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Old 09-03-2012, 11:34 AM   #2311
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Hi Bret! I'm all caught up on Sherry's TR, now I want to dive into yours. I'm excited to see your latest pictures.
Hi Deej. Hope you enjoy these pictures.


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Old 09-03-2012, 12:17 PM   #2312
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Day 2 Ė August 14, 2012Ė Part 9

Day 2 Ė August 14, 2012Ė Part 9

We left off at the Hub heading on over to Torrowland to ride Star Tours since we have FPís at that time. It was a nice day that afternoon which the weather started to pick up that afternoon. The park crowd levels started to pick up with more and more people coming from MS to the Hub. But we werenít planning on staying too long at DL since we have FPís to use at DCA for Radiator Springs Racers. It was cutting it close for the FPís but we had enough time to go on Star Tours and go on RSR that day.

It was after 11am when we were heading on over to TL. But when we were about to enter TL, the DL band was coming out from the side of the Plaza Inn and Tomorrowland.




Now we were on our way towards Star Tours and use our FPís that day.


When we passed by Astro Orbiter and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster the wait time were in the 10 minute range which is accurate for a summertime at DL.

Over at Star Tours entrance, the wait time for the stand-by line was 30 minutes. Good thing we had our FPís that day so we wouldnít have to wait in that long line. I know that DB and V wouldnít want to wait in that long line.

While we were walking through the Star Tour FP queue, I got a few pics of the Star Speeder 1000 and of course C3PO and R2D2.








A few more pics of the queue




We only had to wait about 5 minutes to get on Star Tours. Now it was time for our destinations of where we went during this trip. On the first part of the scene, we were leaving the Rebel Alliance hanger while we were stopped by two storm troopers. I was hoping to get the Darth Vader scene. But we got that scene instead. Our next destination was the planet Tatooine and we were in a middle of a Pod Race. We were passing through other pod racers and won the race. We left the planet Tatooine and got a transmission from Yoda to bring the Rebel spy safely to our next destination. For our next destination was to the planet Coruscant as we were in the middle of a battle between the Republic and the Separatists. We made it to our destination safely and delivered the spy safely. Than we got out of the Starspeeder 1000 and back in DL.

As we got off Star Tours, we started to head on out of the park since it was close to our time for our RSR FPís to be used. So we high tailed on out of DL and over to DCA. This is the time for all that wait that Tuesday morning during APEE at DCA and we finally get to use our FPís for RSR. This will be exciting to ride RSR after riding it during the preview in mid June.

We were back at TL and see that the whole area around Star Tours, Astro Orbiter and BLAB started to pick up that day with more and more guests.




Now we were back at TL and on our way out of the park. MS didnít look that busy as we were heading on out. As always, I got a few random pics of the buildings on MS as we were heading on out. It was a great opportunity to get more different pictures with the new lens.




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Good thing that it was only 11:20am when we were about to leave DL. Our times were at 11:30am to 12:30pm so it looks like we will have plenty of time to get on over to DCA and get on RSR.






I can never get tired of these light poles and fixtures on MS with the patriotic colors.


The Crystal Arcade looks great as always and is part of the Emporium store


Now entering Main Street Town Square which wasnít that crowded.


While at MS TS, the DL band was passing heading back stage. Just a while ago they were at the Hub while we were heading into Star Tours.




Now we went under the MS station and were right by the turnstiles as we were about to head on out of DL and over to DCA. It was around 11:25am when we left DL and onto DCA. We made great time at DL for about an hour and a half. We got to go on Matterhorn Mountain, BTMRR and Star Tours. We got a lot done in such a short time and got on two of the rides that I wanted to ride at DL.


The three of us left DL and heading on over to DCA to use our FPís. Thatís it for this post and the next update will be what time we got in the queue for RSR.
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:27 PM   #2313
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We love Star Tours. Of course since DH would hurl on such a ride he goes over and defends the planet against Zurg while the guys and I ride Star Tours. Always our magic morning destination.

I too love the lamppost with the patriotic buntings. Did you make it to ride RSR with your FPs?
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Another Star Tours fan. I still have to experience the new simulations but it sounds fantastic!

Thanks for sharing.
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We love Star Tours. Of course since DH would hurl on such a ride he goes over and defends the planet against Zurg while the guys and I ride Star Tours. Always our magic morning destination.

