So I have been meaning to put this up but I have had finals all week and because I was gone all weekend I had to catch up on some study time But anyway here we go!
Last you my girlfriend Alex and I finally got to do our first gum ball rally. We had a BLAST! So obviously we had to come back this year. This year we brought a friend with us, Colleen and we possibly had one of the best days ever. We left home early (3:00 am) on friday morning and drove the seven or so hours from the bay area to the resort. We spent the entire first day just enjoying the parks and I didn't take any pics So we are just gonna skip right to the big day!.
Let me start by introducing our team. Last year Alex and I were the Wildest Riders in the Wilderness and we decided to continue that theme this year. When we learned the Star Wars theme I immediately thought of the The Wildest Riders Strike Back and so here is our logo!
We got up bright and early at 6:00 am on rally day and drove to Mickey & Friends and walked to ESPN zone. Check in was super quick thanks to the AMAZING micechat staff of volunteers and in no time we had our team picture taken and we eating our breakfast burritos waiting for the rules speech. Because Disneyland didn't open until 9:00 am the rules speech came much later than usual and all the teams we eagerly awaiting the start! Finally we were off. I love seeing the looks on the faces of everybody in downtown disney as 500 people come pouring out of the ESPN zone and start speeding towards the entrance. Well here we are in the first line of the day...Security tents.
At the last min we altered our original strategy of starting in Fantasyland and went to DCA instead! When we got in we saw the longest line I have ever seen for RSR FP, it not only went through the extended queue for Disney Junior, but went all the way down to the animation building. It was even that bad when we came two weeks after opening! So we decided to pass on that, a huge risk, and went on TOT instead. Alex opted to sit out on this one...
we got on pretty quickly and then were off to do heimlich's chew chew train. Now this was something we have never been on, which is one thing I love about doing the rally, but while the scents were fun this thing was so short and boring!
We decided our goal was to leave DCA at 12:00 so we still had lots to do. We headed for Paradise Pier but on the way decided to just see how long single rider was for RSR since we were allowed to utilize this during the rally this year... we lucked out, it was only a 10 min wait! We waited less time than the FP distribution line would have taken.
Next we headed to Paradise Pier where we did Screamin and Goofy's single rider, we passed on the 40 min wait for TSMM and then waited just a few mins for TLM
It was now around 10:30 and with the temps heating up we hit GRR, but the standby was already at 30 mins so we again opted for single rider. After getting off GRR, soaked as i might add, we headed to soarin' and chose to do single rider there. The SR wait was pretty long here so we were done just before noon. we decided to stay in DCA just a little longer to hit the rest of hollywoodland. We walked by the animation building where the question was to answer what movies clips play in the building after the little mermaid. As we walked by what do we hear coming from inside but "Part of your World". We got super excited because that loop last 20 mins and we got there right when we needed to. All we had to hear was "Bonjour" to know the answer and we ran out to Monster Inc.
After MI we decided to be done with DCA, leaving behind only the muppets and TSMM. Pretty good for 3 hrs! I will continue with the rest of the day soon