Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Global Neighbours > UK Trip Reports Board
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 08-14-2008, 12:28 PM   #1
wickesy
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow, you're always a day...closer to our next Disney trip
I will be opening a sack full of cards and fighting off the advances of lots of lovely ladies
 
wickesy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Sydenham, London
Posts: 3,797

Way Out West - Day 9 – DCA/Disneyland

Today was another lie-in day so I didn’t get up until 8:45. After getting washed and dressed we were out by 9:30, once again using the hotel’s private entrance to Disney’s California Adventure.

As we got into the park, which didn’t officially open until 10:00, we saw and joined the line for Toy Story Mania which was formed at the rope, although the ride was on the other side of the park. At around 9:45 those of us in the line were allowed past the rope and we all walked over to the ride, maintaining the order of the queue.

We were on the ride by 10:05 and I have to say I think this has become my new favourite ride in all of the parks. It is themed around carnival style games – shoot the targets, throw a hoop over a target, that kind of thing and is in the same sort of style as Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin only in 3D. The ride vehicles are fitted with guns and instead of pulling a trigger you pull a string on the rear of the gun and see 3D pies, darts, hoops or whatever is relevant to the game you are playing flying towards the screen and hitting the targets. There are seven different games and throughout the ride a screen in your car displays your score for the game just played and your running total. At the end of the ride I had scored 70,300 with 27% accuracy and Dad had scored 52,700 with 34% accuracy. All in all I would say this is a must-do ride but ride early or late in the day as lines are likely to be long.



After Toy Story we found a Photopass photographer and decided to start getting some pictures done, the first ones being taken in front of the Sun Wheel and suddenly Photopass photographers seemed to be everywhere as we saw a few more throughout the day. From there we made our way over to the Animation building and saw the Turtle Talk with Crush show, which is much the same as WDW but with no Dory.





From Crush we stopped off for a drink and as it was now almost 11:30 had a hot dog each as well. I managed to drop mine on my shirt leaving a nice sauce stain but Disney magic came to the rescue when a guest sitting at the next table offered me her stain removal stick, which removed practically all traces of the stain and saved me having to go back to change my shirt. Thank you to that nice lady wherever you are now.

After the hot dog we made our way out of the park and over to Disneyland. Now I have mentioned how compact the resort is and I decided to take three photographs from the same spot to illustrate the fact:


Entrance to California Adventure


Entrance to Disneyland


Entrance to Downtown Disney

We went into Disneyland, stopping just inside for another Photopass picture before making our way over to Tomorrowland and into Innoventions. This building continuously revolves and you have to wait for a loading platform to come around before you can go in. The building is decked out as a ‘house of the future’ and is filled with touchscreen computers, big screen TVs and touch screens in the walls that control lights, window blinds, music etc. For anybody who loves their gadgets it is a great place to wander around and dream of having a home with that kind of automation, although even today I know for many people it is a reality.

From Innoventions we went over to the monorail and did a round trip to Downtown Disney and back before wandering over to Rancho del Zocalo for a drink each.









Suitably refreshed we made our way back to Main Street and had a browse around the shops before staking a place at the railroad station to catch the 3:30 Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams. We initially had a great spot on a bench at the front of the station but got caught out by the sun moving around and had to stand up and wait for the last half hour or so for the parade to reach the end of the route. Once the parade did reach us we were rewarded for our patience with a great view of all the floats going by.





---cont.---
__________________
David



I currently live in London until I have enough DVC points to stay at Animal Kingdom Villas every day of the year

Sep '92, Apr '07 - Contemporary Resort ~ Apr '08 - Animal Kingdom Lodge ~ Aug '08 - Grand Californian ~ Mar '09 - Saratoga Springs ~ Mar '10 - DLP ~ Jun '10 - Inaugural Baltic Cruise
Trip Reports: WDW April '07 ~ Canada August '07 ~ WDW April '08 ~ SF & Disneyland August '08 ~ WDW March '09 ~ Smokies August '09 ~ DLP March '10 ~ Jun '10 - Inaugural Baltic Cruise
wickesy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2008, 12:29 PM   #2
wickesy
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow, you're always a day...closer to our next Disney trip
I will be opening a sack full of cards and fighting off the advances of lots of lovely ladies
 
wickesy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Sydenham, London
Posts: 3,797

























