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Visit Date: 1/19/24
Steps: 18,221
Parks Miles: 8.34
Time in Parks: 7


Trip Log:

Arrived in the Anaheim area around noon and grabbed a bite to eat then parked in the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Was directed into a space in the last/first row of the 4th level (furthest from the escalators). About 20 minutes later arrived at at Disneyland to start my day. Strolled along Main Street USA and around the hub. Passed through Adventureland and walked along the Rivers of America. The Haunted Mansion was posted at 30 minutes but looked shorter so got in line. It took just under 15 minutes to reach the foyer. After my final visit of the season spent some time look at the construction next store in Critter Country for Tiana's Bayou Adventure then took a walk-through Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and Fantasyland. It’s a small world has returned to the regular show. We thought about going for a cruise but it was posted at 30 minutes and most of the switchbacks were full so we skipped that and continued on to Toontown. Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway was showing a 20 minute wait so we decided to give it a try. Turned out to be just over 10 to reach the preshow. Walked around Toontown then through small world mall and around the Matterhorn to Tomorrowland. Circled the area then boarded a Monorail to Downtown Disney. Took a look at the construction there then walked through World of Disney on my way to Disney California Adventure. Took a look at the Lunar New Year preparations along the Performance Corridor and Paradise Gardens. Continued on around the Bay through Pixar Pier. Passed through San Fransokyo Square, Cars Land, Avengers Campus on my way to Hollywood Land. Found a spot to sit on Buena Vista Street to post some pictures then walked through Grizzly Recreation area and back down the performance corridor to Buena Vista Street. Crossed back to Disneyland and took in a performance by the Dapper Dans in Town Square. Spent some time in Frontierland including a partial set of the Piano player in the Golden Horseshoe. The Jungle Cruise was showing 10 minutes on the app so headed that way. The sign said 15. It took us under 10 to board a boat. After our cruise roamed around the hub and Sleeping Beauty Castle then decided to call it an early evening and left the park before 8pm. Took a tram back to the parking structure, found our car and headed for home. (Walking time 3:06 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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Friday was a relaxing day in the parks. I had no set agenda and we just roamed the parks and took advantage of some opportunities to visit a few attractions. The crowds followed a typical Friday pattern of building throughout the afternoon. Overall wait times were moderate most of my visit but creeping upwards as we left. The weather on the cool side in the low 60s to high 50s.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • I started my visit with my normal parking luck. The lanes where I entered were all about the same length.. but of course mine had a conversation with every one of the handful of cars in front of me so other lanes moved through twice as many cars in the same time. I also drew a long walk to the escalators in the far side of the 1st aisle on the Goofy level. Only good thing was no real delay to get up the ramp and into a space and I was able to pull forward and leave saving some driving. At security there were only a handful of gates open so line were longer than they have been when I arrived but still better than the evening or morning. It was about half an hour from Ball road to the park today.
  • The parks are in an off season period. There are a number of season renovation and other projects underway. Almost all signs of Christmas are gone. There is some snow on one small portion of the castle and Downtown Disney still had its decorations up, both seemed odd given the rest of the resort is back to normal. Disney100 merchandise was 50% off in most stores as they work to clear that too. Valentine's day decorations have not appeared but a pink popcorn bucket has. The projects were being prepared for the rain forcasted for the weekend. Crews had removed scrims and were installing plastic on some of the projects before they left for the weekend.
  • Entertainment choices are more limited this time of year. For example no parade, not a lot of live entertainment in the evening at Disneyland, no stage show in Fantasyland, nothing going on in Tomorrowland, etc.. Fireworks and World of Color were both scheduled for the evening and many groups like the Dapper Dans, Disneyland Band, Jambalya Jazz, and Pearly Band were performing.
  • Main Street transportation was busy most of the afternoon and several vehicles were running after dark too. Always great to see them making the circuit.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday is down to its final days. The attraction will close Sunday and not reopen until later this year, early indications are possibly not until Halloween season, due to queue work, renovation projects and a new gift shop. The queue is already being torn up. The park area, former FastPass and switchback area are all behind walls and be demolished.
  • it's a small world has returned to its regular show, Friday was its first day back. I wanted to go for a cruise but the wait time was at 30 minutes the two times I walked by so maybe next time.
  • Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway had a 20 min posted wait that turned out closer to 10. Some effects/doors that were not working my last few visits were back in operation today so that was great to see.
  • Took the Monorail to Downtown Disney to check out the projects there. It is still hard to tell what is going on with the area between the new building adjacent to the Monorail and the Monorail station. Looked like some footers going in as well as curbs/concrete work preparations. The concept art is rather vague for that area too. The other projects in the area seem to inching along. Not a lot of big visible progress, but little things are moving. The fences were still up around the concrete work near the Trading Post, but were down from the front of the new temporary Earl of Sandwich location. No signage yet or indication of when it may open.
  • Disney California Adventure is preparing for the annual Lunar New Year Celebration that starts Tuesday and runs through Feb 18th. Most of the decorations and marketplaces are in place including menus. This year the announced offerings look on par with the last several years. There is one new meet and gree featuring Turning Red characters.
  • Stopped by the Golden Horseshoe to catch the last set of the piano player. The crowd did not quiet down at all for his performance. We watched about half then left because you could not hear it was so loud with guest talking. I thought that was rather poor not to give the performer some common courtesy and disruptive for those who wanted to enjoy the show.
  • I left just before 8pm and the trams coming and going were both full. The security line at the parking structure was backed up to the tent for the few open lanes.

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