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12/07/13 - My thoughts and observations from Saturday at the Disneyland Resort.
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12/07/13 - My thoughts and observations from Saturday at the Disneyland Resort.

Hello all,

Saturday was a cold, by Southern California standards, day. Highs were in the low 60s. It was in the 30s driving down to Anaheim. Showers were forecasted for most of the morning and the forecast turned out to be quite accurate with off and on showers and drizzle from around 9am through just afternoon. Thanks to the weather crowds were on the mild side to start off with building as the weather cleared but still nothing compared to what it could have been on a Candlelight Saturday.


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

Thoughts and Observations:

  • We arrived at the Mickey and Friends garage around 7:30 and were directed to a spot on Daisy and walked to a waiting tram. No problems entering the park just after 8am when it opened.

  • We hopped in line for the Racers which was in the Disney Junior queue area and inched along. Received a 10:30am return time so not that many guests in front of us. Next up was a Fastpass for World of Color which had no wait at all. You could walk right up to a machine to get one. I wonder if guests do no realize the World of Color does no count as a regular Fastpass and think since they have their Racers pass they cannot get another.

  • We wandered around the Pier with the goal of going on Toy Story, unfortunately it had a delayed opening due to some problems so we could not ride. Decided to keep walking vs waiting and headed for Disneyland.

  • At Disneyland Main Street was ready for the Candlelight Ceremony this evening. Always impressive to see the set, but unfortunately it does ruin Town Square for the day. Both in terms of look as well as crowds.

  • As I made my way toward the hub noticed some new carts on Center Street. There was a flower market set up. Guess since they no longer needed seating and queue space for the ice cream shop they put this little market in. It looked great and is a nice photo spot. Hopefully it lasts a while.. surprised they did not fill the area with merchandise to sell or food.

  • Right about 9am the rain started to fall, just as predicted. And I happened to be in line for the Jingle Cruise at the time. The queue does not do well in the rain with water dripping from above. The boats are not much better with the seats being soaked and some out in the rain. Also noticed several of the boats coming in did not have the canopies down yet so there was even more water inside.

  • I had explained to my group about the Jingle Cruise and they were looking forward to hearing the new spiel. Unfortunately the skipper we drew did not do the new one.. instead she tried to deliver the classic one and did not do a very good job at that. So the experience was a bust for us.. we were cold, wet, and no jingle..

  • As you saw in my pictorial update the tiger has returned to the ruins and some of the holiday spirit has taken over the camp/gorilla scene. Gorillas wearing Santa hats looked a little odd but I guess it works with the spirit of the attraction.

  • Went for an adventure on Indiana Jones. The attraction is in need of some TLC again with several effects not working. Most noticeable was the very beginning the door effect was not working at all and they had it open so you just drove right through. On a positive note the boulder effect at the end was working this time.

  • Continuing my luck.. on Buzz scored really well, over 800K, but of course my photo had a problem.. I was able to email my score but no way to prove it was mine since the picture was a generic one.

  • Back to DCA to avoid the rain for a while. Once it started to let up we ventured out to try and use our Fastpass for the Racers. Unfortunately it was down. Also due to the rain the Street Party was cancelled too.

  • Circled back later in the day and used our Racers Fastpasses. Noticed one of the tractors is still (or again) not tipping.

  • A good portion of the afternoon/early evening was consumed with the Candlelight Ceremony. Found a spot in Town Square around 4pm for the 5:30 performance. They are back to 4 shows, two Saturday and two Sunday, again this year. The guest narrator Saturday was Blair Underwood.

  • The show seemed shorter to me this year.. but several I talked to said it ran almost the same time as last year. So it was just my impression. They did cut one segment, the Solitary Life section which shaved a couple minutes off the running time. Here is a video of that segment from last year:

  • I was not recording video this year, instead I took a couple pictures and one short video and enjoyed the performance instead.

  • I watched World of Color Winter Dreams from a preferred area, which turned out to be the large flat area where the fountains are. The snow flake effects were working really well today with quite a few floating into the viewing area. Noticed a couple came down in the guest area, unfortunately none close enough to really examine. I did find myself distracted by them vs the finale of the show but I think that is because I was trying to get a decent picture (and failed).

Interesting Web Finds/Notes:
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