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Old 10-21-2010, 10:45 AM   #31
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Part 2: A Lot Happened During a Work Trip and Must Be Skipped for the Sake of the Readers!

I know everyone was looking forward to my twenty page report on my training courses but we will have to skip ahead due to time constraints.

Thursday rolls around and the weather is wonderfull that afternoon. Temperatures in the low 80's and partly cloudy skies. When traveling to Disneyland and the Anahiem area the first thing I have to warn WDW travelers about is that Disneyland does not have a Magical Express service from the airports. There are many options to get there and depending on family size and schedule you will need to research which option is best for you.

Since my stay up to this point was near LAX I decided to use Disneyland Resort Express with a discount from Mousesavers for $29 roundtrip. There are other options such as public transport, various van services to limos if your looking to splurge.

This is how DRE works. After picking you up at whichever airport you land at they will drive you to the Disneyland Hotel. At that stop they will collect your fare and then start going from hotel to hotel dropping people off. Today the order was

Disneyland Hotel
Grand Californian
Paradise Pier
Anabella
Travelodge International





Total transit time was about 1 hour was dropped off at 3:00 pm.. Check in was quick with no problems and I had a choice of floors. I picked the 3rd floor to make sure I would not hear any giant steps above me. Entering my room I quickly take a few pictures before Han has a chance to toss his stuff around.



A quick check of my gear then me and Han were off to really start our vacation. From the Travelodge to the gate at Disneyland is a solid mile. If you are not in good shape that is beyond walking distance for most children and some adults after a long day at the park. Right outside of the travelodge is an OCTA bus stop that is also used by Anahiem Resort Transit. You can buy a 3 day pass for $10 per person if you wish to use that option. Feeling pretty good today we decide to walk.



We arrive at the bag check at 4:00 pm and notice fairly light crowds in the area between the two parks.



A bit further on we see our first signs of Halloween.



Another difference you find at Disneyland is your tickets. In my case I printed a paper copy I recieved by E-Mail after purchasing a 4 day Parkhopper. Three or more days entitles you to one Magic Morning early admission to Disneyland. I take advantage of this later in my stay so more on that later. After handing the gate attendant my paper copy they print out my cardboard ticket I'll be using on the rest of the trip. Make sure you do not lose this since it's a bit of a pain to replace.

Making our way through the turnstile which gives off a Tinkerbell like chime, I finally reach the Most Magical Place on Earth and I feel my vacation has officially started.





Han turns towards me and asks, "So what do we do now?"
I say, "Let's start slow and check a few sites before diving in."

I had a plan for every day printed out to help me remember things like when shows and parades were going on. Referring to it I see we have entered the park 20 minutes ahead of schedule which gives me some time to slowly check things out and do a few extra things before heading deeper into the park.

The first attraction we see is Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln to our right. The building is divided into two parts; with artwork and models of characters and rides inside the park and then Great Moments towards the back.





I saw Han eyeing these Haunted Mansion prints and I told him don't even think about it.


Eventually we make our way over to the Great Moments room.



Inside they are playing a short film about the presidency and some background information about Lincoln himself. Here you will also find a large model of the Capitol Building.



After a bit the doors to the left open to a theater (not Ford's Theatre nor were they showing Our American Cousin.) and sit for a 15 minute show. I have to say that the animatronic lincoln is very convincing if you sit a few rows back. About the show itself...it's very patriotic and if you have a bit of spare time it's worth it. If you have kids clamoring to see the park then you can pass it over.



As we exit the theater you pass by this example of Disney history.



A picture of Walt Disney just before opening day in 1955. The bench is from a park near Glendale, CA where Disney thought of the idea of Disneyland.

After exiting and still way ahead of schedule I notice that the Disneyland Railroad Train had just pulled in above the main entrance. Running up the steps I just get on in time for a roundtrip tour of the park!



It's a Small World from the train.





I have to say that the DL Railroad is far superior to DW's. There are many more sights to see and after you pass Tomorrowland you pass through a Grand Canyon and Primeval World diorama as well. I consider this a legitimate attraction and if you have time or need to relax your feet for twenty minutes then hop on!





