||Started off this cool and foggy Christmas morning at 6:00am heading for the Disneyland Resort. Arrived a little after 7 (the LA freeways were kind to us). Headed for breakfast at McDs, oops it was closed for Christmas, so headed for the M&F Garage. It was not open yet, did not open until 7:30am. Waited in line then parked. Jumped on one of the first trams of the day and road to the entrance. Decided to try La Brea bakery for breakfast. Strike two. They were closed too. So went and got into line at for the park. At 8am they opened the gates and we wandered down Main Street. Grabbed some breakfast, finally, at the Main Street Bakery. After filling our stomachs it was off to Tomorrowland and Buzz. Walked through Tomorrowland and out to Small World. Wandered through Fantasyland and around the Big Thunder Trail on our way to NOS. Road Haunted Mansion Holiday then headed back to the front of the park. Caught the re-dedication at 10am (still no clue why they do it at 10am instead of the afternoon when the real deadication was). Next up over to DCA. Grabbed a Fastpass for Soarin' then continued on to the Pier. Stopped by Ariels for a picture with Mickey & Goofy (with your Disney Visa you get a free 5x7 and I had not gotten mine yet). Continued on to the Sun Wheel, went for a spin, then fishined our loop of the Pier. Headed for the Backlot to see Monsters and the new area, looks great. Back to Condor Flats for our ride on Soarin'. Then lunchtime. Half went to the Wharf for soup bowls the others to Award Weirners for Hot Dogs. After lunch roamed through GRR then back to Disneyland for the rest of the day. Headed down Main Street, through Frontierland and out to the Ranch to see what was going on now that it was open, not much. Walked through Fantasyland with the goal of going to the monorail in mind. Got side tracked watching the Matterhorn climbing show. Grabbed Fastpasses for Buzz. Hopped the train over to NOS. Walked through the shops on our way to the Golden Horseshoe to catch the 3pm Billy Hill show. Afterwards came out and went on the last cruise of the Columbia for the day. Time to grab warm clothes (so a quick trip back to the car for me and the locker for the others). Ate dinner at Plaza Pavilion. Then back to Tomorrowland to use our Buzz Fastpasses. Wandered out to Small World to watch the projector show then out to Toontown to look at our picture in the mosiac there. Back through Fantasyland and around Big Thunder trail to the Reindeer Round-up. Then continued on to Fronteirland and NOS. Jumped on the train to Tomorrowland, was delayed as they fiddled with a new battery. Finally arrived in Tomorrowland in time to hear the last song and a half of the 80's All Stars set. Wandered out to Main Street, pushing through the parade crowd and into position for the fireworks. Stood there talking to some other guests until showtime. Watched the show then managed to get through the crowd to the backstage walkway and headed for the front of the park, then the trams, car, and home to end our great Christmas day!
||Was greeted at the parking structure by an orange construction sign saying Happy Holidays, that was nice, then it flashed to Disneyland Full, not so good.. then rounding the corner the rest of the way the line of cars was nearly to the end of the garage. Got in line (probably close to 15-20 cars and every lane open. Finally got into the garage and directed to a space on Donald, not too bad. Headed for the trams. Got on the first tram that pulled up, still not bad. No real line at security. Decided to head for DCA first. Walked down the backlot and around a bit then back and through the farm area on my way to the Bay area. Not much to look at so wandered around GRR and into the Grand Californian. Looked through the lobby and then walked through Downtown Disney and out to the Disneyland hotel. Walked through the lobby and then out to the dancing waters area to see what if anything was going on there, nothing. Continued back by the Lost Bar and then to DD. Hopped on the monorail to Disneyland (no real wait again). Exited the monorail and walked through Tomorrowland, the hub, Adventureland, and NOS on my way to Haunted Mansion to grab a Fastpass. Hopped on the train to Toontown. Saw there was no line for Small World and went for a cruise around the world. Walked back through Fantasyland, around the Castle, then out to the Big Thunder Ranch area. Back through the hub and around the Matterhorn, jumped on the Monorail for a round-trip journey. Had 10 minutes until the Flag retreat, so bee-lined it from the monorail through the hub, Frontierland, around the Rivers of America and out to Haunted Mansion to grab another Fastpass. Picked up the pace and cut through Adventureland and down Main Street USA arriving just as the Star Spangled Banner started to play. Watched the Flag Retreat and hung out on Main Street until the Tree Lighting. Watched the show and then wandered around Main Street for a while before heading down to the Castle for some night shots. Caught the tale end of a performance at Carnation (I stopped since the soundtrack they were using was the Holiday Believe show, still miss that) and then continued on to the Ranch area. Grabbed some pictures and wandered around the trail and out to NOS for some more pictures. Back to Main Street USA and Corn Dogs for dinner. After dinner walked to Tomorrowland and grabbed Fastpasses for Buzz. Continued on around the Matterhorn and to the Small World Mall. Saw the line was not too bad, about 20 minutes, so went on Small World Holiday. Afterward headed back through Fantasyland, cut through the Castle and Frontierland then around the Rivers of America and out to Haunted Mansion to use our Fastpasses. Then doubled back and jumped on the train. Road to Tomorrowland. Turned in our Holiday VMK quest then Walked around a bit and then decided to head over to Adventureland. Went for a ride on the Jungle Cruise then back to Main Street to grab a spot for Remember. Watched the show then joined the mass of humanity leaving the park. Luckily they opened the backstage route along the West side again so cut through there saving a long slow walk down Main Street. Headed out to the trams and back to the cars to head home.
