“Rise” to the Challenge, FREAK!! Update 4/3**

Gina Starr

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Sounds like an awesome night! The one time we did After Hours, I was not impressed. It felt so busy- SDMT was a 20 minute wait most of the night. We might need to give it another try sometime- maybe we just had a random busy night.
 

Paulaparm

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Just got all caught up! So sorry you aren't there now, but at least you were able to reschedule in the not too distant future!
 


luvpoohandcompany

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Ach I’m so sorry you aren’t on your trip right now. Crossing my fingers you are able to get back as soon as possible when this is all over :hug:
What a fabulous ending to your day. I’ve never been to an after hours event but it certainly looks like it’s a great way to enjoy the parks without the crowds. I wonder if they are much busier during the summertime? That when we usually go although we are aiming to go around Christmas in the future (probably 2022) with my daughter, grandson and son-in-law.
Your photos as you’re leaving are gorgeous and Andi looks like she was loving having some company on SM. Sounds like a fun time was had by all:goodvibes
 
  • buzzrelly

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    Today would have been my travel day to WDW, 😢
    I would have just been going home last night 😢


    There was still some time before the park close and PoTC had no one in line. When we got down to the boats, we were all alone and got a boat to ourselves. It was really nice and the CM at the controls above was really enthusiastic and waving at us! Here we are all alone getting our best pirate on for the picture!
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    Wow, I don't think I've ever seen an empty boat like that!

    The Lantern PhotoPass was open in the Tangled area with only a couple people in line so we decided to do this. The pictures came out okay despite the cold weather.
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    Cute. I've always wanted to do this but never feel like waiting in line.


    We all went on Astro Orbiter and it was cold up there. The ride is a little hard to get in and out of, I felt like an old clutz on this ride 😝
    I've never been on…sounds like I missed my chance since I'm too old!


    This was such a fun night! Even with the cold weather, it was a blast and the crowd level was very low! We rode everything in the park we wanted to and enjoyed being with the Dis gang!
    Looks like you all had a great time! I hope they add this for July!
     

    suse66

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    I wanted to check out the breakfast options at the El Mercado. We were not in a hurry this morning so It was a good time to see what was available. It was beautiful outside with clear blue skies, however, a definite chill in the air. We had a pleasant walk to the main building from our room. There are 3-4 different stations at the QS. I went with a kids Mickey waffle meal, this came with a drink, bacon, and fruit. Andi decided on an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. The food was okay, nothing to write home about. My waffles were a little to crunchy for me, I like the more fluffy waffles.

    Andi’s sandwich was pretty basic, she was happy with the variety of hot sauces to add to the sandwich. I didn’t take pictures, I guess this morning.:confused3
    The kids waffle meal is a great breakfast option....you get a lot of food for a very reasonable price.
    Our first stop was the beautiful trails. The CM informed us that it was to cold out for the Komodo Dragon 🐉 and the bats. No wonder I have never seen one in Minnesota 😂 I would say it was cool and windy but certainly not cold, yet! I think most of you know how much I love walking these trails at AK, so lovely, even when some of the animals are not out. We did see the mother tiger 🐯 and some unique birds 🦅 The monkeys and gorillas 🦍 were hiding today on the other trail, we did a glimpse of them. We didn’t see Baby Grace today.
    I love the trails....I notice something new every time I walk them.
    It was almost time for our Dinosaur 🦖 FP. We walked to Dinoland and decided to visit Daisy, she was meeting and her line was short. This was a fun meet and greet. Such a stylish duck!
    Such a fun meet! You two look adorable!
    Andi decided to use one of the anytime FP for Everest. She had a fun ride, she met a girl in line and they were seat mates on the ride. I believe she was with a cheer group. I love watching the rollercoaster from the sidelines instead of riding it. I am sure I saw Andi’s yellow shirt and it was her!
    Glad Andi had fun!
    We decided to have some lunch At Satu’li Canteen. The place was the busiest I have seen it. We barely found a place to sit. Andi had the Tofu bowl with rice and beans and creamy herb dressing.
    One of my favourite meals! :)
    The beautiful Destino and room pictures
    Absolutely gorgeous!!!
    We used the first one on JC around 7pm. It was a fun ride and we had a good skipper, she really kept us entertained! There was several guests on board that knew all the skipper lines and the skipper was really quick to change things up and I thought that was great!
    Ad libbing Jungle Cruises are the best ones!
    There was still some time before the park close and PoTC had no one in line. When we got down to the boats, we were all alone and got a boat to ourselves. It was really nice and the CM at the controls above was really enthusiastic and waving at us! Here we are all alone getting our best pirate on for the picture!
    Great pirate pose!
    The Lantern PhotoPass was open in the Tangled area with only a couple people in line so we decided to do this. The pictures came out okay despite the cold weather.
    Love this so much! Definitely a framer. :)
    Molly, Su-Lynn and I went to HM. It was so fun, we practically had the whole stretching room to ourselves. We could stretch our arms out wide. This was a time you could actually do social distancing at Disney! When the lights came on in the stretching room the CM was right in front of Molly, scared us all! I rode alone and the ride was so awesome with so few people! Andi was waiting for us outside of the ride, she had just rode before us.
    So fun!
    We could have done one more ride but we opted for ice cream bars instead. We saw Ariane and Jenny one more time and said our goodbyes to them. The rest of us walked out together. We watched the Kiss Goodnight and had a few pictures done before we headed out.
    Sounds like such a perfect night!
     