---cont.---
__________________
David



I currently live in London until I have enough DVC points to stay at Animal Kingdom Villas every day of the year

Sep '92, Apr '07 - Contemporary Resort ~ Apr '08 - Animal Kingdom Lodge ~ Aug '08 - Grand Californian ~ Mar '09 - Saratoga Springs ~ Mar '10 - DLP ~ Jun '10 - Inaugural Baltic Cruise
Trip Reports: WDW April '07 ~ Canada August '07 ~ WDW April '08 ~ SF & Disneyland August '08 ~ WDW March '09 ~ Smokies August '09 ~ DLP March '10 ~ Jun '10 - Inaugural Baltic Cruise
wickesy is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 08-14-2008, 12:31 PM   #3
wickesy
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow, you're always a day...closer to our next Disney trip
I will be opening a sack full of cards and fighting off the advances of lots of lovely ladies
 
wickesy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Sydenham, London
Posts: 3,797

















After the parade we left the park and went to Pin Traders in Downtown Disney where I picked up a whole load of pins, totalling $174.88! In my defence I did pick them up all in one go rather than buying them here and there during the days we had been here. Although I had intended to pay for them myself I didn’t have enough left on my FairFX card so Dad had to come to the rescue again as he had in Virgin yesterday.

We then made our way back to the room and relaxed for a while before going down to the hotel gift shop where I bought a T-shirt, pin and DVD before returning to the room to do our packing ready for tomorrow.

Packing done we headed out again at 7:40 and headed off to Disneyland where we made our way round to Tomorrowland and into the Pizza Port where we had a slice of pizza, bag of crisps and root beer each for a total of $24.29.

After eating we found a spot in a ‘pen’ by the Partners statue and settled down to wait for the fireworks. As show time got nearer we started hearing the familiar announcements that due to winds at high altitudes the fireworks might be cancelled and then at 9:25, when the fireworks were due to start, came the announcement that the show had been delayed. We continued waiting and around 9:40 as I was watching two cast members looking up into the sky I heard a noise from behind me and the two cast members suddenly went running off. I looked behind me and saw that the ropes making up the pens were being taken down. A couple of minutes later came the announcement that the show had been cancelled.

We waited where we were for the crowds to die down and after around 10 minutes made our way back to the hotel where I checked in for our flight tomorrow and did the last few bits of packing ready for check-out tomorrow morning.

We were in bed by 10:30 ready for our last trip into the parks and journey home tomorrow.

Tomorrow: Day 10 – Disneyland and journey home.
__________________
David



I currently live in London until I have enough DVC points to stay at Animal Kingdom Villas every day of the year

Sep '92, Apr '07 - Contemporary Resort ~ Apr '08 - Animal Kingdom Lodge ~ Aug '08 - Grand Californian ~ Mar '09 - Saratoga Springs ~ Mar '10 - DLP ~ Jun '10 - Inaugural Baltic Cruise
Trip Reports: WDW April '07 ~ Canada August '07 ~ WDW April '08 ~ SF & Disneyland August '08 ~ WDW March '09 ~ Smokies August '09 ~ DLP March '10 ~ Jun '10 - Inaugural Baltic Cruise

Last edited by wickesy; 08-14-2008 at 12:56 PM.
wickesy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2008, 01:06 PM   #4
Pinky166
a little on the OCD side
very impulsive, which doesn’t bode well for our credit cards!
They don't call me "Clever Claire" for nothing!
 
