Second All in One Disneyland TR Thread - Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout Review 5/30-6/2

dhorner233

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Thanks for posting the Frozen pictures and review Bret! I hope the hype wears off before I get there again. I would not want to wait so long to get a fast pass to still wait so long to see such a long show! That is a lot of precious park time!! And Frozen will never replace the Genie! Like you say, once is probably enough.
 

franandaj

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I was glad to see your review. I liked it as well, but won't see it as often as I would the Aladdin show. You got some great pictures!
 

mvf-m11c

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Lots of great pics from Frozen. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you PiO.


Hi Bret,
I was so happy to get an email notification that you'd posted (they don't come very often). It was interesting to see the Frozen pictures and your thoughts. We LOVED Aladdin and would see it at least twice a trip. I can see where this would be a 'one and done' experience. I've got a lot more I would like to do with an hour at DCA.

DH and I will be there Labor Day weekend as I'm running in the Dumbo Double Dare. We haven't been back since July of 2014 so we are anxious to see all the changes. I think the way that Disney put the screen up on the ROA was very clever.

Will the 60th anniversary things still be up in September?

TK
Hi TK,

Frozen Live at the Hyperion Theater is nice but it isn't better over the Aladdin show especially with the Genie. If I had the option of seeing it again, it would be with another party since it isn't worth going back and forward. I like Frozen but not that hardcore fan.

That is great that you will be down at the DLR during Labor Day weekend and running in the Dumbo Double Dare Marathon. I wishing you the best of luck for the marathon. You will have a great time at the DLR during the last weekend of the Diamond Celebration.

I believe you know when the Diamond Celebration will end this year which will run to September 5th, 2016.


Thanks for posting the Frozen pictures and review Bret! I hope the hype wears off before I get there again. I would not want to wait so long to get a fast pass to still wait so long to see such a long show! That is a lot of precious park time!! And Frozen will never replace the Genie! Like you say, once is probably enough.
Thank you Denise. It is still popular when I saw the line last week along with seeing what FP are available for what time and seating area. Middle of August might be busy with the SoCal AP people being unblocked which will get the crowds to the DLR for the Frozen show. You don't have to get the FP at the beginning but you can wait later on for the other shows.


I was glad to see your review. I liked it as well, but won't see it as often as I would the Aladdin show. You got some great pictures!
Thank you Alison. I am still envious of you and Fran to be able to see it before it was open to the public.


Also I have some news about a future trip coming up so you can go to this link and check it out: First Solo Trip to WDW for Food & Wine - October 4 - 8, 2016
 
  • mvf-m11c

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    It has been a while since I have been on my trip report thread. I Have a last second trip going down to SoCal this Thursday to Sunday which I am excited to do since I haven't been to SoCal since mid November. It has been crazy lately with work and family and it is nice to get a while.
     

    tksbaskets

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    Hi,
    We travel to DL in June for a week. Looking forward to seeing the GOTG in the TOT. Any other changes since January that you've noticed? Hope you had a wonderful trip and that the family is OK.
    TK
     

    mvf-m11c

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    Hi,
    We travel to DL in June for a week. Looking forward to seeing the GOTG in the TOT. Any other changes since January that you've noticed? Hope you had a wonderful trip and that the family is OK.
    TK
    Hi TK,

    That is great that you will be going in June to SoCal. You will have a good time with all the new things going on at the DLR from GotG Mission: Breakout, the new Rivers of America, Fantasmic 2.0 & the MSEP which will run to mid June. Not much has changed from all the 60th Diamond Celebration gone since Fall last year. But it is nice to have the MSEP back and along with Remember Dreams Come True Fireworks.

    Thank you TK. I really need to get away for awhile and going to the DLR along with the DCA F&W Festival will help me a lot.
     

    franandaj

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    It was great meeting up with you tonight and catching up. Hopefully we can catch up again on Saturday and maybe even tomorrow! I will text you as to our plans as they develop.
     
