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Visit Date: 6/03/22
Steps: 20,735
Parks Miles: 9.6
Time in Parks: 10


Trip Log:

Arrived at the Disneyland Resort just after noon and was directed into a parking spot on the Cars Level of the Pixar Pals Parking Structure. Walked over to the Disneyland Hotel to check out the DVC Tower construction then into Downtown Disney. Stopped by the Jazz exhibit in the former ESPN building then walked through Downtown Disney to the parks. Started my day at Disneyland with the Straw Hatters in Town Square then strolled up Main Street USA, stopping in the Plaza Point Store on my way to Tomorrowland. Boarded a Monorail for a round trip journey on the highway in the sky then walked around the Matterhorn and out to the Fantasyland Theatre. Walked back up the parade route to Main Street USA. Mickey's Cavalcade was making its way up the street so stopped and watched then crossed the Esplanade to Disney California Adventure. Stopped for a bite to eat at Smokejumpers Grill. Listened to Five and Dime for a bit then walked through Hollywood Land, Avengers Campus and Cars Land before circling back for Philly Phonics in Carthay Circle. After their set visited Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers in Hollywood Land. Took a second pass through Avengers Campus and then circled Paradise Bay stopping at Paradise Gardens to listen to the group at the Bandstand. Found a bench and listened to a second set from Philly Phonics then made my way to the Backlot Stage for a performance by Urban Music Society. After there set crossed back to Disneyland and walked through Adventureland and New Orleans Square to check out the renovation projects. Decided to pass through Critter Country, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Frontierland before crossing the hub to Tomorrowland. Stopped by the Tomorrowland Terrace for Stitch's Interplanetary Beach Party Blast. Then walked through the hub, Adventureland and out to Critter Country. Circled the area before returing back to the Rivers of America to find a spot for Fantasmic! After the show walked quickly (well inched quickly) through the crowd to Main Street USA. I found a spot for Disneyland Forever and watched the fireworks then headed for the tram, parking structure and home.

Other Interesting Stats:
* Moderate Walking Stats (meaning over 2.5mph): 16,152 steps, 140 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!

