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Trip Report "It's so dark and my bum goes up!" - A Day in DL/DCA With a 3 Year Old

krause

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We decided to just hit the corndog cart on our way out - DL classic right? Lukas was going to stand in line while I found a bathroom with Kinley. Looked at restrooms on the app:

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Perfect! One RIGHT beside the corn dog cart. Okay, it does not exist. It is nowhere. It is the baby care center where they have potties for children under 42”. Well, at least Kinley can pee. I was tempted to use it too but the door was only 3' high and didn't close 😅

Got our corn dogs (don’t worry healthy Moms, she only ate like 4 bites), and headed out of the park.

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Heard the Main Street band coming and remembered from @ajrwdwgirl report that sometimes Belle dances with them! Kinley LOVES Belle and I thought this might be her only chance to see her, so we rushed to see, but no Belle 😕

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Made our way across to DCA. We were crossing our fingers Kinley would nap during our walk from DL to RSR. However, Lukas decided that he needed a sweater so we entered a gift shop and do you think a 3 year old is going to sleep once you walk in a shop?




She JUMPED out of the stroller and her eyes were as big as dinner plates as she went from display to display and I followed her while Lukas found a sweater. She really wanted one of the stuffy princess babies. I knew she really wanted Cinderella (was on a Cinderella kick, remember?) and Cinderella wasn’t in this store so I convinced Kin to wait until the next store.

With no hope of a nap, we hustled on to RSR as our Maxpass time had started. It was posted at 135 minute wait, I think we waited about 15.

I hadn’t been on this ride before either (thanks a lot, pregnancy), and I thought it was great!. Great animatronics and fun ride in general. Kinley’s not a huge Cars fan, but she loves the speed.

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We lost though ☹
 

krause

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Okay, attempt #2 at a stroller nap. Plan was to walk in the general direction of Little Mermaid and see what happened. Well, as soon as we were able to see the Little Mermaid sign she JUMPED out of the stroller, and nap attempt ended. We went to park the stroller and, WOAH! Nick and Judy surprise meet and greet! This wasn’t listed on the app and I was stoked. Kinley LOVES Zootopia. We jumped in the line to meet Nick and “topia” and didn’t wait long! Unfortunately they don’t do signatures.

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Stand by for Little Mermaid was 10 minutes. It was a long line but fast-moving, boring compared to the one at MK as other people have mentioned. Same as MK but I love the Under the Sea segment and Kinley loves Ariel, so worth it. I got her to do the @Woodywrkr wave to Ariel and Eric at the end :happy:

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Okay. Time for attempt #3 at stroller nap. There were DCA Food & Wine booths all around and they. smelled. good :hungry:Ummm… GARLIC KISSED!? I don’t know what they’re selling, but yes please! I got the Creamy Mac & Cheese with Garlic Bread Crumble.

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Yep. Yep. Yep. Nothing wrong with that.

Next door was Off the Cob which just happened to be selling the closest thing to beer that I'll drink

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So hooked myself up with one of those.

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Bet you don’t think of the cup holder when you hate on strollers eh??

Lukas thought he wanted a whiskey and Coke, I told him good luck he should just find a beer he likes, but he insisted on checking every booth. But no problem because she was asleep!

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This was at 2:45pm and we didn’t have our next MP until 4:30pm so we had some time for his (impossible) whiskey hunt.

We headed in the direction of the Anna & Elsa M&G as that was the only thing we really wanted to get done before our next MP.

Well, after 2 passes of all the F&W booths, and nothing other than beer or margaritas (surprised, I was not). We were across from A&E and I am sad to admit it to you beer lovers but Lukas settled on some kind of a berry cider from Hollywood Lounge. He downed it, said it tasted like Koolaid, and we moved on :depressed:

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While sitting, we got to watch a security guard tell off some teenagers, telling them to put their “vapers” away or they would be asked to leave the park. Such a thrill.
 