    Tracy161

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    The CM informed us that it was to cold out for the Komodo Dragon 🐉 and the bats. No wonder I have never seen one in Minnesota 😂
    :rotfl:

    I got the blueberry cream cheese mousse dessert with the passion fruit curd.
    I've still yet to have this - I need to try it, it looks so pretty, too!

    We could see MK, space mountain and the Contemporary.
    :cloud9:

    Today would have been my travel day to WDW, 😢
    :sad: Ugh, I'm so sorry Caroline. Tomorrow would have been the day I was going to pick up my sister from the airport (she lives in England) and she was going to be here in the states for a month and we were going to do her bridal shower and dress fittings. She's obviously not coming home for the time being and it's all so depressing. I just want life to return to normal, as I'm sure we all do. :guilty:

    When we got down to the boats, we were all alone and got a boat to ourselves.
    How fun! Sounds like a wonderful time at DAH that night with good friends and fun rides and low crowds :thumbsup2
     

    missangelalexis

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    I love that ride photo of just the two of you on Pirates- so cool!

    Sounds like a fantastic after hours! Especially when you got to spent it with DIS friends!
     
  • pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
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    It really wasn’t cold yet, just a tad chilly!
    Come on, Komodo dragon. Just put a sweater on!
    It is a good kids meal, very tasty and then I have room for dessert!
    Always the best when there's room for dessert. :)
    Oh my gosh, I have no idea exactly how she did it
    she took her phone and clicked away and there it was, haha!
    :laughing: Okay, I'll Google it. :)
    It was called casting that I know! :rotfl:
    :laughing:
    Today would have been my travel day to WDW,
    :(

    I'm sorry. This virus is not fun at all.
    DAH event. This is a ticketed event that allows a smaller amount of people to enjoy MK after the normal closing time.
    I wonder how long that will last. MNSSHP was supposed to be for "smaller amounts" too. And we know how crowded they are now.
    We used the first one on JC around 7pm. It was a fun ride and we had a good skipper, she really kept us entertained! There was several guests on board that knew all the skipper lines and the skipper was really quick to change things up and I thought that was great!
    Sounds like you got a really great one!
    Andi wanted to try the jalapeño cream cheese pretzel for her dinner. I know, nice mom, not even getting the kid a decent meal, haha 😂
    Terrible! She'll get scurvy!
    I had a bite of the pretzel and it was meh 😑
    Yeah... if it isn't fresh... it's just... meh. Or worse.
    the CM at the controls above was really enthusiastic and waving at us!
    :laughing:
    Here we are all alone getting our best pirate on for the picture!
    That's the best PotC shot I've ever seen!
    at the end she says a Pirates life for me now get out of my boat!
    :lmao:
    We jumped on the magic carpet ride and rode during the fireworks, it was cool!
    Ohhhh... I'd do that! That sounds great!
    We wanted to ride HM first, except it was down when we arrived, bummer!
    Thank goodness it wasn't down all night.
    The pictures came out okay despite the cold weather.
    Pictures came out great.
    The popcorn was just popped and very fresh, this was nice.
    mmmmm… Disney popcorn...
    Andi was excited to ride Space Mountain with them. She usually has to ride alone.
    Very nice. And a DISmeet, too!
    She looks so happy! What a terrific shot. :)
    We all went on Astro Orbiter and it was cold up there. The ride is a little hard to get in and out of, I felt like an old clutz on this ride 😝
    I have never been on this. Because I've heard it's so cramped.
    Maybe someday, I'll risk it, but... dunno...
    We all went in and rode Buzz a couple times! Andi was a galactic hero again!
    Congrats!
    Now... can she do something about saving us all from this virus?
    Ariane, Jenny, and their husbands were now in the park and we met up with them in Fantasy Land.
    More DISmeets!
    We were all pirates for the picture except Steve, he didn’t get the memo, haha!
    Come on, Steve. Get with the (pirate) program!
    Molly, Su-Lynn and I went to HM. It was so fun, we practically had the whole stretching room to ourselves. We could stretch our arms out wide.
    Wow! That's great!
    This was a time you could actually do social distancing at Disney!
    :rotfl:
    When the lights came on in the stretching room the CM was right in front of Molly, scared us all!
    Perfect! :lmao:
    And yet another great ride shot!
     

