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Visit Date: 3/01/19
Steps: 20,768
Parks Miles: 9.8
Time in Parks: 9


Trip Log:

Arrived at the Mickey and Friends parking structure just after lunch and was directed into a spot on the roof. Took some pictures of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge work then the new parking structure before heading for the tram. Arrived at the parks and decided to pay a visit to Disney California Adventure first to see the Food & Wine Festival. Strolled up Buena Vista Street and around Carthay Circle to Hollywood Land. Walked down Hollywood Blvd, through the Backlot catching some of the Jr Chef show then took Sunset to the Guardians area. Doubled back and walked up the the performance corridor. Stopped by the Blue Sky Cellar to pick up the Festival Annual Passholder button then continued on to Paradise Park and caught the end of a Phat Cat Swinger performance. Made my way out to Paradise Gardens then walked around Pixar Pier. Passed by Jessie who is now in front of her attraction then finished my loop of the Pier and caught a performance of the Jamin Chefs. Walked through Grizzly Recreation Area and back to Buena Vista Street then across the Esplanade to Disneyland. Wandered around Main Street USA, noticed the Dumbo preview was closed. Made my way to the hub then into Frontierland. The Mark Twain was boarding but I noticed the top deck was closed so I skipped a cruise and instead headed for the treehouse and to see what could be seen from up there. Once back on the ground headed for New Orleans Square. Visited Fortune Red and picked up chapter 8 then continued on to Critter Country to see Galaxy's Edge from there. Walked back along the Rivers of America then through Adventureland and the hub to reach Tomorrowland. Grabbed a bite to eat at the Tomorrowland Terrace then took some Monorail pictures of the new wrap on Orange. Continued on past the Matterhorn and out to ToonTown. Took some pictures from Chip and Dales then walked back and hopped on the Disneyland Railroad. Steamed to Main Street station and checked to see if Dumbo was open, still no. Returned to Disney California Adventure and walked quickly through Grizzly Recreation Area and out to Paradise Park to catch the Phat Cat Swinger set. After their performance strolled through the Wharf and Cars Land before doubling back to find a spot to work on some posts while waiting for the last set of the day. Enjoyed that show then walked around Pixar Pier again catching the final Pixarmonic Orchestra set. Was hoping to go for a spin on the Pixar Pal-A-Round but the wait time was 45 minutes or more each time I walked by. Stopped by Paradise Gardens and watched a performance there then walked the parade route back to Buena Vista Street and returned to Disneyland. Stopped by the Penny Arcade to visit Esmeralda and pick up the next chapter there. Made my way to Tomorrowland and stopped by the Dance party before heading out to it's a small world mall area for Mickey's Mix Magic. After the show worked my way through the crowd and out to the trams. Returned to the garage, found my car and headed for home.

Other Interesting Stats:
* Moderate Walking Stats (meaning over 2.5mph): 14,767 steps, 129 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!

Friday was a relaxing day at parks with several new things to see. The weather was slightly warmer with temps in the upper 60s cooling to upper 50s. Los Angeles went the entire month of February without topping 70 degrees, first time in over 100 years. The rain held off too. Crowds were on the heavier side, especially at Disney California Adventure but most attraction wait times were still at the hour mark.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • Parking went fairly quickly compared to normal. The overpass was closed again so I had to sit through a light but then only a couple cars at each toll booth lane and only minor slowing on the ramp to a level. They were trying to fill in the end of a row which meant slow going but a CM decided to open a release and sent me down the first spot of a row. So ended up with a short walk for a change. I did notice when leaving that the lower levels were being forced to the Ball Road light. Luckily I was on the roof so I was able to use the overpass and save several minutes since the light looked really backed up.

  • The new parking structure has a lot of visible projects going on which is interesting to see the rapid change each week. Still no announcement from Disney on a target opening date. I hope it is sooner rather than later as the extra spots are needed.

