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Visit Date: 8/22/19
Steps: 20,890
Parks Miles: 9.8
Time in Parks: 9


Trip Log:

Arrived in Anaheim just before 7am and checked into the hotel and parked the car for the weekend. Grabbed some breakfast and headed for the parks. Arrived at Disney California Adventure about 15 minutes prior to park opening. Strolled up Buena Vista Street and into Grizzly Recreation Area. Was in line and caught the first flight on Soarin Over California at park opening. Then walked out to Pixar Pier and walked onto the Emotional Whirlwind, Silly Symphony Swings, and Pixar Pal-A-Round. Saw a 15 minute wait for Toy Story so picked up a FastPass and walked right on with an instant return time. Finished the Pixar Pier loop and made my way through the Wharf and into Cars Land. Waited about 10 minutes for Luigis then walked up Route 66 to make my way to Hollywood Land. Circled the Backlot then Guardians area before walking back to Buena Vista Street and over to Disneyland. Met some friends and we all strolled up Main Street, around the hub and out to the Huanted Mansion. It was a posted 13 min wait, but really a walk on. Then waited about 10 minutes for Pirates. Stopped by the Golden Horseshoe for some water then took a stroll to Fantasyland via the Big Thunder Trail. Decided to make our way to Adentureland and visit the Enchanted Tiki Room. Then I walked back through the hub, around the Matterhorn and into Tomorrowland. Returned the hub and decided to head to lunch at Smokejumpers Grill. After lunch took a tram to the parking structure to take a look around then walked to Downtown Disney. Stopped at the LEGO store and World of Disney on my way back to Disneyland. Went for a Grand Circle Tour on the Disneyland Railroad then hung out in Town Square listening to the Dapper Dans and visiting. Left the park around 3:30pm to walk back to the hotel and prepare for the D23 Expo preview.

Other Interesting Stats:
* Moderate Walking Stats (meaning over 2.5mph): 15,899 steps, 140 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 started my D23 Expo weekend off with an early drive to Anaheim and some time roaming the parks. I was in Anaheim from Thursday through Sunday but was at the convention center and hotel most of the time. I did spend a good part of the day at the parks on Thursday. The crowds were light as usual at park opening and they continued to build throughout the day. I left in the early afternoon.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • I parked at the hotel I was staying at and walked down Harbor Blvd to the parks. It was a peaceful walk at 7:30am with people heading to the park. Passed a handful of homeless/panhandlers along the way. Not the best first impression of the resort district for those visiting from out of state. I did find it interesting that some on the corner of Katella and Harbor instead of asking for spare change were asking if you had a $5. I do not know a good solution but I really think in a resort/tourist district this should be prohibited.

  • Arrived at the park entrances about 15 minutes prior to opening and choose to visit Disney California Adventure first. You could walk through Buena Vista Street and some of Grizzly Recreation Area to find where they were holding guests for the rope drop. Today they did not open Soarin' early. Instead they held the line outside until 8am then walked you in. I was able to make the first flight so by 8:15am I was walking toward the Pier.

  • The Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind has had waits pushing an hour many of the times I walked by so I had not yet experienced the new attraction. The slow load times and low capacity make it an unbearable wait for me. This morning though there was no wait. I was able to walk right up and onto the next cycle. No surprise, the experience is the same as Flik's Flyers, but you have a different spiel to listen to and different sights to look at being on Pixar Pier. Overall it is a fun little spinner. I would have much rather seen a larger, more in depth attraction added and this the entrance for it, but it is better than nothing which has been there for years since the Maliboomer was removed.

  • This morning most attractions in the park were walk ons. Always fun to start the morning strolling around a quiet park and having the option to walk on anything you want. Toy Story had a 15 min wait posted and the queue room was looking rather full so I opted instead to use a FastPass. A quick tip.. if you do not have a FastPass for something take a quick look at the return time before jumping into a queue. For example when I walked by the return time was for 5 minutes from when I picked up the ticket, which meant it was an instant walk on.

  • Noticed that the Duke Caboom Popcorn figure was in motion today. On previous visits he had always been stationary.

  • Took a look at the Avengers Campus construction from several vantages points. The buildings are starting to take shape now with the framing being covered on Spider-Man and steel being assembled for the other buildings. The initial phase is slated to open next year.

  • The new Sunset Showcase Theater entrance marquee was being installed along Hollywood Blvd. Its going to add some more motion to Hollywood Blvd with a digital display and some light with the neon at night. Having the entrance on the main walkway will hopefully help guests find it easier and a flashy marquee to draw your attention too. Also with a digital display change over for other shows/uses will be instantaneous.

  • Spent a couple hours wandering around Disneyland visiting with friends. It was a pleasant way to spend the rest of the morning. The crowds were light and we were able to visit several attractions. We did run into some longer than anticipated waits and several closed attractions in Fantasyland that caused us to alter course. Not sure what was going on but it seemed like most of the dark rides had cycled through closures this morning.

  • Stopped by the parking structures to check out the three projects there. The Tram Plaza is moving quickly toward completion. It is slated to open in September. A large portion now has pavers installed and preparations are underway for most of the rest of the space. The second set of elevators for the Mickey & Friends structure are taking shape, concrete work has wrapped up and steel was being assembled on Thursday. The walkway to Downtown Disney is receiving more landscaping as more finishing touches are applied to the bridge and ramp portions. No date has been announced beyond saying September.

  • Stopped by the LEGO store in Downtown Disney and took a look at the new Disney Parks LEGO train set. It is a great looking set, but it checks in at $330.

  • World of Disney had a selection of Haunted Mansion merchandise including several 50th anniversary items. Also a large Halloween display in the center of the store. Halloween merchandise is also moving into stores in the parks. August just seems so early to be thinking about Halloween to me. Halloween Time kicks off Friday September 6th.

Here are some recent posts to the Geek's Blog:

D23 Expo 2019 Summary Page - Links to all the announcements so far and will eventually contain links to all of our coverage

Geek's Blog Postings Recap July 3-30, 2019

Disney Related Press Releases

Be sure to check out the picture update that goes with this Geekspeak column, it can be found in our Disneyland Resort Pictorial Update section

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

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