Well, the 2 Crazy Girls are back home after another wonderful trip to DLR. After a couple of days of recuperation, here’s my report.
Our stay at the DLH was wonderful. We had a standard room (ie parking lot view) in Fantasy Tower. We had a partial view of the tops of Splash, BTM, the castle and the Matterhorn from our window & would have been able to see the fireworks from the room. We loved the light-up headboard and kept turning it on over and over. The closeness to Trader Sam’s was great! We didn’t have to worry about getting ‘lost’ on our way back to the room after a few ‘adult libations’. BUT, the walking distance to and from the gates is a ‘deal breaker’ for us & we’ll be back at the Grand next time. It’s worth the extra money to me to have ½ the distance to walk, especially at the end of the day.
Sunday (Dapper Day) was crowded, but we didn’t think it was as crowded as last February. We did make the meet-up and met Dusty Sage and a few other MCers. It was nice to put faces to names! Hopefully next time we’re there, we’ll be in time to meet up again. Remember, the password is ‘Swordfish!’ LOL. Actually, it’s a somewhat hesitant ‘MiceChat??’ which is followed by a very friendly ‘Over here!”.
While we’re on the subject of crowds, we felt that DL was considerably more crowded than this time last year, but DCA was about the same. We don’t know if it was due to the number of ride closures or just that the ‘offseason’ is indeed fading away into ‘Yesterland’. That being said, the lines weren’t too bad, except for the rides you’d expect. We did see a lot of ‘line joining’ or ‘place holding’ or whatever you’d call it, but not much ‘line jumping’ (sneaking into the lines as opposed to joining people already there). Only once was it obvious that it was a little one with a bathroom emergency, the rest of the time it was one or two people who were joined by 3+ others (jumping rails, chains, & trash cans in the process rather than ‘excusing me’ up the lines). We just rolled our eyeballs and let it go, as it was obvious that the CMs permitted it. We also felt that we saw fewer ECVs and wheelchairs in the parks. Don’t know if it was due to the forecasts for stormy weather (which held off until the day we left) or the new DAS program, which I feel discourages bogus rentals. I also think the new program seems to have reduced the lines you used to see at exits under the old GAC program. That must be a good thing for those people who use the new program. On the other hand, I couldn’t believe the number of strollers! On the most part, everyone was courteous and careful. There were only a couple of people who met your eyes with a ’Get out of my way or I WILL roll right over you’ glare. Again, we just shrugged and let it go.
BFF got to do a lot of ‘firsts’ and we did a lot of things I hadn’t done in years. My ‘first’ was getting to ride ‘Jingles’. As someone who has been ‘horse-mad’ since my late father first lifted me into a saddle as a toddler, that was pretty special to me.
For those of us that must eat gluten free, DLR still does a great job of accommodating our needs. It’s not as good as the old GF lists, but it’s doable. If you are a ‘mixed party’ it’s better to use table service otherwise your non-GF friends will be done eating before you get your food. Only once did I wait in line only to be told that I could not be accommodated (Harbour Galley). Lesson learned; let the GF person order first. BFF had already gotten her lobster roll only to find out that there was (allegedly) nothing I could eat. I say ‘allegedly’ because previously there was a baked potato that was GF, but I didn’t feel like arguing. My favorites were Flo’s (American breakfast and the pork roast) and the cheeseburger & fries at Carnation Café. Does anyone have a recipe for that Coca-Cola BBQ sauce? I could pour that on just about anything, except ice cream! And while on the subject of wonderful things, the Dole Whip line does seem to move MUCH faster! Especially the line inside the Tiki Room waiting area.
Let’s see, that’s hotel, food, & crowds covered. Anything I missed? Our trip was really magical and it’s always wonderful to BE a kid again! I’m suffering the usual post-trip blues, it’s even a little painful to read posts here on MC. I sure wish I was still a local or could afford to visit more frequently. But life is what it is and I still feel lucky to be able to go at all. I’m already thinking about my next trip. 2 Crazy Girls Part Trois? BFF has never seen Hallowe’en Time so we’re thinking of next year early in the season. AND my local yogurt place has real Dole Whips. OK, I feel a little better. Now if someone can just get me that BBQ sauce recipe……