I did have a great morning!! I really wanted to do EMM at HS for our October trip but I wasn't able to fit it into our already packed schedule. Yes, there are some great photo ops in TSL. There's also a block wall somewhere that I didn't find on this trip. I did spend some time looking around but I was focused on the rides. And by the time I finished those, the area was packed and I didn't get to look around much more. It definitely was a good idea to get there early. I think they are still opening TSL a bit early each day. Jim and I are going to try to rope drop Slinky Dog on our first day in October. I wasn't able to get a FP for it until later in the week and Jim is going to be gone by then. He's leaving a few days earlier than the rest of us. Hmmmm, I would definitely say that SDD is more intense than 7DMT so it may not be a good idea for him to ride that one. I need to get back to your TR and catch up. As usual, I'm behind everywhere again but I should have some time this week to make some rounds. I've been stuck in the 170,000 - 180,000 range for a while so I was pretty excited for the 197,500 score. Part of me wonders if it was the new track, maybe the guns are more accurate on that side? Of course I'm just speculating since I got my highest score on the third track so I could be totally wrong. I think I have 13 of her purses now. I'm a little obsessed with them. I have yet another new one for the October trip plus my Vampire Mickey one that I haven't used since October 2014 so it's almost like a new one. You are welcome! That thread helped me so much with my planning that I wanted to help others with their trips. I'm still hoping someone will post their non-EMH rope drop experience because we are planning that for October. Being towards the front of the pack for EMH was definitely the key to my success. By the time I got off of Slinky, the line was huge. I did get a lot done that morning. Getting there extra early really helped. There is definitely a lack of shade in TSL. I was glad to head out around 8 am so I could get out of the heat for a bit. Yay! A birthday twin! I really loved being there for my birthday but I don't know if I'll do it again. I survived the heat but it wasn't something I think I want to face again. I was pretty close to the front of the pack so that helped. I'm curious to find out this next trip what non-EMH rope drop crowds look like! Hi! Thanks for joining in. I was prepared for the afternoon showers with my ponchos but I did get caught in a nasty one on Saturday while I was at AK.