Note: this is NOT a slam on POTC, CM's, Special Events Personel, NOS, POTC DMC, D/L, Dwarves, Pirates, Cannibals....
I just called a friend of mine that went to the POTC DMC event last night - after having been through it all, he was glad that he had not personally paid to go to the event (he & his g/f had been sponsored), saying that the freebies, dinner, discussion panel & entertainment weren't really up to the level he had expected...... I had decided not to go, due to it's high cost & D/L's recent track-record for events. Since my friend & I have been to virtually every other event so far, I trusted his comments & reviews:
An exclusive deck of cards (he said that it looks suspiciously like the regular POTC set they sell in the park, but hadn't put both sets side-by-side to compare)
Special event pin in a pirates chest
Mickey POTC red bandana/ears thingy (he didn't explain that one real well)
He said that the dinner was a buffet, was very well laid out, featuring fresh sliced fruit, boneless beef ribs, beans, turkey legs & some very delicious desserts.
One drawback was that the Panel Discussion was started while everyone was eating, so it made it tough to follow the Discussion with everyone milling around picking-up food & talking to friends. Not good timing on Disney's part.
He said that they received scrolls with clues on them, directing everyone around the room to hunt for 'treasure', gold-colored plastic coins. Once everyone collected 2 of them, they stood in line to hand them to the 'captain', who then proceeded to deposit them in a chest (No reward for finding the 'treasure'?). After everyone turned in their 'gold' coins, the captain declared that there must be hold-outs & proceeded to send his men through the room, waving swords, looking for anyone hoarding 'their' coins. My friend didn't go into any more detail about that, other than it seemed hastily contrived.
Ride-Thru Of POTC:
My friend said that it was nice to have a separate que to get onto the ride, but the timing could have been better - he said that the attraction was a walk-on, but with Fantasmic running & the Fireworks soon after, NOS became quickly grid-locked & made it tough to get to the attraction & to re-ride it again. They did get on it twice though....
I'll leave the reviews for others more qualified, but he did say that Disney did not display any props or costumes from the movie (like they did last time) and people had started lining up for it at 8PM, with the movie not due to start until 12:15AM, that became a long wait.....
Apparantly, Event personel thought someone had sneaked into the theater, so they asked all of the attendees to check their seat-mates to verify if anyone was there without a lanyard or wrist-band, when that didn't reveal anyone, they asked everyone to raise their lanyard - he didn't say if that worked or not.
OK, enough of my rambling, anyone else have info/comments to share?