There has been a lot of 'talk' about how Disney went wrong with the Tiki merchandise event. How do you think it could have been organized to avoid some of the mis-steps?
Keeping in mind that the Haunted Mansion 40th/Shag event in 2009 is going to have three sub-sets of enthusiasts... the Disneyland people, the Shag people, and the Goth people.
There are always going to be different levels of financial commitment. The pre-paid event with pre-ordered merchandise that you collect at the event seems to be a bit more organized, to me, than the pay to stay on-site for early entry method because of all the line (let's call it finessing rather than cutting) finessing. And both require an additional amount of money over and above the cost of the merchandise.
I don't really have an answer. We waited in the Tiki line for five hours (having arrived at 8:15), and although they had everything in stock when our turn came, the signing portion of the event was LONG over.
Just looking for opinions, I guess, I have been to an assortment of these events over the years and they ALL have varying degrees of mayhem. Perhaps someone here has the answer.