Thought I’d do a running trip report in case any of my odd meanderings and thoughts are helpful. And so I can remember in the future since my recollections of last July when planning this trip were not as clear as I’d prefer.
This is a family trip mostly planned/strategized by me (dad) with input from my son, 12 and daughter, 8. My wife is happy to do what makes the rest of us happy as long as she gets to ride Soarin’ and RSR. We’re visiting on 3 day park hoppers with G+ and DAS for autism purposes.
We opted to stay at the Tropicana and checked in last night (Monday 5/29). We did a visit to DTD last night since my daughter wanted/needed new ears since she couldn’t find the ones from last trip. A bit crowded, but not sure what else I expected on Memorial Day. But we were successful in obtaining ears (Little Mermaid) plus a couple of Star Wars souvenirs. I have to admit, a wooden music box that plays the Imperial March works better than expected.
Reservation today was for DL. We left the hotel at about 7:15 and were through everything into the rope drop crowd by 7:40. Booked an 8:15 LL for (Hyper)SM and a pre-open DAS return for ST while we waited. Didn’t even know it was an option to do that so I’ll need to play with that the next couple mornings. I’m assuming it’s only available for rides open for EE and reporting wait times but didn’t explore.
Made the very zig while others zag choice to do the Nemo subs first since it was the day’s priority non-LL ride since we missed it last year while it was being refurbished.
Heard that SM was down as we entered Tomorrowland and crossed my fingers for an early golden ticket but no luck there. We did Hyper-SM and the Star Wars loving duo of myself and my son quite enjoyed it especially whatever projection trick put a Tie Fighter practically on top of the track. Headed to Star Tours next to use the unnecessary DAS as there wasn’t even a CM at the merge by that point. Got a sequel trilogy set of Jakku, Exogol and Bakku. My daughter was convinced Kylo Ren pointed to her as the spy and I don’t have the heart to tell her otherwise. Grabbed an HM LL and MMRR DAS during the wait.
After the obligatory Star Trader purchases, we made our way to IJA around 9:15 to catch the end of the 8:30-9:30 DAS preselect window. The refurbished snake animatronic looked better in person than the ride video I watched and it was nice to see the boulder actually working. After a pit stop, headed over to HM which was it’s solid self. Booked an LL for Buzz since it fit in the schedule before an 11:00 DAS preselect for MFSR. Was hoping for BTMR, but it was too far out.
Didn’t pay enough attention to the message I got about the MMRR DAS being adjusted to realize that the ride was still down before trekking all the way across the park. Sat at one of the benches in the fake grass area in front of RR to regroup and snagged a new DAS for ROTR with a relatively quick return since it was just coming back from downtime.
After using the Buzz LL, made our way to GE. Saw the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda on the path parallel to the marketplace and were able to get the kids in for a picture. However, we got the the LL point just in time for an announcement that the ride was down. So the second DAS to convert to an anytime pass for the day.
Fortunately, we had an 11am DAS preselect for MFSR so we just walked up there. The LL line seemed slow and the preshow room was less full with a B-mode Hondo so there seem to be some reliability issues going on. On the ride we spotted a couple of graphics glitches but it recovered. Also learned that my daughter is not a star pilot prodigy, but that’s ok. I enjoyed all the sparks in the exit.
Luckily, MMRR was back up by the time we exited GE so we made our way back though the FL stroller traffic and got to try that out. A fun application of the trackless ride vehicles. By the point, it was almost noon and we were ready for a break. We spotted Cinderella making her way down the path as we walked to the gate. My daughter got a photo and was happy to say hi to a princess without waiting in the official line.
During the lunch/afternoon break, booked LLs for WS and Soarin’. My wife opted to extend her break while I took the kids in to DCA around 3:30. I was starting to notice grad night crowds pick up, but wasn’t worried with the two banked LLs and grabbing a quick return DAS for Monsters Inc. I limited the ride selection to thinks where a group of 3 made sense. After using the WS and Soarin’ LLs, booked an ST LL whole waiting to Monsters Inc and hopped after. Got a prequel set of Tatooine and Naboo on ST.
We made our way back over to GE and were able to use the converted pass for ROTR. The final Kylo Ren scene was in a B-mode where we was in a TIE on a screen. Still a fun ride though. Made our way to the Milk Stand after to sample that. Daughter says blue milk is better and my son says green. They did agree polystarch bread is good. I liked it all but will say I had to be careful not to get a case of brain freeze.
At this point, it was almost 6:30 and after confirming if the kids were interested in the parade (they were not), had the bright idea to hop on the train in Tomorrowland to avoid the Main Street parade crowds and go through the Primeval world like my son requested. This may have worked if the first train that came by hadn’t been so full resulting in us being the first in line to wait for the next train. Regardless, we closed our day with that.
Now to get some sleep to do RD for DCA tomorrow.