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5/11/07 - My thoughts and observations from Fridays trip to the Disneyland Resort
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5/11/07 - My thoughts and observations from Fridays trip to the Disneyland Resort

* 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 great day at the Disneyland Resort. The weather was mild as were the crowds. The lines at most attractions were relatively short for the afternoon and great a bit in the evening but I never saw any over an hour.


Trip logs and mileage reports are in the Park Miles section.

Disneyland & DCA Thoughts and Observations:

  • With the Premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean a little over a week away the park was in full preparation mode, as you saw in the pictorial updates. The set up appeared to be about the same as the previous two premieres. I thought the crowd control was handled pretty well and there were plenty of CMs around to keep things moving. Only glitch I saw was someone managed to get a stroller all the way to the load dock of Pirates and the CMs seemed a bit confused as to how that happened and what to do... strollers were supposed to be turned over to a CM as you entered the line and they were taken up and around to be waiting at the edge of NOS.

  • The sub lagoon looks to be nearly complete with very little visible progress since the last trip. The walls around the lagoon came down on Sunday night/Monday morning (we will have pictures next visit).

  • The Food and Wine Festival was again going on at DCA and the crowds appeared mild, but I did not spend a lot of time at the events so this is just a passing observation.

  • Its been a while since I rode Soarin and the seemed to be loading extremely slow.. also there seemed to be a new focus on the safety spiel with the CM making an announcement to watch and then standing and pointing at the screen.

  • We ate dinner at Storytellers Cafe. The food was average and so was the service. Again they goofed up the costs. Cheeseburgers cost $10.50 but they charged me $11.50 for a hamburger. Also they managed to char quite a bit of the burger (I asked for it well done but this was a bit extreme around the edges for $12 hamburger). Maybe it was just a bad night...

  • Noticed a new VMK Pirates Quest. There are more questions on this one and card on the questionnaire.

  • The band at the Tomorrowland Terrace had maybe a dozen people on the dance floor the part of the set we saw (but to be honest we could only take about a song before moving on). What ever happened to the bands of old that used to play there.

  • We stopped by the Gallery to see what was going on and two of the rooms were blocked off as they are preparing for the next round of inspired paintings.

  • Traffic around the hub was running smoother this evening but still had some issues. There were CMs every couple of feet from Tomorrowland over to the edge of the Castle but once you reached the other side near Plaza Gardens and Frontierlands entrance they were lacking control.

Be sure to check out the picture update that goes with this Geekspeak column, it can be found in our Disneyland Resort Pictorial Update section

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