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    I start off today heading to the Disneyland Hotel to check in. I was lucky enough to win one a contest on the Disney Parks Blog and this was my prize!!
    The hotel renovations officially wrapped up last week. All major projects are complete. Those barriers you see are to help guide the crowds for the race registration and expo, not construction from what I could tell.
    Checking in was a breeze, parking was a bit of a hike because of the race registrations, and then it was off to the room. An interesting shot from the elevator, thanks to the mirrors.
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    My room was on the fifth floor of the Fantasy Tower (this is the lobby Tower).
    Now a tour through the room. This was a standard view room with two queen beds. When you walk into the room to the left is the bathroom area (that door on the right is a closet).
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    A look down at the carpet.
    A closer look at the lights.
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    Into the bathroom there is a small toilet area to the right and a shower/tub to the left.
    Notice the facet handles
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    I was kind of surprised by the plain shower curtain.
    But again a great facet and notice the writing too.
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    A Mickey tile.
    The closet I mentioned earlier
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    Continuing on into the room. The bedroom area.
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    The headboard is the most impressive feature of the room. The lights and size are great!
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    The other side of the room has the desk, TV furniture and couch.
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    This chair seemed a bit awkward in the corner, guess it is so you can sit and look out the window.
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    A mini fridge in the cabinet.
    There was a flyer with road closures for the race on Sunday.
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    A small desk area. It was nice to see the three power outlets on it. Also wired (and wireless) were included and available.
    Great light stand.
    Circling back around the entrance.
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    A look out the window. We had a standard view that overlooked the front entrance of the hotel. Looking straight down you can see the fountains.
    We almost looked right down the entrance driveway. In the distance you can see the Mickey and Friends parking structure.
    To the right is Disneyland. Would have had a great view of the fireworks.
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    A closer look you can see Splash and Big Thunder Mountains sticking up amongst the trees.
    And to the right Matterhorn.
    Back to the left is the convention center for the hotel.
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    The TV channel lineup (thought it was interesting it was under glass to make sure it stayed in the room probably and would not get lost).
    The button on the left controlled the fireworks in the head board. The one on the right the light.
    I really miss the skyway!!
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    Headed out for lunch. The wind was blowing pretty good.
    Decided to eat lunch at Rain Forest. A couple random shots since it had been a while since my last visit.
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    They were not using the lower level dinning room this afternoon.
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    Plenty of advertisements for John Carter
    After lunch made a quick pass through the hotel. Still finishing up some odds and ends. This is where the temporary lift was for the work.
    I understand the need for barriers but it looks weird to me to have such a large fence around the characters.
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    The front entrance to the hotel. Plenty of Cast Members out to answer questions and guide you around.
    The Bell services area.
    Goofy hanging out for pictures.
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    Wonder what they are going to do with this area. This is where they had a guest service desk before. And it was the temporary bell service area recently.
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    The Grand Ballroom was hosting the Health and Fitness Expo as part of the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend.
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    Plenty of speakers throughout the two days of the expo (the race was Sunday morning and the expo ran Friday and Saturday).
    An of course what is a Disney race with merchandise!
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    You will notice the merchandise is all tailored toward women. The race had approx 12,000 runners of which only 900 were men.
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    The expo looked very similar to the past several they have had for various races. I made a quick pass through the space.
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    Back out in the hotel lobby, noticed they still do not have a sign on the gift shop. Wonder if there was a problem with it or if they are not having one..
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    Ended up walking to the parks through Downtown Disney because the bag check line at the monorail was longer than my patience. Looking out to Disneyland Drive saw some race lights and banners set up.
    Island Charters has closed. Rumor I heard is the Lego store will be moving in here while some renovations are done to its building.
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    Some work going out outside of Catal.
    La Brea Bakery work is continuing.
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    Several locations were opening early or closing late for the race weekend events.
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    The shops on Buena Vista Street are moving along...
    But first I headed to Disneyland. The fireworks poster has been switched out and Remember is now there.
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    Looked to be a training session for guest relations cast members.
    No real visible progress on the Main Street work. I am assuming the inside has been gutted and is being rebuilt.
    More scaffolding and some mesh/tarps up on the Matterhorn as its renovation project moves along.
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    The Autopia was closed, no visible signs of why. Just all the cars parked and bunch of Cast Members standing around the load area waiting.
    Looks like a new canopy will be going on the queue.
    Some Matterhorn shots from the Monorail platform.
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    A look in at Buena Vista Street.
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    A closer look at the end of the Red Car line.
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    A closer look at Oswalds
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    The new buildings are really changing the skyline of the entrance (plus of course Cars Land in the background).
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    Some work going on at the transportation center (shuttle area off of harbor)
    Lunar New Year is being celebrated near Small World. Right now the crowd is watching the Soundsational Parade go by.
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    Time for a second pass this time looking South (into the park). A look into the former Greetings windows.
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    This gives a good idea of how far they have extended the buildings.