Pinky166's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Herts, England
Posts: 13,925

Sounds like a great day David except for the fireworks being cancelled.
__________________
Claire






Sept 2000 - I-Drive, Sept 2002 - Kissimmee, Sept 2003 - AKL, Sept/Oct 2006 - Univ PBR, June 2008 - DLRP, Hotel NY, Dec 2008 - Univ HRH, WL & YC, Sept 2009 - OKW, 4n Wonder & Poly, June 2010 - BLT, Nov 2010 - DLRP, Sequoia Lodge, Jan 2011 - Univ RPR, Dream Maiden Voyage & AKV, Sept 2011 - 14n WBTA & BLT, Oct 2012 - Paris & DLRP, June 2013 - 7n Med Cruise, Oct 2013 - Univ RPR, SSR, & Fantasy, May 2014 - 12n EBTA, Sept 2014 - 14n WBTA, May 2015 - 15n EBTA, Sept 2015 - West Coast Road trip & Disneyland
Pinky166 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2008, 01:31 PM   #5
SusanEllen
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Posts: 1,717

I could just copy and paste my reply from a previous installment of your report because once again you planned and executed a day full of fun.

Your photos of the parade were sooooooooooooooooooo much better than mine. Well done. In fact, I just got a better look at the parade in your pictures than I did when I was there in person!
SusanEllen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2008, 01:43 PM   #6
Snowy-girls
Did you speak to a 'human being'?
As you can see, all I have is a load of gobble-de-gook writing
 
Snowy-girls's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: London,Uk
Posts: 9,157

Fantastic parade pictures David . Good old Dad coming to the rescue .x.
__________________

Sweet Kitty Dreams La-La,Smudge,Sam+Max.Together Again.11:3:94-20:5:08.x.x.29:4:93-17:3:09.x.x.29:4:93-21:7:10.x.x.11:3:94-2:3:12.x.x.

NOV90Sheraton Anaheim CaliforniaSEP93Quality Inn I-DriveSEP95Holiday Inn I-DriveSEP97Castle Inn+Suites AnaheimSEP98-Best Western AnaheimAUG03Quality Inn I-DriveApr/May04Holiday Inn I-DriveApr09Embassy Suites I-Drive SouthApr11Quality Inn Plaza+Pop.Aug13Rosen Inn Pointe,HRH,CSR+AKL With Free QSDP.AUG15Rosen Inn Pointe,HRH,RPR+21 nights at OKW With Free DDP.
Snowy-girls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2008, 02:32 PM   #7
natalielongstaff
I need a cup of tea and a big bar of free chocolate now
Was born with my dancing shoes at the ready
I will be back later to stalk some more
 
natalielongstaff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: leicestershire,england
Posts: 80,404

The parade floats are fab David
__________________
April 2003 DLRP, November 2004 WDW and Barbados, September 2005 WDW, September 2007 WDW,October 2009 WDW

natalielongstaff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2008, 04:02 PM   #8
tennisfan
Was told off for sliding down the banister at the SL
South Africa or California for me
Popped to the Boots
 
tennisfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Kent, UK
Posts: 25,376
DISboards Moderator

Another great day, shame about the fireworks. You photos are brilliant
__________________
Nikki

Trips:
DLRP - Hotel Cheyenne, October, 1994, DLRP - Hotel New York, October, 1998, DLRP - Hotel New York, June, 1999, DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, October, 1999, DLRP - Hotel New York, October, 2000, DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, October, 2001, Walt Disney Studios preview, February, 2002, DLRP - Hotel Cheyenne, August, 2002, New York City, Easter 2004, DLRP - Hotel New York, August, 2004, DLRP - Day trip, November, 2004, DLRP - Day trip, September, 2005, DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, Easter 2007, DLRP - Kyriad, June 2007 DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, June 2009 DLRP - Day trip, November 2009 New York City, February 2010 DLRP - Disneyland Hotel, June 2010 DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, September 2010 Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, October 2010 DLRP - Day trip, January 2011, DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, August 2011, DLRP - Day trip, January 2012, DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, June 2012, DLRP - Santa Fe, November 2012,
tennisfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2008, 03:54 AM   #9
Lizzybear
You fool! You gave cheese to a lactose intolerant volcano god!
I'm the main holiday initiator/planner which is how I like it!
 
