Is it your guys' experience that Disney really still does not have a grasp on how to handle those who show up early to get a spot for World of Color?
The first time I saw WoC was very early in its existence. My girlfriend (at the time) and I got the picnic meal option. We showed up early. When they let us in, no one escorted us, and no one really told us how to maneuver through the maze of poles and ropes. Somehow we ended up in a much better viewing area than we were supposed to be in. No one ever said anything, but we didn't really know what/where we were going.
Subsequently when I have gone it has been with much more expensive meal tickets (Ariel's, Carthay, etc.). We were told by a CM that we couldn't queue right by the entrance, but to wait across the walkway, directly in front of Ariel's Undersea Adventure. To our dismay, no one ever came over to line us up, but they just opened the gates and a group that had just gathered by the entrance got in ahead of those who'd gotten there much earlier. In that scenario, I staked out a spot where my girlfriend could see, but we were told by a CM inside the viewing area that we must fill in the space, and the CM directed us to a spot with a giant light (the mounted bulbus ones) blocking our view).
Since, I have decided that, while I feel bad for those who have been told to wait across the way in front of AUA, I am going to be the people that wait by the actual entrance and get let in first. It has worked flawlessly, except that I constantly hear complaining by those who've been told to wait across the way.
Once while employing this strategy with family out from the south, we were given a false green light and directed back to the entrance by a manager (who was pretty young for a manager and a bit rude).
Most recently, for Winter Dreams, I attended my first "second" show, meaning I'd never not attended the first show of the night. I asked three different CMs who told me three different places to line up for the Wine Country Trattoria viewing area. I asked several more and deduced where I thought I was supposed to be. Eventually, people lined up around me and what seemed like a lead said the queue was for Arie's Grotto and the WCT. But as CMs came and went from the area, none of them knew which restaurants the queue was for. So I started helping them and telling the CMs. Eventually we got escorted to our viewing area and things were fine.
But what the hell is the deal here? Essentially every time I have attended this show there has been major confusion about who goes where. I realize it is quite an undertaking, but you'd think they'd have this figured out by now. Anyone else have a similar experience?