Stepping off the train back at the Main Entrance me and Han walk over to where Main Street U.S.A starts and find this.



This was a fabulous photo opportunity so I hand my camera off to a helpful CM so me and Han can show off our Disney lanyards!



With 5:00 approaching it is now time to start looking at my plans and get something to eat.


Up Next: Who Needs a Cantina Band Anyway?

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Old 10-21-2010, 11:11 AM   #32
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Okay, since Glenn asked so nicely, I decided to head on over and see what is going on! Have been to DL a couple of times, but it has been a few years since my last trip. Can't wait to see how your trip went and what you thought about the park.
Welcome aboard! This trip was definantly different from my WDW vacations. Anaheim is a world apart from Orlando.
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:17 AM   #33
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Welcome aboard! This trip was definantly different from my WDW vacations. Anaheim is a world apart from Orlando.
So true, but two of my favorite rides are at DL........the Matterhorn, and the Indiana Jones ride that is similar to Dinosaur at AK.
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:49 PM   #34
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This was a fabulous photo opportunity so I hand my camera off to a helpful CM so me and Han can show off our Disney lanyards!


Ah yes, I remember when Princess Leia presented Han, Luke, and Chewie with thier Disney lanyards after successfully destroying the Death Star. And C3PO was the shiniest he's ever been. That was quite a moment.

I see that you're a little taller than Han -- I wouldn't have guessed that. He's probably not so tough without that blaster.
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Loving your report. I've never been to Disneyland but it's on my "someday" list. I'm guessing since Han is not carrying a bag he didn't have to go through bag check, and therefore the blaster went unnoticed??
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:11 PM   #36
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I am here!!! It seems I missed a lot but all caught up! I am really disappointed in not hearing the notes from the training....I was looking most forward to that!!

It sounds like you have started off well! Can't wait to hear more! I am so glad Han got to tag along to keep you company!!
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Old 10-21-2010, 06:34 PM   #37
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Ah yes, I remember when Princess Leia presented Han, Luke, and Chewie with thier Disney lanyards after successfully destroying the Death Star. And C3PO was the shiniest he's ever been. That was quite a moment.

I see that you're a little taller than Han -- I wouldn't have guessed that. He's probably not so tough without that blaster.
Harrison Ford - 6' 1" He's just leaning a bit more than me at that moment.


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Loving your report. I've never been to Disneyland but it's on my "someday" list. I'm guessing since Han is not carrying a bag he didn't have to go through bag check, and therefore the blaster went unnoticed??
Han- "Hey, don't worry. Chewie and me got into a
lot of places more heavily guarded than this."

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I am here!!! It seems I missed a lot but all caught up! I am really disappointed in not hearing the notes from the training....I was looking most forward to that!!

It sounds like you have started off well! Can't wait to hear more! I am so glad Han got to tag along to keep you company!!
Welcome back! I think Han joining in will add some spice to what would have been otherwise a very bland trip report. I'll get another update up sometime tomorrow hopefully. Mikey is a bit under the weather so my time is getting split up at the moment.
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:36 AM   #38
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Even though I think those dioramas are really boring, I agree with your general assessment, how much nicer the train ride is at DL! I loved your pictures of It's A Small World from the train. DL IASW is so much prettier than WDW! I have been to DL only twice (1992 and 2005), but I still remember how beautiful the park is.
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Hi Tom! Followed the link over here from Glenn's TR, and I've seen you hanging around the caption contest thread before. I've never been to Disneyland and am a sucker for movies in general (and Star Wars in particular) as noted in my TR, and figured I'd come along for the ride! Looking forward to more!

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Even though I think those dioramas are really boring, I agree with your general assessment, how much nicer the train ride is at DL! I loved your pictures of It's A Small World from the train. DL IASW is so much prettier than WDW! I have been to DL only twice (1992 and 2005), but I still remember how beautiful the park is.
Yeah. I was pretty much making a generalization. I had an extra 30 minutes when I arrived so I got to get two unplanned attractions out of the way that I normaly would not have done. I have to agree that the stops at IASW and New Orleans really stand out above the WDW version.

