After a fourteen hour day, Marie and I are definitely feeling it (she cheated though and took an hour plus break midday). The day started off on a good note with us overhearing a father refer to his son as Anakin, this was followed up later in the day with another child named Lando. In other news, I’ll be naming my first born Keyser Soze.
I’ll keep this as a brief recap of stuff I already posted on twitter. Comedian Doug Benson was at Disneyland today, so I immediately assumed he had left a bag of weed on the teacups when we saw some security personnel and a police dog searching the attraction at around 11 PM. It looks like it was a false alarm and someone just forgot their backpack.
Our first stop was at the Jungle Cruise, and Skipper Kevin was excellent.
Over at Cafe Orleans I had my favorite Disneyland meal – The Monte Cristo sandwich. We also split an order of Pommes Frites (Parmesan and Garlic French Fries), and as such I couldn’t finish the sandwich. To those unfamiliar with the Disneyland layout, Cafe Orleans is in New Orleans square, next to The Haunted Mansion. I found it ironic that the hostess mispronounced my name as Gracey considering the proprietor of The Haunted Mansion.
Many people know of the differences between Disneyland and Disney World’s Splash Mountain (more figures in Disneyland, larger capacity in Disney World), but one thing we noticed today was how fast the flume is in Disneyland. We were moving very quickly through the ride.
I’m trying to figure out how the Fastpasses are connected in Disney California Adventure. I know that in the past Grizzly River Run had been on a separate Fastpass system as all or parts of that park. I figured this would still be the case since the machines are now used for World of Color in addition to Grizzly River Run. This is what I’ve found out so far:
- You can have a Grizzly River Run Fastpass and a Soarin’ Over California Fastpass at the same time
- You can have a Grizzly River Run Fastpass and a California Screamin’ Fastpass at the same time
- You can not have a Grizzly River Run Fastpass and Tower of Tower Fastpass at the same time
The next check would be to see if you can have a Tower of Terror and Soarin’ Over California or California Screamin’ Fastpass at the same time.
We were able to hit up all of the nighttime offerings at Disneyland one after another: Fantasmic, Magical, and The Magic, Memories and You. While we were waiting for The Magic, Memories and You we had a conversation with a member of the custodial staff discussing the differences between the show in Florida that’s projected onto Cinderella’s Castle versus the show in California that’s projected under the facade of “it’s a small world”. I made the point that the photos themselves are inconsequential and it’s really the other effects that make it worth watching. He then regaled us with a story where he overheard a couple get into a shouting match as the guy saw the girl kissing someone else in one of the photos. Disneyland… breaking up relationships since 2011.
After the nighttime shows we wound up hitting up four Fantasyland dark rides in under an hour. Al Lutz of MiceAge recently reported that the outdoor section of Alice in Wonderland would have a permanent fix to replace the temporary rig that’s currently set up – it definitely doesn’t look good in it’s current state but it’s a pretty solid dark ride. Disneyland has a series of Fantasyland dark rides that you would struggle to classify as C tickets because the moveable parts aren’t actually animatronics but two dimensional cut outs. Alice in Wonderland is an exception to this as I’d say it’s a step above The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Attractions Visited Today
Alice in Wonderland
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
Indiana Jones Adventure
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
Pirates of the Caribbean
Snow White’s Scary Adventures
The Haunted Mansion
The Magic, The Memories and You!
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Disney California Adventure
Aladdin A Musical Spectacular
ElecTRONica: Power Surge
Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
Tower of Terror
Turtle Talk with Crush
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