    disneyAndi14

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    Sounds like an awesome night! The one time we did After Hours, I was not impressed. It felt so busy- SDMT was a 20 minute wait most of the night. We might need to give it another try sometime- maybe we just had a random busy night.
    It really was and way less crowded than the last DAH we did at MK, I think it was the one you did last January??
    We have been to 4 now and 3 out of the 4 have been very low crowds and 2 out of the 4 were cold nights!
     

    disneyAndi14

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    Just got all caught up! So sorry you aren't there now, but at least you were able to reschedule in the not too distant future!
    Thanks for continuing to read! It is always sad when a trip has to be canceled. I think we would be in MK right now, lol! We will enjoy it all the more when it is safe to return!
     

    disneyAndi14

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    Ach I’m so sorry you aren’t on your trip right now. Crossing my fingers you are able to get back as soon as possible when this is all over :hug:
    What a fabulous ending to your day. I’ve never been to an after hours event but it certainly looks like it’s a great way to enjoy the parks without the crowds. I wonder if they are much busier during the summertime? That when we usually go although we are aiming to go around Christmas in the future (probably 2022) with my daughter, grandson and son-in-law.
    Your photos as you’re leaving are gorgeous and Andi looks like she was loving having some company on SM. Sounds like a fun time was had by all:goodvibes
    I would much rather be in WDW right now, oh well 😔 life can be very challenging and we shall get through this!!
    We have done 4 DAH at MK and only 1 felt a little busier than the others. We did 1 in August and it was awesome 😎
    The longest lines are usually the “free” snack lines and Disney has made improvements with these now and it is better!
    Stay well and safe!
     
  • disneyAndi14

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    I would have just been going home last nigh
    Ahh I am so sad we both missed our March trips. :sad:
    Wow, I don't think I've ever seen an empty boat like that!
    It was really cool and the DAH hadn’t even started yet!
    Cute. I've always wanted to do this but never feel like waiting in line.
    I know, the line is always way to long!
    I've never been on…sounds like I missed my chance since I'm too old!
    If I can do it you sure can, it has a weird long seat in it and you have to straddle this, just a little weird. It is like Dumbo on steroids haha!
    Looks like you all had a great time! I hope they add this for July!
    Despite the cold it was really fun!
     

    disneyAndi14

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    The kids waffle meal is a great breakfast option....you get a lot of food for a very reasonable price.
    I agree, we always order the kids waffle meal, my favorite!
    I love the trails....I notice something new every time I walk them.
    ::yes::
    Such a fun meet! You two look adorable!
    Daisy is so sweet and stylish!
    Glad Andi had fun!
    she loves EE, I feel bad at times for her since I am a ride chicken!
    One of my favourite meals!
    We love Satu’li
    Absolutely gorgeous!!!
    I loved being inside the tower rather than having an outside room.
    Ad libbing Jungle Cruises are the best ones!
    I agree, some of the skippers are so good at this!
    Great pirate pose!
    It was fun having the boat all to ourselves
    Love this so much! Definitely a framer.
    Thank you! I braved taking off my jacket for the picture!
    Sounds like such a perfect night!
    It really was even with the cold temperatures
     

    disneyAndi14

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    Ugh, I'm so sorry Caroline. Tomorrow would have been the day I was going to pick up my sister from the airport (she lives in England) and she was going to be here in the states for a month and we were going to do her bridal shower and dress fittings. She's obviously not coming home for the time being and it's all so depressing. I just want life to return to normal, as I'm sure we all do. :guilty:
    Tracy, I am so sorry! This is so hard especially if you are planning a major event like your sister! I pray this all improves very soon and you can see your sister! When is she getting married? All my best and stay safe and well!!
    How fun! Sounds like a wonderful time at DAH that night with good friends and fun rides and low crowds
    This was such a fun night even with the cold weather
     

    disneyAndi14

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    I love that ride photo of just the two of you on Pirates- so cool!