||The afternoon started off on an interesting note.. as I road down the escalator at the garage I was greeted by a mob of people. Seems the tram stop was backed up two-three tram loads for some reason. Got on the 3rd tram to pull in and headed for the park. Walked through World of Disney to see if anything was new, then through security and into DCA. Walked down the backlot to get some Animation Building pictures then over to Disneyland. Wandered down Main Street and into Tomorrowland. Grabbed a Fastpass for Buzz then headed for the monorail. Took the round trip to see what was new. Upone arriving back at the park headed to Small World Holiday, no line so went on. Walked up through Toontown to see the holiday decorations in the daylight since I missed that last trip. Then back through Fantasyland and around the Big Thunder trail to the Reindeer Roundup to grab Turkey pictures. Walked toward Frontierland and hopped on the Mark Twain. After circling the rivers walked along the River to NOS. Grabbed a Fastpass for Huanted Mansion Holiday. Walked through NOS and then Adventureland on my way to Main Street to do some shopping. Ended up going to World of Disney to buy the Big Fig of Big Al, but all they had was the display model. The friendly CM called Disneyana and had the last one put on a 15 minute hold for me. So it was back to Disneyland I went. Managed to get into the park fairly quickly. Headed for Disneyana and bought Big Al. Lugged him back to the car and grabbed warmer clothes. We headed back to the Resort, going to DCA first. Grabbed hot dogs at Award Weiners for dinner then continued our night time tour of the park by going down the backlot, out to Bugsland, and then the Bay area. Circled back through GRR and Condor Flats on our way to Disneyland. Headed down Main Street, through Frontierland and out to the Ranch for some night time shots. Then wandered through Fantasyland and over to Small World. Saw the projections and went to Toontown to see what was going on. Back by Small World and found a spot for the 7:45 Christmas Fantasy Parade. After the parade walked around Matterhorn and into Tomorrowland. Caught the last 30 seconds of the band at Club buzz and walked to Main Street. Walked in front of the Castle and out to Frontierland. Cut through the Fantasmic crowds and made a u-turn at the Haunted Mansion and headed into NOS. Walked around a bit then waded back through the crowds to Main Street by way of Adventureland. Wanted to head down the street for some shopping but traffic was gridlocked. Made it to the Penny Arcade and turned around, cutting through the Candy Store and Coke corner. They opened the backstage walkway on the West side of the street so went through there (have not been back there in years, not much has changed though). Popped out on Main Street and wakled around the the tree a bit before heading back up the street. Worked our way up to near Coke Corner and stood there waiting for the fireworks. After Remember beelined across the street and cut through the backstage area again to exit the park, what a great shortcut.. back to the trams and the cars to head home.
||Was greeted at the parking garage by a sign saying Disneyland Full and a parking CM saying to that we would only be allowed into DCA.. so parked the car and headed for the parks, not knowing what to expect. Went to DCA first and wandered down the Backlot, back to the Sunshine Plaza and into Bugsland, the Bay Area, and part of the Pier before going through GRR and Condor Flats before leaving DCA. Spent only about an hour in the park. Headed over to Disneyland and walked right in. Headed down Main Street and verred right into Tomorrowland. Grabbed a Fastpass for Buzz then cut back through the Parade crowd and to the castle. Walked through Fantasyland and out to Small World Holiday. Figured this would be the shortest line for the day so got in line. Only took about 15 minutes and got to watch the parade while in line. After Small World walked by the Matterhorn and out to Tomorrowland. Took a round trip journey on the monorail to get some sub and backlot pictures then cut through the Tomorrowland, the hub and castle into Frontierland. Walked around the Big Thunder trail to the Big Thunder Ranch area to see the Reindeer Round-up. Continued on the trail to Fantasyland, stopping for a couple pictures en-route to see the lighting moment for Small World Holiday. The lights came on, the clock chimed, the projectors came on.. then it was back to Frontierland for me and a stop at the Golden Horseshoe, thought about dinner but the line was long so watched the show, then grabbed a corn dog afterwards (which by the way was the longest line I waited in all day, almost 30 minutes). Walked back out to Small World to get a couple night shots and then into Toontown to see its decorations. Doubled back through Fantasyland and the Big Thunder Ranch area to see it lite up. Headed along the Rivers of America and out to New Orleans Square to see their decorations before finishing up my loop of the park out in Critter Country. Walked back and hopped on the train for the quick trip over to Toontown depot. Grabbed a couple more Small World shots and then it was time to ride Buzz. Used my fastpass and set a new high score for myself (487,100 - yep you read that right.. but I sort of cheated the ride stopped for a minute or so and I just kept blasting away). After Buzz took a look on Main Street and it was already starting to jam up a full hour before the Fireworks, so went and found a spot. Waited and listened to the Christmas background music on Main Street for the hour, watched the show, experienced the snow, ythen headed with the masses back to the trams to head home.
