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    Walking down Harbor Blvd a little after 5:00am.
    Plenty of signs alerting drivers to the event and where to park.
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    As I entered the resort shuttle area there were guests filtering in but no mass of humanity or craziness.
    Plenty of Cast Members out to answer questions and direct you.
    No lines at the security tents even.
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    Cast Members handing out free Eye Glasses to the first couple of thousand guests. The cast members were having fun and in good spirits.
    A better picture of a pair.
    Warnings of delayed openings since there was a Grad Nite last night at DCA. So you could choose which park to visit first.
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    The Esplanade had a fair number of guests lined up at each park and everything was well organized.
    Notice the lines on the ground to keep walkways open.
    Looking over at Disneyland.
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    A pan around the area as the 15 minute announcement was playing.
    In the center of the Esplanade was a media platform. Here is a merchandise display that was being used for some of the interviews.
    The center was roped off to separate the two parks as well as give space for the media
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    In position for the opening moment. Opted for DCA since Disneyland had a Monorail beam in my way.
    For the final countdown, starting with 10 there were fireworks.
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    Video of the countdown and opening.
    Looking over to Disneyland the same thing was happening there.
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    Time to begin the day!
    The DCA crowds moved up to the turn stiles.
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    Disneyland was inching forward too.
    Inside the park the Disneyland Band was performing as the first guests were making their way in.
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    Inside the park characters and Cast Members Main Street.
    The first guests (as well as quite a few media folks) came rushing in.
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    A video clip of the first group of guests entering and running by me.
    Oops moving a little too quickly to get out of the way..
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    A sign with clocks set up in Town Square and beyond the receiving line continues.
    Heading into the park.
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    The line for lockers stretched out to Main Street.
    The Carnation Cafe cast members greeting guests.
    Looking back toward Town Square.
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    As you entered the park you were given a Monsters University button.
    The Disneyland schedule for the day.
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    Several locations had merchandise for the day.
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    If you did not get the free glasses, they were selling them inside the parks.
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    Stopped by the media center to check in for the morning.
    Random centerpiece shot.
    Out in the park the walkways were wide open.
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    I need to remember to stop to take pictures! You would think after the thousands I would remember this.
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    An Annual Passholder preview for Mickey and the Magical Map was to be held today.
    More monster merchandise as we walked out to the Small World Mall.
    The terrace area was set up as radio row with several stations broadcasting today.
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    Interviews going on near the Theatre entrance.
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    The wristband distribution area. No line and you could choose what show you wanted. We opted for 2:00pm, the first one.
    Main Street traffic had evened out and the cast members and characters were gone.
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    Next stop DCA.
    The DCA time guide for the day.
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    Warnings about Grad Nite as you enter the park.
    Fairly calm in here too.
    News Boys out walking the street distributing Buena Vista Street Bugles. Too bad it was the Spring issue and not a special edition for the day or for summer yet.
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    The same photo op as Disneyland, this time in Carthay Circle.
    More signs warning of attraction closures.
    Over at the Carthay a sign for the Monsters Inc screenings this evening.
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    A closer look.
    The Racers fastpass sign.. I had not seen this since I am rarely at the park for opening.
    Route 66 had a fair number of guests considering the Racers did not open for a couple hours still.
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    The Racers were cycling in snail mode when we first showed up (they crawl around the track, makes it much easier for pictures).
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    I do not think the second red car is going to catch up. After this the speed was bumped up to almost normal operation.
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    The shades were partially up this morning.
    Walt and Mickey.
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    Recently the trashcans in Fife, Fiddler and Practical Cafe had been updated.
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    The current billboards.
    I had to go back and check out of my hotel room. A view of the backside of the Cadillac Range.
    And the giant water tower that was put in backstage.
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    No problems at all getting into the garage. Looking at Disneyland Drive traffic was flowing smoothly out there too.
    Surprised they did not have summer billboards up yet at the tram stop.
    No banners at all.
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    Back to Disneyland.
    Some better pictures of the porch area that was recently worked on.
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    Gibson Girl was not open yet.. so took the opportunity to take a few photos with no guests around.
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    Cake pops for the event.
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    And cupcakes.
    In the Jolly Holiday Bakery saw this which was labeled as seasonal.. was this for today only too?
    The waits just before 9am.
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    Quite a few ducklings and ducks in the pond between Adventureland and Frontierland.
    Shortly after this picture (as I was changing lenses) this bird dove out of the tree and went after a duckling).
