DCA in a Day!

The Challenge

Similar to our challenge to Disneyland Park “Blackout Bingo”, we decided to do the same for DCA — the day after we did all the attractions at Disneyland.  Our plan — do every attraction (as listed in the park map)

Planning our Day

Unlike Disneyland with it’s incredibly daunting 61 attractions, DCA only has 36 listed on the park map.  That said, there are considerably more “shows” or attractions like Animation Academy that have specific times, as opposed to a ride which constantly cycles.  This means while there is less overall time pressure, we have to pay closer attention to arriving for specific shows at specific times.

The Minute-by-Minute Guide to Our Day

6:59 #0 Main Gate 

We arrived nice and early to get inside the gate.  While in line, we decided we desperately needed coffee, so we mobile ordered Starbucks from the Downtown Disney store and picked it up.

7:09 N/A Photos with Red Car Trolley

With our Starbucks in hand, we head into DCA.  On the way in, we notice that they’ve pulled the Red Car Trolley into prime position for some fun photos.  We can’t resist a good photo and stopped to take some fun pictures.

7:13 #1 Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree

7:16 N/A Cars Land Photopass Photoshoot

We can’t resist an unoccupied Photopass photographer.  Since we knew we had some extra time in our day, we decided to grab some photos.  Nothing like making more new memories!

7:30 #2 Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters

7:36 #3 Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout

8:04 #4 California Screamin’

8:10 #5 King Triton’s Carousel

8:19 #6 Mickey’s Fun Wheel

8:31 #7 Games of the Boardwalk

8:38 #8 Midway Mania

8:57 #9 Silly Symphony Swings

9:05#10 Jumpin’ Jellyfish

9:09 #11 Goofy’s Sky School

9:17 #12 Golden Zephyr

9:25 #13 Little Mermaid

9:48 N/A Detour to Disneyland

9:57 #14 Boudin Bakery Tour

9:58 N/A Ghirardelli Chocolate

10:01 #15 Radiator Springs Racers

10:39 #16 Flik’s Flyers

10:53 #17 Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies

11:01 #18 Francis’ Ladybug Boogie

11:04 #19 Princess Dot Puddle Park

11:10 #20 Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train

11:29 #21 Soarin’ Over the World

12:00 #22 Grizzly River Rapids

12:18 #23 Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

12:30 N/A Lunch at Carthay Lounge with Friends

Once again, we were remiss in taking pictures with our friends as we ate.  This wound up being a much longer lunch than we had anticipated.  Thankfully DCA has far less attractions than Disneyland and we aren’t behind schedule.

13:54 #24 Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sully to the Rescue

14:02 #25 Sorcerer’s Workshop

14:15 #26 Disney Junior Dance Party

15:00 #27 Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome

15:05 #28 Sunset Showcase Theatre (Summer of Heroes)

15:19 #29,30 Red Car Trolley

15:30 #31 Turtle Talk with Crush

16:00 #32 Animation Academy

17:00 #33 Frozen – Live at the Hyperion

18:05 #34 The Hollywood Backlot Stage (Avengers Training Academy)

18:22 #35 It’s Tough to be a Bug!

18:45 N/A Dinner with Friends


21:25 #36 World of Color

 Closing Thoughts


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