||Started off the cool fall afternoon heading for Disneyland. Roamed down Main Street, circling the hub and cutting through Frontierland and along the Rivers of America. Grabbed a fastpass for Haunted Mansion then walked back through New Orleans Square and Frontierland, around the Big Thunder Trail and into Fantasyland. Cut through the Castle and into Tomorrowland. Walked by Space Mountain and then hopped on the monorail for a round trip ride. After returning to the park walked around Matterhorn and out to the Small World Mall to find a spot for the parade. Watched the Parade of Dreams and then cut through Fantasyland, then the castle and Frontierland on my way out to NOS to grab another Haunted Mansion Fastpass. Wandered back along the Rivers and through Adventureland and down Main Street. Across the Esplanade and over to DCA. Walked down the Backlot, back to the Sunshine Plaza and around by the Farm, Wharf and Bay Area on my way to the Pier. Did the circle of the Pier and then walked by GRR and listened to the Miner 49ers. Continued the loop through Condor flats and back near the entrance to find a spot for the Block Party Bash. After the parade headed back to the car for warm clothes. Walked through Downtown Disney and then met up with friends for dinner at the Grand Californian (Storytellers Cafe). After dinner walked back to Disneyland, down Main Street, through Adventureland, and out to the Haunted Mansion. Went for our ride then wandered around the Rivers of America, through Fantasyland and out to Small World to find a spot for Remember.
||Started off this great afternoon heading for Disneyland. Entered the park, scratched off my gamepiece and did not win.. conintued on down Main Street and around the hub. Stopped by tomorrowland and grabbed a fastpass for Buzz then back through the Hub and out to NOS. Walked back along the Rivers of America and out to Big Thunder trail and then into Fantasyland, out to Toontown and then back around Matterhorn and hopped on the Monorail for a ride. Once back in the park walked through Tomorrowland and out to NOS again this time to grab a fastpass for Haunted Mansion. Walked out to Critter Country and then back through Frontierland. Took a ride on the Jungle Cruise then back to NOS for another Fastpass. Walked back through NOS and Adventureland.. grabbed an ice cream sandwhich and then went to watch the Tiki Room and eat my ice cream in the air conditioning. Road Buzz and then walked through Tomorrowland and hopped on the train. Road to NOS and disembarked to grab another Fastpass for Haunted Mansion. Walked through the park and down Main Street out to the Esplande. Watched the Car giveaway. Headed over to DCA, walked through the Condor Flats and around GRR, stopped to listen to the Miner 49ers then continued on to the Wharf. Stopped by the bread tour (the video was broken) then continued on around and over to the Backlot. Nothing really going on so back to the entrance plaza. Caught a bit of the Block Party Bash then back to Disneyland. Watched the Flag Retreat and then hopped the train to NOS to get the last Fastpass I needed for the evening for Haunted Mansion. Walked back through Adventureland and down Mainstreet to leave the park. Strolled through Downtown Disney and walked back to the car to grab some warmer clothes then ate dinner at McD's and then back to Disneyland. Walked down Main Street and out to NOS by way of Adventureland. Used our first set of Haunted Mansion fastpasses.. followed immediately by our second set. Hopped on he train and road to Toontown. Took a spin on Cartoon spin and then headed back toward Main Street to fight the masses for Remember.. decided it was too early (only 8:30) so walked through Tomorrowland to check out the line for Buzz, too long.. so visited Innoventions to try and get the baseball game score.. all internet access is being used by VMK now, so no luck there.. wandered out and around Tomorrowland a bit then through the shops on Main Street before settling in to watch Remember from right in front of the Disneyana store. After the show walked back to the tram and then the cars to head home.
