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  • #2
    Re: April 26-28 Trip Report

    Great trip report. You wouldn't happen to have any great photos would you?

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    • #3
      Re: April 26-28 Trip Report

      I have photos. Not sure any qualify as "great" or not, but I'll post a couple as soon as I quash them down to a reasonable size.

      Oh, one other thing I forgot to mention - the earliest CM I saw was Class of '68 piloting one of the rafts to Tom Sawyer's Island. I thought that neat, since '68 was the year of my first visit (not that I remember much, I was two at the time...).

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      • #4
        Re: April 26-28 Trip Report

        great report, I thought the same about monsters, and well buzz was not the greatest either. did you do tot? how about the coaster? any big rides inDCA at all? and yeah, pics please

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        • #5
          Re: April 26-28 Trip Report

          The problem with Monsters Inc right now is the long, uninteresting queue. When lines die down, I'm looking forward to going on it again. I agree that the ride was less than amazing, but there's another effect which I enjoyed besides the disappearing Randall, and that's Boo bopping him on the head while he changes colors...

          I was there on the same days!

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          • #6
            Re: April 26-28 Trip Report

            my hubby went this weekend with his freind. Two guys alone at Disney, no wives, no kids. They went on all the big rides at least once , some two or three times, both at DL and DCA. I was alittle disappointed in him though. He didn't do any of what I think disney is about. The ISMA and Fantasyland. No parades, no fireworks. They left the park arounf 7pm. I guess if it were me and I drove 8 hours I'd spend as much time there as I could. He said that they had a great time and went on all the rides that they wanted to. He also said that what made Disney magical was going with me and the kids and when he goes with us then he feels that magic but with his friend it was the thrill of the rides. He also said that the lines weren't that long. He came home last night and we went out to dinner as a family. I am glad that he had a good time.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JMHawkins
              His second and third favorite parts were Tom Sawyer Island
              I love TSI too! I'm glad to hear your son enjoyed it. It was the only real "play area" most of us had as kids (pre-Toon Town, etc.) so it's good that he enjoyed the good classic.

              Wow! Monsters is my favorite Pixar attraction and I just saw this for the first time this past Saturday and loved it! Interesting to hear your viewpoint, especially with a young child. May I ask how long you waited. Someone mentioned else mentioned the queue, but that doesn't really relate when you compare it to the rest of the dark ride queues in Fantasyland.

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              • #8
                Re: April 26-28 Trip Report

                I'm glad your son had fun. It's great to hear that kids enjoy the activities available in DLR and DCA. My kids absolutely love the Redwood challenge!
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                Will trade husband for Disneyland and DCA Pins!

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                • #9
                  Re: April 26-28 Trip Report

                  Okay, some photos.

                  Columbia rounds the bend:



                  Mike Fink's old boat:



                  The DCA Redwook Creek Challenge Trail (well, part of it), I was trying to get a picture of my son crossing the bridge, but he was moving too fast




                  The line for Monsters, Inc. was 40 minutes the first time, and 30 the second. I agree the queue is uninteresting (also one of those deceptive lines - "hey, we're almost there. Okay, just around the corner, and then we finally get to.... (sigh)... the next part of the line." ). The last bit once you're inside the building is okay (I love the MTA rules posted by the "ticket office"), but other than that, you're in a courtyard with nothing to look at but the monorail going by every few minutes.

                  RenMan, yes I'd forgotten about Boo bopping Randall - that was a good effect, and one of my favorite scenes from the movie. I guess I'm just surprised that Mike and Sully's AAs would be so static. And a big Henry P. Waternoose AA would've been really cool.

                  And I think I finally realized what was missing from Tomorrowland for me. I distinctly remember at one point standing in Condor Flats over in DCA with that big rocket engine dischariging steam and the Monorail swooshing past overhead. There was a definite sense of engineering and motion, right out in the open. Real stuff too, not cartoon engineering. (well, okay, the rocket engine wasn't a "real" rocket engine, but it was a model of a real thing). I loved it - made me want to just stand there and soak it in. Tomorrowland had that same sense for me when I was a kid - a feeling of a real future (exploration, transportation, new things that we could do). Now, Tomorrowland is mostly about cartoon science - Star Wars, Honey I Shrunk the Audience and Buzz Lightyear. Entertaining rides, but will they inspire kids to be engineers, astronauts or deep sea explorers? Maybe I should start (if there isn't already one) a "Tomorrowland ride ideas" thread.

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