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  • Trip Report April 19th: QUICK trip to the parks! Pics inside!

    Hello all! First time doing a trip report here so I hope you all like! So lets start!!

    So my sister today had a meeting in Irvine from 8 am-Noon and I asked her if she could drop me off at Disneyland since it was on the way, and she agreed! I really needed a fix since I hadn't been there in over a month so i was excited to walk around and see the new Sunburst and Mickey face.

    I got to the resort at around 7:30 and it was nice and quiet...


    It's pretty rare to get a shot like this with no people...


    Since I was on my own and not in a rush to do anything I decided to take it easy and just "stroll" through the park...

    Some Main Street shots:





    I did the Sleeping Beauty Walk through and was happy to see that I was the only one in there..I got to take all the time in the world in there. BTW I LOVED the little effect at the end of the dress changing colors.

    From there I decided to walk through Fantasyland and go through the Big Thunder Trail and enjoy the atmosphere.



    One thing I ALWAYS have to do at Disneyland is the Haunted Mansion! Once again when I got there it was deserted!




    When I got in the Foyer I was the ONLY one in there and I literally ran around in there...just because I could!



    Having fun the in the Foyer...



    Elevator:


    After Mansion it was getting pretty hot so i naturally headed next door to my favorite ride EVEEERRRR Splash!



    Once again though the ride was dead empty and they gave me a log to myself.......well...not really :P AND had to put me in the front row...but I didn't care about getting wet..it was too hot. LOL



    Another shot of the Mountain:


    After Splash I headed over to Adventureland and climbed up Tarzan's Treehouse:


    Ducks near the exit:


    From there I went over to Tomorrowland to ride Star Tours and Space...both had waits of 10 min.

    After those it was almost time for DCA to open to I made my way out of Disneyland and headed over to the other park.


    DCA had HUGE lines and while i was waiting they open up more lines so they had every turnstile in operation


    Once inside they had all the areas blocked off and we waited for the rope drop



    The mad rush to Paradise Pier:






    Here workers are removing scaffolding from the backside

    this is a shot from 10:15 ish (another shot from about an hour and a half later a bit further down):




    A bit of the scaffolding is down from the front



    From here I headed over to Tower of Terror and it was totally deserted.



    After a fantastic ride on tower I went to the Animation building and sat around watching the the screens (LOVE IT IN THERE!...and a great place to be on a hot day!) After that I headed back to the pier..but first making a stop at Blue Sky Cellar...I cant get enough of that place at all!

    Back at the Pier more progress was made on the scaffolding removal on the back.



    By this time my sister was out of her meeting and I left the park and got picked up at the drop off area. I got my fix of the parks and now I'm a happy camper!

    It may have seemed like the parks were dead but when I left both parks were getting pretty packed! That's why I love mornings...never anyone!

    Hope you all enjoyed!
    Last edited by DL2006; 04-19-2009, 06:05 PM.


  • #2
    Re: April 19th: QUICK trip to the parks! Pics inside!

    Your pic of the empty entrance for DCA makes it look like the hubcap sun is going to rise above the Golden Gate bridge.

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    • #3
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      Aww, that's a great report. My dream day at Disneyland, even if it was a short one.

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      • #4
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        Lovely!
        "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." -Henry David Thoreau

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        • #5
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          I did enjoy your TR! Your pics have a nice sharpness to them.
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          Home away from Home.

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          • #6
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            sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for the TR.

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            • #7
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              splendid trip report.

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              • #8
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                I wish I didn't see crowds all the time!:LOL: Great TR.
                "To all who come to this happy place - welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America... with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world. Thank you."

                —Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955



                LONG LIVE Disneyland!!sigpic

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                • #9
                  Re: April 19th: QUICK trip to the parks! Pics inside!

                  Nice TR.
                  Why was there such a crowd for DCA???

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                  • #10
                    Re: April 19th: QUICK trip to the parks! Pics inside!

                    the 2fer.

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                    • #11
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                      I LOVE your pix with no people in them!

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                      • #12
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                        Great pics! Thanks for sharing! :thumbup:
                        A true Disney gal…princess at heart, forever dreamer, constant believer :love: :ghug:

                        In serious need of a Disneyland trip
                        :captain: :ap: dMom

                        Check out my blog, Diary of a Disney Dork: http://diaryofadisneydork.blogspot.com/

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                        • #13
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                          Fantastic pictures. The park looks dead.

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                          • #14
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                            I can't believe the crowd size at DL! Wow, I've never seen it so empty!
                            Amazing TR, your pictures are just beautiful! What a lucky day, being in DL alll alone =D
                            All it takes is a dream and a wish!

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                            • #15
                              Re: April 19th: QUICK trip to the parks! Pics inside!

                              What time did you leave? I got there around 3 and both parks were crowded, but the longer i stayed the shorter the waits got. I have never seen DL so empty as shown in your pictures.

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