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Robert Niles

Why put a meet 'n greet next to a smoking area?

Published: November 24, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Just got back from Disneyland, where I shot a bunch of photos for a "Christmas at Disneyland" Tuesday Park Visit entry I will post on the Blog Flume tomorrow.

But I wanted to share this photo:


It's Woody from Toy Story, doing a meet-and-greet just outside the Big Thunder Ranch. But what caught my eye (and nose) was what was on the other side of the path, just a few feet away:


Frontierland's smoking area.

Uh, might it be a good idea not to place characters who will attract a queue of children within a couple steps of one of the park's three remaining designated smoking areas? Just a thought.

Replies (9)

Anthony Murphy

Published: November 24, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Haha! Wow!
Tim W

Published: November 24, 2008 at 3:16 PM

thats disgusting...
James Rao

Published: November 24, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Robert Niles

Published: November 24, 2008 at 7:41 PM

To be fair, when Woody was on TV, cigarette companies did sponsor just about everything. ;-)
Deidre Dennis

Published: November 24, 2008 at 7:53 PM

I agree. I don't visit my mother-in-law because she smokes so much and when you're not a smoker, it's like it sticks to you, outdoors or indoors. I'm probably starting something but why have smoking inside the parks anyway? Eeek!
Joshua Counsil

Published: November 25, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Oh, come on - has Rob Reiner gotten to you?

I don't think that they should put Meet N' Greets next to smoking areas, but to completely eliminate smoking from the park? It's bad enough you can't get a drink in the Magic Kingdom. Denying a smoker their cigarette would cost Disney business and respect. Imagine how much crankier people would be in the hot afternoon sun if they couldn't take a smoke break ...

Robert Niles

Published: November 26, 2008 at 9:51 AM

I smell a vote coming on:

"Which gets a theme park visitor crankier?"

- Not having a smoke break
- Two-year-olds pitching a fit 'cause they haven't napped yet
- Prices
- Lines
- Piped-in area music

Other candidates?

Joshua Counsil

Published: November 26, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Ha - nice Robert.

My additions:

- Closed attractions
- Attractions breaking down while in line
- Attractions breaking down while on the attraction
- Bad weather (too hot/rainy/etc.)
- Incident with employee / bad employees
- Incident with fellow guest(s) (e.g. line-jumping)
- Crowds
- Forgetting something outside of the park (e.g. tickets)

I know one that soured us once for almost two days - we were dining at Fulton's Crab House, and although we had a great meal, we got stuck with an expensive bottle of wine. The wine connoisseur came around with his list and his recommendations for our individual meals, and we took a bottle that he recommended. The list had no prices, and it turns out that the bottle was $120, something that just wasn't in our budget. Many fine dining establishments do not print prices, but when catering to WDW guests I think that, unless you're dining at Victoria & Albert's, there should be prices on everything.

Alan Puscus

Published: November 28, 2008 at 3:20 PM

As far as the getting me cranky thing goes, I'll have to add the stroller drivers who know that other guests must ethically make room/way for them, and take advantage of it. At Disney's AK last year our party felt like we had to jump out of the way cause parents had the "baby coming through and we're not stopping for anything" attitude.

In short:The barging baby stroller parties.(sore calves/chins)

-Bad and overpriced food
-Rides running at less than capacity with capacity crowds

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