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  • [Chat] Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

    So, this sort of thread can sometimes be entertaining to get folks thinking about their 'favorites' and sharing, comparing the parks experience So, here we go, answer if you wish:

    Top 20 attractions? (for both Disneyland and California Adventure combined)

    Best table service meal for each park?

    Best snacks for both?

    Favorite area music or ride soundtrack?

    Favorite piece of merchandise you've ever purchased?

    Top five extinct attractions?

    If you could sleep overnight anywhere in either park, where?
    when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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    Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

    Top 20 attractions?
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Haunted Mansion
    Splash Mountain
    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    Captain EO (yeah, I like the EO )
    Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
    Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
    Toy Story Midway Mania
    Ariel's Undersea Adventure
    Mike & Sully to the Rescue
    Radiator Springs Racers
    Muppet Vision 3D
    Turtle Talk with Crush
    Fantasmic
    World of Color

    Best table service meal for each park?
    For Disneyland I would go with Cafe Orleans. They have good food, a nice view of Rivers of America, and the prices aren't that expensive.
    For DCA I haven't really had a table service meal but I have heard Carthay Circle is really nice.

    Best snacks for both?
    Churros and Dole Whips. Hands down.

    Favorite area music or ride soundtrack?
    I've always been a fan of New Orleans Square. The area music is nice when the small bands walk through and the ride soundtracks for Pirates and Haunted Mansion have always put me in a happy place.

    Top five extinct attractions?
    Star Tours before the 2011 refurb
    Matterhorn Bobsleds before the 2012 refurb
    Country Bear Jamboree
    elecTRONica

    If you could sleep overnight anywhere in either park, where?

    Easily would be New Orleans Square.
    Merrily on our way to nowhere at all.











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    • #3
      Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

      Here are mine:

      Top twenty attractions: Haunted Mansion, Enchanted Tiki Room, Tower of Terror, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain, MuppetVision 3D, The Mark Twain, Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Snow White's Scary Adventures, Disneyland Railroad, Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, Grizzly River Run, Star Tours 2.0, Pinocchio's Daring Journey, the Monorail, Jungle Cruise, and the Big Thunder Ranch (yay goats!)

      Table service meal: Monte Cristo and pommes frites at Cafe Orleans, and the Carthay House biscuits and braised pot roast at DCA.

      Best snacks: jalapeno cheese Mickey pretzel, chocolate and M&M pretzel stick, Mickey beignets, Adventureland fresh dill pickle

      Favorite area music: Space Mountain queue ambiance, and best overall score and music variations is Haunted Mansion

      Favorite merchandise: 'panther lady' portrait art print from the Haunted Mansion or the Hatbox Ghost big figure

      Top extinct attractions: original Submarine Voyage, Swiss Family Treehouse, Country Bear Jamboree, People Mover, Superstar Limo (because of sheer unbelievable weirdness)

      If could sleep anywhere: in the old days, the 'master bedroom' at the Swiss Family Treehouse with the Swisskapolka playing and the wind and the clack of the water system. Modern, probably the portrait hall at the Haunted Mansion (loading area)
      when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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      • #4
        Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

        Top 20 attractions
        20. Mickey's Fun Wheel
        19. Jungle Cruise
        18. Soarin over California
        17. Mark Twain Riverboat
        16. Snow White's Scary Adventures
        15. Enchanted Tiki Room
        15. Autopia
        14. Aladdin musical
        13. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
        12. Splash Mountain
        11. The Little Mermaid- Ariel's Undersea Adventure
        10. Disneyland Railroad
        9. Grizzly River Run
        8. Space Mountain
        7. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
        6. Star Tours- The Adventures Continue
        5. California Screamin
        4. Pirates of the Caribbean
        3. Indiana Jones Adventure
        2. Radiator Springs Racers
        1. Haunted Mansion (regular version)

        Favorite snacks
        DL: popcorn
        DCA: caramel popcorn

        Favorite area music:
        Main Street

        Favorite ride music:
        Haunted Mansion

        Favorite piece of merchandise:
        Hitchhiking ghosts shadowbox

        Top Five Extinct Attractions
        5. Tom Sawyer's Island (before pirates invaded)
        4. People Mover
        3. Submarine Voyage
        2. Original Star Tours
        1. Country Bear Jamboree

        Lastly, if I were to sleep anywhere, it would probably have to be the Dream Suite above Pirates of the Caribbean.



