Such negativity towards the 24 hour event. It had rave reviews with lots of publicity. I think the only bad reviews were from Annual pass holders or people who visit frequently to the parks. Of course it was going to be packed did you expect everyone to leave around normal closing hours? I'm 100% positive they will have another event like it, I honestly can't wait... well worth the price for 24hrs.
And oh, those OMDD t-shirts! I've seen people wearing them outside of DLR and they're so neat. I would have wanted one too.
Speaking of rumors, wasn't there some talk about staying open most of the Thanksgiving weekend? That would be insane. But at least, the premium annual passport would be worth its price.
OMDD was the worst day I ever worked in the park ever...the fact that Space Mountain (where I was for the night) didn't break down is nothing short of a miracle. I REALLY don't want to see another one of these events and if it does happen, I refuse to work the event. I cringe at the sight of the shirts. I knew I was in for a night of insanity when I closed the night before and already saw a line of cars piling into the parking structure that night before the event.
IF disney does it again...they better darn well have a rock solid gameplan for everything. A 2nd event should have no excuse for failure.
...As I see it
I think one thing that might help is a presale for the tickets online or through the phone only. Once they are gone then that's it. Not making them available at the ticket counter would, hopefully, eliminate the traffic caused by people who drove down just to see if there were any tickets left.
Not having it on a workday might spread the arrivals out much more through the afternoon and evening instead of bunching it all up into the after-work hours. That may be why NYE and other capacity days don't turn into the OMDD "carmageddon." (I got to OMDD in the evening but was in DL on NYE by 2 PM.)
I think that TDA will be smarter about it next time. Remember Disneyland had a 25-hour event to celebrate the 25 anniversary (something along those lines) I don't remember any press wows about that. Feb 29, I was there at opening and returned latter that evening I think will have a plan in place and will have both parks open and have Harbor Closed and DtD open. Why don't Disney do a 42 hour event?
Trust me...there won't be another 24 hour day.
I attended OMDD and after that experience I would not want to attend another similar event. Disneyland seemed to encourage a nightclub/adult's only atmosphere. I saw empty liquor bottles littered throughout the park. The loud dance music being played by DJs in various locations was intolerable. I had hoped to be able to enjoy the usual atmosphere of Disneyland at an unusual time of the day, but as the hours went by the mood in the park changed considerably and not for the better. I left several hours before closing.
It would be really cool, but maybe in the next few years
The best solution, should TDA consider another event in the manner of OMDD, is to do what they did last summer for Passholder Early Entry:
A registration system with a CAP! I believe OMDD was a disaster mainly because it was "COME ONE COME ALL!" and...well, one comes and a million follow. With a system in place with a proper CAP in effect, they can pull this off BUT it will hopefully (I say that with a grain of salt) be better...but we'll probably see hundreds of people whine that they couldn't get in.
It reminds me of how pre-sales work on Ticketmaster and LiveNation; set a cap, open presales at a certain with or without a password, and viola! It won't be easy but it is definitely better...
This is just my approach...I don't expect everyone to say "Jolly good show..." - you are always entitled to your opinion...no matter what people say.
I wouldn't go to another OMDD event again for the simple reason that the outrageous number of people and capacity-level crowds made it impossible to enjoy Disneyland. 2+ hour waits for rides, too crowded to walk, too crowded in the stores to shop. All you could do was step into the crowd and let it sweep you along and hope you could exit again when you got to where you wanted to be.