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Re: Photo TR: Andy's California Adventure

PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:44 am
by The Great Zo
Part 5 -- Disneyland Odds and Ends
(Tomorrowland, Grizzly River Run, and More!)
Thursday, September 13, 2018


Alright, let's continue ahead with pictures from my third day (out of four) at the Disneyland resort. We spent Day 1 at California Adventure, and Day 2 at Disneyland, but still had more things to see and do with two days to go!

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We didn't completely finish off all the attractions at Disneyland on the previous day, so we headed there first thing in the morning, starting off with a run through Tomorrowland. That included our first rides on Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Autopia, the Monorail, and the very frustrating Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Seriously, it's the first time on a Buzz Lightyear ride that I just couldn't get the hang of, and I'm used to going 999,999 on the score board. Oh well...

After lunch, we finished off a couple attractions in Fantasyland, before heading to the Main Street station to begin a loop on the Disneyland Railroad.

We crossed over to California Adventure for a couple hours in the afternoon, then headed out to Downtown Disney for dinner at the TPR-approved restaurant Naples. We also checked out the Grand Californian hotel -- a ways above our price point, but pretty neat to see, and (almost) as remarkable as some of the nicer Disney hotels in Florida.

After dinner, the rest of the family called it a night, so I headed back to Disneyland for some photography -- and a solo ride on Indiana Jones.

This was the one night of our visit in which crowds were an issue, but there's a very good reason for it. California Adventure closed early for the night, as Disney was hosting its Service Celebration for long-time cast members. I saw a huge line of them waiting to get into the park -- dressed a little nicer than your average park guest -- just before I headed into Disneyland. Unfortunately, what that meant is that everyone at DCA crowded into Disneyland for the evening, pushing crowds to somewhat inconvenient levels. I think I saw a 90 minute posted wait for both Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain!

That's why I decided to try the single rider line for Indiana Jones, and I have to admit -- it was an odd experience. The ride was running with a posted wait of 50-60 minutes, and I got on in about 30-40 minutes, so it definitely did speed things up for me. However, they didn't actually use single riders to fill empty seats in the ride vehicles. They simply ran you through a different part of the queue, forced you to wait for a bit, and then sent a limited number of people ahead into the rest of the line every so often. It was pretty confusing, to be honest!

At another time in the week, I tried the single rider queue on the Incredicoaster. They used a similar system with cast member "checkpoints" as they routed you beside the station platform, and then up and down the elevators to the main loading area. Once you were there, though, they operated as you'd expect -- they directed you very efficiently to empty seats.

Just an interesting little quirk to share, and this seemed like a good place to do it, because I don't have much else to say about the day. Onward to the pictures!

Re: Photo TR: Andy's California Adventure

PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:44 am
by The Great Zo
Disneyland Odds and Ends -- The Photos!

Re: Photo TR: Andy's California Adventure

PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:44 am
by The Great Zo
Disneyland Odds and Ends -- The Photos, continued!

Re: Photo TR: Andy's California Adventure

PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:45 am
by The Great Zo
Disneyland Odds and Ends -- The Photos, continued-continued!

Re: Photo TR: Andy's California Adventure

PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:04 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
Awesome photos. This has gotten me really excited to get back there this year.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's California Adventure

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:35 am
by PKI Jizzman
Great photos! Love the Grizzy session. That whole park of the park is especially beautiful.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's California Adventure

PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:57 am
by The Great Zo
Thanks Zach and Andrew, glad to share!

Re: Photo TR: Andy's California Adventure

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:28 pm
by The Great Zo
Working on the last Disneyland section now...

Re: Photo TR: Andy's California Adventure

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:29 pm
by The Great Zo
Just about to get started.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's California Adventure

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:29 pm
by The Great Zo
OK, here goes!