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        • #5
          Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

          Top 20 attractions? (for both Disneyland and California Adventure combined)
          1. Haunted Mansion 2. Soar'n Over California 3. It's a Small World 4. The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure 5. Hollywood Tower Hotel: Tower of Terror 6. Splash Mountain 7. Pirates of the Caribbean 8. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 9. Space Mountain 10. Radiator Springs Racers 11. Storybook Land 12. Maters Junkyard Jamboree 13. Buzz Lightyears Astro Blasters 14. Muppet Vision 3-D 15. Jungle Cruise 16 Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room 17. Autopia 18. Star Tours 19. Alice in Wonderland 20. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage


          Best table service meal for each park?
          Never eaten table service in the parks, too expensive


          Best snacks for both?
          Churro by far


          Favorite area music or ride soundtrack?
          I love the old Golden Horseshoe Soundtrack


          Favorite piece of merchandise you've ever purchased?
          My Glow With the Show Ears


          Top five extinct attractions?
          1. Peoplemover 2. Submarine Voyage 3. Country Bear Jamboree 4. Natures Wonderland 5. Golden Horseshoe


          If you could sleep overnight anywhere in either park, where?
          Hollywood Tower Hotel in DCA and Golden Horseshoe in DL
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            Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

            Top 20 attractions? (for both Disneyland and California Adventure combined)
            In no particular order:
            1. Star Tours
            2. Thunder Mountain
            3. Space Mountain
            4. Indiana Jones
            5. Splash Mountain
            6. Tower of Terror
            7. Screamin'
            8. Aladdin
            9. Train - tender seat
            10. Train - Lilly Belle
            11. Haunted Mansion - non-holiday/original
            12. Jungle Cruise
            13. Tiki room
            14. HM - Holiday
            15. Mr. Toad
            16. Grizzly River Run
            17. Turtle Talk
            18. Peter Pan
            19. Fireworks
            20. Pirates

            Best table service meal for each park?
            We don't do table service often, in fact we haven't had table service in DCA. We do make sure to eat breakfast at Carnation Cafe at least once every trip, though!

            Best snacks for both?
            Churro and cotton candy at either park

            Favorite area music or ride soundtrack?
            New Orleans Square, Indiana Jones, Star Tours, Haunted Mansion

            Favorite piece of merchandise you've ever purchased?
            Right now would be my vintage-looking Mickey Mouse Club ears... I don't know what they're really called, but they look like the ears they used to have with fabric ears.

            Top five extinct attractions?
            I don't remember most of the extinct attractions, but I remember and miss the old submarines, Swiss Family tree house, and Country Bears

            If you could sleep overnight anywhere in either park, where?
            Dream suite

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            • #7
              Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

              Top 20 (In order of preference):
              20: Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin
              19: Muppet Vision 3-D
              18:
              It's a Small World
              17:
              Goofy's Sky School
              16:
              The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
              15:
              The Enchanted Tiki Room
              14:
              The Jungle Cruise
              13:
              Grizzly Bear River Run
              12:
              Toy Story Midway Mania
              11:
              Peter Pan's Flight
              10:
              Soarin' Over Calirfornia
              9:
              The Matterhorn Bobsleds
              8:
              California Screamin'
              7:
              Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
              6:
              Splash Mountain
              5:
              Pirates of the Carribbean
              4:
              Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
              3:
              Space Mountain
              2:
              Indiana Jones: Temple of the Forbidden Eye
              1:
              The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror
              (I haven't been to DCA since the huge remodel which is why there are no Cars Land rides on the list).

              Favorite Snacks?
              Churros forever

              Favorite Area Music and Ride Soundtrack?
              The ride soundtrack for PoTC, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones and the Tower of Terror
              As far as area music, I love the area music for Main Street, Fronteirland and Critter Country the best. I say Critter Country because it always seems like it's playing the one little tune from Splash Mountain which I love.

              Favorite Piece of Merchandise Ever Purchased?
              My original Mickey ears from my first Disney vacation in 2007. They have my name stitched on the back and I still wear them!

              If you could sleep overnight anywhere in either park, where?
              Tom Sayer Island, right in front of Thunder Mountain or in a boat parked right in the middle of the Bayou in PoTC, right by the man playing the banjo (the banjo soundtrack would be left on of course).