I too love the lamppost with the patriotic buntings. Did you make it to ride RSR with your FPs?
Star Tours is a fun ride ever since the update from last year. It was nice to ride both Star Tours at DL and DHS last year. They had a fun time riding it. I do remember that you and your sons rode Star Tours in the morning while your DH went on BLAB.

The lamppost are always neat during the summertime with the patriotic colors. You will find out if we made it or not at RSR on the next post.


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Another Star Tours fan. I still have to experience the new simulations but it sounds fantastic!

Thanks for sharing.
You will like Star Tours. Are you still planning on going to DL next year during the meet up at WDW in October? That is one ride that you will have to do at DL or you can ride it at DHS.

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Day 2 Ė August 14, 2012Ė Part 10

Day 2 Ė August 14, 2012Ė Part 10

After going over to DL to go on some rides, it was time to head on over to DCA and use our FPís for RSR. We did have plenty of time that day to head on over to RSR since it was around 11:25am when we left DL. The day was quite nice and it was time to head on over to DCA to use our FPís for RSR.

My DB and V were excited to ride RSR after I got FPís that morning. It was a long morning when I used part of my morning to get FPís for RSR which took an hour of my time. But it was worth it for them since I sacrifice part of my APEE so we can ride RSR. I was hoping to ride RSR that morning during APEE, but it would be nice to ride with them so I didnít have to ride it by myself. I could have rode RSR by myself with no problem since I am at the park solo.

Letís get back to the TR.

We left DL around 11:25am and now at the esplanade. We are heading on over to DCA after being in DL part of the morning. The crowd levels around the esplanade were not that busy. But there were quite a number of people heading on in to DL. Good thing that we arenít entering DL that afternoon.





Over at the turnstiles didnít look that bad than DL, but it was a small wait to get into DCA.


Now passing through the turnstiles


It was semi busy around BVS with most of the guests entering the park.




We just kept walking on over to Cars Land so we can use our RSR FP. I also remember to be at BVS later during the day so I can see Red Car News Boys and Instant Concert at PP. So I had a lot to do that day at DCA.

Passing through the Carthay Circle Theater




Now we are entering Cars Land. It was nice to enter Cars Land that afternoon and hope that the wait time for RSR wonít be that long. Since we have FPís for RSR, it should be a quick 5 to 10 minute wait time in the FP queue.
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A few pics on the way until we got to the end of Radiator Springs


Fillmoreís Taste-In building


Tow Mater sign


Sargeís Surplus Hut


It did started to get a little busy around the Cozy Cone and Floís V8 Cafť


Cozy Cone Motel sign


Floís V8 Cafť


Over at Luigiís Flying Tires, the wait time was around 50 minutes which is quite long that afternoon. I was thinking of trying to get DB and V to go on LFT that day, but they didnít want to wait for over 30 minutes for LFT. So the only way to get on LFT that day was to come back later that day and hope that LFT will be in the 15 to 20 minute wait time when the park is closing at 11pm. You can tell from the line that was outside that it was going to be a 50 minute wait since going inside is a 40 minute wait from my experience during the preview back in June.


Passing by Ramoneís House of Body Art


Now passing through Radiator Springs Town Hall


Making a right turn towards RSR


We finally arrived at RSR entrance and see what the wait times was like that afternoon. When I looked at the times it was 100 minute wait time to get on RSR from the stand-by line which isnít that bad. But still for over an hour and a half wait time does seem like a long time. I was surprise to see that the single rider line wait time not posted. Sometimes the wait times for the single rider line can be unpredictable where it can be a 5 minute wait or an hour wait depends on the group of people that are in the stand-by queue and FP queue. It was also 12pm that time and we made it by half an hour from that walking from DL.

The RSR FP Distribution sign


A look at RSR track and some people waiting in the stand-by queue


We showed our FPís to the CM at the FP entrance queue and on our way. I did get a few pics of the signs on the FP queue where I didnít get to go through the RSR FP queue during the preview.




Thatís it for this post and the next time will be what car and side we will get on RSR.
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Another fantastic update. 100 minute wait for stand-by? I'm glad you got those FP.

Thanks for sharing.


And yes, I do plan to stop by DL and visit Carsland on the way to WDW next year.
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Another fantastic update. 100 minute wait for stand-by? I'm glad you got those FP.

Thanks for sharing.