Summer has arrived at the Disneyland Resort with a fairly normal array of entertainment offerings at both parks and Downtown Disney. The parks both felt crowded walking around. Wait times seemed longer than an average Friday but not extreme in most cases. There was a Grad Nite at DCA this evening so there were a large number of groups of high school kids in the parks.. The weather was on the mild side. My entire drive to Anaheim was overcast with the sun breaking out only the last couple miles. Temperatures reached the upper 70s then cooled down to the upper 60s. There were breezes at times but by fireworks time they were not an issue.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • Started my visit off at the Disneyland Hotel checking out the Disney Vacation Club Tower construction since it had been a while since I walked out there. The tower is now visible from around the hotel grounds. The 4th floor looks mostly poured and columns are rising for the 5th. On the lower floors some of the temporary supports have been remove.
  • The sand sculpture near the Star Wars Trading Post for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series has been updated since the last time I visited it. I was surprised to see an update, I though that was a May the 4th creation, but I guess its for ongoing promotion of the series.
  • The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure Exhibit is open daily from noon until 8pm through July 4th. It is located in the former gift shop space of the ESPN Zone. Tthe doorway to enter is near the north security area for Downtown Disney. I appreciate that something was in the space and it was nice to visit but it felt lacking to me. The space was very small since it was confined to just the gift shop portion of the building. The single entrance facing the security check point made it feel out of the way. There were signs to guide you there but it was awkward. The primary displays are information posters and then a display case with pictures from Disneyland. The highlight for me were the tickets from various events at Disneyland. I always find it interesting to look at how events are promoted, what's included and the pricing. I thought the instruments on display would have had some significance but it turns out they were just showcasing Yamaha instruments. I missed the piano performer, which I think would have added to the experience. The cast members were asking if anyone knew how to play and they were going to let you if you wanted to. I would have liked to have seen more and maybe some multi-media.
  • June is Black Music Appreciation Month and the Disneyland Resort has an event honoring it called Celebrate Soulfully. This includes entertainment at the two parks and Downtown Disney, the Jazz exhibit plus other activities. I enjoyed some of the entertainment offerings on Friday. At Disney California Adventure the Philly Phonics alternate performances with Five and Dime in Carthay Circle. I thought their set was entertaining and a good mix of music. The Hollywood Backlot Stage will host a variety of groups throughout the month. Like other festivals though the groups are fixed to a day of the week. So if you visit on the same day over the course of the month you will see the same group and not be able to sample them all. On Friday evening the group is the Urban Music Society. They put on an entertaining show and drew a healthy crowd. Downtown Disney has a crafts area plus entertainment and food trucks in the evening. I did not get out there in evening though.
  • Started my afternoon at Disneyland. The Plaza Point Holiday Shoppe displays have been updated for summer. The Spring/Easter display has given way to red, white and blue plus fireworks references. Seeing the store change with the season has been interesting and the cast members I spoke with inside really enjoy it too.
  • I was planning on seeing a performance of Tale of the Lion King in the Fantasyland Theatre but all shows for the day were cancelled. Disney did not post any information/details on the cancellation. This was the second day in a row. The theatre was very quiet when I walked by. Just a couple people working inside. Internet speculation is the cast had a COVID outbreak.
  • I decided to grab dinner at Smokejumpers Grill. Waffle fries are now off the menu and they were replaced with Crinkle Cut fries. The portion on Friday was generous but the fries were not the best. They were really salty and more greasy than my taste. Not sure if this was just the luck of the draw or how they are going to be. Disney's still determined to get you to mobile order. When I stopped to eat there was only one register available and the queue to order was out the door and into the walkway.
  • I finally managed to catch Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers in Hollywood Land. The two chipmunks come out for pictures but my timing has been bad. I lucked out and caught the last couple minutes of a set. They have a traditional queue to meet them, but the group as I walked up just wanted pictures of the characters so it worked out great.
  • The walkway from Adventureland to Pirates is being restored to how it functioned before Tarzan took over the Treehouse in 1999. The entrance stairs and bridge have been completely removed and Friday the renovation walls were down with only fences around the still wet concrete. The area does look more open again and this should aid traffic flow through one of many pinch points at Disneyland.
  • Most of the pavement projects in New Orleans Square have wrapped up. Only couple more are in the final stages it looks like. With Pirates still closed this means the guest flow through area is pretty smooth most of the time now. The Blue Bayou has reopened. On Friday they were doing walk-in dining only, no reservations. At 6pm a party of 8 walked up while I was there and told a 20 minutes wait which seemed reasonable. Around the corner at the Mint Julep Bar the line was over 40 people long and stretched around the dining area. Only one register was open and it could not keep up with the demand.
  • While I was in Galaxy's Edge I overhead a family discussion and they were not pleased. It seems they were supposed to meet the rest of their family. The plan was to meet at Star Wars. Well this half went to Star Wars Land and the other half the Star Wars Ride.. so they were at Star Tours. Wonder how frequently this happens? Also found it interesting they all seemed to know that Star Tours = Star Wars Ride where as the two in Galaxy's Edge were not even considered.
  • The Pixar Pals Dance party has ended and Stitch's Interplanetary Beach Party takes over Tomorrowland Terrace from 7-11pm. The format is the same as all other Dance Parties with groups of characters cycling through while a DJ/host handles the instruction. I enjoyed this one with the mix of Elvis music. The character costumes fit the occasion too. I saw Stitch, Goofy, Pluto, Clarabell, Horace, Chip, Dale, and Clarice in the first rotation. Each group was out for a few songs then the next would take there place. My only complaint with these is I think there is too much instruction/voice over. Let the songs play and characters dance. Note they are still on the stage and not mingling in the crowd. The dance party drew a decent crowd and those there were having a good time. I miss the live bands but this is better than nothing. Live Entertainment ceases when the sun sets right now until the Nighttime spectaculars.
  • Fantasmic! kicked off its 30th Anniversary season last Saturday. Friday I stopped by to take in the 9pm show. I found a standby spot about 30 minutes prior to show time. As I watched the show I forgot how much I did not care for the updated version of the show. From the technical side the projections looked great and the water screens really clear. Unfortunately the Dragon did not appear so you were left with projections only for that part of the show (I saw the same thing happened Thursday). Hopefully they resolve the issue quickly.
  • As soon as Mickey disappeared from the stage I turned and walked quickly toward Main Street USA with the big crowd. It was slow going but I managed to make it to Coke Corner before the opening of Disneyland Forever started. I found a spot near the Crystal Arcade and watched the show from there. I was surprised the street was not jammed. The sidewalk on the other hand was very busy.
  • After the fireworks I left along with a lot of other guests. I moved quickly through the tram queue but things were flowing slower than previous visits. Seems I had bad timing and there were few trams in the area. They showed up and things started to move. I managed to board the first one that pulled into the station walked up to so that was good. Unfortunately it had some sort of issue and they had to shut down and restart the system. This took a few minutes, but was not a huge delay.

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