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              • #8
                Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

                Top 20 attractions?
                I might add reasons later.
                1. Space Mountain
                2. Pirates of the Caribbean
                3. World of Color
                4. Haunted Mansion
                5. Indiana Jones
                6. Jungle Cruise
                7. Tower of Terror
                8. "it’s a small world"
                9. Remember… Dreams Come True
                10. Disneyland Railroad
                11. Peter Pan's Flight
                12. Matterhorn
                13. Soarin' Over California
                14. Thunder Mountain
                15. California Screamin'
                16. Snow White's Scary Adventures
                17. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
                18. The Mark Twain
                19. Enchanted Tiki Room
                20. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

                The last two could easily be higher on the list, but I haven't experienced them in a while, so I can't place them accurately. All I can tell you is that they are definitely be on the list. It also pained me to leave the Main Street vehicles off the list, so I have to add that they would be up there with the best-- the horse-drawn streetcars in particular!

                Best table service meal? Best snacks?
                Skewers and tiger tails from the Bengal BBQ. Caramel chocolate popcorn. Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars. And the classic churros, popcorn, and pretzels.

                Favorite soundtrack/music?
                I really love Soarin', Space Mountain, the instrumental sections of POTC, the somber instrumental versions of Grim Grinning Ghosts on the Haunted Mansion, the WOC theme, "Miracles in Molecues", "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow", and the segments of "On the Trail" and Mysterious Island's "Prelude" that are heard during the diorama portions of the Disneyland Railroad.

                Favorite piece of merchandise?
                Disneyland: Now, Then, and Forever. It was my first look into the history of Disneyland and began my love for books about Disneyland and learning all I could about the history of the park.

                Top five extinct attractions?
                Well, I haven't experienced many extinct attractions, but based on concept and pictures that I've seen, these are the top five that I like best/would want to experience:
                1. Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland
                2. Adventures Thru Inner Space
                3. People Mover
                4. Swiss Family Robison Treehouse
                5. Tom Sawyer's Island in its glory days.

                Where I would sleep overnight?
                Originally posted by RegionsBeyond View Post
                If could sleep anywhere: in the old days, the 'master bedroom' at the Swiss Family Treehouse with the Swisskapolka playing and the wind and the clack of the water system. Modern, probably the portrait hall at the Haunted Mansion (loading area)
                ^ This! As for nowadays, probably over on Tom Sawyer’s Island inside the caves or inside the Sailing Ship Columbia. The Dream Suite would be nice too.
                Last edited by gatheringrosebuds; 01-20-2013, 04:47 PM.

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                  Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

                  Thank you all for sharing, very enjoyable to read these!
                  when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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                  • #10
                    Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

                    Attractions:
                    1. Matterhorn
                    2. Radiator Springs Racers
                    3. Haunted Mansion
                    4. Indy
                    5. Pirates
                    6. Jungel Cruise
                    7. Tiki Room
                    8. Star Tours
                    9. Space Mountain
                    10. Splash Mountain
                    11. Soarin'
                    12. Aladdin Musical
                    13. Petter Pan
                    14. Big Thunder
                    15. Mr. Toads
                    16. Mad Tea Party
                    17. Casey Jr.
                    18. Monster Inc.
                    19. Little Mermaid
                    20. Mark Twain

                    Best Food: Plaza Inn

                    Best Parade (out of the two): Soundsational
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                    • #11
                      Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

                      I would like to add the Main Street Electrical Parade to my top extinct attractions.
                      Merrily on our way to nowhere at all.











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                      • #12
                        Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

                        Originally posted by DrFink View Post
                        I would like to add the Main Street Electrical Parade to my top extinct attractions.
                        Oh!! Me, too!! And I forgot about Goofy's sky school, that's one of my favorites! I have a feeling I'm going to want to edit my post fifty times as people add more to this thread.

                        Great topic, RegionsBeyond!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

                          I have a new category to add: What are your top five favorite queues? I'm kind of a lover of queues, so I had to ask.

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                            Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

                            Originally posted by gatheringrosebuds View Post
                            I have a new category to add: What are your top five favorite queues? I'm kind of a lover of queues, so I had to ask.
                            1. Haunted Mansion
                            2. Indiana Jones
                            3. Star Tours
                            4. Radiator Springs Racers
                            5. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad



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                              Re: Disneyland and DCA: Your Top Picks

                              Originally posted by gatheringrosebuds View Post
                              I have a new category to add: What are your top five favorite queues? I'm kind of a lover of queues, so I had to ask.
                              Let me think...

                              Haunted Mansion
                              Star Tours
                              Toy Story Mania
                              Radiator Springs Racers
                              Indiana Jones


                              I also like the queue for Thunder Mountain Railroad, but who knows how different it will be after the refurb. Hopefully not too different.
                              Merrily on our way to nowhere at all.











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