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Visit Date: 6/07/19
Steps: 21,545
Parks Miles: 10.2
Time in Parks: 9


Trip Log:

Arrived at the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure just after lunch and had a slow crawl up the ramp to a parking spot today. Took a look at the Pixar Pals Parking Structure then walked over to Downtown Disney. Stopped by the ticket booths to renew my annual pass then decided to head for Disney California Adventure first. Strolled up Buena Vista Street and out to Paradise Gardens Park. Had some time so took a walk around the Pixar Pier, the Pal-A-Round wait was longer than I had time for so skipped it, and continued around the Pier. Took a quick walk through the Pacific Wharf and through Cars Land before returning to Paradise Gardens Park to watch the Tale of the Lion King show. After the performance made my way back to the front of the park and over to Disneyland. Took a look around Main Street USA and the hub before heading into Tomorrowland. Walked by Pizza Planet then caught up with some friends. We all walked out and went for a cruise on it's a small world. Afterwards strolled through Fantasyland. Some of the group went for a spin on Dumbo since it had a short wait. Continued on through the Big Thunder Trail and New Orleans Square on our way to Critter Country. My friends had Star Wars reservations so said good bye as they set off for Batuu then I circled back through New Orleans Square and through Adventureland back to Main Street USA. Decided to return to DCA and grab a bite to eat at Smokejumpers. After eating walked through Grizzly Recreation Area and back to Paradise Gardens Park to catch the last performance of Tale of the Lion King for the day. Decided to go for a spin on the Pal-A-Round (about a 15 minute wait only). Once back on the ground walked back through the park and out to Hollywood Land. Took a look around and then headed for Grizzly Airfield and a Soarin FastPass. After my flight returned to Disneyland. Wandered around Main Street USA and eventually ended up in Tomorrowland. Went for a round trip voyage on the Monorail then spent some time catching up on emails and posts before returning to Main Street USA to find a spot for Disneyland Forever. After the fireworks returned to the tram, parking structure, my car and headed for home.

Other Interesting Stats:
* Moderate Walking Stats (meaning over 2.5mph): 17,194 steps, 148 minutes.

For Comparisons to other trips or more park miles click here to visit our park Miles Section.

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 returned to the Disneyland Resort on Friday for my 3rd visit in 8 days, which for me is quite a bit. This time with the goal of seeing two shows and visiting some friends. The crowds at the parks were still on the modest side but slightly more than my previous two visits. Some local school districts started summer vacation so that may be a contributing factor. Wait times for most attractions were below average still though.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • I arrived at the Mickey and Friends Parking structure just after lunch. The overpass was closed so I had to wait through a light at Ball Road. No traffic at all at the tollbooth, pulled right up. My parking luck ended on the ramp up to the level. Both lanes were stopped and barely moving. It seemed as if they were loading the last row on the roof. Final after several minutes they opened the right lane to the 5th floor and I was directed around and into a spot close the elevators but it took over 5 minutes from entering to the floor. I do not understand why they cannot more effeciently split up cars once a level is close to being full. Seems like it can be done to keep a good flow going to the spots and not cause a big backup on the ramp.

  • The Pixar Pals Parking Structure is moving along quickly with an expected opening about two weeks away. More finishing touches were being installed and fencing so they can shift the construction zone was going in. It is going to be really interesting how traffic flows with the new garage. Not having so many closures is going to be great!

  • Walked from the parking structure to Downtown Disney to enter the parks today since I wanted to take a look at the new ramp construction. The crowds were mild in Downtown Disney, more than last week, but below normal, just like the parks. Nothing new or interesting to report from my stroll through the area.

  • My annual pass was set to expire on Monday so I decided to renew today. The Premier Annual Pass is still a bit of an oddity. You cannot renew it. You actually are purchasing a new year and because of that it means a lot of work for the cast member processing it which translates into a long transaction time. There is no option to do it online either. You would think after all these years they would simplify the process, but no such luck. As usual it took quite a while for the transaction. This year the price has climbed to just over $2,000. I opted for this pass because the Disneyland Signature Plus this year is $1,400 so the "break even" is one trip to WDW which costs about $700 a week. This will be my 25th year of Disneyland Annual passes. My first one was purchased for $119 in 1995. Another interesting stat is adding up all my purchases it is about $15,000. Of which over half is the last six years.

  • Tale of the Lion King is a stage production that debuted today on the Palisades stage in Disney California Adventure. It is slated to run for a limited time this summer. The show features a retelling of the story Lion King story told through song and dance. The musical arrangements are unique for the show. It clocks in at over 20 minutes in length and runs a handful of times per day. I enjoyed the show but found some of the humor attempts a bit flat and lowest common denominator. I thought having Just Can't Wait to Be King as a duet was really interesting and the Can You Feel the Love tonight number was well done. I was not a fan of how Hakuna Matata was done. The show features the vocalists, a percussion section and a dance group. Having the show in Paradise Gardens Park means there is a good amount of space to view the show, but there is absolutely no shade and the prime viewing spots are ground seats. This could be a problem with afternoon shows come July and August when it really heats up. It was in the 70s and felt warm as I watched it, I can only image how this will be in the 80s and 90s that will eventually be coming. I see when World of Color shifts to a single 10:15pm showing they shift the schedule later in the day/evening in the coming weeks in anticipation of this.

  • I was expecting more to go along with the show as part of a summer celebration for the Lion King. Maybe there is more coming but as of Friday they had this show as well as a small merchandise area with generic Lion King items for sale. I found this disappointing. I only saw one item that said Disneyland, everything else appeared generic. The Lion King drum popcorn buckets seemed to be of interest to some.

  • Over at Disneyland the Pizza Planet sign installation is still inching along. It now appears all the elements are installed but some do not light up (guessing they will eventually). This seems to be a very slow process.

  • The Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge reservation process seems to be running smoothly still. I had some friends go on Friday and they reported no delays in picking up their wristbands nor during the preview itself. Also note there is still plenty of opening day merchandise at the Launch Bay and Star Traders.

  • I had a challenge placing my dinner order via the Disneyland App. It would get to the submitting order page and sit there. I tried this while in Disneyland, the Esplanade, DCA and at the restaurant. Finally I tried with WiFi off and just using the regular mobile data and it went through. First time that happened to me.

  • Speaking of the App at Disneyland Esmeralda was working on the Play Disney Parks App but no sign of Fortune Red.

  • Went for a round trip voyage on the Disneyland Monorail and seems they were training a new driver. They overshot the station every time and it was a slow process to back up and then pull forward again to re-align. This added several minutes to the trip.

  • Having no live bands at Disneyland after dark leaves a gap in the schedule as far as I am concerned. Even if I do not care for the music I think the bands bring some energy and excitement to the park. The Get Your Ears On Dance party has been extended into the summer. No sign of any bands coming any time soon. I did see Knotts Berry Farm has signed several of the groups Disneyland used to have for performances this summer.

  • Speaking of live music the 2019 Disneyland Resort All-American College Band is rehearsing and are scheduled to start performances on the 17th. I have not seen any set time/location information yet.

  • I closed out my evening with Disneyland Forever. This fireworks show was created for the 60th anniversary back in 2015 with the original run being May 22, 2015 - September 5, 2016. No indication of how long the show will stick around this time, Disney has only said for a limited time. Having a full fireworks show with effects and larger number of shells was great after having Mickey's Mix Magic for the last several months. The show had some technical difficulties on Friday night. It started about 10 minutes late and the left side of the street audio was not correct. Also some of the building lights stayed on so the projections were a little challenging to see in some places.

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