LeighM

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Following along! I hope to make it to DL one day so I love experiencing it through other's trip reports :)
 

krause

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Not that it helps you now but Belle is usually at the 11:40 am show in front of the castle with the band. But it looks like you saw Mickey, so not a total loss. :)
Oh man we probably could have made that work too! Oh well, it’s not quite as memorable for a 3 year old without a picture or autograph 😊

Wow your daugther is adorable! Thanks for sharing! Following along!!
Thanks for reading! She’s pretty special :inlove:

Following along! I hope to make it to DL one day so I love experiencing it through other's trip reports :)
Thanks for reading! Trip reports definitely help to highlight the good and bad of the parks when you’re planning your own trip!

Don’t ever let Malcolm see that you called this a Family Pic 😂
:oops: Whoops!

Loving the report so far! And now I am craving a corn dog...
Thanks for reading!! It was so good 😋 at one point I put it down on top of the stroller so I could do something, and now there is a permanent grease stain on the stroller canopy :hilarious: I can’t wait to read your first trip report with your sweet girl!
 

Swissmiss

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Thanks for reading everyone! The stomach flu hit us hard this week, so I’ll wrap this up (and get to the story behind the title @Swissmiss 😉) once I have the strength to pick up my laptop again :grumpy:
Sending get better vibes - nothing worse than a stomach flu hitting a family with small kids ☹
 

krause

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I went into the building where the Anna and Elsa M&G was to check on the line. It was 45-60 minutes. Well, let’s get a move on. I knew this wasn’t an optional thing, it was a must-do. So we woke up our 3 year old and got in the line. It's not the worst room to have to wait in, dark and air conditioned. Disney music and videos playing all around you.

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We ended up only waiting about 45 minutes and it went fast. The lady in front of us had let her family go off to do other activities while she waited (I had briefly considered taking Kinley to Turtle Talk while Lukas held our place in line, but decided it wasn’t worth the risk). She had to wait across from the entrance to the M&G until her family was back. We crossed over to the main M&G area with about 3 families ahead of us.

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We had been told when we got in line that Anna was off with Kristoff and not meeting today (the app said she was, and even said Olaf might be there). So that was disappointing, but the Queen is worth it, and meet her we did!

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Man that wig is horrible, gets me every time. I think her dress is better than WDW Elsa though? Super disappointing that they don't have a photopass photographer in there.

We were out of there around 3:55pm, still early for our 4:30pm MP. Turtle Talk with Crush ran every 30 minutes so we went in there and got into the 4pm show. Cute show, same as WDW I believe and always adorable.
 

krause

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Wordy post but worth it:

Then was the big one. The one I had been waiting for. Unpopular opinion time - Me and Lukas LOVE Guardians of the Galaxy. It is the only Marvel movie that you can get me to watch. It’s hilarious. And I mean, Chris Pratt, come on. I love Tower of Terror, but zero connection to the theme - I don’t know the show (It’s a show right?) and it’s the only ride I truly feel like it’s just going to break and I’m going to die so it kind of terrifies me in a not-good way. So, I hate to admit it here, but I loved the idea of a GotG makeover.

We checked in at 4:25pm with no problem. If you ever thought that you had been judged by anyone in your life, imagine being the person carrying your 3 year old in her twirly princess dress, clearly overtired having been woken up from her nap to meet Elsa, through a long dark loud queue to get on a ride that is obviously designed for adults :cautious:

She meets the height requirement. She LOVES watching videos of baby Groot. But none of that matters when you see a 3 year old getting into the same ride as you, a grown adult. I’m sure everyone on our elevator assumed that she was going to cry and scream and ruin the ride.

But she didn’t. She loved it. One little monster scene where I covered her eyes, but other than that it was pure joy the whole time. She laughed and was so happy when it ended, all the judgers said to us “I can’t believe she liked it, she’s so brave!”. Muahahaha (okay I was terrified she would hate it too, but I was pretty sure she would love it). This joy created the line of the trip: “It’s so dark and my bum goes up!”. She absolutely loved it.

