Wow Disney did not plan logistics to say the very least.
We arrived at Disneyland around 4:30 to summer like crowds. Not to bad but normal for what would be a summer day. We grabbed fastpasses for Ghost Galaxy, which of coarse would not be good until 11pm. So we ate near tommorowland terace and decided to head over to DCA, which was great. everything was running smooth over at DCA with almost all rides running under 20 mins. We decided to head oevr to Mad T Parrty at 6pm which had a very large and live crowd. In fact I have to say it the largest crowd I've ever sceen at the mad t party. But because DCA is so well organized it was a walk in the park to get around.
We head over to disneyland at 8pm to see what all the fuss is about.
Disneyland said you know what lets have 3 dance parties at the same time in one park that has poor traffic and crowd control and see what happens. They had a dance party in front of the train station on main street. They had a villains meetup in the middle with thousands of people flooding the streets. Throw fantasmic, fireworks, 2 other parties, and various other special events, along with the first day opening of nightmare before christmas haunted mansion, and ghost galaxy on Friday the 13th.
It took us 40 mins to walk form pirates to haunted mansion only to end up giving up as the crowds were moving inch by inch and aggravated people.
We decided to end our trip early and head over to the Toy story buses, only to have the toy story bus ride turn from a normal 5 to 10 mins to a 45 min bus ride. Traffic was so bad there was about 10 buses baked up on shuttle way from the red light because cars were continuing to go even when the light was red completely blocking the buses ability to leave the park. We finally arrived back to toy story only to sit in a row of 10 buses ever so slowly loading crowds on and off.
Toy story parking lot was so over filled to capacity. Disney was sending everyone to garden walk for parking when we were leaving. which was full too.
Good luck to anyone who is able to survive the night.
Although I do appreciate Disney changing things up a bit and having these limited time magic event I cant help but notice these events should be limited to a certain number of people, like first 5000 people, or become paid events as there just to many people for one to enjoy themselves. This was like grad night times 1000 in terms of people.