  • The 2019 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival kicked off on Friday and runs through April 23rd this year. The festival follows the format of recent years with marketplaces along the parade route and a Beer Garden in Paradise Gardens. Paradise Park hosts concerts throughout the day. The Jammin Chefs have returned to the Bay Area and Junior Chef is presented on the Backlot Stage.
    • The Marketplaces were all in the same locations an assortment of new offerings. I am not a big food person so I cannot comment on the food itself in any meaningful way.
    • For Disneyland Annual Passholders there is an AP Corner set up at the Blue Sky Cellar. There is a single button for the Festival this year as well as a photo backdrop set up inside the cellar. There are some AP exclusive shirts and pins available at a nearby cart.
    • This year there seems to be less of an emphasis on demonstrations and more on merchandise with the Marketplaces also center stage. For example on Friday there was only one demonstration and that was on the backlot stage at 3pm. The signature presentations only happen on Sundays and there are no other presentations. Years past there were several presentations throughout the day on a variety of topics. There are tasting seminars and receptions available throughout the day for an additional fee.
    • The highlight of the festival entertainment for me was Phat Cat Swinger. They played a handful of sets and went through their song book so each set had different music. I would have liked to have seen the Jammin' Chefs show updated, but it seemed the same as years past.
    • The festival corridor was busy most of the day and as sun set it felt really crowded to walk through. Lines to order and to pick up food seemed to be single digit numbers the couple times I checked. One tip if you are ordering food, you can make your purchase at any Marketplace kiosk and then go pick it up at the one that sells it, you do not have to wait in line at each marketplace.

  • The Pixar Pal-A-Round had a long wait again, in the 45-60 minute range so no aerial pictures again this visit. The wait times seem to be consistently up for it compared to years ago.

  • Pixar Pier continues to receive more elements and move toward completion. The Poultry Palace finally has a sign over above the front side of the building. Jessie has arrived in front of her Critter Carousel and Disney announced the attraction will be opening in April. The Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind had a lot of activity going on and lights on into the evening. I think they may have been pouring the concrete floor, but that is a guess from ground level.

  • Over at Disneyland projects continue to move along. The curb work on the east side of Main Street USA has wrapped up and it matches the west side. The work near City Hall continues though. Space Mountain is closed for a planned renovation and interesting to note the Ralph Breaks the Internet Preview has moved out and the Path of the Jedi film appears to be returning. Along the Disneyland Railroad the dinosaurs are being renovated and the windows are covered/closed. This does not impact train operations.

  • Monorail Orange has returned to the beamway and now features a new wrap celebrating Mickey's 90th birthday. The graphics show Mickey in several staring roles over the years. I thought all three wraps were really well done for this celebration.

  • The Disney Gallery on Main Street USA is hosting an exhibit featuring concept art and costumes from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures live action Dumbo film. I thought the exhibit was nice to walk around and the Dumbo Marquette was a highlight. They were not using the screen in the lobby which seemed like a missed opportunity. The preview itself is in the main theater and President Lincoln is on vacation according to a cast member. The sneak peek clocks in at under 10 minutes and features what appears to be an introduction of Dumbo then several sequences that form an extended trailer.

  • The Get Your Ears On Dance Party in Tomorowland featured two Mary Poppins penguins this evening out with the Queen of Hearts when I arrived then staying on with Minnie Mouse and Pluto for a while. The crowd felt a little thinner on the dance floor this week than past weeks. More kids and less adults the few minutes I was there.

  • I closed out my visit watching Mickey's Mix Magic from near it's a small world. The projections were nice much easier to see on the facade than on Main Street. The fireworks are at an awkward angle out there, so its hard to see both projections and fireworks in the same frame. I did not see any other effects in use so the show felt lacking compared to Main Street. There were no spot light, laser, or snow effects. I would definitely recommend seeing it from Main Street USA over this location for a first viewing, but for a subsequent viewing it was nice to see the projections. It will be interesting what happens on the Rivers of America once Fantasmic returns and the Mix Magic projections are there. Will they use more of the effects in the area?

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