Just a quick observation about my visit to the MK today 12/30th..
I approached the park with caution... being the day before new year's eve and all that. Actually, only ended visiting there because my parents are visiting town and G-Fan wanted to catch the holiday entertainment before it was retired for this season. Against my better judgement, I went to the MK today.
The MK exceeded my expectations today in grand fashion!! Much to my surprise, the park was very busy but NOT to the point of being TDL-horrible. Most wait times for attractions were do-able. Same for food service. The Pecos Bill and Harbour House Restaurants were surprisingly slow at usual rush hour times... noon and 6pm. The kids working there for the holiday season were doing a great job of moving the crowds. It was not even difficult finding a place to sit for a meal, or just resting. I was pleasantly surprised.
While the MK was busy and cleanliness was not "disney quality" like I am used to seeing in Tokyo and Hong Kong, some other areas of the park were clean enough... but there was room for improvement there, or shall I say.. return to "standards"?
However... my expectations were greatly exceeded in regards to the amount of entertainment available at the MK today.. Guests were treated to several showings of "Dream Along with Mickey" and "Twas the Night B4 Xmas" several times during the day, and then several showings of "Celebrate the Season" as night.. That was in addition to the "Cinderella's Xmas Wish" Illumination show at the castle. The Xmas Parade performed twice in the afternoon, while SpectroMagic had two showings in the evening. To top it off... "Xmas Wishes" played to a most enthusiastic response as well. To close the evening in grand fashion, we were treated to a preview midnight performance of the new year's eve spectacular version of "Fantasy in the Sky" and it was FABULOUS! (Eat your heart out TDL! The MK outdoes your puny pyro show) I *loved*loved*loved* the countdown pyro in the shape of numbers as the entire perimeter of the MK lit up in spectacular fashion reminicent of the Tencennial Celebration spectacular back in 1981. I was WOWED!
The best part was the expeditious way we were able to exit the MK (while snow showers came down over Main Street! ). The lines to board the monorails and the ferry boats seemed to be moving quite well...and we arrived at the TTC shortly thereafter... NO bottleneck mess to leave the MK and arrive at our car in the parking lot.
Needless to say... the MK deserves major KUDOS today! Great job most everyone working the park today!
PS- It was nice seeing Denise (nbodyhome) again and meeting another fellow fan.