Note: There was a girl younger than Kinley behind us in line wearing a Rapunzel dress who had been on the ride before and loved it. She was wearing rubber boots which her mother told us was to make her tall enough to be able to get on. This made me feel better that Kinley would be fine.

Ugh, I know @amjt660 will ask, so let me look it up quick. Oh no, I don’t remember. I think it was probably “Give Up the Funk” by Parliament.

Here's the photo evidence that we weren't concerned at all about her 😳

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On our way out we saw grown up size Groot heading for his M&G and my only regret of the whole day is not getting in line to meet him because seeing him is the #1 thing Kinley remembers from the trip.
 

krause

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It was 5pm by this time and getting COLD. I had made a MP earlier for TSMM which was at this time, but it was SO far away. As much as I love kicking my husbands butt at that game, I knew Kinley wouldn’t love it, it was a long walk, and we still had a lot we could do in DL. So I dropped that MP (well tried at least, I couldn’t actually figure out how to delete it 🤦), and we headed back to DL.

At some point I had made a MP for BTMRR starting at 5:15 pm so we headed there after grabbing some ice cream. Kinley had done Splash, RSR, and GotG, surely she could handle this. We could all sit in the same seat together which was nice (3rd from the back).

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And, yep! She did great! “Train that goes round and round” she calls it now.

I asked her while in line for BTMRR if she wanted to do Splash Mountain again or a ghost ride. “Ghosts!” she said. So I grabbed a MP for Haunted Mansion and we headed there next.

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I covered her eyes for a couple of the creepy guys jumping out of graves but other than that she was good and still brags about how she went on the “ghost” ride.

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krause

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It was getting late and was time to start checking off the final must-dos on our list.

#1 - Where in the world (land?) is Cinderella?!

Okay. App says she is at Royal Hall now. Headed over there, 15 minute wait. Worth it? Yes. Confirmed with the CM that Cinderella would be “in there”. Got in line.

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Okay, 20 minutes into the 15 minute line I think we finally got in.. and who do we see but…
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Ariel. Okay. That’s fine. We like Ariel.

Moving right along, and we see……
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Snow White. Okay. No problem, we like Snow White too. Snow White talks to Kinley for a. long. time. Like too long. I was like, okay we’re really here to see Cinderella so if we could just carry on…

So we finally got to the third room and it was…. Cinderella! Yes! But then I realized why Snow White was talking so long. Because Cinderella was slow. Spending lots of time with everyone. Which is nice.

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Un-magical Side note: I always wonder if the other princesses are like “ugh, so-and-so spends way too much time with each kid”, because I know I work with some people that are slower than I would like so maybe it’s the same with princesses??

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But I digress. Kinley had a great interaction, we got our signature and our “portrait” and I reminded Kinley that she wanted to ask Cinderella to see her glass slippers (as she won’t say anything herself to the princesses once she gets up to them). And it was lovely. Worth the wait.
 

NessNewt

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Wordy post but worth it:

Then was the big one. The one I had been waiting for. Unpopular opinion time - Me and Lukas LOVE Guardians of the Galaxy. It is the only Marvel movie that you can get me to watch. It’s hilarious. And I mean, Chris Pratt, come on. I love Tower of Terror, but zero connection to the theme - I don’t know the show (It’s a show right?) and it’s the only ride I truly feel like it’s just going to break and I’m going to die so it kind of terrifies me in a not-good way. So, I hate to admit it here, but I loved the idea of a GotG makeover.

We checked in at 4:25pm with no problem. If you ever thought that you had been judged by anyone in your life, imagine being the person carrying your 3 year old in her twirly princess dress, clearly overtired having been woken up from her nap to meet Elsa, through a long dark loud queue to get on a ride that is obviously designed for adults :cautious:

She meets the height requirement. She LOVES watching videos of baby Groot. But none of that matters when you see a 3 year old getting into the same ride as you, a grown adult. I’m sure everyone on our elevator assumed that she was going to cry and scream and ruin the ride.