  • mvf-m11c

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    It was great meeting up with you tonight and catching up. Hopefully we can catch up again on Saturday and maybe even tomorrow! I will text you as to our plans as they develop.
    It was nice that we met up last night and met @Steppesister. Hope you, Fran, Liesa and era family had a great time last night and hope you have a good time tomorrow at the Guy Fieri seminar.
     

    Steppesister

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    Awwww... it was super fun to meet you too! I really enjoyed our brief chat! :)

    Subbing in now to read along. :)
     

    mvf-m11c

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    Awwww... it was super fun to meet you too! I really enjoyed our brief chat! :)

    Subbing in now to read along. :)
    It was great to meet you that day as well and hope you had a good time last week at the DLR.


    Dang! I'm missing out on lots of DisMeets in Cali! :(

    Hope you are all having fun! Miss being there with you all.
    It was nice to meet @Steppesister at the park that Thursday night.

    I had a fun time which my feet was aching and my shoulder while carrying all that stuff. It was fun and glad to get away for a while.
     
  • mvf-m11c

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    Day 1 – March 30, 2017 – Part 1

    It has been a while since I posted an update to my Disney trip reports with everything going on lately with work and family things. IT was time to get away for a while and what better place to go is to the Disneyland Resort during the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

    This trip was a last second trip in which I was originally planning on coming down with my dad to go to his friend place. But it changed since he has a planned trip that is going on right now which is good so I can go by myself and enjoy being away from home.

    It is nice to have the DCA F&W Festival back at DCA since it stopped in 2010 and returned last year. I went with DAW last year and this time it was just me which is not crazy since I have done a lot of solo trips to the DLR. My last one was back in October which I barely spent a few hours. But this time it will be four days in SoCal.

    I started my travel to my grandmother’s house in Livingston on Wednesday night so I can get ahead start to SoCal which saves me 1 ½ hours of driving from Sacramento to Livingston and it would take me about 5 hours to get to Anaheim from Livingston.

    At 7am the next day, I started the long 5 hour drive to Anaheim through heavy traffic on Highway 99 to I-5 to Anaheim. The first thing I did was head on over to the Mickey and Friends Parking lot which was quite crowded that afternoon around 1pm. I knew that it was going to be very busy at the DLR with Spring Break crowds on all the days but this was the best time for me to get away.

    When I got to the park, I didn’t bring my equipment with me so I can go through the security gate quickly and try a few kiosks before I head on over to my hotel in Placentia which is about 15 minutes up north of the DLR.

    The parks were crowded that day from getting into DL and DCA. But I head on over to DCA.

    Before I went on over to the kiosks, I had to go to Paradise Garden in Paradise Pier in order to get my AP Sip & Savor lanyard. There was a special area for AP holders in order to get the lanyard as well as free stuff like the DCA F&W Festival buttons. It was a good thing I got since I get 8 tabs to choose from the kiosks (only for food and not for alchol). It costs $45 which is a lot for a lanyard but if you choose the more expensive dishes at the kiosks, you will save quite a lot of money. I actually did buy two lanyards which I was hesitant on the second one but it was well worth buying the second one.

    The first kiosks that I have went to that day in the afternoon was Sweet & Sourdough kiosk which had the White Cheddar Lager Soup served in a Mini Boudin Sourdough Boule. This is a little different from last year’s cheese soup which didn’t have bacon in it. But it was still good.


    White Cheddar Ale Soup with Bacon in a Boudin Sourough Mini-Boule


    After finishing that, I head on over to the Bacon Twist kiosk which had the Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese with Barbecue-Seasoned Crispy Onions. The Mac & Cheese was one of my favorites during the DCA F&W Festival. Unfortunately I got it once since I wanted to try the others.


    After I finished the Mac & Cheese, it was time for me to head on out of the parks and head to my hotel in Placentia. Some of you returnees wonder why I was staying at Placentia instead of staying right across the street from the DLR. I wanted at first to stay right across the street but the prices of the hotels were so high which ranged from $180 the cheapest right across the street during Spring Break. So I went with another alternative route and chose to stay away from the DLR. It did save me a few hundred dollars but it did cost me a lot of time which you will find out shortly.

