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Friday reminded us of how much we enjoy the off season. Walked in the park
and was able to move around freely without running into swarms of guests everywhere.
Could get on a couple attractions with no real wait.. plus the bonus excitement
of several projects underway to watch progress. As you saw in the pictorial
update and will see in the crowd shots the parks were both in full off season
mode with mild wait times. We found it interesting that Monsters was about
triple the wait of Tower of Terror most of the afternoon, will be interesting
to see over time if this evens out or stays this way. (We are betting it will
go down but could easily stay in the 20 minute range with tower a near walk
on most of the time). It was great to show up right after Remember started
and be able to find a spot on Main Street..
Trip logs and mileage reports are in the Park
DCA & Disneyland Notes:
A couple of entertainment notes.. since it is off season the park has
really down shifted in terms of live entertainment offerings. The Electrical
Parade at DCA is taking a break. The Parade of Dreams at Disneyland is
even down while they work on the pavement around the hub. We did encounter
quite a few characters roaming the parks. Also seeing the Disneyland Band
in a mid afternoon set was nice. I thought its also a good time to continue
my ongoing mini-rant about Club Buzz. I want to know what happened to
the old variety they used to book. I remember a time where you could see
Elvis one week, the Beatles a couple weeks later, Barrage (a Canadian
Fiddle group), followed by the Eagles. Now a days it seems to be a tight
rotation of bands that play much more modern music. I really miss the
old groups. Plus I always complained because there was almost never a
country group (unless you count Barrage). I know there is always Billy
Hill over in Frontierland, but a modern country act would fit in as much
as someone playing a rock song... oh well, maybe someday..
- Speaking of fitting in, in the pictorial update I mentioned the how the
concept of Good Show has really been abandon in Disneyland in some cases..
and I cited the Segway rolling through Critter Country, NOS, and Frontierland
as such a case.. I have thought about it after receiving a couple of emails
and I stick by those comments. I really do not understand how/why this should
be allowed. Same if I saw one on Main Street. The only land these really
fit in is Tomorrowland. Guess I am a little old fashioned here..
- Went for a second spin on Monsters Inc this trip. Still have a great impression
of the attraction. The attention to detail and gags while going through
the attraction is great! We were surprised that the ride broke down again,
this time we were probably 50 guests back from getting on instead of 10
like last time. We waited nearly 30 minutes for them to recycle and get
us on. Again when it went down the audio as well as most of the air flow
went down too. We just posted a couple press releases and photos from the
opening of Monsters Inc (the celebrity party was Sunday and the public opening
today, 1/23), check out the press
release section for more information.
- It was great to see the Lilly Belle back on the tracks too. We saw her
roll by on a couple of occasions and saw people inside on one (wonder what
the rules are to get in, if its still Club 33 only or just invited guests,
- Not much else to report really.. it was a fairly uneventful trip and its
off season so I will keep this short.
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