||Started off the day heading for Disneyland. Walked down Main Street and around the hub to see what was going on. Walked by Plaza Gardens then into Frontierland. Took the Big Thunder Trail to Fantasyland and around Matterhorn to Tomorrowland. Jumped on the monorail for a look at the Sub Lagoon and the Backlot at DCA. Once back on the ground grabbed a Fastpass for Space Mountain (only a 35 min standby line) and then took a spin on Buzz (only a 5 minute wait). Cut through Adventureland and out to New Orleans Square and to Critter Country. Walked back along the Rivers of America and went through Frontierland on the way back to Main Street. Caught a little of the Parde of Dreams and then over to DCA. Walked down the Backlot, and into the Animation Building to see what is new. Next up stopped by Soarin which was a walkon so went for a flight. Then went by the farm area and took in the bread tour. After the light, and I do mean light, only one small piece of bread today, snack walked out to the Pier. Saw Screamin was being tested to watched that for a while then back through the Bay Area and stopped by GRR to hear the Miner 49ers. The sun was starting to get lower in the sky so time to head to the car to grab some warmer clothes. Upon arriving back at the parks cut through DCA on our way to the Grand Californian for dinner at Storytellers. After dinner back through DCA, stopping again on the backlot. Then heading over to Disneyland. Walked down Main Street and out to Tomorrowland to grab fastpasses for Space Mountain, it ws down. So instead got fastpasses for Buzz the line was about half an hour but we did not want to wait. Walked over to Adventureland and then NOS. Up to the gallery to see what was new, and then went for a trip on Pirates. Jumped on the train (the lazygeek for some reason seems to summon the Ward Kimball, kind of weird) and road around to Tomorrowland to check Space Mountain, still down. Headed down Main Street and to the Opera house to catch the First 50 Magical Years.. It was time to ride Buzz, so back down Main Street, we went. Took another peak at Space Mountain, still down, so we went on Buzz.. did not do too well, the lazygeek beat me.. It was nearing 9pm so wandered out to Main Street to find a spot for Remember. After the show joined the masses and walked back to the trams and headed to the cars and home.
||Started off this perfect Friday afternoon heading to Disneyland. Got off the tram and into what seemed like a long security line. Decided this was not moving so hiked down to the monorail instead, which had no line. Arrived in Tomorrowland and headed over toward Space Mountain. It was broken down and there were no fastpasses available already. So grabbed a Fastpass for Buzz and then headed toward Main Street to see what was going on. Heard the College Band at Plaza Gardens so stopped to listen. Found out it was their last day at the park this year. After their set it was off to Adventureland, through New Orleans Sqaure, stopping at the Gallery to see what's new. Then out to Critter Country and back along the Rivers of America and out to the Big Thunder Trail area. Cut through Fantasyland and walked out by Its a Small World on my way to Toontown. Wandered around for a bit then back through Fantasyland and around Matterhorn to Tomorrowland again. It was approaching 4pm so headed toward the castle to find a spot for the College Band set. Found a somewhat shadey spot and watched the set. Then headed down Main Street and over to DCA to see what was going on. Walked down and around the backlot then through the Farm area, stopping at the Bread tour for a snack on my way out to the Pier. Back through the Bay Area and by GRR, caught the last song of the Miner 49ers set and then continued my grand circle tour through Condor Flats and back out of the park and over to Disneyland. Headed down Main Street and to Tomorrowland to catch the last 2/3's of the College Band set there. After the show took my time and walked back toward Main Street, stopping in a couple shops on my way down to the Flag Retreat. Pulled up a bench and waited a couple minutes for the set to start. After it had concluded headed out the park and to Downtown Disney on my way to the Grand Californian for dinner at White Water snacks. Ate a quick bite and then cut through DCA on my way to Disneyland. Entered the park and the parade was just pulling down Main Street. Cut through the crowd and out to Tomorrowland. Took a ride on the Monorail to get some good shots of the lagoon construction then found a spot to watch the 8pm Fab Four set. The set began almost 10 minutes late. After the set wandered out to Small World, went for a cruise around the world then found a spot right in front to watch the fireworks. After Remember we waded through the huge crowd and headed for the tram and back to the cars to head home for the evening.
||Started off this warm summer afternoon heading for Disneyland. Wandered down Main Street, off to Tomorrowland. Grabbed a fastpass for Space Mountain (not good for 6 hours) then headed around the Matterhorn, out to Toontown, back through Fantasyland and through Frontierland. Stopped by the Plaza Gardens to watch the College Band. Walked over to DCA. Took a right and went through Condor Flats, around GRR, out to the Pier and back to the Wharf. Stopped for some bread on the bread tour then continued on to Bugs followed by a walk through the backlot. Not much happening so back to Disneyland. Down Main Street to the castle to catch the tail end of the College Band set in front of the castle. Then set then finished the grand circle tour heading through Adventureland and and out to Critter Country. Circled back through New Orleans Square and Adventureland on my way to Tomorrowland. Caught the College Band 5pm set at Club Buzz then walked up the Monorail ramp to take a look at the subs progress before heading back down Main Street to watch the Flag Retreat. Grabbed dinner at White Water Snacks, cut through DCA on our way back to Disneyland. Walked out to Tomorrowland, saw the masses and walked through Fantasyland on our way to Frontierland and NOS. Hopped on Haunted Mansion then out for a spin on Pooh since there was no line. Walked back through the masses gathering for Fantasmic and out to Main Street. Still a bit early to line up for Fireworks so watched the end of the Swing Band set at Carnation. It was about quarter to nine, so found a spot for Remember. Watched the show then hiked back to the tram stop and road back to the cars to call it a night.
