Epcot's a half day park for us. We always go there the day we arrive and only stay a few hours to eat, ride TT and Sorin' then see the fireworks. Its all a matter of opinion.
Spot on.Thats why my two yearly trip is never boring like " Here we go again " It's always exciting and there's always something new and something I want to try,eating or doing something.It's relevant because it is an issue of repeatability. You can only watch the same show or do the same walking trails (for AK) so many times before they become a more passive experience. Once a year - you are probably good - especially if you are pretty new to vacationing at WDW.
But as a local, who used to have an AP, the last year I had an AP I did DHS something like 10 times. Trust me, by your 10th day in the park, you wouldn't be doing everything. I don't do everything at Universal either. But they have more attractions that I want to repeat than WDW does these days.Spot on.Thats why my two yearly trip is never boring like " Here we go again " It's always exciting and there's always something new and something I want to try,eating or doing something.
But as a local, who used to have an AP, the last year I had an AP I did DHS something like 10 times. Trust me, by your 10th day in the park, you wouldn't be doing everything. I don't do everything at Universal either. But they have more attractions that I want to repeat than WDW does these days.
The MK has the most "must dos", But for us now that is Space Mtn., Haunted Mansion, BTMRR, Splash (if the line is not too long), Pirates, and a Dole Whip. Done. If we do a Fantasyland dark ride, it's usually Peter Pan.
That is sort of what I was saying, I no longer do "everything" in the parks. Say instend of hitting Imagination for the 4000th time, I would simply sit for a while at La Cava de Tequila. I take them at a much slower pace. And when I get bored of that I just do something else. Sometimes that is just leave. There were times where I would go to the parks and not ride anything at all. I would just stroll around taking pictures. But I live very close and don't feel the need to stay from rope drop until they close the parks. But a lot of times I found there just wasn't much that I really wanted to do repeatedly.I think ultimately, it comes down to different strokes for different folks. I've been a seasonal local for the past several years, doing about 10-15 open-close full days in each of the 4 parks a year during that time, and I found that rather than getting tired of things I had already done, my appreciation for them actually incresed as time went on. On top of that, I was constantly discovering new things to add to my iteneraries, such as the World Showcase musical groups, or just spending more time slowly savoring details.
So the more these "little things" began to mean to me - the more the bond was established that they were an important part of the parks to me - the less inclined I was to skip them. Or, in the case of self-guided attractions like the animal trails at AK and The Seas postride exhibits, the greater the bond became, the longer I wanted to spend doing these things while in the park, rather than rush through them.
I never found myself wanting to leave any of the parks halfway into the day, or before closing. Then again I'm a very thorough and methodical person with a very good, linear attention span and a singular focus on only what I am doing. Reading a 500 page book in one setting is not uncommon for me. When I start listening to a CD, it is understood that I will start at track one and not stop until the last track is over. Same with watching my DVDs. I even watch all the bonus features, commentaries, etc!
So it is logical that this would carry over into how I do parks - starting with whatever my first attraction of the day is and not wanting to stop until I am finished or the park closes! And even if I do finish a little before closing (which usually only happens in MK) I am always eager to do repeats on favorites I've already ridden that day.
It always surprises me when people in parks are so preocupied with their hand-held devices that they aren't completely attuned to the music loops, architecture, and all the other "little things" that make the parks so special and escapist. To me the parks (whether Disney or other parks) are an escape from all that and I want my immersion into whatever park I am in to be total and complete.
I have never understood it when people say DAK or DHS is a half day park. We can make a full day out of any park, and multi days out of most. When someone says a park is half a day are they only hitting major rides? For us there is so much more to do than rides. Now, we do take midday breaks.
For me that isn't the case for DHS. I actually take me time as all the parks since I usually have 10 days in the parks for a trip. I don't rush looking at shops at all the parks either. The fact is I am able to go to leave the park at 1:30 p.m despite the amount of attraction I see. I see Star Tours: The Adventures multiple times. This from a person who doesn't do Tower of Terror, Rock 'n' Roller coaster backlot Tour. The fact I am able to do 1:30 p.m. despite not doing the stage shows and not two the must attractions for people at DHS speaks that I take my time at the park.Like others have said, it's a ll a matter of preference. Sure you COULD spend all day at DHS, taking it slow, catching all the shows, the street performers, leisurely lunch/dinner, which we have definitely done but for most people it's rush rush rush because they only have a limited time at WDW and they want to cram as much in as possible.
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