Esprix (esprix) wrote,

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Disneyland happiness causes drowsiness...

So very tired today...

I stayed up way too late on Saturday, so was very tired when I got up Sunday morning. I was only a little late meeting Lyttle John at DCA, and we had a most wonderful day. We did:

  • MuppetVision 3-D
  • The Tower of Terror (my first time - once in the day, once at night)
  • Disney Animation
  • Mission Tortilla Factory
  • California Screamin' (once in the day, once at night)
  • Grizzly River Run (my first time, surprisingly)
  • Golden Dreams
  • Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular show (my first time)
  • Soarin' Over California
  • It's Tough To Be A Bug
We stopped for lunch at Paradise Pier, and John spent much time pin trading, looking for a specific pin (he stopped every cast member with a lanyard, and the very last one we saw he didn't bother to look, but I did and saw the very pin he'd been looking for all day!). We also saw lots of characters - Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Mulan, Mushu, Woody, Sulley, Roly Poly Olie, and a few others. Not bad for a park that initially had no Disney characters in it at all!

I noticed quite a few changes since I was last there (which I think was about a year ago), and it looks like overall they're working on some long-term projects to improve the place:

  • They replaced the soap opera store ("attraction") with Playhouse Disney, a kid's stage show (Olie, Bear in the Big Blue House, etc.).
  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It! is finally closed, but I don't know what's going in its place.
  • Superstar Limo is still closed, but they haven't done anything with that yet, either.
  • Hollywood & Dine, my favorite place to eat, looks like it's closed permanently, probably due to lack of traffic in that corner because Millionaire and Limo are dark. Hopefully they'll reopen it once they get some attractions back there.
  • The Tower of Terror is open, and is pretty great. The biggest difference between this one and the one at WDW is you no longer leave the elevator shaft and go across the floor to the front shaft that drops you - it all takes place in the same shaft you start in (although you do pull away from the doors after you board). They replaced it with a pretty keen computerized mirror effect, but it's not nearly as cool. The upside is because of that they managed to double their load capacity with 6 total elevators, which is a very smart move on their part. I can accept the change if it means riding it faster and/or more often.
  • A Bug's Land is also open, so I saw that for the first time. VERY well themed, even if it's only for kids. We were very amused.
  • The Aladdin show is still at Hyperion, and this was the first time I saw that, too.
  • They added a movie to the pre-show at Mission Tortilla, which was narrated by kids and quite amusing.
  • They added a "discover your animal counterpart" piece at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in the little walk-through cave. You put your hand against the pad, the rocks light up, and a little anime tells you who you are. Evidently, I'm a beaver. (No jokes - I could have been a skunk.)
  • Sadly the music on California Screamin' wasn't working, and it really changed the ride for me (not for the better). I'm hoping when they finish the refurb on Space Mountain the music is there.
  • They put in a coffee cart by Golden Dreams, which I don't remember seeing before.
  • There's a new Mexican restaurant in Downtown Disney, but I forget what was there before.
I'm sure jsciv will be along any minute to fill in details on all of these, plus I'll probably be making a stop at MousePlanet to get some backstory (and read more about the logistics behind Tower of Terror). :)

We wrapped up the evening by watching the Electric Light Parade (much to my surprise I didn't cry), and then headed to the Rainforest Cafe for dinner where i got to use my Safari Club membership for the first time to get seated right away and 10% off our bill (which we quickly used up by getting the Volcano for dessert - yum!). By the time I dropped off John it was almost 11:00, and I called Quincy back while driving home since he was having a bad night (got back from DC late and had lots to do for his inspection this morning, which is why he was still awake at such a late hour). I didn't get to bed until 1:00. UGH! So I may be exhausted today, but it was worth it to spend the day with John - we could dish about Disney stuff (he's putting in an application at WDW as soon as he gets back to NY) and Pennsic stuff!

Tonight it's dinner for nolly's birthday (hopefully I'll be awake enough!), tomorrow I need to figure out my costume and do laundry, Wednesday is gaming, and Thursday night through Sunday night will be Conjecture. Whee!
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