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Old 10-07-2012, 12:41 AM   #16
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Your TR is making me really miss Disneyland!
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Your TR is making me really miss Disneyland!
Haha, hopefully that's a good thing...? I see from your signature that you get to go next year at least! And I'm extremely jealous that you get to stay at the Grand Californian. That's a dream of mine. We LOVED walking through there.
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Chapter 9
Black Lights Everywhere


Exiting Peter Pan, Tracy and I both took a turn trying to pull the sword out of the stone.





Sadly it was to no avail. Next, since we were already in a relatively empty Fantasyland, we decided to take a spin on our first ride unique to Disneyland—Pinocchio’s Daring Journey.



This was one of those rides that I had no idea even existed until it was mentioned on Lou’s Disneyland podcast.



We actually re-watched Pinocchio for the first time in YEARS before coming to Disneyland with the anticipation of riding this ride.



The movie holds up fantastically and the ride was really fun. We got a vehicle featuring both Figaro and Cleo (our two favorite characters from the film).



We didn’t even know what to expect as we went towards these doors.



The result was a great Disney dark ride full of all kinds of good (if basic) audioanimatronics. I really enjoyed it. Next, since Pinocchio had been literally a walk-on, we decided to continue through Fantasyland before it got more crowded. Our next stop was Snow White’s Scary Adventures.



There’s something reassuring about the fact that even though Snow White is gone from WDW it still exists in Disneyland. I’ve always enjoyed the ride and would have been sad to actually bid it farewell.



Our car was Sneezy.



Say hello to the woodland creatures and here we go!





This Snow White was quite similar to the one we were used to in WDW. Neither is particularly scary despite the name. Luckily the Snow Queen died in the end and we got to live happily ever after!



I think it’s funny that since Snow White originally wasn’t in the attraction—as you were supposed to BE Snow White—the whole ending sequence was added on later so the happily ever after is depicted mostly through paintings.

While there would have still been PLENTY to explore in Fantasyland, we decided to head out of there for now and toward Frontierland. It’s weird not having a Liberty Square to pass through, so suddenly we were there!



Frontierland was the most elaborately decked out land for Halloween. They had Halloween decorations everywhere!!





Suddenly, we caught our first glimpse of Tracy’s favorite mountain anywhere.



We wanted to stop in at Big Thunder Ranch because it was one of the Disneyland-specific areas we were most excited about visiting, but it was still too early. The ranch wouldn’t even open for another hour or so.



I just love jack-o-lanterns and was excited to see them everywhere in this area.



I want to take a 10-cent surrey ride!



Disneyland’s Frontierland would become one of our favorite places to wander during this trip mostly because of how tranquil and peaceful it always seemed to be. We always felt like we were the only ones there and we were able to appreciate all the fun theming.





This Halloween-themed photo spot would be a big Photo Pass area later in the trip, but for now we were the only ones around.



We also loved noticing all the abandoned mine train tunnels in Frontierland. It's almost as if it were a place where you could board a runaway mine train!



Rather than riding Big Thunder just yet, however, we continued passing through Frontierland.



We were actually heading to New Orleans Square—an entirely new land to us—and the holiday attraction we were most excited to see here at Disneyland.

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I'm really enjoying your TR

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It's getting me very excited about my forthcoming trip
That's great to hear! I hope you keep enjoying
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Woohoo, keep the updates coming! Your pictures are really nice
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Woohoo, keep the updates coming! Your pictures are really nice
I'll keep them coming as long as someone is reading haha. Glad you like the pictures. I'm the epitome of "point and shoot" when in the parks. I don't want to spend time looking at the camera viewfinder and miss what's around me, so I usually just point it willy nilly and hope that I end up with some good pictures.
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Chapter 10
A Nightmarish Painting by Currier and Ives


This mansion was teeming with Halloween and Christmas decorations!



We were SO EXCITED for the Haunted Mansion’s Nightmare Before Christmas overlay.



