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Visit Date: 11/01/19
Steps: 22,896
Parks Miles: 10.8
Time in Parks: 9


Trip Log:

Arrived at the Disneyland Resort just after lunch. The overpass was closed, but luckily made it through the first light. Only a couple cars in each lane at the tollbooths. Then a slow crawl up the ramp and into a spot on the roof. Took a quick look at the construction in the tram plaza then headed for the parks via tram. Started my visit at Disney California Adventure. Strolled along Buena Vista Street then up the parade route and out to Paradise Gardens. Took a walk around Pixar Pier hoping to go for a spin on the Pal-A-Round but the line was longer than my patience so just kept on walking. Pictured up a FastPass for Haunted Mansion Holiday as I was walking around with a near instant return time so made my way through Grizzly Recreation Area and back to Buena Vista Street to head across the Esplanade. On the way checked out some of the Christmas merchandise in Elias & Co. Wandered around Main Street USA and the hub before walked through Frontierland to reach New Orleans Square and use my FastPass just before the hour window ended. After my visit to the Mansion walked through Adventureland and back to Main Street USA and watched the Cavalcade since I was there. Crossed back to DCA and grabbed dinner at Smokejumpers then spent some time in Hollywood Land. Returned to Disneyland and decided to go for a flight on the Astro Orbitor before the sun set. Enjoyed a performance by the Dapper Dans on Main Street then walked through Tomorrowland and around the Matterhorn and out to Toontown as the sun set. Took a look at the Toons Christmas decrorations then walked through Fantasyland to the Big Thunder Trail. Decided to pay a visit to Batuu so entered near Fantasyland and walked through Black Spire Outpost and circled around through the Marketplace then back to the other Big Thunder Trail tunnel. Looked at the clock and decided to walk quickly to DCA and out to Paradise Gardens to catch the 7pm Musical Celebraton of Coco. Arrived a couple minutes before show time so I was in the back but could sort of see. After their performance walked through Pardise Gardens and then out to Toy Story Midway Mania to use a FastPass I picked up earlier in the day. Continued on around Pixar Pier and took the parade route to Buena Vista Street and out to Downtown Disney. Walked quickly out to the west end stage to catch the 8pm Phat Cat Swinger Concert. After their set strolled back through Downtown Disney stopping at World of Disney to check out the Christmas merchandise. Returned to Disneyland and wandered around Main Street USA then into Frontierland. Waded through the Fantasmic crowd and decided to visit Fortune Red and pick up a card. Fantasmic was just starting so stood in the back for the first half of the show then made my way to Main Street USA to conclude my visit with Mickey's Mix Magic. After the show headed for the tram, parking structure, my car and home.

Other Interesting Stats:
* Moderate Walking Stats (meaning over 2.5mph): 17,466 steps, 150 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!

The Disneyland Resort is undergoing its annual rapid transition from Halloween to Christmas this week. Halloween was the night before my visit but already throughout the parks much of the Halloween decorations are gone and Christmas is arriving quickly. Stores are filled with Christmas (and Frozen II) merchandise. The Holiday season officially kicks off next Friday, the 8th. This week the crowds were heavier than I would have thought given the parks being between seasons. Wait times were on the high side when I arrived and continued to climb as usual as the afternoon went on. The weather was a perfect "fall" day in Southern California with the highs around 80 and dropping to the 60s by the time I left.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • This afternoon my arrival experience at the parks was mixed. The overpass was closed so I had to sit through a light at Ball Road. No lines at the tollbooth but then a slow crawl up the ramp and into a spot on the roof. No wait at security or to board a tram.

  • The parking structures tram stop project is wrapping up. The final sections are blocked off for paver work. Which meant on Friday the two sets of escalators to the lower levels were not accessible at the Mickey & Friends structure. They have started to add the metal mesh to the exterior of the structure. The exterior of the new elevator shafts showed little visible progress, guessing work has shifted to the interior.

  • As I mentioned the parks felt busy. FastPasses for Haunted Mansion Holiday were after 9pm when I first checked. I then looked at DCA and there were late return times for attractions too. I lucked out and when I went back to Disneyland a HMH for a window that opened within 20 minutes popped up so I grabbed those. After riding I again lucked out and picked up a Toy Story one for a time slot that worked with my plan for the evening.

  • I did not have as much luck with stand-by queues. I had wanted to go for a spin on the Pixar Pal-A-Round but the wait was 30 minutes or longer the couple times I walked by/checked during the day.

  • At Disneyland the Hub / Tomorrowland Entrance renovation is moving along. Some walkways have reopened which has helped with traffic flow. From the Astro Orbitor it looks like the rest of the south side is moving quickly toward completion. The north side did not have that much visible progress.

  • When I used my FastPass for the Haunted Mansion Holiday the return queue was moving quickly but everything ground to a halt once exiting the stretching rooms. Not sure why they kept filling the rooms so much and jamming guests into the corridor below.

  • Grabbed dinner at the Smokejumpers grill. There were plenty of tables and no waits during my visit (which was around 4pm).

  • Spent some time roaming around Toontown as the sun set checking out how the Toons decorated this year. Nothing drastically different jumped out to me. It seems to be the same as last year on a first look around.

  • Something new to me in Toontown was the additional recreation activity that was added in the Downtown area.. cast members were letting guests fish in the Roger Rabbit fountain. The CMs and kids that were participating looked to be having a good time. Not sure why this was going on or if this is a regular occurrence. It was my first time noticing it.

  • Took a walk through Batuu after sunset. The streets of Black Spire Outpost had a fair number of guests moving about and the stand by wait for Smugglers Run was posted at 65 minutes. Docking Bay 7 menu labels have been altered to be more obvious what the food is. Before the names were more on planet and the descriptions told you what the food was, but I guess this was too much for guests so they had to change the title too.

  • The Musical Celebration of Coco and Día de Muertos festivities at Disney California Adventure run through Sunday. Friday night when I visited the area was busy and the show was a half dozen or so guests deep as usual.

  • The Toy Story Midway Mania FastPass return was slow this evening. It took me almost 20 minutes to get through the queue and ride this evening. They were making announcements for those in the stand by that the wait time was longer than what the sign said when they entered. So guessing a large number of FastPass guests showed up or something right before I got in line.

  • Walked through Downtown Disney to see what was going on this evening. Halloween decorations were still up throughout. Phat Cat Swinger was performing on the West End Stage, next week they move into DCA for Festival of Holidays. In front of the former Rain Forest Cafe a new trailer has arrived and is being set up. It will be a new dining location - Asian Street Eats. World of Disney has transitions and the central area is Christmas central. There is also a Frozen 2 section replacing the princesses.

  • Stopped by to visit Fortune Red when I returned to Disneyland. I am halfway through the third story in the Play Disney App there. It has become hard to reach him with the area being used as the entrance for the character meet and greet much of the time.

  • Since I was in the area I stopped to watch the first half of Fantasmic from a stand by area in the back that had no crowd. It was a fairly obstructed view of the show but with no wait and a last second decision (the show as going on when I stopped) it was not horrible.

  • Mickey's Mix Magic has returned for a week bridging the gap between Halloween Screams and Believe in Holiday Magic this weekend.

  • Downtown Disney's tram stop was set up with a large queue again and cast members were directing guests to waiting tram load zones. Overall the system worked efficiently for me. I was able to just keep walking and a tram pulled in and I made it on with minimal waits.

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