This year is the first year I have had an AP. A few of my "lucky" friends had them though high school and they would simply go for just lunch. I would think how this was even possible?!?! Go to Disneyland for "just lunch"!!! Now I understand. I understand fully.
Having an AP puts us in a new state of mind. Something that simply can not be explained in pure words, but I must try.
When you spend the 53$ at the gate to get in, your automatically in a rush state of mind. You MUST get your 53$ worth of the park. What that means changes from each visitor. Most it means riding EVERY ride in the park at least once, or riding there favorite ride a few times. That requires you to be there at or close to opening. So you get up early, and if your like me, CRANKY! This was the first thing in my mind that changed. I now am in no rush to get to the park. This alone starts the day off on a good foot.
So you mozy into the park at noon for a fun day. No hassle of waiting in line (at the ticket booth) just to wait in line. Just walk right into th turnstyle, wave your pass, and your in! No hassle other then parking.
So now your strolling down main street at noon, relaxed as apposed to running towards your first ride at 8:30AM or whenever the park first opens. And thats just the start of the day! Such a DRASTIC change already!!!
So there I am, walking with my wife down main street last Sunday. She wants food. So we go for food!!! We choose New Orleans Square for something good and head on down. As apposed to stifling your hunger on bottled water to make sure you get another ride in.
On our way, we pass the Indy Q and the Fast pass board says 10 min wait. Suddenly my wife takes a detour from food and into the line for Indy. Now THATS a way to start a day Man I love her. Anyways, after that we hit food. We get our food, sit down, and ENJOY it. I mean we take slow bites, savor the BBQ'd pork, and enjoy the jazz band they had playing. I loved watching the guest's dancing to the music, and even noticed an old couple who apparently only came to the park just for the band. If I paid at the gate, I would be wolfing my meal down so I can get in line for the next ride.
After dinner, my wife and I walk right into HM. Had some fun talking with people in the line, and reading the epitats on the headstones. Poor pig, bought the farm... After that we went by Splash and noticed a 65 min wait! Man, if I shelled 53$, that would of annoyed me. But I would be in line!! My wife and I looked at each other and said "Later" and walked away, right into POTC and then BTMRR. We hit both those rides in the time it would of taken us to be in line for Splash! We came back to Splash later and it was down to 35mins. Thatís acceptable
All throughout the day, my wife and I where ADMIRING the PARK, not the RIDES! Disneyland in itself is an attraction, but I never noticed it. I never noticed the beauty when I was in line looking at the back of someone's head. We sat down and talked when we where tired instead of "pushing though it" to get to the next ride. We waited for our Dole Whip longer then any ride, and that was OK. We simply enjoyed are entire experience, not just the rides.
So, in short, having an AP allows people to enjoy the park, and not be rushed to enjoy the rides. I think that is why Sunday was very crowded, but the lines where short. Most everyone was AP's and they were just enjoying the park.
Sorry for the long post, but I just had to share my thoughts with you guys (and gals).
What do YOU like about having an AP?
P.S. Sorry for anyone who does not yet have an AP.