I totally forgot to post about this in my trip report but since our son is terrified of the stretching room part of HM, we decided to ask if there was any way to skip this part of the attraction. I had heard that VERY rarely it was possible so we asked. Well, surprising enough, they made it happen! The kicker is that the secret way in that bypasses the stretching room is a CM back entrance, down a very dark hallway and I think our son was even more terrified of that route than he would have been with the stretching room! It was really loud and so dark that I had to run my hand along the wall to make sure where I was going! So, yes, sometimes the CM can take a small group in and bypass the stretching room but you might not want them to!