||Left Ventura county arond 5:15am, arrived at McDs for breakfast at 6:30 then over to the M&F garage a little before 7am, took the tram and stepped off and into line. The line was stationary for about 15 minutes or so then we started the long trek out to the Downtown Disney Monorail station and back to the security gates (only took about an hour). We were stopped for 15-20 minutes as they let the mass in the esplanade dwindle a bit before letting us into line. Finally made it into the park around 8:30am. Wandered down Main Street, through Tomorrowland, stopping to sign up for the VMK tour, then countinued into Fantasyland. Took a spin on Dumbo then Mr Toad before continuing my trek through Frontierland and back to the hub to queue up for the 10am ceremony. It was about 9am and I managed to find a spot just out from of Adventureland. After the show headed over to Tomorrowland and stopped to chat at a table for about 30 minutes. Headed through Tomorrowland and out to Main Street. Lined up for a corn dog, 30 minutes latter I reached the front of the line and got my food, headed back to Tomorrowland to join the others who had already finished. Went into Innoventions to catch ASIMO's show. Left the cool airconditioned space and lined up for Autopia (only 10 minute wait). After our trip it was time to hit the restrooms then time for our VMK tour. The tour started off at the Kiosk and worked it way to the hub and then Adventureland. Took a ride on the Jungle Cruise followed by a walk over to Big Thunder and a ride for those in the group who wanted it. Next we walked along the Rivers of America and visited the Haunted Mansion and then road the train (the Ward Kimball no less) over to Tomorrowland and went into Innoventions where the tour concluded. After the tour we wandered through Tomorrowland and out to Main Street. Where we lined up for the Dedication reading. Then off to Dinner at ESPN Zone. Walked back down to DCA and around the Backlot. Stopped by the Animation Building to talk with Crush and then back to Disneyland we hiked. Took the train (again the Ward Kimball, what luck) around to Tomorrowland. Disembarked to take a look at the lines, they were still beyond our limits so we strolled down Main Street and out of the park.
||Started off this great afternoon by heading to Disneyland. Spent some time walking around Main Street taking some pictures then headed off to Tomorrowland. Grabbed a Fastpass for Buzz then wandered over toward Space Mountain. The line was an hour long so skipped it and went to the VMK Kiosk to see what the quests were about. Decided to wait to do mine till the Lazygeek arrived, so headed back to the hub and over to Adventureland. Walked through NOS and out to Critter Country before heading back along the Rivers of America, through Frontierland and the Big Thunder Trail on my way to Fantasyland. Continued out to Small World and then back through Fantasyland and the castle on my way to Plaza Gardens to catch the College Band. After their set it was off to Tomorrowland to see the DJ at Club Buzz. Then back to Main Street and to through some shops. Picked up the 50th commemorative ticket and then took it back to the car for safe keeping. Road the tram back and headed for DCA. Walked down the backlot and out to Monsters INC, not much going on, so walked back to the Animation Building and took in a showing of Turtle Talk with Crush. After visiting with Crush headed out to the Farm, Wharf and Bay area before heading back through GRR and Condor Flats. Walked across the Esplanade and back to Disneyland. Walked down Main Street and out to Tomorrowland to Club Buzz to watch the College Bands set there. After the show went up on the monorail platform for some pictures of the drained lagoon then back down and out to Main Street and wandered down for the Flag Retreat. After the ceremony it was off to the Grand Californian and Storytellers Cafe for dinner. After dinner headed back to Disneyland and worked on the three VMK quests. Turned in our completed quests and then took a spin on Buzz followed by the Autopia before heading to Main Street to watch the fireworks and then head home.
||Started off this great afternoon heading for Disneyland. Entered the park and wandered down Main Street and then over to Tomorrowland. Grabbed a Fastpass for Buzz then made the loop out to Innoventions then through Club Buzz and back by Buzz on my way to the Castle. Walked around and grabbed some pictures before heading out to Frontierland and then through the Big Thunder Trail, Fantasyland, around Matterhorn and back to Tomorrowland and into Innoventions. Watched the 4pm ASIMO demonostration then back around Matterhorn and out to Toontown. Looked for my pictures in one of the mosiacs, actually found two of them.. then back through Fantasyland and the Big Thunder Trail on my way to the Rivers of America to look for the Mark Twain (which I needed a picture of). No luck, so walked back to Main Street and over to DCA. Walked down the Backlot and over by Monsters and then Tower before ending up in the Animation Building. Waited a bit watching the show then back outside and off to the Wharf, stopped at the bread tour for a snack and then continued on to the Pier, where not much was going on, so cut through the Bay area and GRR on my way back to Disneyland, paused to catch the Block Party Bash too. Back to Disneyland. Had a few minutes so stopped by the Train Station to see the new train board then pulled up a bench in Town Square and watched the Flag Retreat. After that was completed headed back up to the Train Station and took a ride out to NOS. Got my Mark Twain photos then back to Adventureland for a ride on the Jungle Cruise. Grabbed another Fastpass for Buzz then headed down Main Street to meet up with some friends, once our group was assembled we headed back to Tomorrowland and into Innoventions so they could catch the 7pm ASIMO show. After the show we headed back down Main Street and across the street to McDs for a quick dinner, before returning to Disneyland. Went into the 50 Magic Years exhibit and caught the film again. Then walked through the assembling mob and found a spot for Remember and stood there waiting for 45 minutes. Watched the show and then fought the mob to head for the trams and then home.
