Star Wars After Dark (Thu eve.)

by Darth Danno
on 2018-05-30, 07:00:58

Once I had everything that I needed to enter, I immediately headed for "Tomorrowland" to go to the store there and see what "May the 4TH" merchandise there was to be had. It was a pain getting into that area because as we were all heading in that direction, we had to contend with the massive stationary crowds watching the nightly parade that was going on at the same time. After getting to the store, I was told that even though we got in at 6, the new merch wasn't being put out until 9:00. So I headed off to ride "Hyperspace Mountain" and it was AMAZING!!! I loved it so much that I immediately got back in line to ride it again. Halfway through the line, one of the employees came out to say that the ride had broken down. We were welcome to stay in line and wait, but they had no idea how long this was going to take. Fortunately in @ 15 minutes we were moving again, and the line moved rather quickly. Then as I got to the point in the line where they ask you "How many in your party?" to put you in a queue for the cars, the ride broke down again! But they got it working in good time, and I was able to get back in line and ride it a 3rd and 4th time. On the last time I rode it, I finally got the front car and it was also then that some of the movie screens didn't work, so we weren't able to get the "full experience".

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I would have liked to ride it all night, but I had other things I needed to do, so I got in line for the opening of the "Launch Bay" which would be at 9:00. I specifically wanted to get my picture with Rey who was just being added to the "LB" experience to accompany Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, BB-8, Darth Vader, and others. Upon entering, I snapped a pic of a model of Black Spire Outpost and noticed my phone's battery was at 27%, so I got in line for Rey. I didn't wait too long, and was to be the next person to go into the room for a picture with her, so I pulled out my phone once again to get the camera ready and it was then I saw my phone's battery life was at 0% and automatically shutting down. Very pissed off and dejected, I had to forgo getting my picture w/Rey, get out of line, and headed out to the store.

Upon arriving at the store and trying to gain entry, I was told the line to get in started back at "Hyperspace Mountain". I headed over there and got in what I thought was the end of the line, only to find out that the line actually started way behind that point. It ended up taking me an hour and a half to just get into the store. It was then a store associate told us that the "May the 4th" merchandise consisted of a baseball cap, a pin, a tumbler, and a t-shirt which was only available to the season pass holders. Nothing was a "must have" for me, but after waiting 90 minutes in line, I wasn't going to leave empty handed. So I bought the pin and the cap, then waited another 30 minutes just to check out!

It was now after 11:30 and the event ran until 1 am. I realized I had never asked the bus driver that morning if we were to be picked up in the same spot we were dropped off, or if shuttle service would even be available at this late hour. There was no way I could call anyone to inquire as again, my phone was dead. Not wanting to worry about it at this time, It was here I took my fourth and final ride on "Hyperspace Mountain". By the time I got off that, it was now 12:30. The line for "Star Tours" was @ a 45 min. wait, so I opted to start heading out. Upon exiting, we were all given posters for "Solo: A Star Wars Story". Of course my wonderful sense of direction, or lack of it, had me exit the park in the wrong direction, so my aching feet were none too happy with me until we finally reached the spot the bus had dropped us off that morning, and the Force was with me as there was a bus there and it was the bus that would take us back to the hotel I was staying at. For the most part, a very nice day and a truly enjoyable time!





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