We kept ourselves totally in the dark in terms of spoilers so we would be completely surprised. We just knew that the Haunted Mansion has always been a favorite ride for both of us, and we had finally watched The Nightmare Before Christmas for the first time a couple years before after hearing people rave about it for years.



It was like a geek overload combining this new-to-us mansion with all holiday decorations. There were so many places to look!



I love the architecture of the Disneyland mansion.





I also think it’s really clever that they figured out an overlay that could satisfy both Halloween and Christmas so that it could be so thorough.



We always love the ghost horses.



Something about the front door to this mansion is just inviting. No fear here!





I also loved that the pet cemetery is level with you here so that you can read all the gravestones. In WDW it’s up on a hill, so it’s harder to see them.





Hey, skunk.



This line was actually relatively long compared to anything we’d waited in thus far. Luckily we were well entertained by the whole queue area.



I want someone to count how many pumpkins are in Disneyland at Halloween time.







Finally, we made it into the mansion itself, and we were immediately struck by the completely different tone of the holiday mansion experience. It starts when those voices sing the ethereal chorus of “la la la’s” while you enter the stretching room. This version of the Haunted Mansion never tries to be scary (though the traditional mansion isn’t ever exactly scary either); it just aims more for quirky, mirroring the tone of the movie. Going down in the stretching room, this was our first experience with it being an actual elevator. I could definitely feel it moving a little. When we came out into the load area, I snapped one last picture before flash photography became prohibited.



And we were off! It was almost surreal how entirely the mansion is transformed in this overlay. Knowing the original so well, we were able to picture everything in its usual form and see how they were able to make this entirely new attraction using the framework of the mansion. Zero is our favorite character from Nightmare Before Christmas, so we were really excited whenever he factored into the attraction. In general, it was just a lot of fun. We really enjoyed the overlay on the whole and were keen to ride again as soon as possible! Personally, I’m glad that the overlay seems like it will remain unique to Disneyland at least for the foreseeable future. This is one of those things that I think makes it essential for every WDW fan to visit Disneyland. I don’t ever want them to be mirror images of each other, and this takes it a step further so that I think every Disney fan needs to visit Disneyland between September and December at least once because this experience is really worth it.

Upon exiting the Haunted Mansion, we were spat back out into a basically dead New Orleans Square.



Between Pirates being closed and the restaurants not being open for business yet, there wasn’t much happening in this corner of the park. We decided to start retracing our steps back toward Frontierland.



We had to stop and take pictures with the petrified tree. Speaking of quirky, does it get more quirky than this tree? I just can’t imagine why Lily Disney didn’t want this gift at their house…



Now it really WAS time for Tracy to get her wish. We made our way toward her favorite attraction in Walt Disney World—so how would the Disneyland version hold up??

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Chapter 11
Thunder Mountain, Hear Our Cry


With a ten minute wait time posted, we hopped into the standby line for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.





The queue of the Disneyland version is much more straightforward and much less deceitful than in WDW. Im always shocked how long the queue area is at Disney World. Between the ramps and the huge switchback section before you go downstairs, the line can look short but be really long. Here, however, we could see our destination clearly up ahead.



We enjoyed looking at the town.



The queue is well-done on the whole.



And its fun to get to see trains go by as you wait.



Almost there!



And here we go. We hung on to our hats and glasses, because this here is the wildest ride in the wilderness!



Up through the caves we went, and down all the out of control hills. This ride was really fun as always. The uphill parts were a little tough on my neck as they are EXTREMELY bumpy, but we enjoyed ourselves. After the ride, Tracy posed with her favorite mountain and a Hidden Mickey.



Then someone volunteered to take a picture of the two of us.



As we exited Frontierland past the still-closed Big Thunder Ranch, we noticed this fellow had come out for the day. The happiest turkey on earth!



We made our way back to the hub. Of course, it was time for a few more Photo Pass pictures. Walt, Mickey, the castle, and us made the perfect group photo.



We loved the Halloween borders available on the Photo Pass site, so we went a little crazy with them on some of our pictures.



These pumpkins around the hub were just so cool. We loved looking at themone for each land.









