My point was that we shouldnt judge WDW too harshly in the summertime. Im sure its a rough world to be working in with heat, crowds, etc…
We always visit WDW in the winter time, so summertime was somewhat of a shock to us. As I stated we always stay at a deluxe resort. This year however, we were travelling with a group and had several in our group that couldnt afford anything other than Value, so to keep the group together we stayed with them at the All-Star Sports. It was the only available Value resort for a group our size (we tried hard for Pop-Century). The All-Star Sports is a madhouse, I kept thinking we were in a poorly run dormitory rather than a hotel. There were thousands of teenagers there for various sports and I never saw parents with any of them (I assume they were there with a few chaperones). They never slept, they had fistfights and were always putting their mouths on the drink dispensers in the food court rather than buying cups. Late at night they were using every dark corner of the hotel for social hour. The security gaurds were always busting someone and calling in reinforcements. Transportation was not so good and we waited for an hour twice. But on the upside…our room was small, yet clean. And as many times as I have been to WDW I have never gotten a towel critter…I got one every day from Mousekeeping at All Star Sports! I guess they appreciate their tips more.
As far as Elizabeth at Chef Mickeys…A group of us decided to eat one evening there (its our favorite) so that the kids could see some of the characters (first time visit for some of the little ones in our group). We called and found out what time they stopped seating and arrived just prior to that since we didnt have PS’s. The restaurant was about half empty yet we were told that they couldnt seat us. They had no available PS’s for the evening. WHen we argued that the restaurant was half empty she said she would see if the manager (Elizabeth) would allow us to sit without PS’s. The manager came and asked which resort we were at and we told her we were staying at the All-Star Sports, and in her high and mighty attitude stated “Then you need to go back and eat at your own hotel!”. We spent an hour getting there by bus and monorail and then 15 minutes between CM and manager trying to get approval to sit. At this point we just asked that in light of the situation could the little ones say hello to the characters that were in the lobby. The manager stated that the characters were only available to their “important” customers and moved to stand in front of the kids and block their view. So the crying began. BY the time we left it was too late to make any other restaurant before closing, so we ended up back at our hotel in the food court. We tried one more time later in the week and were turned away that time too. I guess I dont understand the PS system anymore. It used to be that PS meant you got priority over walk-ins, but that walk ins would still be allowed to eat as long as you didnt mind a long wait. We were just flatly turned away. We had similar experiences everywhere, half empty restaurants yet long waits or being turned away. For the first time ever we started eating off property.
Anyway…we will still be back, we still love WDW, we just wont go in the summertime again.