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09/22/06 - Some thoughts and observations from Fridays trip to the Disneyland Resort
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09/22/06 - Some 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 everyone,

Friday was a bit of a gloomy day at the Disneyland Resort with the sun hidden behind clouds most of the afternoon. As you saw in the pictorial update there was a lot going on around the resort in terms of rehabs and 50th removal and not a lot of other things. Overall I thought the parks felt a bit quiet. There were a fair number of people roaming around but attraction wait times were minimal and the entertainment offerings were sparse in both sites.


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

DCA & Disneyland Notes:

  • As I rounded the corner to enter the Mickey and Friends garage I was greeted by a sea of brake lights and had to brake fairly quickly. The line to the parking toll booths extended all the way out of the garage and four lanes across. It took almost 20 minutes to get to the toll booth. Once up there I asked the CM what was going on with the long line and she looked at me rather confused as if to say the line wasn't long. While sitting there forever I noticed the price of parking has gone up again. Its now $11 to park instead of $10. Wonder how much of the delay is due to having to give so many singles back as change? I don't think that had anything to do with the extremely long delay though. The Lazygeek arrived later in the afternoon and said the line was long and slow but nothing like what I hit.

  • As I wandered the park looking around it was interesting to note which 50th items are gone already and which still remain. It seemed almost random to me with some of the hidden 50s. It appears all the mosaics except the one in the Opera house are gone.

  • When walking by the Festival Arena I spotted a sign saying there was an event for WDI Nemo Team Appreciation (or something to that affect). My picture didn't come out though.. and I didn't spot anyone I knew through the hole in the fence..

  • Billy Hill and the Hillbillies were out in Frontierland performing and they had a great backdrop with the store. I wish they would have been mic'd up. It was extremely hard to hear them. Also I would have liked to have heard some different music with the different setting. They were cut back to only three shows 3, 4, and 5pm according to Disneyland.com and they didn't even make the park time schedule.

  • Speaking of cutbacks the Columbia is only running on Saturday and Sundays again.

  • On a positive note though I was extremely pleased to see the Flag Retreat made the Time Guide Friday.. also they are still doing several announcements before the show and the crowd looked to be pretty good too. Hopefully its hitting the goals and getting the positive feedback it deserves. I think its a great ceremony and well worth seeing. This time I stood up on the Train Station and the sound was perfect.

  • Not much to report from DCA. I spent only about an hour walking the park. There really was not too much going on except for several painting projects. I thought the entertainment guide looked rather bare with just Block Party Bash and Playhouse Disney on the cover.. and the inside was just as sparse.

  • We are looking forward to the kick off of the new Halloweentime promotion this week.. so look for some pictures in the coming weeks (maybe this week if I can persuade the Lazygeek to head back to the resort again)...

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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