Lizzybear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Liverpool (UK)
Posts: 2,946

Shame about the fireworks, but looks like you had a great parade view as the pics are fab
__________________
Me , OH , DD age 2 , DD due September 2014
Planning/saving/hoping for OH and our girls' first Disney trip!
DLP Day trip 1992, School trip 1997, Day trip 2000, Magic Circus 2003, Cheyenne 2006, Sequoia Lodge 2007 and Santa Fe 2010. WDW Ramada Resort I-Drive 2002, Sheraton Studio City 2005, POFQ 2007 and CSR 2009. DLR Fairfield Inn 2008.
Lizzybear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2008, 03:56 AM   #10
irongirlof12
Am I the only one who loves Quorn Sausages?
I would love to be at Ghiradelli's ice cream parlour with a massive choc sundae
 
irongirlof12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: UK.
Posts: 5,587

the parade looks amazing excellent photo's.
__________________
Andrea xxx
1994:Grosvenor 1996:POFQ 2002: Comfort Inn LBV 2007: CSR 2009:OKW 2011:POFQ&Dream HNY DLP 2012
irongirlof12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2008, 04:52 AM   #11
wilma-bride
Would love a diet on Cadbury Flakes
Admits she's strange when it comes to eggs
 
wilma-bride's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wiltshire, UK
Posts: 20,930
DISboards Moderator

How disappointing that the fireworks were cancelled again. Great parade pictures though - sounds like a fab day
wilma-bride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2008, 05:22 AM   #12
jjk

Pete and I wait and watch some lovely baby lizards
I have always booked myself
"Play Up Pompey"
 
jjk's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Reading UK
Posts: 21,508

what a pity the fireworks were cancelled, excellent parade photos
__________________
Rachel "Play up Pompey, Pompey Play up"

2000 Disneyland paris 2003 Ramada inn 2004 Quality inn plaza2005 Cumbrian lakes2006 Emerald Island July and December2007 Emerald Island May and July2008 Emerald Island and Contemporary Resort2009 Saratoga Springs 2010 Animal Kingdom lodge2011HRH Animal KingdomLodge 2012Holiday inn Miami ocean front /Animal Kingdom lodge
jjk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2008, 11:53 AM   #13
PoppyAnna
Despite the end of tWW I'm still crazy about Josh Lyman
 
PoppyAnna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Beckenham, Kent. UK.
Posts: 7,134

WOW - lovely photographs of the parade, the floats seem so colourful and ornate compared to WDW parade.
__________________
Joanne.
1982 WDW off site * May 2001 WDW off site * May 2005 DLRP * May 2007 WDW off site * Oct 2007 WDW off site * May 2009 DLRP * DLRP Christmas 09 * April 2011 3 wks Emerald Island, 3nt Dream cruise & Miami Beach * November 2011 SSR & VWL
PoppyAnna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2008, 12:16 PM   #14
wickesy
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow, you're always a day...closer to our next Disney trip
I will be opening a sack full of cards and fighting off the advances of lots of lovely ladies
 
wickesy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Sydenham, London
Posts: 3,797

Quote:
Originally Posted by PoppyAnna View Post
WOW - lovely photographs of the parade, the floats seem so colourful and ornate compared to WDW parade.
I think the parade is a lot shorter than WDW though so they seem to have gone for "quality rather than quantity".
__________________
David



I currently live in London until I have enough DVC points to stay at Animal Kingdom Villas every day of the year

Sep '92, Apr '07 - Contemporary Resort ~ Apr '08 - Animal Kingdom Lodge ~ Aug '08 - Grand Californian ~ Mar '09 - Saratoga Springs ~ Mar '10 - DLP ~ Jun '10 - Inaugural Baltic Cruise
Trip Reports: WDW April '07 ~ Canada August '07 ~ WDW April '08 ~ SF & Disneyland August '08 ~ WDW March '09 ~ Smokies August '09 ~ DLP March '10 ~ Jun '10 - Inaugural Baltic Cruise
wickesy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2008, 01:35 PM   #15
PudseyChancer
Mouseketeer
 
PudseyChancer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Leeds Leeds Leeds
Posts: 464

More great photos and another enjoyable day.
__________________
I'm a Yorkshire man, plain speaking. Say what I like and I like what I bloody well say!
PudseyChancer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:21 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.