Even without their social activism, going to the Disney parks in Florida is not fun anymore. The crowds are horrendous, the prices are ridiculous and Disney has lost the ability to handle their endless lines well.
Years ago one of the high capacity rides at the Hollywood Studios was “The Great Movie Ride.” It could handle thousands of people in an hour, and you actually learned something about the history of films and got some good entertainment to boot.
Now it’s been replaced by “Micky’s Runaway Train.” It has a huge line outside, and once you get inside there are more lines. Going through it is laborious, and it’s not getting great reviews. The queues are totally messed up. I am no expert in queuing theory, but I could have told them when they were designing this thing that it wasn’t going to work.
At the new Star Wars attractions, you can stand in line for three to four hours. The ride is good once you get there, but it lasts for about 10 minutes at most.
The only way that I know anything about these attractions is that my wife, who used to be “a Disney freak,” paid over $2,000 for us to have a five hour tour of the parks. It was her “last hurrah” because she too is tired of Disney’s inability to handle the crowds.
A VIP tour for over two grand hardly makes Disney “a force for the people.”
Who knows? Maybe when people get the message, the crowds will dwindle so that Disney will be able to handle them.