But she didn’t. She loved it. One little monster scene where I covered her eyes, but other than that it was pure joy the whole time. She laughed and was so happy when it ended, all the judgers said to us “I can’t believe she liked it, she’s so brave!”. Muahahaha (okay I was terrified she would hate it too, but I was pretty sure she would love it). This joy created the line of the trip: “It’s so dark and my bum goes up!”. She absolutely loved it.

Note: There was a girl younger than Kinley behind us in line wearing a Rapunzel dress who had been on the ride before and loved it. She was wearing rubber boots which her mother told us was to make her tall enough to be able to get on. This made me feel better that Kinley would be fine.

Ugh, I know @amjt660 will ask, so let me look it up quick. Oh no, I don’t remember. I think it was probably “Give Up the Funk” by Parliament.

Here's the photo evidence that we weren't concerned at all about her 😳

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On our way out we saw grown up size Groot heading for his M&G and my only regret of the whole day is not getting in line to meet him because seeing him is the #1 thing Kinley remembers from the trip.
I'm not a Tower of Terror person, but I would love to try the guardians of the Galaxy version someday! It just seems FUN!
 

amjt660

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GOG Misson Breakout rocks!!
IMHO they created a “new” ride with the makeover
( similar to how Dinosaur and Indy share a ride system but are very different)
It is fun, exhilarating and plays great music!
TOT is also a great ride for an obviously different reason

And the Animation building is not just a holding pen for Frozen lovers
It is an amazing rest stop on a hot day to soak in Disney art and music as you chill on the couches
It is a must do for me

Max
 

lostpro9het

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Wordy post but worth it:

Then was the big one. The one I had been waiting for. Unpopular opinion time - Me and Lukas LOVE Guardians of the Galaxy. It is the only Marvel movie that you can get me to watch. It’s hilarious. And I mean, Chris Pratt, come on. I love Tower of Terror, but zero connection to the theme - I don’t know the show (It’s a show right?) and it’s the only ride I truly feel like it’s just going to break and I’m going to die so it kind of terrifies me in a not-good way. So, I hate to admit it here, but I loved the idea of a GotG makeover.

We checked in at 4:25pm with no problem. If you ever thought that you had been judged by anyone in your life, imagine being the person carrying your 3 year old in her twirly princess dress, clearly overtired having been woken up from her nap to meet Elsa, through a long dark loud queue to get on a ride that is obviously designed for adults :cautious:

She meets the height requirement. She LOVES watching videos of baby Groot. But none of that matters when you see a 3 year old getting into the same ride as you, a grown adult. I’m sure everyone on our elevator assumed that she was going to cry and scream and ruin the ride.

But she didn’t. She loved it. One little monster scene where I covered her eyes, but other than that it was pure joy the whole time. She laughed and was so happy when it ended, all the judgers said to us “I can’t believe she liked it, she’s so brave!”. Muahahaha (okay I was terrified she would hate it too, but I was pretty sure she would love it). This joy created the line of the trip: “It’s so dark and my bum goes up!”. She absolutely loved it.

Note: There was a girl younger than Kinley behind us in line wearing a Rapunzel dress who had been on the ride before and loved it. She was wearing rubber boots which her mother told us was to make her tall enough to be able to get on. This made me feel better that Kinley would be fine.

Ugh, I know @amjt660 will ask, so let me look it up quick. Oh no, I don’t remember. I think it was probably “Give Up the Funk” by Parliament.

Here's the photo evidence that we weren't concerned at all about her 😳

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On our way out we saw grown up size Groot heading for his M&G and my only regret of the whole day is not getting in line to meet him because seeing him is the #1 thing Kinley remembers from the trip.
Just another DL fact, GOTG>TOT!

How did she take to Rocket in the collector's room?
 
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