Tracy always has to pose with her favorite Disney dog.



And of course, a nose-to-nose shot with Pluto. (Disclaimer: Tracy didnt actually touch noses with the statue as she didnt want to catch some terrible disease&)



Partners!



Now we decided to head down Main Street U.S.A. The park was starting to fill upthis would be the day of our trip with the heaviest crowdsand we had ridden quite a few rides already, so we decided to take it slow for a while and just enjoy some of the great Halloween decorations. Plus, you cant beat the charm of Main Street.



As much as I love the Main Street at the Magic Kingdom, this one at Disneyland may have it beat for me. Its just the epitome of quaint.



And back in Town Square, we finally got a good look at this Mickey pumpkin.



Then suddenly, the main mouse himself appeared!!



We grabbed a couple pictures as he walked by, but we werent ready to wait to meet Mickey just yet.



Instead, we had our eye on one of the simplest attractions in Disneyland, but one that we were really excited to climb aboard!

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Chapter 12
Animals


When we saw this gal pull up with her trolley, we had to hop on!



I think the Main Street Vehicles are one of the best easily-overlooked attractions both at WDW and Disneyland. There was absolutely no reason we couldnt have just walked to the hub, but this is so much more fun! We got seats in the front row of the carriage. As we started moving, we passed by Cruella de Vil coming out for a meet and greet.



She was our first indication of the prominent role the villains would play during this trip. Theyre everywhere for Halloween! Our horse moved slowly around Town Square before starting down Main Street.



In case you havent noticed from my other trip report, Tracy and I LOVE animals, so we mostly just liked watching the horse as we got pulled toward the castle. The ride doesnt take too long, so before we knew it, our one-way trip had come to an end.



The horse paused for a while before making the trip back, so we got to take a few pictures together.





Once the trolley was all loaded up again, our new friend started trotting back toward Main Street.



We decided to make our way toward one of the lands we hadnt yet visited, seeing what kind of adventures we could find.



We decided to head toward one of our favorite classic rides, the world-famous Jungle Cruise.



The line didnt seem too bad, so we queued up. Like in Disney World, this Jungle Cruise had a great queue full of details to look at while you wait.





There arent supposed to be any live animals on the Jungle Cruise, but apparently these ducks hadnt gotten that memo.



While we were doing a pretty good job navigating Disneyland based purely on instinct, its different enough from the Magic Kingdom that it was worthwhile to look at the map for a few minutes while waiting to make sure we werent going to miss anything.



As we got close to the front of the line, I snapped a picture of this random boat having no idea that it would end up being ours!



Reaching the front of the line after only waiting about five minutes, we climbed aboard.



I wish I could remember much of anything about our cruise or our skipper, but this is one of those memories that has faded a little over the last year. I think I remember him being good though!



The actual cruise is the same old ride we know and love.





The elephants are probably my favorite part.



Luckily our skipper did a grand job steering the boat, so we didnt get wet. Phew!



I love the trashin the camp Tarzan connection with the gorillas.



I always feel bad for/am a little disturbed by the zebra getting eaten&



I dont feel as bad, however, for the people getting chased up the tree by rhinos.



I think this may have been the first time Ive ever been on the side of the boat with a good view of the piranhas.



We pulled into dock after our cruise having thoroughly enjoyed another of the original versions of one of our favorite classic attractions. So, where to next? Well, Tracy had a purchase she was itching to make and didnt want to wait any longer!

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Thanks! I just went and read your DLP trip report and now I want to take a trip there really badly. So thanks for that!
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Chapter 13
Our Very Own Space Helmets


We headed back down Main Street and got back to Town Square right as the big cheese was walking by yet again.



We just loved all of the characters Halloween costumes that we saw on this trip. I think its great that they dress up for Halloween! Rather than follow Mickeywe didnt know whether he was going out for a meet and greet or going back for a breakwe decided to get a few Photo Pass pictures with the Mickey-head pumpkin.



Then, as we were done with that photo op, our favorite Disney canine came out for a meet and greet!! Tracy raced over toward him.