||Started off this perfect Southern California friday heading to Disneyland. Walked in and around Town Sqaure. Headed for the Main Street Opera House to see the history exhibit then the new film staring Steve Martin and Donald Duck. Once the film concluded wandered down Main Street and up to the Castle. Walked around and through on my way to Fantasyland. Took pictures of several of the golden ride vechicles and then off to Tomorrowland via the trail by Matterhorn. Walked around Tomorrowland and grabbed a Fastpass for Buzz, then headed over to Adventureland and out to New Orleans Sqaure. Took a trip up to the Gallery to see the new exhibit then back down and through Adventureland to Main Street USA to line up for the 4pm Parade of Dreams. Watched the parade from fairly close to center street and after the last float passed by headed for DCA along with several thousand other guests it seemed. Found a spot in the Sun Plaza to watch the Block Party Bash. Once it concluded we headed down the Backlot to check out Monsters and then back through the plaza on our way to Condor Flats and the Bay area to go out to the Pier to see what was going on. Decided it was dinner time so headed out of the park and across the street to McDs for dinner. Back to Disneyland and down Main Street after eating. Walked around the castle and then through Frontierland on our way to New Orleans Square and then Critter Country. Walked back along the Rivers of America stopping in the Disney Gallery again and then continued on through the Big Thunder trail and into Fantasyland and out to Small World and then Toontown. Back through the Small World Mall and around the Matterhorn to Tomorrowland. Walked up to the Monorail platform and took some pictures of the Sub Lagoon and then exited when the next Monorail arrived instead of taking the one way trip to DD. Walked down the ramp and stopped to take some Autopia pictures then Space Mountain shots as we headed back across the park and to Adventureland. Jungle Cruise had a long line so continued on to New Orleans Sqaure and hopped on the train. Road in the first car and got off at Tomorrowland. Cut back through and over to Adventureland and waited for about 15 minutes to get on the Jungle Cruise. After our adventure it was back to Main Street, grabbed an ice cream sandwhich and then a spot for Remember, the new Fireworks show. After the show headed out of the park along with 40,000 or so other people it seemedd. Got on a tram and off to the parking structure then the fun drive home (there were several accidents and construction along the way and this usually 70 minute trip took 120 minutes.. ahh).
||Started off the day heading to La Brea Bakery to meet up with someone, then headed for Disneyland. Roamed down Main Street and to the Castle. Walked around a bit then circled the hub. First stop Adventureland. Walked through and around the River and out to Critter Country to see what was going on. Back along the Rivers of America and the Big Thunder trail on my way to Fantasyland. After some pictures it was off to Small World and eventually Toontown. After circling Toontown headed for Tomorrowland and a ride on the monorail. Once back from the round trip finished the loop of the park by going through Tomorrowland and back down Main Street. Headed across the Esplanade and over to DCA. Down the backlot and around Monsters inc. Back to the parade corridor and out to the Wharf and the Pier before heading through GRR and out of the park to the Grand Californian. Ate dinner at Storyteller's Cafe and then back into DCA. Walked through Condor Flats and down the backlot to check the line for Tower, it was 80 minutes, so skipped that and returned to Disneyland. Took the Disneyland Railroad all the way around to Tomorrowland. We disembarked and strolled through Tomorrowland on our way to get Fastpasses for Buzz. Wandered over to the Tiki room, took a brief detour to Frontierland for some pictures and were amongst the last to make it through the door for the show. After the show walked through Adventureland and took a ride on Pirates and finished our look of New Orleans Square and fighting the Fantasmic crowd. Back to through Adventureland and shopping on our way to the Castle and Fantasyland. Took a wild Ride on Mr Toad and continued on through Fantasyland to the Small World Mall to look at the photo mosaics. Finally our Fastpass return time came up. Road Buzz, did ok, just short of 150,000 points. Then headed for Main Street and some shopping. The Lazygeek saw something in Adventureland he wanted so we hiked back to the Bazaar to pick it up then back to Main Street and out to the trams and cars to head home.