    I stayed at a Best Western hotel in Placentia which I have stayed in the past and it is way nice over the other four BW hotels that are right by the DLR from BW Park Place Inn, Anaheim Inn, Stovall’s Inn and Pavilions.

    After I got settled in my room and rested after that long drive from NorCal to SoCal, I left the hotel around 5pm and this was a mistake at first. The traffic going to the DLR was just crazy which the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure was already full and didn’t take any cars so I had to drive to the Toy Story parking area. It was quite a while since I have parked at the Toy Story lot and it shewed with the Spring Break crowds if the DLR is not letting any guest’s park at the Mickey and Friends structure.

    When I parked my car, there was at least over 200 people waiting to get on the Toy Story Bus to the DLR which was crazy. So I just walked to the DLR which is way better over waiting for a Bus.

    It was around 7:00pm I got in at the park which was kind of late that day but I was able to get in with no problem at DCA. It was quite busy that night which some queues for specific kiosks had at least over 30 people in line.


    The first kiosk that I went that night was at the LA Style at Hollywood Land which was the only kiosk in that land. I had to get the Chicken Teriyaki Slider with Spicy DOLE Pineapple Jam. This was another one that I liked during the event which I had to get a second time.


    Later that night, I knew that Alison @franandaj was at the park that night along with DISer @Steppesister and so I had to say hello to them.

    They were waiting for the fireworks that night at the Hub so I had to stop by and see them. It was my first time meeting @Steppesister and we all had a nice talked that night.

    After the talk was done, I decided to head back to my hotel since I was quite tired that day. So I barely stayed at the parks for about an hour and a half which was quite short and it didn’t make sense for me to go just for a less than 2 hours. But it was nice to see Alison and meet Steppesister at DL.

    It was easy to take the bus back to the Toy Story lot over getting to the DLR from the Toy Story lot and I got back to the hotel at Placentia around 9:30pm and called it for the night.

    I wasn’t there that long and didn’t take too many pictures which was kind of unusual for me but it was nice to get my lanyard that afternoon and try three different dishes at the DCA F&W Festival. But I had a fun time talking to Alison and Steppesister that night at DL. Meeting them at the park was great and hopefully in the near future that our trips might cross one day.
     

    mvf-m11c

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    Day 2 – March 31, 2017 – Part 1

    After the long drive to SoCal and went for a few hours to try a few dishes and met up with Alison and Liesa, it was now time for me to enjoy a full day at the DLR and the DCA F&W Festival.

    I left the hotel around 7:45am from my hotel in Placentia and drove down to Anaheim. It took me 15 minutes to get there and I parked my car at the Mickey & Friends Parking structure. Even though I got to the structure around 8am, it was quite full that morning on the fifth level.

    The first thing I did before I head on over to the security check point was to look at the construction of Star Wars Land. There was quite a lot of process since I have last seen it in October.




    When I pass through security and got on the shuttle to the Esplanade, I was wondering which park to go first since DCA doesn’t open at 9am and while DL opened at 8am, there was long queues just to get in the park that day.

    In the queue when I was going to get my AP out, I noticed that it wasn’t in my lanyard pouch. I looked all over and I didn’t have it with me. I know that I used it when I got in the structure which I had to show it to the CM’s to park my car and I accidentally left it in my car. I had to go back and get my AP.

    When I got my AP in my car, I could have used my Disneyland App instead of my AP card to get in since my AP code is already in my app. So I wasted about over 45 minutes that morning from going back to my car, going through security which was way worse later that day, getting on the tram and going through the turnstiles.

    I finally got in DL and I just went roaming around until the kiosks opened at 10:30am that day. There was quite a lot of closures at DL from Snow White Wishing Well, Matterhorn Mountain, Rivers of America, etc.


    I stopped by the Red Rose Taverne but I wasn’t able to go inside since it wasn’t opened that morning and I lost time of walking around the DLR.










