We took a quick trip on Sunday arriving about 5:00.
1) They finally replaced the sun bleached signs for the parking structure. I had been surprised on earlier trips that they hadn't done so earlier since this is one of the first things people see.
2) We were actually greeted by a real friendly ticket taker at DL. She took our passes and said "Welcome Back."
3) They are really pushing "The First 50 Years." They had somebody passing out little gold tickets out front like it was a special event. The first greeter insisted that we view the Walt mosaic. We didn't want to be rude so we did even though we had done so before. We were only there because my son had missed the Space Mountain model on a previous visit and were glad that she had moved away from the door and didn't see us leave before the movie!
4) Space Mountain fast passes were already gone for the day, so I picked up some to Buzz before heading over to DCA to get another set of FPs before going over to the Whitewater Cafe.
5) Unfortunately we didn't find any MiceChatters at Whitewater. Ordered the kids their meals and waited quite a while for the food. One of the workers must have heard the kids complain because he came around and asked how long we had been waiting. When I told him about 15 minutes he apologized and went back to the kitchen. He came back with apologies and free desserts. I thanked him and told him it was no problem. He returned a minute later with three big cookies and thanked me again for waiting. The food came a couple of minutes later and it was real hot. The order must have just gotten lost in the kitchen.
6) Returned to DCA to use our FPs for Mullhuland Madness. I know that people complain about this being a prefab ride, but there aren't very many places you can ride a wild mouse anymore, so I enjoy it. I would probably work better as a dark ride and wonder if it would fit into the Millionaire building. Something is wrong with one of the brakes because we stopped rather abruptly heading back into the station and watched as it did the same thing to other cars as we exited.
7) My 9 year old has been showing an interest in drawing lately, so we took him to the Animation Academy. This is the first time we have done this and were really impressed. Even my Mickey ended up looking like Mickey - or at least his lopsided brother.
8) Headed back over to DL to see Fantasmic. It was surprisingly crowded (doesn't anybody watch the Academy Awards?) Found a clear spot behind a light tower. I guess people didn't realize that it would rise. We were right behind three cast members in Director's chairs, so the viewing wasn't optimal, but we enjoyed ourselves.
9) Figured we would take a ride on Pirates before the rehab. Since everyone was crossing the bridge, we cut to the right and hopped the chains right before the entrance. A janitorial CM saw us and told me that we couldn't cut into the line. I explained to him that there was no line, but he said we were cutting in front of anybody who was coming in first. You could see strait through the tunnel and nobody else was coming. He apologized but said he couldn't let me cut the line. I pointed out that there was a huge crowd of people blocking the entrance and he said that I would have to go over the bridge and come back around. At that point I gave up and followed his directions. Of coarse, there was no line at all and we walked right onto the ride.
10) Maybe going for one last ride on Pirates wasn't a great idea as we exited just as the fireworks ended. It probably took us almost an hour to get back to the parking structure. We shared our tram row with a Muslim family with the wife wearing the robe that covered everything except for a slit for her eyes. I guess it is a small world after all.