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9/23/05 - Some thoughts and observations from Fridays visit to the Disneyland Resort.
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9/23/05 - Some thoughts and observations from Fridays visit 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,

The off season has arrived and the lazy days of Fall (I know the saying is Summer, but for Disneyland trips its fall) are here. The parks seemed about average for the off season. The early afternoon was pleasant with a healthy crowd arriving as the sun was setting. For most of the evening the lines around the parks were not bad at all. Space Mountain when it was open was only 30-40 minutes, Indy 20, Buzz under 20, etc.. with some timing and luck you could get on just about anything with little or no wait. It had been quite a while, six weeks, since our last Disneyland visit and it felt that way too.


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

Disneyland (and a couple DCA notes too):

  • The rehab walls have started to re-appear around the resort, not as bad as the last couple of years, but they are still there. Ranging from planter work, to painting, to the long term projects of the sub lagoon at Disneyland and the Hollywood Backlot over at DCA.

  • California Adventure had an even lighter than usual crowds it appeared. Soarin's queue was just barely outside the doors most of the night. GRR and Tower both appeared to be near walk ons too. Walking around it just felt dead as it has the past few visits, still not sure why though. One positive note was the testing of Screamin for you coaster buffs out there. They were cycling the Yellow train and taking notes each time through. Everything seemed to be working, but then again no clue what they were testing.

  • Ate dinner at Storytellers Cafe at the Grand Californian, a good meal as always, decent service, good food and no wait for a table even. For those of you looking for something a bit different this off season we would recommend giving Storytellers a try. We have always ordered off the menu and never had a complaint. others we know have tried the buffet and they were not impressed with it for the price. But their menu is very comparable to the rest of Downtown Disney and the quality/service seems a step above ESPN/Rain Forest lately.

  • Took two spins on Buzz throughout the evening since there was no real line. Still fun and a challenge every trip.. But the old saying of practice makes perfect is not exactly true.. first time through got over 250,000 second time through only 70,000.. Another Tomorrowland note, Space Mountain was down from around 6pm till near park closing from what we could tell in our couple of loops past to see what the lines were like. Someday we will get some shots of the queue and interior.

  • Only had to line up about 20 minutes before show time to get a decent spot for Remember. Main Street still seemed quite full, not jammed as it was the past few times, but full. One interesting note. The lights on the buildings along Main Street did not turn back on after the show, wonder what happened.

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