something only to have people try to crowd in at the last minute. Nothing at all to do with the blanket issue just stating a reverse pet peeve. I'll reserve "extra" space specifically because I know people will crowd in at the last moment.
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