We just arrived back home after a busy and fabulous week at DLR. Here are a couple of tips I have for people who may be staying at the GCH or staying onsite.
1. If you plan on using the pools at the GCH, we noticed that unless you were poolside by 1:00 p.m., you could not count on getting a seat/lounge by the pool. This caused a lot of people to have to hover around until they saw someone leaving. What is nice about sitting by the pool at lunch time is that there are servers available to bring you any food from Whitewater Snacks/Cafe or alcoholic beverages should you choose. We chose to eat lunch at the pool with our daughter, she swam, we relaxed, ate and then we were fresh to start our evening rides, etc.
2. The Condor Flats Tour, which I had read about online, is a "tour" that takes you on the Soarin Over California ride about 9:15 a.m., before the park opens. The name of the "private tour" is now the "Soarin Sneak Peak', so, you arrive at the DCA entrance in the GCH, you tell the attendant there that you are there for the "Soarin Sneak Peak", and then you are put in a line to the left. You are then walked to the Soarin ride about 9:15 a.m. (there were a total of 10 people that took the tour) once you finish the ride, you could ride again as it was 9:30, or get in line for TSMM, which is what we did. We noticed that unless you specifically said that you were there for the tour, you were turned away and told that DCA does not open until 10:00 a.m., you were never told of the tour at all or that typically DCA opens at 9:30 with only Soarin open.
I hope these little tips help, knowing these two things made our trip much more fun!