I'm new to the site, but did a search before posting this topic. I couldn't find anything very relevant, so I'm making a new topic. If it's a common discussion, I apologize in advance.
Anyways, I'm a pretty frequent visitor to Walt Disney World. Ever since I was born, my family went at least once per year (from Ohio). As I got old enough to travel on my own, I went more frequently. I even worked for the Company for an internship and was able to visit the parks VERY often.
One thing I've noticed recently really bothers me a great deal and I was wondering if it bothered any of you either. A couple years ago, I was in the Magic Kingdom with my family on a busy day - around the Christmas holiday I think. Anyways, we were exiting the park around either SpectroMagic or the fireworks show and coming from Tomorrowland. I have to say, I was amazed and truly stunned when we were all directed BACKSTAGE behind Main Street to exit the park. I literally stopped in my tracks and was like, "No, I'm NOT going back there." Granted, I'd been back there before as a cast member, but my family hadn't been. And, I didn't want to take them back there. Sure enough, my family was tired, didn't really care, and didn't want to mess around with Main Street.
I have to say, it saddened me a great deal. We saw cast members on their break, I want to say some were smoking, they were eating, there was garbage all over, it smelled awful, etc... I'm sure you all know what I mean.
Anyways, I let it go because it only happened to me once, so I thought it was a fluke. Then, maybe a year later, we were at Fantasmic at night. Lo and behold, after the show, they directed almost the entire theatre BACKSTAGE to exit to the front of the park. I was like, "what the heck is going on here?" It wasn't an overly crowded day and that show happens daily. It's not like they were surprised at how many guests showed up to the show. The theatre holds "X" number of guests, so they know this in advance. I say, plan accordingly. Is this what they do on a regular basis? (I actually have been boycotting the show since that happened!)
Then, during my most recent visit to WDW, we went to the Magic Kingdom on New Years Eve. I knew the park would be packed. But, it wasn't PACKED PACKED until maybe 11:00pm. Up until that point, it was just busy. Anyways, around 10:30/11:00 I noticed some pretty intense crowd control by Adventureland. It gets later, and we tried to make our way to Main Street. Bridge closed, bridge closed, etc..... We were directed clockwise around the entire park until we got to Tomorrowland. Then I almost lost it. They directed everyone BACKSTAGE yet again by the Tomorrowland Theatre this time. So, we basically walked the entire backstage Main Street area to get out. Again, I was saddened by this event a great deal.
Anyways, my question is, why do they do this? Shouldn't they come up with better crowd control techniques and/or limit admission to the parks on overly crowded days to prevent this? I highly doubt Walt would have EVER agreed to this practice. Why spend so much time and energy trying to create the magic just to destroy it on your own?
Has this bothered anyone else or has it even happened to you?