We love Pluto!



We were surprised how few of the Disneyland characters had Photo Pass photographers who traveled with them and way more surprised how many characters dont even have handlers. I think there must be a union rule at WDW that requires all the characters there to have a handler responsible for crowd control and regulating their break schedule. At Disneyland, however, characters would appear on their own and have to hope that people would form orderly lines without being corralled. Pluto was one of the characters without a handler or a photographer, so we had to ask the people in line behind us to take our picture.



We told Pluto we liked his Halloween collar. It was a VERY spooky costume&

Since we were right in the area for our meet with Pluto, we headed into The Mad Hatter next so that we could make the headwear purchases requisite to any Disney trip. I bought a Pluto hat.



Heres a better view.



And Tracy got a Minnie ears headband.



Neither of these purchases was spur of the moment. We take our ear hat planning seriously and had picked out which ones we wanted to get before arriving in Disneyland.

Our heads successfully covered, we decided to head back to Tomorrowland to use the Star Tours Fastpasses we had gotten first thing that morning. Im sure we were well-past the time window, but these were the glory days of Disneyland Fastpasses when return times werent enforced. From what Ive read in todays rumours, those days are coming to an end next month when Fastpass times are going to be stringently followed like they already are at WDW. Boo.



This ride on Star Tours was one that we were really excited for as it was our first experience with Star Tours 2.0! Wed always enjoyed the original version of the ride but had heard such great things about the 3D refurbishment with its multiple destinations that we were psyched for our first ride.



The queue looks great. At least at WDW, the queue for the old Star Tours was looking pretty rough right before it closed. Now its all bright and shiny as it should be.



We liked the TSA-style security droid. His spiels are pretty funny if you stop to listen.



Quickly getting to the front of the Fastpass line, we were ushered toward Gate B.



We were very excited!



As I explained in my other trip report, when on Star Tours as a young kid, I had to make sure to hang onto my hat so it wouldnt fly off and into outer space. We recreated the moment here as we do on every trip.



Our ship was ready for boarding. We got into our seats, passed the preflight systems checks, and were off! Now, I cant imagine anyone, whether theyre a Star Wars fan or not, riding this version of Star Tours for the first time and not being impressed. The ride is so much fun! The 3D effects are better than anywhere else in the parks, the motion simulators are in top form, and everything about the attraction makes it one of Disneys best. That being said, I am a Star Wars fan, so I also enjoyed the new storylines and content. On our first journey we went to Hoth and then to the Death Star. The first trip to both of these locations was very exciting! Zooming around all the AT-AT walkers and coming face to face with Boba Fett made for a thrilling experience. Plus the ride had all the tongue-in-cheek sci-fi charm of the Star Wars movies. On the whole, we were very impressed and excited to ride several more times on this trip.

After exiting from Star Tours, we decided to stick with the space theme and take a ride on the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.



We always enjoy the WDW version of this ride, and we were excited to learn that in the Disneyland version you get to hold your blaster rather than having it be connected to your vehicle. In addition, we found out that these blasters light up when you hit a target to let you know when youre successful. As someone whos generally not very good at this ride in WDW, I hoped this would improve my chances of actually being able to hit anything.

The queue was a little long, but we enjoyed noticing some aspects of Tomorrowland around us.





We were excited to try out the Finding Nemo Submarines.



Once we made it inside, the line was pretty short. Luckily with Buzz, the line never stops moving.







The Buzz animatronic was equally impressive here.



We made one final push through the queue and were ready to aid Star Command.



Now I didnt make any sort of note how Tracy or I did on any of our specific rides on Buzz Lightyear. The overarching theme of the ride as I remember it, however, is that Tracy usually kicked my butt. I was not aided at all by being able to hold my blaster, and the fact that it lit up when I hit a target resulted in me wondering whether the light was broken or I just wasn't hitting much of anything. Still, it was really fun! I dont know whether I enjoy the WDW version or this one more; I just know that while I may be terrible at it, Ill always have a lot of fun on this attraction!

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