To be sure to arrive in time at DLP for the opening ceremony and to buy BONITATIMEs pin, we left around 5.15 am (ouch!!!!). Since my car was parked about 15 streets away, it was nearly impossible to clean the windows first, so we stopped at the first gas station, cleaned the windows, then set the GPS and we were on our way! :car: :drive:
The driving to DLP was not going very smoothly. We encountered some accidents and traffic jams, slowing us down a lot. Also, around the page at Senlis, I realized I didnt bring my drivers license From that moment on, I drove a little slower, because I didnt want to get stopped for speeding, nor cause an accident. I also didnt want to tell my mom I didnt have it with me.
Around 9.30, we arrived at the DLP-exit, and when we arrived at the parking lot, where you have to pay, OMG!!!! So many cars!!!! I think there were about 15 cars waiting in each line, it was crazy!
While waiting in the car in the line, I gave my mom instructions on what to do when we arrived. When the car was still running, I jumped out and ran to the Disneyland hotel, Disney Village, for Bonitatimes pin, but was told everywhere that they had been sold out after 3 minutes when the stores opened. And people had been lining up for more than half an hour before. :guilty: :sad: :sad2: Result: no pin
I then returned back to the plaza in front of the Disneyland Hotel, and tried to find my mom who should be there among the thousands of other people. There were never ending lines to buy tickets, to get through the turn stiles, :crowded:
After 20 minutes or so, I finally spotted her, and asked her how many people were still in front of her (she still needed to buy an AP). Apparently, there were still dozens of people in fornt of her, so I just said to come back out of the line, and I ran to the Studios. There, each line had about 10 persons in it. Unnecessary to say it was way quicker. Now, use this as a tip, but dont spread it around, otherwise, also at the Studios there will be huge lines!
So, we finally had the AP, now we faced the huge lines to get through the turnstiles. Thats when I decided to go to Le salon Mickey. I mean, it goes faster or instead of just waiting in line, you can drink and eat something. :coffee: Good idea, right? Not really. Le Salon Mickey was very very :crowded: Not just crowded, but a madhouse filled with rude people. Examples? They brought out a platter with 8 croissants etc. A Dutch family of 4 took them all 8 at once. Some man commented that they should all take just one, and leave some for the others. Response of the Dutch son? Shut up said in the most rude way I have heard!!! :furious:
Result? No drinks, no croissants, but I finally had the chance to use the bathroom! I needed to go since forever (Since somewhere still on the page) so the nice bathroom at Le salon Mickey was there at just the right time. Am I the only one who think sits very nicely decorated? And am I the only one who takes pictures of bathrooms??? :scratchin
After my needed bathroom break, we finally headed inside the park. While it was already quite crowded, it was great to be there.
Now, once again, I cant tell you what rides we did exactly. What I can tell you, is that in these 3 days, we didnt do that much. It was too hot to run around and wait and there were too many people, so long lines. And I have already done the rides so many times, that I dont really need to do them anymore. I know that I sound spoilt, but I just dont like to queue for 2 hours to ride BTMRR. Rides we did included iasw, Buzz, Peter Pan, Phantom Manor, POTC and Storybookland boats (I really dont know how they call the ride in English). I didnt go on BTMRR, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, I did have FP at some point for SM, but I know that if Im hungry and go on it, I turn out sick :crazy2: so I decided not to use the FP.
What we did during the 3 days? Basically eat and sit on a bench, people-watching.
BTW, I am really shocked to see that the European body type slowly changes to an American body type. Im not the skinniest person in the world, but I saw people literally 3 times as large as me. And small children who were downright fat. Its scary. And especially in case of the children, I think its very sad that the parents dont care enough about it to do something about it (if you see them eating junk/ fast food, you can assume parents dont care about it. And I know its vacation and youre supposed to indulge; we never ate those foods as a kid) No, Im not going on and on about this, I just think its scary, because its a time bomb.
We decided to first go to the AP bureau, so that my mom could get her real AP. I think we waited for about an hour there before it was our turn, but in the end, we got our AP. I also noticed I started to recognize CMs from my previous visits. When they also recognize you, you know you go to many times!! :rotfl2:
Anyway, we also ate lunch, because after leaving at 5.15 and not having my croissant at Salon Mickey, I was hungry. Lunch was at Victorias Home Style restaurant, dining review will be in posts after the trip report.
I dont remember too well what we did after lunch, but more than an hour before the parade started, I went to the spot I wanted to be in to see the parade and take pictures. By the time the parade started, I felt like a roasted chicken, because I had been standing in the hot hot sun for more than an hour!! :sunny: