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7/12/13 - My thoughts and observations from Friday at the Disneyland Resort
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7/12/13 - My thoughts and observations from Friday at the Disneyland Resort

Hello all,

Friday was a nice day at the Disneyland Resort. The weather was on the humid side for Southern California and temps were in the low 80s. The crowds were also on the mild side with only the usual suspects pushing the hour mark or going over.


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

Thoughts and Observations:

  • I spent a good portion of the trip watching the Matterhorn this week. It was great to see the climbers back on the mountain this week and there were quite a few of them climbing all afternoon.

  • This week Happy Hans and his son Erik took to the Matterhorn to provide musical entertainment as part of the Limited Time Magic promotion. I really enjoyed catching their show and those that realized what was happening seemed to also. I thought they could have done a better job of advertising the event. There was not even a mention of it on the park entertainment schedule. To get the show times I sent a question to the DisneylandToday twitter account and they responded in a few minutes with show times, which was great! Also the audio for the show was limited to the walkway between the Matterhorn and Alice. I had first stopped near the Storybook entrance since there was shade and a clear view, but had to relocate as soon as the show started. There were some nice decent views of them throughout Fantasyland but unfortunately you could not hear them so most people did not notice them at all.

  • I did not spend that much time in DCA this trip. In my two passes through the park nothing really jumped out at me. I did find it interesting they had a sign up saying the Red Car was not stopping at the park entrance TODAY (yes all in caps) but later in the day it was. Guess they do not have a sign saying right now or something. I also caught the aerialist act again at the MadTParty and I again missed their name. The crowd reaction seems mixed to their performances. I have to agree.. it is something different to see but not sure it is a draw or something that you would want to see over and over again. Here is a video from June of a performance:

  • When I returned to Disneyland for the 5:05 College Band set I learned I really should pay attention to the time guide. I glanced at it but did not read that the College Band was not doing a Castle set this week, and the Flag Retreat was earlier. Luckily I heard the park PA announcement and was in the proper spot.

  • I was curious why the Flag Retreat was moved an hour early.. so I roamed around the parade route to see if something was going on around 6:00pm. I noticed several Disney cameras along the route so figured something was happening.. thought maybe the College Band was doing a pre parade performance or something. Then at 6:00pm the park came alive with a special performance by Dance the Magic. I was not familiar with the group so found a spot to watch in Town Square... soon I realized it was a massive group of dancers similar to what you see in the annual Christmas Parade telecasts. As they kept pouring out of the parade gate I decided to try and relocate to get a better picture of the scale of the group. They danced there way along Main Street. I would like to know how many participated... it took them over 10 minutes to all make their way onto the street and they were walking/danced at a brisk pace. I would guess they filled almost all of the parade route at one point. I looked up the group online and found out it is the same group that performs on the parade telecasts. They have several gatherings a year and this was their summer one in Anaheim. FYI if you are curious when they do filming, looking at their website it looks like the Disneyland taping will be around November 8-10 and the Walt Disney World around Dec 5-8.

Interesting Web Finds/Notes:
Below are some interesting links, notes, and rumors I found/stumble across/or have been informed of since the last Geekspeaks column.

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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