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    The Tree House on the island is still under wraps.
    The walls are down in New Orleans Square.
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    The exit ramp has been redone. You no longer exit straight down, there is a new ramp that leads back toward the station.
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    Noticed a new ladder and hose to fill the tender with water. Still cannot believe that after nearly 60 years of doing it one way it is not deemed unsafe by the state of California to fill the trains.
    An Annual Passholder limited edition pin.
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    Thought this was funny as we were walking through Adventureland saw this sign. The other side is for the Meet and Greet. But it just seemed out of place to see a farewell greeting that led to a seating area.
    More interviews going on in Fantasy Faire.
    Fantasyland had an average crowd.
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    A jazz band out for this taping.
    Heading into Toontown. Notice the railings along the roof line.
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    Goofy coming out to take some pictures.
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    Went for a spin on Roger Rabbit.
    Then back to the media center.. Random picture of the Golden Horseshoe wall.
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    Anyone know what this program is?
    Walked through Downtown Disney. Some work going on.
    Monsters University Banners on the AMC.
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    We went inside for a screening of the film thanks to the DisneylandToday twitter folks.
    After the movie it was back to Disneyland.
    Main Street..
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    Been going for 7 hours already.. and it is only 1:15..
    A large crowd waiting to enter the Theatre for the Annual Passholder screening. It holds 1,800 guests and the show was going to be full.
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    Three showings today for the preview.
    Seated and waiting.
    A look around.
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    Snacks for sale.
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    Thought this was interesting. There were several different cameras on the sound booth (the others did not fit in the frame and I was too lazy to change lenses).
    Showtime! The plan was to sit back, relax, and watch the show.. instead I ended up taking pictures (go figure!).
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    The main difference between yesterday and today was the audience. The Annual Passholder crowd was quite vocal as they cheered, clapped, and sung along.
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    A clip from the Princess Medley.
    The balloon dancers..
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    The pork shank like you can purchase at Gastons in Florida is now available at Disneyland in Fantayland.
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    Plaza Inn has chicken and waffles.
    Main Street continues to get more crowded.
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    Over to Cars Land to use our Fastpasses.
    95 minutes for the standby wait, only 5 minutes longer than yesterday.
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    The tractors still are not tipping (did not think they would be but thought I would share).
    Ramones again.. twice in two days and I think twice in the previous 11 months!
    I really need to pay attention to where the windshield is!
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    No water at Stanley today.
    The line for the Monsters Meet and Greet stretched around the corner.
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    Sulley Ears
    $20 for the ears.
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    Speaking of Sulley he was out for pictures.
    If you did the Meet and Greet you could get a pack of trading cards.
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    The Award Wieners special offerings
    The 32 ounce drink container.
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    Carthay Circle.
    Out to Ghrardelli.
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    The Pacific Wharf offerings.
    The Lucky Fortune Cookery offerings.
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    The Chicken and Vegetable Potstickers.
    The Margarita Line was about the longest I can remember.
    Noticed they painted the patchwork on the Carthay.
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    The Monsters University gang leads off the Play Parade now. Here is a video of them.
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    Notice the pom poms.
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    Scotty Scribbles
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    Terri and Terry Perry
    Art
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    The Fear Tech Mascot - Archie the Scare Pig
    Young Mike now sits on the back of the float.
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    The rest of the parade was the same.. nothing new jumped out to me.
    Did catch Jack Jack spitting fire on Hollywood Blvd.. thought he was not doing that till after he left the Red Car cable area.
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    Also saw the acrobats performing under the cables.
    It had been a while.. but the girls carrying the rope at the end no longer wear yellow outfits.. not sure when that changed.
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    Walked through Trolley Treats
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    Making more eye treats.
    Clarabelles
    The line for the Monsters Meet and Greet.
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    Stopped by to see Aladdin
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    The carpet returned several weeks (months?) ago.. and I never quite made it in to see the show.
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    Mike out at the Meet and Greet
    The Drink Me bar is ready to go.
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    The Esplanade was busy, but park hopping was still relatively easy, especially compared to last week.
    Main Street was busy, but not gridlock.
    The waits around 7:30pm.
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    One last look around before calling it a day.
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    Ended up doing 14 of the 24 hours before heading for the garage and home.
    Disneyland Drive was doing its impression of a parking lot.
    Noticed a steady stream of cars entering the garage using the overpass.
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    Time to head out..A long line of cars on the third floor, most were entering but some were exiting. This wraps up my pictures.. hope you enjoyed.
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