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Visit Date: 4/19/19
Steps: 26,488
Parks Miles: 12.5
Time in Parks: 9


Trip Log:

Arrvied at the Mickey and Friends Parking structure just after lunch and was quickly directed into a spot on the 4th floor. Spend some time looking at the Pixar Pals Parking Structure then a quick look at the nearly complete Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge view before heading for the tram and the parks. Made my way to Disney California Adventure first and strolled up Buena Vista Street and the parade route to Pixar Pier. My destination was the Pal-A-Round since the app had a 25 min wait showing. Turned out to be over an hour with the queue spilling out to the walkway so I kept walking. Finished the loop of the Pier then stopped by Redwood Creek to see the environmental art. Continued on through Grizzly Recreation Area and back to Buena Vista Street. Decided to head to Disneyland. Wandered around Main Street USA and the hub before choosing to visit Frontierland and go for a cruise on the Mark Twain. Once back ashore took the Big Thunder Trail to Fantasyland and continued out to Toontown. Circled around then back through small world mall and around the Matterhorn to Tomorrowland. Took a look at the projects there then crossed the parade route and through the hub to Adventureland. Made my way to New Orleans Square to visit Fortune Red (halfway done with story #2) and then back to Main Street to see Esmeralda on my way back to DCA. Stopped by the Pacific Wharf Cafe and picked up some dinner. Ate at a peaceful Flo's, the Racers were down so it was quiet. After eating walked around Cars Land and then made my way to Paradise Park to listen to Phat Cat Swinger. Walked around to the Pixar Pal-A-Round and got in line, it was posted at 30 min, took closer to 45. After my spin continued around the Pier and then took the parade route to Hollywood Land to take a look around. Decided to head for Downtown Disney and walked out to the west side then back to Disneyland. Stopped by the Disney Gallery/Main Street Opera House to see the Aladdin preview that opened today. Then strolled up Main Street USA and into Adventureland. Used a FastPass for Indiana Jones followed by the Haunted Mansion. Just missed a train in New Orleans Square so decided to hike over to Tomorrowland. Walked through the Get Your Ears on Dance Party and missed the last train to Main Street so walked back to Main Street around 9:15 to find a spot for Mickey's Mix Magic. After the show walked out to the trams and returned to the parking structure to find my car and head home.

Other Interesting Stats:
* Moderate Walking Stats (meaning over 2.5mph): 21,113 steps, 186 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!

I started my Easter Weekend at the Disneyland Resort for my 10th visit of the year. The parks were not as crowded as previous visits as the Spring Break season seems to be wrapping up plus several blockouts for the holiday weekend. Disney California Adventure actually felt more crowded than Disneyland most of the afternoon. This weekend marked the final weekend for the 2019 Egg-Stravaganza as well as the Food & Wine Festival. Wait times around the parks were on the moderate side in most cases. At Disneyland in the afternoon many were well under an hour, hovering around the 30 minute mark only.

Friday morning Disneyland Announced that Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway will be added to Toontown with a projected opening in 2022. This will be the same attraction that is opening at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Spring 2020. Disney confirmed that this attraction will be built where backstage buildings currently are, so it will NOT be replacing any attraction and will be an addition to the park. I thought this was great news to see an investment being made in Toontown and a new attraction vs a replacement. Maybe this will put to rest for a while rumors of the demise of Toontown. I really wish they would/could install different variations on attractions in the various parks vs clones though. I think the resorts should have more unique offerings to encourage guests to travel to them all. It is great to see Mickey & Minnie receiving their own attraction, but I am not a fan of the current styling of the characters in the shorts so that is a bit of a disappointment, I would have preferred a classic look to match Toontown.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • Parking on Friday was really a breeze for me. I even lucked out and only had to pause at the Ball Road light. There were only a couple of cars in my lane at the toll booth and I choose a the shorter lane to reach the floor and was directed into a spot with no waiting. Work continues on the parking sensor system throughout the structure, more signs have been installed. It is going to come online this summer.

