I just don’t have the energy to do a full trip report from my June trip!
(And we’re talking Disneyland here, so I know most of you are going to stop reading now. :laugh:)
I spent most of my trip just sort of stressed out. We felt obligated to take advantage of the early hours that were offered so we were up VERY early every day, which was worth it in avoiding lines and invaluable in seeing Cars Land (4 hours lines for Radiator Springs Racers!).
So what I am going to share is what happened one day out of the five, because it’s mostly in praise of an awesome cast member whose kindness I will always appreciate!
It was our first look at Cars Land, first full day of vacation. We left the Disneyland Hotel at 6:15, in order to get to the security line before 6:30, and then into the lines at DCA.
We were by no means first in line, but we DID get to be first in line in front of a DCA turnstile due to my mad no-line turnstile seeking skills. (Yes, I brag! But I nearly ALWAYS find a turnstile that no one has lined up behind.)
When the park opened, we were near the beginning of the incredibly mad rush back to Cars Land. EEep!
…Except that Radiator Springs Racers were down. Not working. Not doing anything. Arrrgh. So we waited 45 minutes until the line started moving… which was frustrating as it was eating up the less-crowded early morning hours for hotel guests only.
So the line is moving, we’re approaching the “waiting one hour” mark, we just get to an entrance (maybe it was the FP entrance? But it was fairly close to the actual attraction) when Her Majesty announces that she absolutely, positively MUST use the facilities.
Okay. I leave my family to ride without us, and I find a cast member to get a pass to get back in line. Which he really didn’t want to give me “just come right back”, he says. Um… I’ve seen the chaos all around this attraction, CMs switch positions… could I please just get a pass? So he gave me a baby swap pass. Okay.
The restrooms aren’t all that close. But then Her Majesty decides that she is unable to use them, and must return to the hotel in order to do her business. Alrighty then.
So… cut to three hours later. Her Majesty is back with me, and even though it was my mom who took her back to the hotel I have spent the entire morning doing nothing but wait around and deal with the chaos of approximately a BAZILLION people in DCA (yes, this was the first full week with all the new stuff), and I was a little on edge, but still… okay.
But now that I’ve got Her Majesty back with me, it’s back to Radiator Springs Racers for us. It is a complete madhouse. The area that it’s in is a bit of a dead end, and it is just packed.
So I try to find a CM. The stand-by line at this point was over three hours… but the FP line was over an hour. I had already waited in line, and I’d been very close to the front when I had to leave. A baby swap pass would put me in the FP line… but again… I’d already waited my turn in line.
I find a CM, show him the baby swap pass but explain that it’s really a potty pass, and that we were already way up near the front, and is there anything he can do? He says he can’t, but let him get his lead.
So he takes me to his Lead. I was very polite, explaining the situation. And I am so ashamed to admit that while I talked to him, I did start crying a little bit- I was clearly on the edge and this just happens to me sometimes when I’m emotional and I was embarrassed about it. The CM lead, with a rather improbable name, said, “okay, we’re going to take care of this.” He clearly recognized that I was just stressed out. Or perhaps just that I was an extremely nice and polite crazy lady.
Which was kind of amazing of him, because there were all sorts of people in the absolute chaos of that attraction entrance, many of whom had problems, most of whom were complaining.
So he lead me up the back entrance, chatting with me and asking me again what had happened earlier (probably ascertaining that I wasn’t making all of this up not to have to stand in line in the first place). I figured he was just going to take me back to where I had left the line in the first place, which was what seemed fair to me.
No, he took me right up to the front of the attraction. In the special loading area. And told the CM who was there that we needed VIP treatment. And wished me well for the day as I thanked him profusely.
The CM at the loading area was also so incredibly nice, put us in the front row of a car, and made sure Her Majesty was sitting in the middle because that’s the best place for little kids to see everything.
And then we rode the Racers and it was AMAZING and I just remained in awe of the kindness that I was shown… I just felt so grateful to the CM, especially in the middle of, as I keep repeating, the [I]insanity[/I] surrounding the attraction.
So, yes, I filed a report on him at the Chamber of Commerce- that’s DCA’s City Hall. I didn’t give them the exact details because I didn’t want to get him in trouble in case he shouldn’t have done what he did… but I emphasized how awesome he had been and how he completely turned around my day in helping out with a situation. So I hope he got some brownie points.
All in all, it WAS a really great trip, but a little manic. Next time I want to slow down a bit. :happy:
(Also, this was in direct contrast with my experience with a CM I will name… MARY… who was a complete WITCH on the Casey Jr. ride and basically told us we were horrible human beings. Lovely girl.)