I'm not saying I complain about smoking in the smoking section. Just that I'd prefer people didn't smoke, but that's not exactly within my control.
I'm with you on the I-pads filming the show. I take a lot of pictures, but I fold in my LCD screen and I keep the camera as low as physically possible so I don't block the people behind me. And I'm short, so it's not like I'd block people even if I did try. it's a matter of thinking about others or not (the I-pad people aren't thinking about anybody else at all, I suspect).
Thats why if they moved the smoking area to the garden in front of the gates of the Mansion (before the railroad), during show times, I wouldn't be against it.
Man this thread got heated!! I will say that I find it kind of rude when people smoke in esplanade right in front of the gates. If there was any place that is high traffic that's the one!! I actually found a wonderful place to relax in the esplanade: the picnic area. I was there with some friends and we wanted to smoke, so we walked over there to get away from the crowds, and found a completely empty shaded area with plenty of benches, tables, and SHADE! I highly recommend escaping the crowds by using that spot.
Calsig31: I actually forgot about the one next to the Matterhorn, and I agree, that is a fairly high traffic area. The old Motorboat Cruise docks would probably be a better spot, but I think they were hoping that the exhaust from the Autopia would cover the smell lol
I'm a smoker and I do feel the smoking areas in DL are kinda weird aside from the one on the dock near Haunted Mansion. Maybe they just don't have the space, but they are too close to pathways and I'm not comfortable smoking around children (though some people still bring their kids into the smoking areas).
On the positive side, the smoking area near Matterhorn features a pretty awesome detail where there are three different railings intersecting.
The smoking areas are so few and far between I would bet that most people don't even notice them or the smell when walking by.
i almost wish they would move the area during Fantasmic show times so that people who are just trying to stop and smoke wouldn't have to deal with the large amount of children congregating there. I was leaning up against the railing facing the river once and actually had a mother lean her small daughter against the railing RIGHT next to me and then proceed to glare at me for smoking. I'd say a fair amount of us are very uncomfortable smoking around young children, and I'm one of them. I wish people would keep there kids away from there.
I am not a smoker, but I am all for allowing the smokers to continue their habit in designated areas. People who bring their children into a smoking area are choosing to expose their child to it, and it's their own fault. Maybe Disneyland should post signs saying "Smoking area - please do not bring children into this area"? Or something along those lines... since obviously some people have neither common sense nor common courtesy anymore.
Just be happy there are designated places to smoke and MORE people don't just smoke wherever they feel like it. All the smoking sections IN the parks are in places that can easily be avoided by taking an alternate route to your destination. Yes, it may take a little longer and it may be a little farther but if you think about it you would be doing two healthy things in one... avoiding the second hand smoke and walking a bit more.
Well I say that because they used to use the gardens between the railroad station and Haunted Mansion as the smoking section. As long as there is one provided, it doesn't matter to me if it moves to a less populated spot after a certain time at night.
I'm pretty sure DLs smoking sections aren't the sole cause of SoCal's air quality issues. The spot is good for last minute waterside viewing, and one of the screen is right there. There is a sense of waiting at times (Mark Twain, Columbia), and Pinocchio isn't really visible. You don't miss anything else, and you can get glimpses of stage movings and such if you like checking out that sort of thing.