Well, assuming that Mickey & Friends would open at 5:30 (1 hour before park opening) we arrived to find ourselves the fourth car in line at a closed gate. M & F opened at 6 a.m. Oh well, at least we got up front parking!
We were on the first tram and had to wait several minutes for the tram to fill up before departing. No big deal. When we finally got to the main gate around 6:15, all the lines were about only 4 people deep. When the gates finally opened a CM lead a cheer and everyone cheered back. The train pulled into the station and blew it's whistle and in we went. Very exciting!
We headed to Riverbelle Terrace for breakfast and were the first ones there. We were the only ones there for awhile. I wanted to sit out on the patio and enjoy the nice, quiet view of NOS and ROA, but DH and kids complained that it was too cold outside, so we ate inside.
Next, we went on Indiana Jones and walked right on. There were 2 other people in our car. When the ride was over and we were exiting our car, there were no people in line waiting to get on. It was strangely exciting to see it so empty.
We then went on Pirates and had our own boat. Again, very exciting. Then it was on to Big Thunder. We had about a 5 min. wait. We decided to walk along the back way over to Fantasyland and see what Peter Pan looked like.
Considering how quiet the park had been so far, we were surprised to see that Fantasyland was much busier. Not crazy busy, but busy enough for us to skip Peter Pan! I guess we should have gone on Peter Pan first thing. The crowds were very different in Fantasyland than in the rest of the park.
Next, we headed to Space Mtn. and the standby time said 45min. but looking upstairs at the que, it didn't look that bad, so we decided to chance it. We ended up being in line for 20 min. Then it was over to Buzz and we literally walked on with no one in front of or behind us.
Around 8:45 a.m. or so, we decided we'd head on home. We did a little shopping on Main Street on our way out. By this time, the crowd on Main Street looked normally busy. When we got to the tram at 9:30, I was happy to be leaving the growing crowd. It seemed we had left "just in time".
Getting up that early was worth it for the few hours of quietness we experienced at DL. It was a nice, new experience for us. As AP's we are able to go to DL quite often, and are always looking for a fresh, new way to experience our favorite place. I'm happy to say, we were not disappointed.
And as Julie Mouse said, all the CMs were very chipper! I would definitely do this again. But not on an early day that is due to a lot of hype, like the Pirates Premier, for example. I'm sure the crowds would be much crazier!