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6/01/07 - My thoughts and observations from Fridays trip to the Disneyland Resort
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6/01/07 - 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 an overcast and quiet afternoon/evening day at the Disneyland Resort. There was nothing really on my agenda except to relax. The lines around the park seemed about average with most of the big attractions at Disneyland between 45-60 minutes and DCA between 15-30.


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

Disneyland & DCA Thoughts and Observations:

  • The most interesting thing on the trip was to see the subs running again. They were doing Cast Member previews. During the early afternoon it appeared to be CMs only then in the evening it was CMs and their families. They had to have a pass to get in line for an assigned time and there were signs everywhere warning them that no recording/pictures were allowed. The line seemed to be moving fairly slowly due to only 4 subs in the afternoon and 5 in the evening in service. They had part of the queue set up and from the impact this small preview had on the traffic flow it looks like it will be a fairly busy and crowded Tomorrowland this summer.

  • I tried to get some night shots of the lagoon as you saw in the pictorial update and there were not many visible lights in the water... I am assuming the show lighting was on for the preview but there were no lights on in the lagoon itself.

  • Speaking of crowds the Island seemed to have a healthy crowd on it for most of the afternoon with the exception of around three o'clock when they cleared the Island for some reason. By four o'clock guests were being taken back out, so no idea what happened.

  • After a second visit to the Island my first impressions held up. The only really big negative I see is the viewing locations for the show. There is a very small area and getting a good view and being able to hear are a challenge. Wonder if they will ever announce show times... my guess is no unless the viewership really goes down.

  • I was surveyed as I got off the raft in NOS (I guess that's considered NOS, it may be Frontierland actually... since I think the Island is still technically part of Frontierland). Anyways the survey wanted to know how I would rate the Island, 1-10, and my favorite and least favorite parts. Also they wanted to know if I knew of the overlay and if so how did I hear about it. The rest of the questions were regular demographic ones. I rated the Pirates Lair a 6. I enjoyed the new interactive elements in cave the most and the least is the closure of the fort.

  • As I noted in the pictorial update the Gallery is operational again but the one room off to the right past the gift shop area is now about 1/2 the size it was before. Guess the other half is a store room or got handed over to Club 33 or something.. that's too bad. The display space now is really reduced without that good size room.

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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