|| Started off this perfect Friday afternoon heading for Disneyland. Wandered down Main Street taking pictures of the golden light posts as I made my way out to Tomorrowland to grab a fastpass for Buzz. Continued on through Tomorrowland making a complete loop including a trip out to Autopia to get a view of the Train Station progress. Then back by the Monorail station and around Matterhorn (on the castle side) as I headed toward Small World to see what going on, not much and continued on to Toontown. Back through Fantasyland and the Big Thunder trail, along the Rivers of America and out to Critter Country. Continued my excursion heading through the streets of New Orleans Sqaure and then Adeventureland, heard a band playing at Carnation, so stopped to listen and take some Castle shots. Took a brief detour back to Pirates for some pictures I forgot then walked to Tomorrowland and took the Monorail for a round trip elevated view of the work going on behind the lagoon walls, not much except for the drained motorboat area. Upon departing the monorail in Tomorrowland headed to the stage to watch Brooke and the Boys perform an interesting mix of songs. After their set wandered around Tomorrowland taking some pictures, including Space Mountains exit. On the way out of the park grabbed another Fastpass for Buzz before walking down Main Street and across the Esplande on my way to DCA. Headed down the Backlot and out to the work on Super Star Limo/Monsters Inc. Back to the Sunshine Plaza, stopped to listen to some of the Waveriders set before continuing on to the Wharf to get some bread. Next up out to the Pier for some pictures. Walked to GRR and caught the new band, missed their name, that was where the Miner 49ers used to be. After their set headed back to the Esplanade by way of Condor Flats. Walked through Downtown Disney and off to ESPN Zone to pick up a couple items. Walked over to the garage to drop them off in my car. Took the tram back to Disneyland and entered the park. We strolled down Main Street and through Tomorrowland. Grabbed the last set of Fastpasses for Buzz and headed over to the Monorail. Got in line, no sooner had we gotten in line did the phone ring and it was the rest of our group saying they were there and ready to meet for dinner, so we hiked out to ESPN instead of waiting a couple monorails. Ate dinner and then took the monorail back to Disneyland. We still had a good half hour till our Buzz Fastpasses would be ready, so wandered over to Indy and went for a spin. After our adventure it was back to Tomorrowland and time for Buzz. Next up we headed through Frontierland and the Big Thunder Trail on our way to Fantasyland. We were heading to the Mattterhorn but got sidetracked and took a spin on Dumbo. Finally made it over to Matterhorn and the line scared us away. We decided to call it a night so headed with the masses back toward the tram stop. Had to wait for the 4th tram to arrive. Finally got on our tram and back to the cars to head home.
|| Started off heading for DCA. Walked down the Backlot and around by Superstar Limo. Finished the loop and ended up at Award Weiners for dinner. Sat around and ate then stopped by Greetings from California for my free Annual Passholders mousepad. Walked over to Disneyland. Wandered down Main Street and over to Tomorrowland. Buzz was down so continued on taking pictures including of the train station then back by Buzz and over to Adventureland to grab some Tiki shots. Next up a hike up the Treehouse, not much to see so continued on along the River and out by the Mark Twain. Walked around it and then Splash Mountain. Headed back to NOS and to the Train Station and through the rest of NOS on my way back to Buzz to see if its open yet. It was just about to. So jumped in line. Took almost an 45 minutes to get on, thanks to the large number of Fastpass returners who decided to show up. Headed back to the Tiki Room and caught the show. After the show it was back along the Rivers to see what was going on, nothing was. So back to Main Street to grab a snack and some pictures. Walked around the Castle, through Fantasyland and out to Toontown. Back through Fantasyland and over to Frontierland via the Big Thunder Trail. Walked along the Rivers of America and stopped to see the last song of the last set of the band at Cafe Orleans. Then wandered around the Rivers of America, decided to visit the Haunted Mansion since there was no line. Afterwards strolled over to Pirates and took a spin again because no one was around. Headed back to Main Street/Tomorrowland for some more pictures and browsed the shops, nothing too new. Then eventually headed back to the car and home.
|| Started off the trip heading to Disneyland to see if Buzz was open, it was. About a ten minute wait and I was on the new attraction. After Buzz it was off to the rest of Tomorrowland to see how the paint was lookin', with a stop out by the Autopia to see how the train station was looking. Walked out toward its a Small World then cut through Fantasyland and the Castle on my way to Adventureland. Grabbed a Fastpass for Indy then continued on along the Rivers of America. Out to the Mark Twain and Splash Mountain. Continued on to Hungry Bear to get a view of the track work, looks done from what you could see. Back along the Rivers of America and out to Main Street to catch the Sleeping Beauty celebration again. About half way through lost interest and headed over to Buzz again. This time about a 15 minute wait. Stopped to play with the photo at the end, and of course mine was not there. Back to Main Street and over to DCA. Walked by farm and through the Wharf, glanced out at the Pier and headed to GRR by way of the trail. Wandered around to catch the Miner 49ers. After their set was wrapping up walked through Condor Flats on my way to Award Weiners to grab some fries. Walked over to Disneyland. Was right behind the Mickey Celebration parade so followed it down the street to the castle. Watched the show and and then headed back down Main Street to catch the flag retreat. Waited around a bit and watched the second showing of the Mickey Celebration before heading over to Frontierland to catch the last Billy Hill of the day. Once the show concluded it was back over to Buzz, it was down, so headed down Main Street and off to the car to change out some memory sticks/umbrella, etc.. Stopped at White Water Snacks for dinner right around closing time (7pm), after eating walked through Downtown Disney to the monorail. Took it back to Tomorrowland. Buzz was still closed so walked over to Indy to use our fastpasses. After our tour it was back to Buzz, still closed. So headed out to Haunted Mansion for a ride. Back to Buzz to see if it was going to open. Waited around 15 minutes or so and the queue came to life and we got in line and took one last spin for the evening. By the time we got off it was a 45 minute wait.
