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Visit Date: 2/20/15
Steps: 18,804
Parks Miles: 7.1
Time in Parks: 8.5


Trip Log:

Arrived at the Mickey and Friends Parking structure just after lunch and hopped on a waiting tram to the parks. Made my way to Disney California Adventure and strolled down Buena Vista Street to Carthay Circle. Took some pictures of the Grizzly Peak Airfield work then continued up the parade route toward Paradise Pier. Paused at the Sonoma Terrace to catch the Ellis Island Boys. Continued on to Paradise Pier stopping in Paradise Park to check out the World of Color work then walked through the Lunar New Year Celebration in Paradise Gardens. Found a spot for a dance performance then spent some more time roaming around the Lunar New Year celebration. Had some time before the next performance so took a look at the World of Color work for a while. Found a spot for the Mulan Procession and visited with several other website friends who were there for the performance too. After the procession walked back down the parade route and through the Wharf, stopped by Ghirardelli for some chocolate then into Cars Land to see what was going on. Walked around Luigis then up Route 66 and back to the parade route. Made my way to Disneyland and strolled up Main Street USA. The plan was to pick up a FastPass for the Royal Theatre but they were out. So I walked through Tomorrowland and hopped on the Monorail for a round trip. Then stopped by Innoventions before returning to the Fantasy Faire to get into the Standby Line for the Royal Theatre. After the Frozen performance returned to DCA. Walked down Hollywood Blvd and picked up a FastPass for the sing along then crossed the parade near the Tower of Terror and passed through Fliks and took Cross Street to the Wharf where I grabbed dinner. After dinner walked around Paradise Pier a bit before making my way to the bugs theater for the Cinderella Sneak Peek. After the movie walked through Fliks and into Hollywood Land. Decided to try our luck at an earlier sing along and stood in the Standby line about 15 minutes before show time and made it in with room to spare. After the show walked through Freeze the night and caught the Let it Go performance. Tried to enter the Snow Fest but it was at capacity so left the area and made my way back to Buena Vista Street. Stopped by the cafe then walked through the stores on my way back to Disneyland. Wandered around Main Street USA and the Castle area for a while. Then walked through Fantasy Faire and into Frontierland. It was less than 5 minutes until the start of Fantasmic and I decided to walk through the area to see the crowd. A train was pulling into the New Orleans Station so I hopped on board just as the lights went out for Fantasmic. I disembarked at Toontown and walked down the parade route and back to Town Square to find the rest of my group. Decided to go back to the parking structure and watch Fantasy in the Sky from there before heading home.

Other Interesting Stats:
* Moderate Walking Stats (meaning over 2.5mph): 13,449 steps, 118 minutes.

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Note: These totals may be skewed because the pedometer is zero'd when we start and then left alone and read when we leave. So attractions, and other things may cause extra "steps" to be counted. The pedometer that we use basically measures up/down motion as a step, so if your standing in line and moving up and down it may be counting steps, etc.. so the total distances traveled and steps may be off.. so use these as rough distance comparisons between trips and they may not be accurate in terms of actual distance traveled.

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My Thoughts & Observations:

Hello everyone,

My primary objective on Friday was to spend some time at the Lunar New Year Celebration and then relax and roam the parks. The crowds as I walked around felt on the heavy side for this time of the year. The wait times were about average, where as I was expecting more of an off season feel.

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

Thoughts and Observations:

