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Visit Date: 6/16/23
Steps: 21,792
Parks Miles: 9.97
Time in Parks: 8


Trip Log:

Arrived in the Anaheim area around 11:30 and stopped for lunch then went to park. I was directed into a spot on the Mickey level in the middle of the garage. Walked down to security and boarded a tram with no waits. Strolled into Disneyland, up Main Street USA, through the Castle and into Fantasyland where I found the rest of my group exiting Casey Jr. We decided to walk through Fantasyland, around the Matterhorn and into Tomorrowland. Boarded the Monorail for a round trip then walked back through the hub and Castle on our way to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Spent some time roaming around Black Spire Outpost then made my way into Critter Country. Spent some time checking out the projects in Critter Country, New Orleans Square and Adventureland. Made our way back to the park entrance then across the Esplanade to Disney California Adventure. First stop my nephew's favorite show.. the Amazing Spiderman. After seeing him fly through the air they headed to Redwood Creek and I spent some time exploring the Pacific Wharf work and a quick trip to Pixar Pier before joining them in Redwood Creek. Walked through Grizzly Recreation Area, through Carthay Circle and down Hollywood Blvd to Sunset Blvd. Caught the Guardians of the Galaxy Dance off then they went to see Disney Jr. Next up a Midnight Hour performance on the Backlot stage then stopped by Pym's to pick up a pretzel before returning to Hollywood Land. After eating we returned to Disneyland. Walked up Main Street USA and into Fantasyland. Took a second round of pictures of the projects there then took the Big Thunder Trail to Frontierland. Returned to Main Street USA and found a spot for the 6:30pm Magic Happens Parade. After the parade walked along Main Street USA and into Tomorrowland where we walked onto Star Tours. Once back in Tomorrowland circled the Matterhorn and made our way out to Toontown to see what was going on there. The kids played for a bit then we decided it was time to start leaving. Walked down the parade route and out of the park. Strolled through Downtown Disney and walked back to the parking structure, found the car and headed for home. (Walking time 3:33 today)

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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:

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As I drove down the I-5 to Anaheim it was cloudy and gloomy as it has been for a good month plus now. The forecast said sun this afternoon. Stopped for lunch and then parked and by the time I reached Disneyland the sun was out. It felt great to be warm as temps reached the upper 70s with a slight breeze. It cooled down quickly again to the 60s as the sun set. Both parks felt crowded with DCA hosting another Grad Nite. The wait times were all over the place jumping around. Not sure if this was due to the way the app reports them now, attractions going up and down, or just the flow of the crowds in the park. For example you could find Star Tours anywhere from under 10 minutes to an hour in the mid afternoon. Or Runaway Railway as low as 30 and over 60.

This week is traditionally the kick off of summer at the Disneyland Resort with all the summer offerings going strong or starting around now. This year there seems to be nothing going on. The entertainment was noticeably lacking with no Tale of the Lion King and no live entertainment after the second Magic Happens Parade. They did not even have a dance party in Tomorrowland. For a Friday night in the summer season it was really disappointing to walk around the park and see nothing going on. This trend continued into Downtown Disney. I walked through around 8pm and there was nothing going on in the public areas except for a DJ at the West End Stage who was playing music for those walking by, no one was stopping to listen.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • I arrived at the resort just after lunch and found a handful of cars in each lane. I choose a rather slow one. I did notice every car in front of me appeared to be a Magic Key holder as I saw them scanning phone and no exchange of credit cards. I was directed into an ok spot near the center of the Mickey and Friends parking structure, better than some recent spots. No delays at security or for a tram today.
  • Walked through Fantasyland. The renovation projects are still in full swing but this week Mr. Toad and Alice in Wonderland were both operating. Only Peter Pan was closed. So the operational impact of the work was minimized.
  • The Stage Coach along the trail leading to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has returned after a lengthy renovation. It looked good as new again. Nice to see the prop return vs disappearing. Even though the bright red coach seems a tad out of place there.
  • Spent some time roaming around Black Spire Outpost since my nephew was with us and he wanted to see the droids and Millennium Falcon. It was nice he did not want to ride anything just walk around and see the sights.
  • Over at Disney California Adventure stopped by Avengers Campus to see the Amazing Spider-Man show since that is my nephew's favorite show. Again lucked out he wanted to see the show vs visit the attraction, which meant no time in line. The show itself is not great but seeing the stunt-tronic in action is always great. After the show Spider-Man runs along the crowd high fiving guests. He did not stay out for photos. I did walk through Avengers Campus a couple of times. I saw some characters up on the Headquarters but very few at ground level interacting with guests. It may have been my timing, but before it seemed you would always see a couple somewhere if you passed through multiple times.
  • The San Fransokyo Square project continues to roll along with more scaffolding coming down and walls going up. More of the bakery building was uncovered this week sporting updated graphics and artwork advertising San Fransokyo businesses. More walls were up around the future Meet and Greet Spot and the new beer window continues to take shape. Disney has yet to announce an opening date but they seem to be moving along so seems it may be sooner rather than later this summer.
  • It was great to see two Red Car Trolleys back in action. It is still odd timing given they can only pass each other at the Animation Building which is near the far end of the route. Really seems like a second passing option in Carthay Circle would have benefited the attraction.
  • I saw nothing going on for the new Disney/Pixar film Elemental beyond some merchandise in couple shops and a sipper. The World of Color preshow is still playing and is mentioned in the app if you click into the show details but it is not really highlighted. I thought maybe they would do buttons or something like they have for previous films. No such luck. Not even a handout.
  • Stopped by the Hollywood Backlot and caught an early afternoon set by Midnight Hour. They put on an entertaining show but unfortunately it was the same as the later set I watched last week. I thought maybe they would have some different songs in the various sets.
  • Spent some time in Mickey's Toontown as the sun set. Most of the construction walls are now gone with only a set up around the Popcorn Cart area. Donald's area is still roped off and looks the same. The land in general still felt crowded but not as insanely crowded as past visits.

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