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Old 06-17-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
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Carsland Campout Trip 6/15-6/16 FINAL UPDATE 6/23

Hello everyone and welcome to my official report on the opening day of Carsland and Buena Vista Street.

It started on Thursday night...well technically EARLY Friday morning. I left USC a little after midnight. Got to the Mickey and Friends lot and parked no problem. Grabbed our blankets and me and my friend set off to stand in line! They were holding everyone waiting for the opening in the esplanade between DL and DCA. People were being lined up by the order of when you arrived. By the time we got our spot in line it was around 1AM.

There were 3 big sections of queue. One was in the front almost where the gates were. Then a big media platform for news stations separated that section from our "back" section. There was also a line for people who wanted to go straight to buy exclusive merchandise. That formed over by the ticket booths on the DTD side of the esplanade. Each section was made up of long rows of people that stretched from 1 side of the esplanade all the way to the other. If that didn't make any sense, here are some pics...

So we were in the "back" section of the line, but in the front row of it, which meant there was plenty of space to stretch out and try to sleep in a normal lying down position. This is a pic from our section of the "front" section. As you can see there's a big gap in between the sections.


Our row


This big stage separated the 2 sections. News from all over were here throughout the morning. This guy started at 4AM!


They let us walk all around the esplanade. Here's a pic of the front section. As you can see, the people in the middle of the sections had very little space.


Could also walk to the gates.


So weird not seeing construction walls! It looked fantastic. Soooo soon!


There were lots of CMs on BVS all night preparing for the morning



At 2:15 CMs gave us these red wristbands. This was to allow you to walk around, go to the bathroom/car/ticket booths, etc. and be able to join come back to your spot in line again.

I actually did try and sleep for a bit on my blanket with my backpack as my pillow. My friend slept a couple hours. A combination of excitement, not the most comfortable bed, and the noise from the Grad Night at DL all contributed to the lack of sleep that I got, but so worth it. Once the extremely loud grad students left DL at 3AM, I took this pic.


At 4:45 CMs were telling everyone to take all their stuff back to the cars because the line was about to start moving. We were told that the line would start moving around 6AM. I took the blankets and pillows that we brought back to my car at Mickey and Friends. They weren't running the trams, so I walked. Until 2 days ago, I didn't even know there was a walking path.

I got back and my friend and I switched places. I waited while she went and got us coffee at La Brea (they had a couple places in DTD open all night!). With all of the extra space now that everyone's blankets and sleeping stuff was gone, the front section started to move and fill in that empty space.

A little before 6AM, our part of the line started to move until they had separated the red wristbands from the yellow wristbands. They put all of us red wristbands (people who actually stayed there all night) in the "front" section and they kept the yellow wristbanders (people who arrived around 5AM) in the "back" section. So we were getting closer! Also it's getting brighter!


We waited in our spot in the front section for about an hour. People were getting interviewed by dozens of newscasters. The stage was getting used by lots of people. Tom Staggs, the chairman of Disney Parks, was out and being interviewed a lot. So many cameras...I'm sure I was on Good Morning America for a split second.

We kept being told that the park would open at 9AM...so we thought we had multiple more hours to go. A little after 7AM we started moving in! They winded the line so here's us about to get in.
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