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  • Trip Report Observations From My Recent Trip (November 19-24, 2021)

    Rather than a traditional trip report, these are observations I made on my most-recent Disneyland trip.

    Maintenance Issues
    • Indiana Jones Adventure: Snake is stationary (sound effects still play)
    • The Little Mermaid: The Scuttle animatronic at the end had a stuck mouth on Sunday (when we rode it again on Tuesday, it was fixed)
    • Splash Mountain: On Saturday, two of the geese on the riverboat were stationary; on Wednesday, they were all functioning, but the one in blue was leaning
    • Disneyland Railroad: Holiday Blue needs new brakes, pterodactyl closest to the tracks in the Primeval World diorama is non-functional, gates at Tomorrowland grade crossing aren't lowering all the way, and one of the wig-wags isn't wig-wagging
    • Disneyland Monorail: Monorail Blue rode roughly, definitely time for new trains with NEW CHASSIS (not reskins of the old Mark III chassis like the Mark V and VII trains)
    • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride: Hell isn't humid
    • Radiator Springs Racers: Sheriff doesn't bounce, the first Mater doesn't roll forward or back (but his mouth and bouncing are still functional), the tractors and Frank are still hit-and-miss
    • Luigi's Joy to the Whirl: Unreliable as a whole, broke down while we were waiting in line and later seen running with less cars than normal
    • Toy Story Midway Mania: Whooshes of air are completely absent
    • Star Tours: Luggage belt was stationary, leaving many of the scans looking off
    • Autopia: Gears have been grinding when the transmission is engaged for years; definitely time for electric cars
    • It's A Small World Holiday: Need I say more?
    • Enchanted Tiki Room: Several birds and flowers were either not moving ore barely moving (at least the MC birds were working properly, and it was worth going to the show just for Maynard)
    • Smuggler's Run: Hondo was not working and hidden
    Famous Faces


    Our first ride of our first day, as is tradition, was Indiana Jones. And wouldn't you know it, we encountered Peter Tu, clapping as usual! We also saw Maynard walking to Tropical Hideaway to clock in. I was also alerted to FreshBaked being in the park on our first day via YouTube, but we were in Tomorrowland and therefore unable to intercept him.

    On our last day (Wednesday, November 24), my mom and brother were returning from the bathrooms in Adventureland, and saw Maynard arranging strollers. They said hello to him, and he launched into a story about the "invisible babies" trying to chew the trees next to stroller parking. He also told my dad his life story, and later launched into a story about the cracks in the pavement, saying it's because the elephants from the Indian Elephant Bathing Pool on the Jungle Cruise have an underground breakroom with a trampoline that causes them to keep hitting their heads on the ceiling, and that scientists have been trying to no avail to cushion their heads. And of course, he broke out the Tiki Maynard character for the Tiki Room, and he actually started breaking character and laughing.
    Trains and Monorails


    Everytime I go to Disneyland, my first priority is finding out which trains and monorails are running. On all five days, Monorails Red and Blue were running.

    From Saturday to Monday, the trains were #3 Fred Gurley with Holiday Blue, and #1 CK Holliday with the Excursion Train. On Tuesday, the trains were reshuffled, with Gurley reunited with her Excursion Train, and #4 Ernest S. Marsh taking over Holiday Blue. This was the first trip in which I rode behind the same locomotive on two different sets (Holiday Blue on Saturday, Excursion Train on Wednesday). At no point was #5 Ward Kimball out, and #2 EP Ripley, last I heard, was at Hillcrest for overhaul (I just hope this is the case, and Cheapek didn't discreetly scrap her and just got lucky that nobody has blown the whistle so far).
    Last edited by BNSF1995; 11-28-2021, 01:01 AM.
    Disney visits over the years:
    • Disneyland, December 2000 (plus Legoland)
    • Disneyland, Summer 2003 (plus Legoland, SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and Knott's Berry Farm)
    • Disneyland, December 26, 2004-January 2, 2005 (mom's 40th birthday at Plaza Inn; New Year's at Disneyland)
    • Disneyland, July 2005 (Pre-Disney Cruise visit)
    • Walt Disney World, December 15-25, 2006 (plus Kennedy Space Center)
    • Disneyland, August 2007
    • Disneyland, July 1-4, 2009
    • Disneyland, July 2011 (plus Universal Studios)
    • Disneyland, November 2011 (dad's 50th birthday)
    • Disneyland, June 2013
    • Walt Disney World, July-August 2013 (plus Universal CityWalk)
    • Disneyland, June 7-8 2014
    • Disneyland, December 27-31 2014 (mom's 50th birthday; my tenth visit)
    • Disneyland, Summer 2015 (plus Universal Studios)

  • #2
    Originally posted by BNSF1995 View Post
    Rather than a traditional trip report, these are observations I made on my most-recent Disneyland trip.

