Friday, September 22 - Disneyland Start
Disneyland Predicted CL 6 - Actual CL 4 and DCA Predicted CL 5 - Actual CL 4
I’m not sure if I agree with the actual crowd levels reported! Disneyland actually felt quite crowded/busy this day, but maybe it was because I was out of practice?
The Club Level lounge opened at 6:30 and we arrived there right when it opened to grab some coffee and quick morning bites before heading down to the Downtown Disney security entrance. I think we arrived there around 6:40 and we were about the 5th or 6th family in line to get through security. They opened up right at 7:00, and there was a kind security guard who was walking up and down the line of folks waiting with oranges and bananas to hand out beforehand, which was lovely. We were able to get a spot at the front of the entrance gate, no problem and they started letting everyone into the park at 7:15.
That’s when we hit our first snag of the trip! My husband is in the military, and in an epic miscommunication between the two of us, we both showed up at the gate without our military IDs! (We always have one of us leave one in the room and bring the other just in case). Without that, we couldn’t get scanned in, so my husband got a little PFT in first thing and ran to the room and back to grab his. The kids were worried, but as it turns out, we scanned in a little before 7:30 and walked right onto everything in Fantasyland during Early Entry except for Peter Pan (of course). I’m grateful my kids have learned to pack their “patience pants” for Disney trips! I will say I was a bit surprised when the ticket taker seemed so relieved when she told us and we both simply said “oh no! we are so sorry!” and quickly got out of the way - She honestly looked like she was gearing up for battle when she had to relay the news that we messed up. I cannot imagine the crazy stories some cast members may have.
This ended up being a great day. We did use Genie+ and we were able to get in everything in Disneyland (including Rise of the Resistance) except for Pirates and Runaway Railway. We hopped over to DCA around 1:30 and had a late lunch at Carthay Circle (outside on the patio), which was lovely. Service there was amazing.
Afterward I took my daughter to Animation Academy while my husband and son rode Incredicoasters and then we got to explore Avenger’s campus and relax a bit at the hotel before heading to Lamplight Lounge for dinner.
Unfortunately the service at Lamplight Lounge that night was terrible. Our reservation was for 7:30. After sitting down and waiting 20 minutes with no server and now water, we finally had to flag someone down. Then it took another 20 minutes for anyone to come back and get our orders. The food took another 30 minutes to arrive, and by then everyone had to stuff their face in time to get to World of Color (I’d snagged a virtual que spot). We had to get up and find someone every time we needed something (including the check). That has NOT been my experience there before, but I’ve never been there for dinner, so maybe that’s the issue? Not sure…
Overall, however, it was a great (and very full) day!