  • The Happy Lunar New Year Celebration! took place in Paradise Gardens this year and ran from Thursday through Sunday. Overall it was on par with past offerings, featuring an assortment of community performing groups, a processional with Mulan & Mushu, Character meet and greets, some food offerings, arts and crafts, face painting, and some opportunities to learn about Lunar New Year customs.
    • They did not promote the event this year. It was listed on the back page of the Disney California Adventure Times Guide and gave the standard blurb and 11am-5pm time slot. I saw a DisneyParks blog post, a couple tweets/Facebook post and other than that it seemed to rely on word of mouth. Even with this lack of publicity there was a healthy crowd when I stopped by.
    • Another of my ongoing complaints about these events is the lack of a posted schedule so no one knows what is going on and when. If you ask Cast Members most have a listing but it is not listed in the Times Guide, on signage, or even on the website or Twitter. Part of the explanation for this may be because of limited space in the area so they do not want to over promote it, but it still seems some info would be helpful for guests.
    • The processional featuring Mulan, Mushu, and an assortment of performers was a highlight of the event. This year the event clocked in at around 10 minutes and was substantially longer than previous years. I enjoyed the performance the the audience around me did too. The one issue is there is a limited viewing space due to it being performed on level ground right outside Paradise gardens. It is for events like this that the old amphitheater on Paradise Bay is missed.
    • The merchandise selection was limited to a T-shirt, traditional envelopes, and a pin. I am surprised they do not offer more.
    • The character meet and greet had a long wait as expected with guests waiting upwards of an hour when I checked to meet Mushu, Mickey/Minnie or Chip/Dale. The cast members were warning guests of the wait time and that there is no guarantee which character(s) will be available when they reach the front.

  • Walked by Luigis to see if they had any indications of the new attraction and there were none posted. The signage on the walls and out front was well done but no information posted or from the cast member out front. Was expecting to at least see the concept art that was posted on the Disney Parks blog. Too bad they did not use the queue area as a preview or even the Blue Sky Cellar down Route 66 which is sitting unused.

  • Over at Disneyland stopped by Innoventions to see what was going on. No indications of what is coming but signage saying the Dream House is closed and inside you can see most of the house furnishings have been removed. The upper level of Innoventions was open and there were a fair number of guests at the Marvel areas, the video games had a couple guests but a lot of empty space.

  • I grabbed dinner from the Pacific Wharf Cafe this evening. I was curious if the new configuration helped with the wait time and in my single data point of experience it did not. Actually it was worse. We arrived during the 5pm hour, dinner time, and the line was relatively short, maybe a dozen groups in front of us. They only had the left half of the queue open. But all registers. The line moved about its normal pace and we reached a register and ordered. We had a simple order.. a bowl of soup and loaf of bread. After we ordered I went to the restroom, picked up our silverware, found a seat, and our order still had not shown up. No clue the delay. Eventually had to ask a cast member what was going on and they filled the order. Seems it slipped through the cracks.

  • Walked through Freeze the Night and took part in some of the Frozen Fun since some members of my group on Friday had not seen the offerings yet.
    • They wanted to see the sing-Along so we grabbed FastPasses but returned early and tried our luck at the standby line. It was long but we made it in along with quite a few guests after us. Curious if they change the distribution of tickets or if there were just a lot of no shows for the performance we tried for.
    • As we walked around the Freeze the Night festivities it was fairly easy to tell why this was going to be ending and the Mad T Party returning in May. The number of guests was about average but most were younger and they were not buying anything. As you looked around the area there were a lot of empty hands. The line at the bar was non existent.. you could just walk right up.

  • The lighting on the castle this evening really showed off the Herb Ryman concept art well. It looked much nicer than a few weeks ago. It was a nice touch and way to make the best of the situation as the work on the castle progresses. Surprised they did not do something similar out at Small World. Instead it was a mostly dark facade. I overheard several guests saying it was closed and not walking down that way. This might have been a common thought because there was no wait at all when I would by just before 9pm.

  • I walked through the Fantasmic area just before show time. The viewing area had more guests in it than previous trips but there was still a substantial amount of empty space. In my walk through I saw at least a handful of groups go under the ropes to a wide open area and several CMs respond in kind to each group and usher them out of the reserved area. This is too bad that less than 5 minutes to show time there are large spaces open and guests being pushed away. I understand the idea to have reserved space but seems they need to find a way to fill in more of it as the show approaches to better utilize capacity and guest experience. There are a number of guests with poor, obstructed, or no view of the show and then wide open spaces in prime viewing areas.

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