And yes, I do plan to stop by DL and visit Carsland on the way to WDW next year.
Thank you PiO. The 100 minute wait time for the standby queue wasn't that long as I expected. During the summertime, I have seen the wait time as long as 135+ minute wait time or longer. So this time around noon isn't as bad as it looks. Good thing we got those FP's that day and didn't have to wait in that long line. I was lucky to use part of my APEE to get the FP's or we would have to get on RSR later that day.

You and your family will love Cars Land a lot.
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Day 2 Ė August 14, 2012Ė Part 11

Day 2 Ė August 14, 2012Ė Part 11

We left off entering Radiator Springs Racers FP queue and on our way to ride RSR. We were all excited to ride RSR that day and hope that the wait time for RSR is not that long then the standby queue. The stand-by queue was 100 minute wait which was a long time that day, but that was nothing when you compare it 2+ hours during the opening month. Now that it slowed down this month which isnít a lot, but we didnít have to worry about it since we werenít in the standby queue.

Now back at the FP queue as we were heading on over to get on RSR. Here are some more pics of RSR that day.








The standby queue was long that day


Another sign right on the queue


The people on the left side was the single rider queue which was long that afternoon


Stanley Oasis Water Tower








Now we are handing our RSR FPís that I got that morning and now in the regular queue with the other guests.








Now entering the loading area for RSR


When we entered the loading area, we were at the back of the car. I was hoping to get in the front, but it was fine to get on RSR. We were all excited to ride RSR that day after a long morning getting FPís and have to wait about 10 minutes to get on the ride. As always the ride experience was amazing and this was the 6th time to ride RSR. The one part that I was disappointed the most during the ride was the tractor tipping part which the tractors did not tip. I knew that there were a lot of problems with the AAís on RSR. I knew that there were a couple of times during the preview in June that RSR AAís had troubles. We also got Luigiís Casa Della Tires side which I was happy to get since my DB and V would like it a lot. When we raced the other car on the other side of the track we won the race which was great.

I did videotape the ride while the three of us rode RSR that day. For you DISerís that would like to see the video here is the link: Radiator Springs Racers Luigiís Side 8/14/12

As we got off the ride, my DB and V were so excited that they wanted to ride RSR again. But I told them if they are willing to wait for over 1 Ĺ hour in the standby queue they can do that or stand in the single rider line. They will consider riding RSR one day when they come back and the queue wonít be that long.

When we were about on out of RSR, we had to stop at the photopass area and get our pic on RSR. As you can see that I had my video camera during the ride and I knew where the camera was located. You can see my DB in the middle and V on the right hand side in the back of the car.




We exited the photopass area and now heading on out of RSR. On the way out, I got a few more pics of Cadillac Range and around Radiator Springs.








One of the cars racing as we were exiting RSR




The side of RS Town Hall


Thatís it for this post and I will have some more pics from RSR exit then we will find out what we did after RSR.
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Fantastic pictures of RS. I love the colours in the rocks and every time you post a picture, I just marvel at how well Disney actually constructed the whole CarsLand.
Kudos to you - your pictures do it justice!
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Outstanding pictures. I'm glad you all enjoyed your ride. I especially like your ride picture!

Did your DB and V wait in the standy-by line for 90 minutes for another ride?

Thanks for sharing - I enjoyed the video of your ride too.
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Fantastic pictures of RS. I love the colours in the rocks and every time you post a picture, I just marvel at how well Disney actually constructed the whole CarsLand.
Kudos to you - your pictures do it justice!
Thank you PiO. Glad that the pictures turned out well with the lens and filter. It is completely different from using these items then the old ways that I have used during June.


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Outstanding pictures. I'm glad you all enjoyed your ride. I especially like your ride picture!

Did your DB and V wait in the standy-by line for 90 minutes for another ride?

Thanks for sharing - I enjoyed the video of your ride too.
Thank you TK. It was nice to ride RSR that day and only had to wait for a few minutes to get on the ride. It would have been nice to get up front, but the back was no problem.

They didn't want to wait in a 90+ minute line so when they come back to the DLR, they will try to go back on RSR. I don't know what the wait time was like at Test Track when it opened in 1999, but I would guess that the wait time was really high just like RSR today. Maybe in a couple of years or next year that the wait time will shrink below an hour.

Glad you enjoyed the video. Out of my 3 videos on youtube, which one did you like the most?


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Thanks for the update, Bret. Loved reliving Carsland through your pics!
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Thanks for the update, Bret. Loved reliving Carsland through your pics!
Thank you Lori. I am enjoying all your pics from Club 33 during your trip. I see on your signature below that you have a trip next year.
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