I spent May 6th to May 10th at the Happiest Place on Earth and I was really excited to get back to my favorite place. It is really upsetting for me, but I think this was probably the worst trip I have had in all the years I have been visiting Disneyland.
The week was plagued with unexpected ride closures, school trips, rainy weather, and the worst part of all... Grad Nights.
Monday and Tuesday were by far the best day for crowds. It was rainy and cloudy so I think people who could avoid the parks did just that. Monday I was able to do just about anything that was open in both Disneyland and DCA including all three rides in Cars Land. However, the rest of the week was terrible because of the amount of school groups and teenagers for Grad Nights. The kids were obnoxious, rude, loud, pushy in line, cut ahead of people in lines, and just plain inconsiderate. That goes for both the grads and the regular school groups. I went on a music trip in 10th grade and if we would have acted like that we would have been sent home. I had terrible experiences on both Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion due to idiot kids and teenagers. I just learned the hard way never to step foot in the parks during the month of May. My "no-no months" are now mid-April until the end of August.
Ride closures added to the overall annoyance of the week. Indiana Jones was closed for 3.5 of the 5 days I had in the park. It was open when I went through Adventureland on Monday but it closed on Tuesday & Wednesday and also closed about halfway through the day on Friday and stayed closed until I left the park a little after 11pm. Pirates of the Caribbean and the Matterhorn Bobsleds were rides that also temporarily shut down on Friday. I got to a point where I asked myself what rides were open and not which rides had closed. This caused the wait times for the available rides, even the Fantasyland attractions, to go up and the walkways were jammed with people trying to figure out what they could do. Also due to the Grad Nights half of DCA closed early most of the week. Add that into the amount of rides that close for World of Color every night and it practically makes going into DCA and trying to stay past 8pm pretty worthless.
I am planning on contacting Disney about numerous things regarding this trip and part of that includes the ridiculously inaccurate wait times I noticed all week long. I don't think I entered a line once where the posted wait time was accurate whether it was over or under estimating. When Indiana Jones opened on Thursday the line extended almost to the Adventureland restrooms and the standby wait time posted was only 20min. It took us 45-50min if not longer. When we walked out of the ride the line was still as long and the wait time hadn't been bumped up. Posted wait times for RSR, Luigi's Flying Tires, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and Star Tours were also very inaccurate all week. I don't know if due to random ride closures and OSHA inspections the leads and managers had their minds somewhere else or what, but it was unacceptable.
I'm not trying to make it sound like I didn't have any fun because that isn't true. I always have fun when I'm at Disneyland. I just think this was the trip with the most unpleasant moments and annoyance.
Now for the fun stuff =^D
Here is my ride count:
Pirates of the Caribbean (x4)
Matterhorn Bobsleds (x2)
Star Tours (x4)
Space Mountain (x2)
Haunted Mansion (x3)
Indiana Jones (x2)
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (x3)
Snow White's Scary Adventure (x2)
Pinocchio's Daring Journey (x2)
Alice in Wonderland
Storybook Land Canal Boats
Casey Jr. Train
Enchanted Tiki Room
Innoventions / Iron Man Tech
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (x2)
Captain EO (x2)
Gadget's Go Coaster
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (x2)
Splash Mountain (x3)
Mark Twain Riverboat
Monster's Inc, Mike & Sully to the Rescue! (x2)
Ariel's Undersea Adventure (x4)
Turtle Talk with Crush
Goofy's Sky School
Heimlich's Chew Chew Train
Radiator Springs Racers (x2)
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree (x2)
Luigi's Flying Tires
Muppet Vision 3D
Toy Story Mania
I did finally walk through Bug's Land and did the other two attractions inside Cars Land. I really liked the Junkyard Jamboree but I absolutely hated Luigi's Flying Tires. I thought they were difficult to move and are very lackluster. I wasn't too into Bug's Land as a whole. It seems more for little kids like ToonTown is.
Pictures to follow in the next post!