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11/09/07 - My thoughts and observations from Fridays trip to the Disneyland Resort
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11/09/07 - 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 everyone,

Friday was a great day at the Disneyland Resort. The weather held, the crowds were mild, and the park is becoming the Merriest Place on Earth which is always a great time of year. Most attraction had waits well under an hour most of the day. Even Nemo had a posted 65 minute line, but when you went over there it looked closer to 45 minutes only.


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

Disneyland & DCA Thoughts and Observations:

  • As you saw in the pictorial update the parks were partially decorated. It seemed weird to me that for a weekend they would be that way. I thought usually the decorating was done in sections over the course of the weekdays.. Also I thought it was weird how about half of Main Street was done and the parts not done were in the middle, wonder if this was for filming reasons or just because they did not get that section up. As the lights came on it was even more spotty with very few things lit up, but a few here and there. Everything was probably done for Saturday's taping and for sure it will all be done for this Friday's kickoff of the holidays.

  • This was my first visit to the park since the snow had been installed on the Castle and I thought that it looked great, and I think the pictures showed this. I think it should look even better lit up.

  • Small World Holiday was up and running, and luckily since it was early in the season, the lines were nonexistent too.. The ride seems about the same as last year, no major changes, inside or out that I could tell. There were no projections running Friday and the CM I asked did not know if they were returning this year or not. I hope they do as it was a nice little plus... Also for those have not heard Small World is going down for a major rehab (8-9 months) after its Holiday run. They are replacing the original 1960's flume, its hard to believe that the current flume is the same one that was used at the World's Fair in New York.. that seems like a great length of service. The attraction should return in time for next year's holiday run from what I have heard. So if you are at the park give it another whirl...

  • The Christmas parade sets were not overly disruptive and many people seemed interested in coming back Saturday for the taping. I thought it was great to see the sign advertising the event (I saw this last year too). Unfortunately I could not make it back to the park on Saturday. If anyone went and has pictures/comments to share drop me an email.

  • Not much to report from DCA.. the park felt about the same as always. It was interesting to overhear people talking about the planned changes, seems the Disney PR machine really got the word out on the planned investment to fix/expand the park. Many people had the details a bit goofed up but the underlying comment was nice to see them investing in fixing the park. One interesting note, last trip I commented on them not giving me the AP discount at Taste Pilots since I was not over $10, this time they did, so I guess it depends on the CM you get. I kind of wish they would tweak that and if you order an entree give you the discount.

  • Note: This year's Candlelight is on December 1st and 2nd. They will be selling dining packages through the Annual Passholders site starting at 10am on November 19th. There are three price categories $75, $100, and $125 depending on the restaurant.

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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