||Started off the great morning with an 8:15 arrivial at the park. Took the tram to Disneyland then got a phone call to go meet someone. Walked through Downtown Disney and over to the M&F garage to meet up then took the tram back to Disneyland. Waited in the long line to get in then some took the bus down Main Street while I walked to take some pictures. Met up in the hub and headed through the Castle to Fantasyland. Jumped on the Carousel and then Casey Jr. Walked down the Big Thunder trail and into New Orleans Sqaure. Road Pirates followed by Haunted Mansion. Then through Adventureland. Long lines so wandered over to the Golden Horseshoe, still 45 minutes till showtime so took a spin on the Columbia before watching Billy Hill. After the show it was lunch time so headed over to DCA. Grabbed some fastpasses for Soarin' then some ate at the Wharf while others at Award Weiners. After eating stopped by Bugsland and road the drive'em buggies. Then wandered over to the backlot and stopped in the Animation building on our way to see Aladdin. After Aladdin some headed back to the hotel and some went to Disneyland. We walked down Main Street and caught the tail end of the Princess thing, then strolled through Tomorrowland. Decided to check out the wait times for Indy.. way too long so back to Tomorrowland by way of the Big Thunder trail and a pit stop in Toontown. Went into Innoventions to check some Bball scores, stopped to talk to Stitch then back out to Tomorrowland. Caught the last minute of the talking trashcan before he headed away. Walked down Main Street to meet up with the rest of our group. Some opted for ice cream for dinner, other hot dogs, me a corn dog with us all meeting up under a heater down at the Plaza Inn. After dinner it was off to the Autopia, followed by a set from Elvis. After Elvis at Club Buzz we road Small World before it was time for the next set from Stompy Jones over at Carnation. Watched his set then off to Frontierland to try to find a spot for Fantasmic, ended up near the boat docks, off to the side, not bad but not too good either. After the show we hiked through Frontierland and down Main Street and off to the bus stop for the shuttle back to the hotel to end the day.
||Started off the soggy afternoon heading for Disneyland. Roamed down Main Street, through Adventureland and out to New Orleans Square. Road Haunted Mansion then continued on to Critter Country. Back along the Rivers of America and around the Big Thunder Trail. Through Fantasyland and out to Toontown. Back down Small World Mall and over to Tomorrowland. Continued on to Main Street and then out of the park and over to DCA. Headed out toward the Bay Area stopping to take in some Mickeys. Stopped by the Pier and then cut through the Bay Area and GRR on my way to Condor Flats. Walked down the Backlot, around Tower and then headed for Dinner. Ended up at White Water Snacks. After dinner it was out to Downtown Disney. Walked through to the Monorail. Jumped on and headed back to Disneyland. Walked over to the castle to see if the Sleeping Beauty show was going to happen, it was not due to the weather. Next up a trip to Frontierland and stopped to see Billy Hill. After the show it was back toward Main Street. Headed over to Tomorrowland and hopped on the Monorail again for a roundtrip. After the journey it was time to stroll down Main Street and head for the car and home.
||Started off the perfect afternoon heading for Disneyland. Wandered down Main Street, through Adventureland and New Orleans Square on my way out to Critter Country. Back along the Rivers of America and through Frontierland and Fantasyland on my way to Toontown. Toured the town then back through the edge of Fantasyland and around Matterhorn and into Tomorrowland before heading back down Main Street and over to DCA. Stopped to take some pictures of the first groups of 75 Mickeys then down the Backlot to see what is going on. Not much. Headed back to the entrance plaza and then down the parade route following the 75 Mickeys all the way to the Bay Area where the last group was. Took over 300 pictures then went through GRR and Condor Flats on my way back to the park entrance. Over to Disneyland and hung out on Main Street for half an hour or so before catching the new parade, Mickeys Shining Star Cavalcade. After it, took the tram to the garage to grab some warmer clothes then back to DCA to do the Pin Quest. Started at Greetings From California then worked our way through Condor Flats, GRR, the Bay Area, around the Pier, out to the Farm and concluded in the Wharf with our free pin. Next up dinner. Walked over to McDs for a quick bite then back to DCA for some night shots. Walked out to the Bay Area to get some great shots then back to the Wharf. Tried the bread tour then off to the Backlot. After the loop it was time to head over to Disneyland. Walked down Main Street and out to Pirates, drats a line. Back through the hub and past the castle on our way out to Toontown, nothing going on so back around to Tomorrowland. Caught part of the 80s All Starz set and then headed for Innoventions followed by Star Traders. Walked over to NOS next then back to Tomorrowland for a snack before walking back to NOS to catch Fantasmic. After the show waded through the heard along the Riverbanks and through Adventureland, down Main Street and back to the trams to head to the garage and home..