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Visit Date: 8/05/22
Steps: 21,283
Parks Miles: 10.0
Time in Parks: 10


Trip Log:

Arrived at the Disneyland Resort around noon and walked over to the Disneyland Hotel. Passed through the Fantasy Tower and walked through the pool area checking out the DVC tower construction and tower painting. Then strolled through Downtown Disney on my way to Disney California Adventure. A Red Car Trolley was on the move as I entered Buena Vista Street. I opted to walk to Carthay Circle then down Hollywood Blvd. Passed through Avengers Campus and then around Grizzly Recreation Area and out to Paradise Gardens Park. Circled Pixar Pier and then traveled through the Wharf to Cars Land for a bite to eat at Flo's. After eating roamed around Cars Land and then made my way back to Hollywood Land before crossing the Esplanade to Disneyland. Strolled up Main Street USA and through Sleeping Beauty Castle to Fantasyland. Continued on to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and passed through Black Spire Outpost. Took a look at Rises of the Resistance but decided to keep walking to Critter Country. Passed through New Orleans Square and Adventureland on my way back to Main Street USA. Stopped by Plaza Point Holiday Shoppe before continuing on to Tomorrowland. Circled the area walking by Space Mountain and then the Sub Lagoon. The wait for Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage was 40 min and the Monorail was closed due to the heat so I continued on around the lagoon and out to it's a small world to check in on Toontown. Walked the parade route back to Town Square and found a spot for the nightly Flag Retreat. After the ceremony retraced my steps and headed for the 5pm Tale of the Lion King in Fantasyland. After the show took another walk by Nemo and spent some time in Tomorrowland before returning to Town Square for the 6:10pm College Band performance. Made my way back to Batuu for another walk through before the 7:10pm Castle Set by the All-American College Band. Stopped by Stitch's Beach Party Blast between sets then found a spot on Main Street USA for the 8:00pm pre-parade performance of the band. Returned to Disney California Adventure after their set. Strolled up Buena Vista Street and into Avengers Campus where I roamed around before making my way to Hollywood Land for the 9:00pm College Band performance on the Backlot Stage. After their show headed for the tram, parking structure, my car and home.

Other Interesting Stats:
* Moderate Walking Stats (meaning over 2.5mph): 16,938 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!

I had a relaxing visit to the Disneyland Resort on Friday. I had a very short agenda with the main goal being to enjoy the All-American College Band and check in on some projects around the parks. The weather was on the warmer side topping out around 90 with humidity you could feel which is not normal for us Southern Californians. It was still a fraction of what you would experience in Orlando but noticeable for us. There was a slight breeze and plenty of shade to help too. The crowds felt about the same as previous visits. The parks are busy but not over crowded.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • For those of us who bought and activated our Disneyland Magic Key passes in the opening days we are now about 3 weeks from expiration and Disneyland has yet to share renewal options or plans. This is a bit frustrating not knowing what is going on and not being able to make reservations for coming weeks. Disney has said something is coming soon, but no indication of what something or soon is.
  • I started my day walking to the Disneyland Hotel. The former Downtown Disney parking lot landscaping project continues. New trees and curbs are being installed around the lot and it looks like preparations for new pavement in some spots. Across the entrance road in the other parking lot the construction we saw weeks ago on the far side near the trailers is visible over the fence line. It appears to be a test structure. Best guess is it is for the new West side project. Does anyone know?
  • The Disneyland Hotel towers are being repainted and the DVC tower is rising above the 8th story now. The concept art for the new tower still looks quiet difference than the color scheme of the existing towers. Its going to be interesting how the final product looks.
  • Downtown Disney was a live with activity for a Friday afternoon. There seemed to be a good number of people moving about as I walked through it. Since my last walk through the silletas have received signage explaining about them and a QR code link to the Parks Blog article for more background. This was nice to see, but I would have liked the QR code to do more since it was so prominently featured on every sign. It linked to the same article.
  • As you neared the ticket booths there is a Honda SUV on display celebrating the Main Street Electrical Parade's 50th Anniversary. On top of the car is a large snail. I overheard several groups walking by while I was taking pictures wanting to know if they sold the snail somewhere.
  • I started the afternoon at Disney California Adventure today. It was nice to step onto Buena Vista Street and see a Red Car Trolley making the rounds. Even when not riding having it back adds to the immersion. At present there is only one car in operation and it makes stops at the park entrance, Carthay Circle, near the Animation Building and on Sunset Blvd. across from the Hyperion. The stop on Sunset is new and is really makeshift at the moment with only a warning sign indicating it is in fact the stop. Nothing on the post or ground to indicate it. With the passing point on Hollywood Blvd. its going to be interesting how two car operation works, seems one will be sitting for quite a while waiting for the other.
  • Plaza Point Holiday Shoppe at Disneyland has switched to its Halloween Display. Red, white and blue is not orange and purple. Also interesting some Oktoberfest merchandise that looks straight out of EPCOT has arrived for Fall too. Great to see the transition but it seems really early for Halloween to me still.
  • I stopped by Coke Corner a couple of times this afternoon to grab some ice water. Both times the cast member explained they just had water, no ice available today. The first time the water was chilled the second closer to room temperature. They were both still cooler than the drinking fountains but not ice cold.
  • The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage has returned to normal operation since my last visit. It was great to see the subs circling the lagoon again. Unfortunately the wait time was 40 minutes or more most of the day. That combined with the idea of being in the small enclosed space right now caused me to skip them this visit. From what I have seen/read the renovation work has restored the attraction to looking new again.
  • Speaking of COVID. Mask usage around the parks was about the same as last visit. A majority of cast members indoors were wearing masks and a large number outside too. Guests were a much lower percentage overall but still more than we saw in June.
  • The small glimpse of the Toontown work you can see from the it's a small world mall shows the hills are being painted. It would be nice to see an update on the project on the Parks Blog. Maybe at the upcoming D23 Expo something will be shared.
  • I stopped by the Fantasyland Theater to take in a showing of the Tale of the Lion King. I went to the 5pm showing and the theater crowd build throughout the beginning of the show to be mostly full but not packed in if that makes sense. The audio levels were on the loud side though at some points nearing distortion. Not sure why the need to be that loud.
  • My primary objective Friday was to enjoy the All-American College Band and I made a point to be at all their sets. This was my first time seeing the Dapper Dans join them at the Flag Retreat.. my previous couple viewings the band was there by themselves. It always impresses me how the band evolves over the course of their summer. This year due to timing I only saw them perform a few days unfortunately and did not see any of their guests at the 9pm set. The band has one more week and is slated to wrap up their summer next Friday.
  • My evening ended on a less than pleasant note. To exit the parking structure they were forcing you to go to Magic Way from the Pixar Pals structure. Traffic was backed up into the structure, it took over 2 lights to get moving. One interesting thing of being stopped was you could see several trams staged and being prepared for the exit crowds on the first floor of the structure. Once making the left on Magic Way I just barely made it through the light onto Disneyland drive so that was good luck and only had to sit through one light at Ball Road. Overall though sitting in traffic to exit is not a great way to cap off the evening.

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