    As you can see the rails are in and concrete has been poured since last week.
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    A closer look.
    A blurry shot of the Matterhorn load/unload area as we went by.
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    An even worse one from the other side... but you can sort of make out they have removed all the concrete and gates to rebuild everything for the new sleds.
    Back on the ground they are still erecting the scaffolding around the Matterhorn.
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    A look around the Lunar New Year Celebration which is wrapping up this weekend.
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    Even the ODV carts have some signage.
    And of course special offerings.
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    Mushu out for pictures.
    Plenty of props and other decorations were in the are for the celebration.
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    A local dance group performing (I missed the name).
    A brief video clip from their performance.
    Chip and Dale were out for pictures too.
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    A guest artist, Agnes Eng
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    A couple video clips of another group performing.
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    There was a healthy crowd in the area for the performances.
    Small World is closed as the holiday decorations are being removed.
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    The exterior lights have been removed.
    Mulan and Mushu arrive and do a brief performance.
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    Another cart selling specialty items for the event.
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    The Toontown Train Depot has reopened.
    Looks like just a new coat of paint and some cleaning.
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    A random shot of something I missed on the first pass.. these dogs/dragons were on either side of the center walkway.
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    Out on the Island they are working on the dragon again. So some barriers up around the pit.
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    The Columbia is still in dry dock.
    Wait times around 4:20pm.
    A picture perfect sunset this evening.
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    The Dapper Dans performing at the Flag Retreat (no band since it is off season).
    Heading over to DCA now. Not much visible progress over to the left.
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    Inside they are racing along with more sheet rock going up and exterior coatings being applied.
    Concrete/stucco has been applied to some of the locker/restroom facade
    The Carthay from Condor Flats.
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    All done repainting this fence.
    Still not sure what is going on here with the lettering area.. They have painted around some of it but not all of it.
    Through the mesh you can see some of the ironwork for the Carthay entrance.
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    No tiles on the roof yet.
    Working on the candy store facade.
    Scaffolding around the Elias and Company entrance.
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    Out by Maters I could hear the ride was being testing. And they had some of the lights on.
    No visible progress on the entrance signage.
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    The facade just past Maters has been coated now.
    The parade speakers have been removed...
    Looking down Route 66 you can see they have some of the neon on.
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    Looks like they are working on the facade that was left from the old farm area.
    Hard to get a good shot of the neon that was on...
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    As I mentioned they were testing Maters. Here is a montage of clips of the testing (from today and Sat).
    A couple of Imagineers on board for a test ride.
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    Not much visible progress on Sarges
    Posts going in for what I assume will be a fence lining the walkways.
    A tractor parked near the queue.
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    Not much noticeable change on the rock face this week.
    The scaffolding is down and you can see the new facade for the store. Looks much cleaner without the giant clown.
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    The scaffolding is also down around the far side (facing the Maliboomer park area)
    There was a 25 min or so wait so by the time I was on the Fun Wheel it was pretty dark.
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    Which was perfect so I could see the neon and lights in Cars Land!
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    Maters lit up for the evening.
    In case you missed it early here is some testing including a clip from the Fun Wheel this evening (the second clip in the montage).
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    They still have not fixed the Soarin sign, a little hard to tell in this shot but the center is missing.
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    The pavement project in front of the Little Mermaid looks to be wrapping up.
    Preparations for the race on Sunday.
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    Back to ground level a look down Route 66.
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    Stopped by the Blue Sky Cellar. They swapped out some of the pictures in the display case at the end of the hallway.
    As well as some concept art.
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    Back to Disneyland. I did not notice it early but the scaffolding is down around the Adventureland entrance (will get a picture in the daylight tomorrow).
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    The Haunted Mansion is back to its regular show.
    Walked through the Lunar New Year area, the events concluded at 5pm so the area was a ghost town now with Small World closed and Toontown closed for the evening too.
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    So it was a great time to get some more pictures.
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    Headed back to DCA since Remember was cancelled.
    Unfortunately so was World of Color due to the high winds.
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    ElecTRONica was still rolling around. The large screen was not being used this evening.
    Walked through Flynns
    A crew covering the red car tracks. My hunch was it was preparation for the run later this evening.
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    Out at Downtown Disney notices this large menu now on the crepe cart.
    Eventually made my way back to the Disneyland Hotel and decided to make a circle before calling it a night. First stop the Adventure Tower.
    The lobby now has some marquettes from the Jungle Cruise.
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    There were a couple kids in the pool but not many with the cool and steady breeze this evening.
    Mickey in the planter outside the Frontier Tower.
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    The waterfalls on the slides were off this evening, assuming because of the wind.
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    Back to the room.
    Flipped through the channels and came across this one.. which would have been great if they had not cancelled the fireworks due to wind..
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    Since all the TV channels are the same in all three hotels they also have this one for those with a view of Paradise Bay.
    The view at night.
    The fountains below.
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    One last shot of the fireworks inside the room before calling it a night.
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