3 PM had finally come! we entered excitedly, and DD humored me (the first of many) as we grabbed some Photopass pics in front of the headless horseman statue, since there was no line. Then we high-tailed it over to Guardians, as I looked at MaxPass (and DD steered me to keep me from walking into anyone, haha) and saw that there were still MP's available for Guardians: Monsters After Dark at at point when we'd still be in CA. (6:20) I promised her if she didn't like the ride (She hated ToT in 2013 and 2016) that we would cancel it, and she agreed to grab one, in case she loved it and wanted to ride again. She was very nervous as we headed for this ride, but I appreciated her willingness to try it again. And she appreciated my willingness to not try to make her ride the Incredicoaster. Screamin' was way too much for her in 2016. I was SO excited. This is my favorite ride at CA for sure! Actually, the standby line was super short (shorter wait than many times I've ridden it with a FP) and we were sitting down within 13 minutes of entering the queue! PLUS, we got front and center seats. I was super excited, especially since this might be our only ride! DD was still oh-so-nervous! And all through the ride, she was holding onto my arm so tightly, I really thought she was hating it. I tried to have fun anyway, and hoped she'd be okay. I was super surprised afterwards to hear that she liked it, and that she was willing to ride it again! What the what?! I remember something similar happening on Space Mountain during her first ride when she was 5... And after that, we saw Groot was greeting guests right outside! I'm kind of obsessed with Groot, and he is one character I've definitely wanted a picture with. My daughter humored me, and though the line attendant warned us he may need a break before we got to the front, the line moved very quickly, and we got our pictures! It was fun seeing her meet him, too. So by 3:30 we had already ridden a "big" ride and met a long-awaited character! On our way away from Guardians (I was really missing that short cut through cute A Bug's Land!) we ran into some of our line friends, and had to do a shout out and a selfie. They had just been on Incredicoaster. We made our way over to the Pier area, and waited in line almost 10 minutes for Ariel. I thought it very strange that it took almost as long to get on that ride as it did Guardians at that time of day! Always an enjoyable ride, though, even if we did get stuck in front of Ursula for a few minutes. Then we waited almost 15 minutes for Goofy's Sky School, which is one of my DD's favorites. For some reason. I do enjoy the theming more than I enjoyed Mulholland Madness, but it's still fairly jerky. After that, we walked onto the Silly Symphony Swings, which has always been one of my favorites, but makes me a little dizzier than it used to make my younger self. At that point we enjoyed seeing and exploring the new Pixar Pier. We didn't realize the Wall-E/Eve cake pops were exclusive to Pixar Fest, and were sad to have missed them! DD settled for a Woody cake pop. Man, was that thing rich! We enjoyed it, though. The cake was chocolate, which we didn't realize. Everything was so cute, and I enjoyed the theming a little more than the original Paradise Pier, though I missed the music a little bit. And for some reason I hate the name of the "Pixar Pal-a-Round." We like TSMM, but the line was like 35-40 minutes, which was not worth it that day. When our MP window had popped up, we had grabbed a FP for Soarin,' but it wasn't until 6:40, and depending on how long it took to get through Monsters After Dark (and how long I know even the Soarin' FP line can take with the park getting busier after DL closed) I wasn't sure we were going to make it... But it was time to do another must-do for my DD: Grizzly River Rapids! Now, honestly, I love that ride. But I don't love walking around with wet pants or shoes, or maybe getting soaked (so possible) and then staying for a late, possibly cool evening. But it was all good, because I was wearing flip flops (My Crocs flip flops can rock a full Disney day!) and my DD changed to her flip flops, and we stashed our stuff in the provided lockers. And grabbed our ponchos. The ones I ordered on eBay, figuring all cheapie ponchos were basically the same. WRONG. SO WRONG. As I tried to figure out how to put the thing on, it started dissolving in my hands. Seriously. And I thought I had more time to figure it out, because the wait time said 20 minutes. We were on a raft in less than 10, and still fighting with these less-sturdy-than-saran-wrap yellow ponchos. And mine was coming apart at all the seams. Suddenly, visions of a wet seat or a soaked shirt the rest of the night were dancing in my head... we really didn't have time to go back to our hotel and change or anything with such a short time allotted!