  • The Pixar Pals Parking Structure is racing toward its finish. There has been a lot of visible progress on the tram stop area. It appears the new security queues are taking shape and more finishing details are being applied to the structure itself. For me the very beginning phases and then the final details are always the most interesting to watch as you can see a lot of change during both periods every visit. The structure is slated to open in the June-July time frame.

  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is also nearing completion. Worked has wrapped up in the areas we can see from outside the park and in. There is no scaffolding visible and very little has changed since last visit. The reservation only period of entry begins in six short weeks. Disney has yet to release any details on how to get a time slot beyond saying if you book a room at a Disney Hotel you will be guarenteed one entry period per reservation for each registered guest.

  • Out on Pixar Pier work continues. Character artwork has recently been added to the seating areas near the Pixar Pal-A-Round. These are an interesting addition at this point in time to see more details being added to areas that opened almost a year ago. The Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind has made a lot of visible progress with a large set piece/backdrop recently installed and the concrete work finished for the attraction area. No opening date has been announced yet.

  • The Pixar Pal-A-Round had one of the longer waits on Friday. The first time I walked by it was around an hour. Then it went down to a posted 30 minutes but it still took closer to 45. For comparison when I walked by Big Thunder it was 25, Peter Pan 30 and Space Mountain 30. I was happy to go for a spin but the long/slow wait was not that enjoyable.. then the group I was paired with took over half my bench too which meant I could not get all the pictures I had planned to. I miss the old Sun Wheel days when you could wait 15 minutes have get your own gondola!

  • The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail hosted the 10 finalists for the 2019 Environmentality Challenge. These art projects are created by cast member teams using trash/recycled materials from the parks. You can vote for the winner from the 10 finalists. I think the display works really well out in this area and is a much better way to view the projects than in the Opera house.

  • At Disneyland more aspects of Project Sardust are underway with construction walls still up in the hub and several new projects underway in Tomorrowland. Some projects have wrapped up since my last visit though. The walls in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle have been pushed back and the new curb-less, sloped walkway to the hub is now accessible. The Castle is slated to be finished by the end of May. The Adventureland entrance archway has been removed and they already cleared the support column and concrete so the full walkway is available. A new sign will be installed that will span the entire walkway in the coming weeks. The walkway between Adventureland and Frontierland has reopened and is slightly wider with the removal of some elements and a shrinking of the planter, wonder if they plan to rebuild some of the fort elements that were removed. In Tomorrowland the walls near Autopia's exit are removed and a new path and shrunk planter are revealed. Also throughout Tomorrowland new large benches have been added. It is great to have more seating options. All of these small projects are adding up to more usable square footage being added to the park and hopefully easing crowding and traffic pinch points. I just hope in the end the sum of the changes does not change the overall feel of the park too much. Over the years the park like feel has been slowly disappearing. If you look at pictures from the 50s and 60s compared to the 80s and 90s compared to now the amount of green/planters/grass keeps shrinking. The walkways keep expanding and the crowds keep growing.

  • One oddity to report from Friday. My cell phone decided to jump ahead 7 hours at three different points throughout my visit to Disneyland. Not sure if it was a Verizon issue or something with my phone. Has anyone else experienced this? This was the first time I saw that behavior. The phone did have an Android update last weekend so that is another variable too.

  • Took a quick walk through Downtown Disney to see what was going on. The Pop-Up Disney location in the former ESPN Zone opens the 26th. As of Friday new signage had been installed and the old stone athletes with the moving heads had been covered on the building exterior. Also in Downtown Disney signs are up for the Black Tap dining location, no indication of an opening date but the project is inching forward.

  • The Disney Gallery is hosting an exhibit featuring props, costumes and concept art for the upcoming live action version of Aladdin. The Opera House is playing a 10 minute sneak peek. President Lincoln is on hiatus again. The preview consists of a section of One Jump Ahead as well as when Aladdin meets Genie. There are some other trailer clips included too. I enjoy seeing these previews and exhibits in the parks, but I am not a fan of Great Moments being closed for so long.

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