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Visit Date: 3/22/19
Steps: 22,514
Parks Miles: 10.6
Time in Parks: 9


Trip Log:

Arrived at the Disneyland Resort just after lunch. The overpass was closed so had to go through the Ball Road light, made the first light. No lines at the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure, only one car in front of me at the tollbooth. Was directed into a spot in the middle of the Goofy level. Took a quick look at the Star Wars project then new Parking Structure before making my way to security and the tram stop. First park today was Disneyland. Wandered around Main Street USA, stopping by the Penny Arcade to visit Esmeralda, then around the hub to check out the castle and Astro Orbitor work before heading into Frontierland. The Mark Twain top deck was open so went for a cruise then roamed through New Orleans Square, stopping by Fortune Red. Continued out to Critter Country, took a look around then doubled back through New Orleans Square and into Adventureland. Hiked up the tree house to get a look at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge then continued on through Adventureland and back to the hub. Took Matterhorn way out to Fantasyland and then into Toontown. Stopped by Chip and Dales then walked back by it's a small world and around the Matterhorn to Tomorrowland. Returned to Main Street USA and headed across the Esplanade to Disney California Adventure. Strolled up Buena Vista Street and around Carthay Circle. Made my way to Hollywood Land to see the new Captain Marvel meet and greet location then stopped by Sunset Blvd to see if I could see anything on the Marvel project. Decided to head to the Wharf to grab some dinner and ate at Flo's with a view of Ornament Valley. After eating roamed around Cars Land and then walked through the Wharf, stopping at Ghirardelli for some chocolate, to Paradise Park. Caught the end of the Phat Cat Swinger set then walked Pixar Pier. The Pal-A-Round wait was an hour so skipped that and listened to a performance by the Pixarharmonic Orchestra. Finished my loop of the Pier just in time to catch the final Phat Cat Swinger performance of the day, so found a seat and enjoyed the set. Walked around Grizzly River Run and through the airfield on my way back to Hollywood Land to check out the meet and greet after dark. Saw Captain Marvel arrive then returned to Pixar Pier and used a FastPass for Toy Story. After playing the game made my way backt through the park and out to Downtown Disney. Walked out to the former ESPN Zone and then thought about taking the Monorail back. Only one was in service and cast members were warning it would be a 30 minute wait. So I decided to walk instead. Returned to Disneyland and heard a train arriving overhead so thought about going for a grand circle tour of the park, but unfortunately that was the last train arriving and it would not be departing until after fireworks. Made my way up Main Street USA and around the hub. Decided to stop by Tomorrowland and see what characters were out at the Dance Party since I had 20 minutes or so until I wanted to find a spot for the fireworks. I arrived back on Main Street USA about 9:15pm and found a spot with no problem for the 9:30pm Mickey's Mix Magic. After the show joined the masses exiting the park and headed for the tram to return to the parking structure, find my car and head for home.

Other Interesting Stats:
* Moderate Walking Stats (meaning over 2.5mph): 16,820 steps, 148 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!

Today was a relaxing day at the parks. I had a very short picture list and my plan was to just roam around and enjoy some of the entertainment. The spring break season is underway and the parks both had crowds above normal. Wait times varied with several of the usual suspects over an hour. Other attractions were less than previous weeks, for example the Little Mermaid at Disney California Adventure was under 10 minutes the couple times I looked where as the past couple of visits they were using the extended queue.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • My arrival experience today was really smooth. Only slowdown was being forced through the Ball Road light vs the overpass. No real delays anywhere else. Within the Mickey and Friends Parking structure they are installing parking sensors to indicate how many spots are available on each floor and each aisle. I had not seen these since I have been directed onto the roof the past several months so Friday was my first time on a lower level in quite a while. The sensors run down the middle of the lane/aisle and are suspended from the ceiling. There was a working checking data/calibrating some when I parked on Friday. The exit experience was no where near as smooth. I was on the 4th floor and they forced and third and fourth floors out to Disneyland Drive and it was a mess of cars trying to find the proper lane to turn or go straight at Ball Road. It took me almost 15 minutes from the exit ramp to the freeway on ramp. Not a fun way to end the day.

  • I started my day at Disneyland. I started with a lap around the park checking out the various projects. Many projects are nearing completion as the park prepares for the busier spring break weeks ahead and then Star Wars and summer crowds beyond that. I thought it was interesting the castle renovation walls have been extended out into the street now, guessing they are renovating the plaza area, unless they just needed more room to stage equipment for the evenings work.

  • The top deck of the Mark Twain was available so I went for a cruise, first time in a while. Almost all the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge scaffolding you could see from inside the park is now removed. The project is entering its final push toward completion with 10 weeks until opening.

  • The Captain Marvel Meet and Greet set has been completed since my last visit. Stage 12 has been transformed into Hanger 12 and features the front portion of an F-15 as well as some props. Captain Marvel stands near the plane to greet guests. Her set times are listed in the official app. When she begins a set there is a brief introduction. I was a little disappointed with this. I was expecting a little more.

  • My hope was to go for a spin on the Pixar Pal-A-Round but the first time I walked by the queue stretched out into the walkway toward Bing Bong's and had a posted 60 minute wait. Other times it was down to 45 minutes and within the queue space but still longer than my patience. So once again I was stuck on the ground and no good updated pictures of the Emotional Whirlwind, Critter Carousel or Marvel projects.

  • In Cars Land Piston Cup sippers are now available at Flo's and the Cozy Cone. That was the big news of the week. Also did you catch the Disney Parks Blog announcement that DJ will be at the new Lightning McQueen Racing Academy at Walt Disney World? Looks like he went on a road trip to the east coast.

  • I walked through the Food & Wine Festival marketplaces a couple of times and between them and the construction walls it really felt congested. The lines at the Marketplaces varied but seemed fairly constant to crowded throughout the evening.

  • Stopped by the Get Your Ears On Dance Party since I had some time before fireworks and nothing else on my agenda and there were no other entertainment offerings going on except for Fantasmic. The mix of characters was interesting. When I first arrived it was Minnie Mouse, Goofy and two Mary Poppins penguins. Then Mickey and Pluto replaced Minnie and Goofy.

  • Closed out my evening with Mickey's Mix Magic from Main Street USA. I arrived around 9:15pm and there was plenty of space up and down the street. I choose to be down near the Crystal Palace/Cinema area to be closer to the park exit. I was expecting a larger crowd given how the park felt throughout the day and that it was not as cold as previous visits this evening.

  • There were two carts set up at the Mickey and Friends tram stop selling snacks as you headed for the escalators. I do not recall seeing this before. No one seemed to be purchasing anything when I walked by.

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