So a family who we are friends with (our daughters went to school together) drove up last Friday, did Saturday at DL (single park, no MM/EMH, stayed offsite), Sunday, went to the beach, and then came back to AZ. They were underwhelmed by DL and a bit disappointed. Also complained about spending $300 for the family for a day at Disneyland given their lackluster experience.
They had high expectations after seen our pics/trip reports and listening to what a grand time the girls had. We've always had STELLAR trips, even when our favorite attractions were down (Pirates/Splash/etc). I'm just baffled as to how they couldn't have had a great trip.
Which leads me to maybe it being they just aren't Disney people. OR.... maybe we just expect to have a great time and thus form our own destiny. Then, the wife and I started talking and thought "yeah, if we did a single park, single day, offsite with no EMH/MM, we'd probably have a lesser experience as well. The way we vacation (Stay at the Grand, up at dawn for EMH, get whatever you want souvenir/wise or food wise) makes it more enjoyable for us because we aren't worried about anything but getting the most out of our DLR vacation.
Is EMH that much of a game changer? Is park hopping that much of an added experience? We have yet to have them over and sit down and discuss it in detail, but I'm just struggling with how you couldn't have the time of your lives at DLR.