Leap Day: A Castmember's perspective
That's because the kids do not generally ride Peter Pan. It's true -- on all Grad Nites, Pan is a short line. It's a weird phenomenon, but we figure it's because it is a short ride. Conversely, they line up for Small World in droves.
Originally Posted by DisneyContinent
I work as a Fantasyland ride operator, and I was there from 9:00pm-6:00am, and I would say 80% of the people that went through my lines that night (the Teacups/Carrousel/Snow White rotation) were young adults. Drunk young adults, if I'm being honest. But, we survived, and it's actually pretty fun to tell the stories now, even if we were not expecting it at all. I didn't notice any pot-smoking, but its harder to get away with that in Fantasyland than in some of the more open areas.
It was a Wednesday night during the off-season. There was no "extra" draw like pretty lights or a special party. There was really no reason to believe it would explode like it did. Riding Teacups at 3am is EXACTLY the same as riding it at 9pm. As castmembers just discussing it amongst ourselves, and knowing "real" guest patterns as we do, we figured there would be some Saturday-night crowds until about 1am, then it would die out like it does after fireworks. Not at all prepared for what I saw. Who knew so many people would blow off their jobs just to say they were at DL at 4am? That said, I thought the guests were fine. There are normally a few angry ones even on a regular day, so I found most people to be just as pleasant as any other time. I know I tried to keep my smile for them as much as I could, but they did challenge me because I was working the "baby rides" and many of the younger guests felt that this meant that safety precautions were unnecessary for those rides, so I had to deal with a lot standing up in the Teacups, hanging upside down off of Carrousel horses, etc. It was pretty crazy, and I had to do a lot of ride stops.
Also, the GAC (guest assistance card) lines were RIDICULOUS. I think Disneyland might want to re-consider their policy for giving those out, because while I understand that people have disabilities that aren't necessarily identifiable by looking at them, there is a LOT of abuse happening in that area. I'm not sure what the solutions are, but something needs to go down because it is seriously hindering efficiency.
But, all of us who worked over night did get "third shift" pay, and to thank us for dealing with the unexpected circumstances, they gave us all a free meal at the staff cafeterias. But really, it's just kind of fun to talk with the other castmembers about all the goofy shenanigans that happened that night, so there wasn't a whole lot of complaining. It was something to see.
Thanks for letting me vent, a month later!