Since DCA was built I have always stayed at hotels around DLR and have not had to worry about parking. Yesterday's DLR day trip was my first chance to deal with the DLR day parking situation. So I and DS13 made good time getting to DLR from 40 miles away and arrived at 7:05AM. I dropped off DS13 at the Harbor entrance in the 15 minute lot so he can get a spot in line while I park (thanks Frogberto!). I had decided to park in Timon because I was right there on Harbor and it is closer to the gate.
So I pull into the Timon lot at 7:15 and am the third car there. Right on schedule at 7:30 a guy comes to open the gate. I drive thru and am one of the first to fork over my $10, and the CM hands me my parking receipt and a small piece of paper which of course I take zero time to read because I am in a hurry to get to the DL gate. The CM does not say a word.
I drive into the lot area and, having never been to Timon before (at least not since it became Timon), I am not sure where to enter the lot. I proceed all the way to the end and realize I am on Disneyland Drive and there never was a place to turn into Timon. The guy next to me at the exit (who was also next to me at the Timon parking gate) rolls down his window and says "What happened? Where was the lot? What B.S. Etc.".
So now I look at the paper which was handed to me and it says "The Timon lot is closed today. Please park at Mickey and Friends..." and then it gives directions to M&F.
So I hustle down Disneyland Drive and make a U-turn to get into M&F and it is 7:35 by this time and there are already two long lines of cars (maybe 20-30??) waiting to get in - although I was into the parking structure at this point. So now I am bummed I may miss 8AM park entry - we wanted to hit Peter Pan with a short line first.
In the end, I got parked in the outside "Pinocchio" lot, caught a tram that I only had to wait 2 minutes for, and made it to the DL gate at about 7:56AM. So the story had a happy ending, but some extra stress and confusion which was disappointing. I wish they put a sign out on the street in front of Timon saying "lot closed today". Then I could have gotten over to M&F 15 minutes earlier and been a little less stressed.
As a side note, we grabbed a Space Mtn FP first - were second to the machines - and then headed back to the hub and PP at a brisk pace. But the castle was blocked off for a pending ceremony, and we circled around to PP and it was not running yet. We came back to PP after Matterhorn and got on PP with a 2 minute line.
Overall we hit a larger number of roadblocks than normal but rolled with the punches and had a great time.