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It Doesn't Matterhorn's 2017 Gumball Rally Trip Report

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  • #16
    By now we were getting low on time. We swung by the Bakery Tour, where we got some bread and our answer. Then we checked the line for the Chew Chew Train, but it looked like an hour-long line, so we skipped it. Instead we headed over to Monster’s Inc, were we found more teams all in one place than we’d seen since the beginning of the Rally.

    (It was also a longer line than we’d ever seen for Monster’s Inc! Crazy.)

    proud member of Rally team It Doesn't Matterhorn, winners of the 2012 Team Spirit award


    • #17
      At that point, we had to decide whether to do the sensible thing and turn in our packets, or the crazy thing and try to ride Ariel before the deadline. We were mostly in agreement to turn in our packets, but I overrode any crazy suggestions (there was at least one) by virtue of being the person holding the answer booklet.

      So, back to La Brea Bakery we went! And we turned in our time without having to run like crazy people. We were even early enough that we could help cheer on the remaining teams to finish.

      Yay pom-poms! We brought our own, so we pulled them out of our bags and joined the cheering staffers.

      We also saw a few of our friends from previous years cross the finish line, and finally got a picture with Argh! It’s Our Princesses who we’d managed to miss while in the parks.

      proud member of Rally team It Doesn't Matterhorn, winners of the 2012 Team Spirit award


      • #18
        And then it was all over but the party.

        However, the bathrooms at La Brea needed cleaning, and our hotel was right there (we were staying at the Grand), so we headed to our rooms to freshen up first.

        And who should we meet on the way back to the hotel but a former fellow Rally-er?

        Amy from the Ghost Hosts & Indiana Janes! Yay!

        And then it was back to the Anaheim Hotel, the Pizza Press, and the Awards Party! It was fun seeing everyone again after playing in the parks, and extra fun to see the staff dressed up in costume.

        We didn’t win the trophy, but we did what we came to do: we had FUN!

        proud member of Rally team It Doesn't Matterhorn, winners of the 2012 Team Spirit award


        • #19
          … but you didn’t think that was it, did you?

          This is Team It Doesn’t Matterhorn. We started walking back toward our hotel with Kandice & Christina of Argh! It’s Our Princesses (they were going the same way) and decided that… you know what? We were crossing the Esplanade. Why not go back into Disneyland?

          So we did.

          We decided to ride Peter Pan, since that was kinda our tradition for closing out the night, but as we were headed toward Fantasyland, I heard something up ahead: my parade. And I am an Electrical Parade Groupie, so of course we followed the parade all the rest of the way to it’s a small world.

          That was fun! And there was still plenty of time to get in the Peter Pan queue after that. (And – we weren’t the only Rally teams there. I guess we weren’t the only ones who didn’t get enough of Disneyland even after an 11 hour Rally.)

          While we were in line, the sky opened up. It POURED. Fortunately we were in the covered part of the queue, but many of the people who weren’t ran for cover. I haven’t seen so many people move so quickly in Disneyland EVER. It was really crazy.

          Riding Peter Pan was fun, and Team It Doesn’t Matterhorn decided it was the perfect way to end the day. (We also didn’t want to risk another soaking.) The Princesses decided to do some shopping, so we split up. (But not for good. We’ll see you ladies again at the Rally next year!)

          It was the perfect way to end a wonderful day.

          Rally photos taken by Nikki Hunter and Larry Tom. Castle reflection photo taken by David Hunter.
          proud member of Rally team It Doesn't Matterhorn, winners of the 2012 Team Spirit award


          • #20
            It was wonderful to see you all again this year. Thanks for the Rally report it's fun to see all the pictures.


            • #21
              Thanks for sharing your awesome trip report. Your photos really show how much fun the teams had. It was great seeing you and hope we see you next year!