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Old 08-22-2011, 10:59 PM   #1
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Last Minute Disney Trip 8/18 - 8/21

Last minute trip to Disneyland with DW & DK's [DD 5, DS 10 & DD 11]

Great trip. Crowds were pretty good Friday and Saturday. My DS loved the new ST's. Definite must see for any Star Wars fan. Our DD 5 loved the Arial ride. The "new" Goofy ride is just the old Mullholland Madness with a new paint job but our DK's still loved it.

There's an updated restaurant section at the end of California [where the old Surf Pizza place was] We didn't eat there but it looked nice and they added a lot of tables in the shade to eat.

Quick notes:

* Crowds were much less than I expected for August
* Weather was nice, Sunny and 80 on most days
* Star Tours - 30 minutes was the longest wait we had
* Little Mermaid - No need to FP longest wait was 10 - 15 minutes
* Watched fireworks from the Plaza Inn. [outside tables] We usually camp out in front of the castle but this is a great spot to watch with kids. We had a late dinner at 8 and then waited for the fireworks. No need to camp out and no one standing up in front of your DKs.
* FP tickets from the Disney Hotel deal worked out great! They should keep this as a perk for staying on property.
* GC now charges $15 a night for self parking.
* Early entry to California from GC is at 9am. You can get your WOC passes and then walk over to LM to ride a couple of times before the park opens.
* There is still a lot of construction going on in California. A lot of the park near the entrance is being worked on
* Sad to see the California Zephyr Train was gone
* Matterhorn closed for refurb
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:37 AM   #2
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Were the * items surpises for you? You seem ready for a few things but maybe not other things.
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