Then I started to think about being in places usually flooded with thousands of people and what it would like to be alone. Just imagine walking down Main Street USA in Walt Disney World and you are by yourself. Or walking down the Las Vegas Strip by Caesar’s Palace and there are no cars anywhere. What would it be like?
Would you be intimidated, scared, overwhelmed? Would you enjoy the silence? Would it be almost like a religious experience and Only the Truth shall set you free?
I am sure some Maintenance folks have be close to alone on a few occasions, but I am talking about alone, just you…. I bet it would be nice…Tweet
But the big one was May 24, 2013 for the Monstrous Summer 24 Hour Day. Covering the Mickey and the Magical Map premiere the night before got me media access for the morning. So I was inside the park as the guests streamed in. Of course I followed them in, looking that empty spot. As guests went to Space Mountain or Indy, I kept walking and just past pirates I was able to capture this
It's going to be a long day, but it was worth it for this picture. #MonstrousSummer pic.twitter.com/FWw7IXC61h— M Ryan Traylor (@theADTraylor) May 24, 2013
It wasn't so much the silence because so many of the attractions had sound effects that rang out well into the night. But it was the calm.
I was shoveling snow on Friday night too!
I absolutely loved it. It was one of my favorite perks of being a cast member. I love the park when it's full of people, because that's what it's there for, but there's something special about feeling, for a moment, like the King of Disneyland.
I later worked at Universal Studios Hollywood, and I can say that it feels completely different than Disneyland when it's empty. I never got that same magical feeling there, and when it's late at night with nobody around. In Universal's case I'd agree with Anon Mouse -- it just feels lonely.
They could not go on rides, but they could look around and take pictures and do silly dances and things. It sure looked magical in the pictures I saw. Not creepy at all...just like this wonderfully safe, cozy, place that seemed so charming at night.
Working at Water Country USA when the capacity was around 13k, and laughing at those "Low-Daily" (Weekday operations before schools let out) where it would rain and we would count less than 50 people in park.
HOS install at Busch, driving around the park at 3:00AM making sure all of your crews were gone, knowing you were the only soul in the entire park. Peaceful :)
However when my wife and I went to the Magic Kingdom, for the first time without our kids; We waited near Casey's on a bench until everyone left the park.
My wife was antsy as the crowds rushed out but I kept telling her to be patient and not to worry....we should not get into trouble. She fought the urge to leave while I laughed at what was to come.
Finally, the last few guests trickled out and we were able to walk down Main Street together looking back at the castle and enjoying the splendor.
We were parked at Epcot so we ended up riding the Monorail alone and when we got to the parking lot found that our car was the only one there.
It was a special night that she and I will always remember.
However, when my wife and I went to the Magic Kingdom for the first time, without out kids, at closing; we sat on a bench near Casey's and just waited for the crowd to go home.
My wife was antsy and kept saying 'shouldn't we go now' but I kept telling her to be patient and not to worry...we would not get in trouble.
After a while the last of the crowd trickled out and we were able to walk down Main Street almost alone, looking back at the castle and take in all of the park's splendor.
We were parked at Epcot and so we rode the Monorail alone.
When we got to the Epcot parking lot; we were the last car there.
It was a very special night that we will remember forever!
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