    Sounds like a fantastic after hours! Especially when you got to spent it with DIS friends!
    Thank you, it was so fun with no one else on the ride.
    The DAH event was really fun especially with the Dis gang!
     

    disneyAndi14

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    Come on, Komodo dragon. Just put a sweater on!
    Such gentle creatures :rotfl:
    Always the best when there's room for dessert.
    ::yes::
    Okay, I'll Google it.
    I believe it is something like having a Roku device but your phone does it.
    I'm sorry. This virus is not fun at all.
    It really is changing everything in our world right now!
    I wonder how long that will last. MNSSHP was supposed to be for "smaller amounts" too. And we know how crowded they are now.
    I sure hope it does and with the AP discount the price is not bad.
    Sounds like you got a really great one!
    She was and she was quick to ad lib and actually be funny while doing it
    Terrible! She'll get scurvy!
    :lmao:
    Yeah... if it isn't fresh... it's just... meh. Or worse.
    I agree, could have been so much better!
    That's the best PotC shot I've ever seen!
    We loved the boat to ourselves
    Ohhhh... I'd do that! That sounds great!
    It really was fun to see the fireworks at that angle
    Thank goodness it wasn't down all night.
    I know, we love HM
    Very nice. And a DISmeet, too!
    Always fun to meet up with the Dis gang
    mmmmm… Disney popcorn...
    The popcorn just like the pretzel has to be fresh!
    She looks so happy! What a terrific shot.
    She doesn’t ride Space much anymore so this was nice!
    I have never been on this. Because I've heard it's so cramped.
    Maybe someday, I'll risk it, but... dunno...
    It is like Dumbo on steroids lol! I would try it at least once if the wait isn’t to long
    Congrats!
    Now... can she do something about saving us all from this virus?
    I wish!
    More DISmeets!
    We all enjoyed the cold air together!
    And yet another great ride shot!
    This was fun! I always look like I’m in a wind tunnel!
     

    kastoney

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    Today would have been my travel day to WDW, 😢 since I won’t be traveling today or anytime in the near future, I will update my report!
    😭 I've never had more appreciation for the joys this site brings me then now

    Here we are all alone getting our best pirate on for the picture!
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    Love it! Though one of you should have sat in the back and one in the front just to get full use out of the boat :earboy2:

    We were all pirates for the picture except Steve, he didn’t get the memo, haha!
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    I think that is Steve doin' his NY fogetaboutit back there

    Even with the cold weather, it was a blast and the crowd level was very low! We rode everything in the park we wanted to and enjoyed being with the Dis gang!
    So happy to see so many of my favorite people together. Not gonna lie I'm not sure I would have braved the cold but you all certainly powered through and made the most out of it
     

    ariane37

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    Today would have been my travel day to WDW, 😢
    This is a very sad sentence :hug: Here's hoping we all get back to our Happy Place as soon as possible!
    When we got down to the boats, we were all alone and got a boat to ourselves
    Neat!
    We all went on Astro Orbiter and it was cold up there. The ride is a little hard to get in and out of, I felt like an old clutz on this ride 😝
    I've ridden a couple times and Steve and I rode a couple days later; first thing in the morning and it was FREEZING up there! And yes lol it's hard to get in and out of we felt silly!
    Come on, Steve. Get with the (pirate) program!
    think that is Steve doin' his NY fogetaboutit back there
    LOL @kastoney I think you're right!
     

    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
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    Such gentle creatures :rotfl:
    :rolleyes1

    Do you know how they feed? It's really quite... horrible, yet fascinating.
    It really is changing everything in our world right now!
    Unfortunately.
    I sure hope it does and with the AP discount the price is not bad.
    If I ever get back with an AP, I'll be sure to look into it.
    It really was fun to see the fireworks at that angle
    Certainly, different!
    I know, we love HM
    Best. Ride. Ever.
    The popcorn just like the pretzel has to be fresh!
    ::yes::
    It is like Dumbo on steroids lol! I would try it at least once if the wait isn’t to long
    Might have to do it just for completeness.
     

    Gina Starr

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    It really was and way less crowded than the last DAH we did at MK, I think it was the one you did last January??
    We have been to 4 now and 3 out of the 4 have been very low crowds and 2 out of the 4 were cold nights!
    Yep- we went last January. I would like to maybe try DAH at another park if/when they have it but I also really want to do more tours and just not enough $$ for everything!
     



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