    Maintenance Issues
    • Indiana Jones Adventure: Snake is stationary (sound effects still play)
    • The Little Mermaid: The Scuttle animatronic at the end had a stuck mouth on Sunday (when we rode it again on Tuesday, it was fixed)
    • Splash Mountain: On Saturday, two of the geese on the riverboat were stationary; on Wednesday, they were all functioning, but the one in blue was leaning
    • Disneyland Railroad: Holiday Blue needs new brakes, pterodactyl closest to the tracks in the Primeval World diorama is non-functional
    • Disneyland Monorail: Monorail Blue rode roughly, definitely time for new trains with NEW CHASSIS (not reskins of the old Mark III chassis like the Mark V and VII trains)
    • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride: Hell isn't humid
    • Radiator Springs Racers: Sheriff doesn't bounce, the first Mater doesn't roll forward or back (but his mouth and bouncing are still functional), the tractors and Frank are still hit-and-miss
    • Luigi's Joy to the Whirl: Unreliable as a whole, broke down while we were waiting in line and later seen running with less cars than normal
    • Toy Story Midway Mania: Whooshes of air are completely absent
    • Star Tours: Luggage belt was stationary, leaving many of the scans looking off
    • Autopia: Gears have been grinding when the transmission is engaged for years; definitely time for electric cars
    • It's A Small World Holiday: Need I say more?
    • Enchanted Tiki Room: Several birds and flowers were either not moving ore barely moving (at least the MC birds were working properly, and it was worth going to the show just for Maynard)
    Famous Faces
    Our first ride of our first day, as is tradition, was Indiana Jones. And wouldn't you know it, we encountered Peter Tu, clapping as usual! We also saw Maynard walking to Tropical Hideaway to clock in. I was also alerted to FreshBaked being in the park on our first day via YouTube, but we were in Tomorrowland and therefore unable to intercept him.

    On our last day (Wednesday, November 24), my mom and brother were returning from the bathrooms in Adventureland, and saw Maynard arranging strollers. They said hello to him, and he launched into a story about the "invisible babies" trying to chew the trees next to stroller parking. He also told my dad his life story, and later launched into a story about the cracks in the pavement, saying it's because the elephants from the Indian Elephant Bathing Pool on the Jungle Cruise have an underground breakroom with a trampoline that causes them to keep hitting their heads on the ceiling, and that scientists have been trying to no avail to cushion their heads. And of course, he broke out the Tiki Maynard character for the Tiki Room, and he actually started breaking character and laughing.
    Trains and Monorails
    Everytime I go to Disneyland, my first priority is finding out which trains and monorails are running. On all five days, Monorails Red and Blue were running.

    From Saturday to Monday, the trains were #3 Fred Gurley with Holiday Blue, and #1 CK Holliday with the Excursion Train. On Tuesday, the trains were reshuffled, with Gurley reunited with her Excursion Train, and #4 Ernest S. Marsh taking over Holiday Blue. This was the first trip in which I rode behind the same locomotive on two different sets (Holiday Blue on Saturday, Excursion Train on Wednesday). At no point was #5 Ward Kimball out, and #2 EP Ripley, last I heard, was at Hillcrest for overhaul (I just hope this is the case, and Cheapek didn't discreetly scrap her and just got lucky that nobody has blown the whistle so far).
    INTERESTING
    and I also don't like hear about train getting scrap.......
    So (lucky that nobody has blown the whistle so far) lol
    Soaring like an EAGLE !

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    • #3
      Great report! Very observational.

      I had a chuckle at ”Hell isn’t humid.” You obviously have not visited Houston, TX.*

      *it’s a joke.

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      • #4
        No, I mean Hell at the end of Mr. Toad was unusually-cool compared to previous trips.
        Disney visits over the years:
        • Disneyland, December 2000 (plus Legoland)
        • Disneyland, Summer 2003 (plus Legoland, SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and Knott's Berry Farm)
        • Disneyland, December 26, 2004-January 2, 2005 (mom's 40th birthday at Plaza Inn; New Year's at Disneyland)
        • Disneyland, July 2005 (Pre-Disney Cruise visit)
        • Walt Disney World, December 15-25, 2006 (plus Kennedy Space Center)
        • Disneyland, August 2007
        • Disneyland, July 1-4, 2009
        • Disneyland, July 2011 (plus Universal Studios)
        • Disneyland, November 2011 (dad's 50th birthday)
        • Disneyland, June 2013
        • Walt Disney World, July-August 2013 (plus Universal CityWalk)
        • Disneyland, June 7-8 2014
        • Disneyland, December 27-31 2014 (mom's 50th birthday; my tenth visit)
        • Disneyland, Summer 2015 (plus Universal Studios)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BNSF1995 View Post
          No, I mean Hell at the end of Mr. Toad was unusually-cool compared to previous trips.
          Yes, that too, lol.

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          • #6
            I loved reading this. I haven't been in a few years, so this is the most in-depth description I have of what the park looks like in its current state.
            Brian the Pooh

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