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2/9/07 - My thoughts and observations from Fridays trip to the Disneyland Resort as DCA celebrates its sixth anniversary
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2/9/07 - My thoughts and observations from Fridays trip to the Disneyland Resort as DCA celebrates its sixth anniversary

* After you read this report you may want to check out the pictorial updates in our Disneyland Resort Pictorial Update section

Hello all,

Friday was a cool(weather wise) and cloudy off-season day at the Disneyland Resort. The crowds at the parks were light for most of the afternoon/evening and with some good luck I was able to walk right onto several attractions. Its been quite a few visits since I remember being able to do this on a Friday night. I think the combination of the weather and the time of year led to this. My longest wait of the day was for the Sun Wheel, where I had to wait one full cycle (about 15 minutes).


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Disneyland & DCA Thoughts and Observations:

  • Thursday marked a milestone many people forgot to mention, it was the 6th anniversary of DCA's opening. This was not a milestone year by any means but I thought I should mention it. In thinking back, through the last year, I find it hard to remember anything new or exciting at DCA. The closest thing may be the California Food and Wine Weekends this past fall. The only two other things that come to mind are the High School Musical Pep Rally and the Cars meet and greet. The park was fairly static this year (unless I am blanking on something). This upcoming year promises to be about the same from what I have read. It appears 2008 is when things will really start to change with the opening of Toy Story Mania out on the Pier and looking further into the future there are rumors of a new lagoon show and a new Cars based attraction by the end of the decade, plus the rumors of a make-over (think of it as extreme makeover - theme park edition) as part of the placemaking project to re-mold DCA. It should be interesting to watch this park evolve, just as it has been the past six years.

  • Disneyland seemed really quiet as the sun went down Friday. There was no Fantasmic, no band in Tomorrowland, nothing going on at Plaza Gardens, and just an overall quietness, almost felt like DCA... I know things slow down during the off season but I always thought Friday nights still felt active.

  • While wandering through Frontierland, which was really quiet in the evening, I was wondering what ever happened to the country entertainment the resort used to have. I remember once upon a time when the local country station would be in Frontierland on some evenings (think it may have been just a weekend night during the summer) a good 15 years or so ago I think and it may have been in the Golden Horseshoe. I thought that was a nice touch and brought some life to this area of the park after dark. Speaking of country music its one genre that's missing in terms of night time entertainment. The last time the resort had a major country influence was back with the Neon Cactus at the Disneyland Hotel (which I was a little too young to go into at the time, but I do remember hearing the bands from outside). During the day Billy Hill and the Hillbillies perform as well as the Miner 49ers over at DCA, but as the sun sets both groups are done for the day and both are more blue grass than country. The Tomorrowland Terrace does not even host any country groups (the closest would be Elvis and maybe if you stretch it Barrage) and I do not remember seeing anyone in Downtown Disney but I have to admit I do not spend a lot of time listening to the groups there.

  • I thought it was a nice addition to the time guide to list out the Princess Faire events.

  • Just wanted to take a moment and thank all of you who have been writing in, I really do appreciate the comments and questions and you being a guest on the site. Thanks.

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