Soarin’ has joined the “return time card” party that Walt Disney World began using for Anna and Elsa meet & greets last week.
Once the standby line gets to a certain point, they close it down and start handing out cards with return times. And once those cards are gone, nobody else can ride that day except those with return times (whether the return times be in the form of the return cards or a FastPass+ reservation).
The way that Disney countered claims that FastPass+ made things less spontaneous was to say that it “provides even more spontaneity on the day of your theme park visit." But if you’re spontaneous too late in the day, a cast member is going to tell you that you can’t ride Soarin’. No matter how long you are willing to wait in a standby line. So it pretty much throws everything that Disney has said about "more time to be spontaneous" out the window.
I’m all for FastPass (I haven’t yet experienced FastPass+ but if it’s resulting in moves like this, it makes me wary of it). I love being able to reserve a time to come back and do other things instead of standing in line. But when people who get FastPasses are the ONLY people who are allowed to ride, and Disney tells everyone else “tough luck, we’re going to let these other people ride but not you,” then Disney has completely given up on guest service.
This has got to be one of the most idiotic things Disney has ever done. This may even be worse than the decision to build Superstar Limo (more like Superstar LAME-o, amirite?).
Seriously, fuck this shit. I do not envy the Guest Relations CM’s at each park or front of line CM’s at Soarin’, but WDW management absolutely deserves a stream of complaints if they implement this nonsense and I hope they get such (in a respectful, non abusive yelling at CM’s who don’t make policy kind of way).
Stupid stupid stupid. Telling guests they can’t ride an attraction based on ‘selling out’ of advance tickets, no matter how long willing to wait, when the park is open, is just god-awful customer service and completely nonsensical and elitist in terms of ensuring you’re going to piss off some number of guests and you don’t care.
Between this and moves on Norway, it seems Disney management is going for the EPCOT stupid decision trifecta. Can’t wait to see what comes next! (Sarcasm)
Asked by Anonymous
Scrims and a mirror.
I’m no artist, but I made you a diagram to illustrate how it works.
As you are looking into the Endless Hallway from your Doom Buggy, you are looking through scrims, which are basically a thin gauze that you can see through when the light is behind them.
At the very back is a mirror, and in front of the mirror is the “floating” candelabra, which is hanging from thin black wires. The back of the candelabra is painted black so that you don’t’ see the reflection as clearly as you otherwise would.
As you look through each scrim, the image that you see gets just a little hazy (the level of haze depends on how long it’s been since the scrims have been cleaned).You then look into the mirror, which reflects the hall back at you, but since the mirror covers the whole area from wall to wall and floor to ceiling, it appears that the hallway continues. You even see the reflections of the hanging light fixtures, which appear to extend down the hallway.
And since you are looking back through the scrims again, the image gets a little less clear. And finally, your Doom Buggy is in the dark, so you don’t see it at all in the reflection. It just looks as if the hallway is disappearing off into the distance.
(image from DoomBuggies.com forums)