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Hi Tom! Followed the link over here from Glenn's TR, and I've seen you hanging around the caption contest thread before. I've never been to Disneyland and am a sucker for movies in general (and Star Wars in particular) as noted in my TR, and figured I'd come along for the ride! Looking forward to more!

Hey! Yeah I remember voting for a few of your more memorable quotes. If your a Star Wars fan there will be plenty of references along the way. Keep your popcorn ready!

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Glenn pimped you out, so I'm here! Still gotta get caught up, but will ASAP. Looking forward to DL since I don't know much about it at all!
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Day 1: Part 3 - Who Needs a Cantina Band Anyway?

After getting our picture taken, me and Han continued down Main Street noticing all of the seasonal decorations that were put up.



Reaching the Hub I see the Partners statue and get my first good look at Sleeping Beauty's Castle.



Now it's 5:00 and our tummies are growling so we quickly make a left turn and enter...



A short walk later we check Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and notice a 40 minute standby time. According to plan I grab a fastpass. Taking a cue from Glennbo's trip report I decided to take pictures of my fastpasses and destinations as much as possible to remind me where I was and how I was doing plan wise.



Just across the way is our dining destination, The Golden Horseshoe. Han didn't know what to make of the place but quickly found a table with his back to a wall. I got in line...



As you can see they have a variety of selections to order. Service is pretty standard but you typicaly find a lot of chidren making messes due to the popularity of the Ice Cream Sundaes. The decor is a mixture of an opry house and saloon with tables on a balcony and near the stage.



I had the Crispy Chicken Salad which I found to be tasty with plenty of chicken.



As we were eating the lights dimmed and Billy Hill and the Hillbillies made their way on stage and started playing some foot stomping bluegrass.



Han said that they were no Modal Nodes but they certainly can get you toe-tappin.



Out come the infamous teeth.



Right now Billy is staring down some exciteable young children near the stage. At one point he starts framming his violin and charges them. The high-pitched screams filled the restaraunt with laughter.



I really enjoyed this meal and the entertainment is a great bonus. I give The Golden Horseshoe a big thumbs up!

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A short walk later we check Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and notice a 40 minute standby time. According to plan I grab a fastpass. Taking a cue from Glennbo's trip report I decided to take pictures of my fastpasses and destinations as much as possible to remind me where I was and how I was doing plan wise.
Hey, that looks like something I would've done.

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Just across the way is our dining destination, The Golden Horseshoe. Han didn't know what to make of the place but quickly found a table with his back to a wall. I got in line...
I hope nobody flames you for having fictional characters save seats while you stand in line.

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The decor is a mixture of an opry house and saloon with tables on a balcony and near the stage.
I was just about to ask if that stage was just for decoration and then you answered it before I could even ask.

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Han said that they were no Modal Nodes but they certainly can get you toe-tappin.
I agree with Han -- the Modal Nodes are out of this world.

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I really enjoyed this meal and the entertainment is a great bonus. I give The Golden Horseshoe a big thumbs up!
The Golden Horseshoe a counter service restaurant, right? I don't think I've ever seen one before that had entertainment...that's pretty impressive. Wait, I guess Sonny Eclipse would be another one, at Cosmic Ray's.
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I hope nobody flames you for having fictional characters save seats while you stand in line.
Now that would be something! Actually, service was fast enough that it was no problem hanging near the counter waiting.

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The Golden Horseshoe a counter service restaurant, right? I don't think I've ever seen one before that had entertainment...that's pretty impressive. Wait, I guess Sonny Eclipse would be another one, at Cosmic Ray's.
So far I would have to say this was the best counter experience I have had at either DL or WDW so far. Just to let you know the typical daily schedule for Billy Hill is a 15 minute show and then 30 minutes off. If you want a front seat then you will need to get in there just as one of the shows end. Seats downstairs fill up ten minutes before the next show.
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Love the updates and seeing the DL park again! I remember when the Golden Horseshoe had a show like this in MK. Seems I remember Can Can girls. No pictures of Can Can girls???

Not a big Travelodge fan, but that room looks pretty good.
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