It was a mis-adventurous day, but I'll bypass the long wait for the M&F Tram, and the LONG wait at the ticket booths and start after I entered the park. It was around 3PM when we entered DCA and our tickets weren't until 6PM but the CM's guarding the entrance to BVS saw our orange wristbands and said that we could preview BVS at any time. So in we went!
To the left as you enter is Oswald's, where I went inside to see if they had the Oswald Ears that I read about here.
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No ears, so I took some more pictures. Next to Oswald's is the Chamber of Commerce aka Guest Relations:
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^haha, you can see me in the reflection on the doors!
Moving on still on the left hand side of the street:
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To the right was the Red Car Trolly:
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And the bathrooms - themed from the outside
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And back to the left, the Five and Dime which is DCA's version of the Emporium:
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I went in to the Five and Dime, still in search of Oswald Ears, but was told (incorrectly as it turns out) by a CM that they were out at DCA but that the Mad Hatter had them in DL. I decided to postpone my trip across the esplanade and take more pictures of BVS.
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Continuing down the left side of BVS, I caught sight of this second-story window and had to grab a pic. It says Dream Homes:
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Underneath that window resides Big Top Toys, which is connected to the Five & Dime:
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Down the street to the right is Trolly Treats:
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And this is the view from the front of Trolly Treats:
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Past Trolly Treats is Pig Cafe aka Starbucks:
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And this is where BVS opens up to Hollywood Land and CCT:
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OK, so I'll fast forward past my sundae at Ghirardelli, my pointless trip across the esplanade to DL for Oswald Ears, and my detour to Trader Sam's for a Shipwreck on the Rocks. We had to book it from Trader Sam's back to DCA to get in line for the 6PM entrance to CarsLand - the line wrapped around Pacific Wharf and up to Ariel's Grotto in Paradise Pier, but they were letting people in a little early, so the line moved quickly.
My strategy for CarsLand was to hit Luigi's Flying Tires first to avoid what was reported to be the worst line in CL. This worked out well because it was almost a walk-on. What I saw of the queue was cute, but I didn't spend any time in it.
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Basically this was a pointless ride. Try as we might, we couldn't get any speed up on our tire. The beach balls really were the best part of this attraction - except there was only one other tire of people who were helping us toss them around, so the whole experience was a bit lackluster. We laughed because it was so bad.
The gods of MiceChat (Dusty, Fishbulb, et. al.) were watching everyone struggle with this attraction, so I stopped to say hello and give them my review (thumbs down) and continued on to Mater's Junkyard Jamboree.
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This was also a walk-on (so far yAy for this strategy). It was actually quite fun, but I wouldn't wait a long time for it.
Getting these two rides out of the way we headed over to Radiator Springs Racers, only to find it temporarily non-functional (this attraction will be the IJA of DCA), so we walked around taking pictures of everything we had been rushing by in our attempt to ride everything before the lines became too long.