    It is always nice to walk around the parks and getting pictures. With the Spring Break crowds, it was kind of hard to walk around and get pictures. Most of the ride wait times were quite long from Hyper Space Mountain 70 minutes, Star Tours 50, Peter Pan 60, Big Thunder 30, Pirates 30. Talk about long wait times when it was inside 10am.

    I head on over to DCA and waiting until it was time for the F&W Festival to open at 10:30am. So I walked around and first stopped at Hollywood Land to get pictures of the kiosks, signs, menus, etc. that involves the F&W Festival.



    The Festival Map signs were helpful around DCA to tell which kiosks was which as well as the menu. Disney really did a good job this year from last year with all the different info on the F&W Festival.


    LA Style menu which shows the picture of the food, drink, & desserts which was great to have.


    LA Mash Up detail.


    LA Style Kiosk


    Stage 17 was once again the place for the Festival Showplace along with the seminars.


    Signature Events. In the Kitchen with… was Guy Fieri that Saturday April 1st.


    Seminars & Demonstrations


    The Brewhouse menu




    The new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout is still under construction and should be open sometime in end of May. I am not a huge fan of the Tower of Terror and won’t be a fan of this new these as well. It is kind of sad to see the ToT gone with the new theme. But it does look weird at first.


    That is it for now and I will have more later on at DCA and the F&W Festival.
     

    franandaj

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    What a long first day! You looked tired when we met up. It was good to catch up with you, and find out everything going on.

    I didn't you were staying in Placentia! That's quite a ways!

    I'm glad that buying the two lanyards worked out for you. We're on our third.
     

    Steppesister

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    It was nice to meet @Steppesister at the park that Thursday night.

    I had a fun time which my feet was aching and my shoulder while carrying all that stuff. It was fun and glad to get away for a while.
    It truly was! I was sad it didn't work out that we could meet the next day, but just too tuckered out. We'll keep in touch though and I have a feeling I'll be down again next year, and actually would like to focus on F&W- something I didn't do at all this trip. Maybe then?
     

    PrincessInOz

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    Glad you've got time away for F&W at DCA.

    Looks like staying at a different location to where you normally stay adds a bit of time to-ing and fro-ing. Still, if it saves you some money......

    Loving the look of the food so far. Looking forward to reading more.
     

    mvf-m11c

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    What a long first day! You looked tired when we met up. It was good to catch up with you, and find out everything going on.

    I didn't you were staying in Placentia! That's quite a ways!

    I'm glad that buying the two lanyards worked out for you. We're on our third.
    It was a very long day from driving from Livingston and getting around 1 in SoCal and came back later that night. I was so tired that I didn't know why I came back that night. Maybe it has due to the fact that I haven't been to the DLR in four months and with everything going on in my life, it was tough. It was very nice to meet up with you as well as meet Liesa that night. It would have been nice if I could have stayed longer but it was nice to get a good night sleep that Thursday night.

    The hotels around the DLR which I usually stay were sold out or very high which was not worth paying. But after parking the car at the Toy Story parking lot and waiting just to get on a bus and walking, it would make sense to pay the extra by staying at a close hotel. The BW Placentia hotel is nice and is better over the BW hotels by the DLR.

    Good thing that I bought two lanyards instead of the one that I was originally planned. But with all those different dishes and drinks, I had to do it and saved quite a lot of money on the lanyards.


    It truly was! I was sad it didn't work out that we could meet the next day, but just too tuckered out. We'll keep in touch though and I have a feeling I'll be down again next year, and actually would like to focus on F&W- something I didn't do at all this trip. Maybe then?
    It was tough but I understand the situation where you want to do your own things at the DLR. Hopefully in the near future, one of our trips will cross each other. I just followed your trip report and looking forward to reading more about it.


    Glad you've got time away for F&W at DCA.

    Looks like staying at a different location to where you normally stay adds a bit of time to-ing and fro-ing. Still, if it saves you some money......

    Loving the look of the food so far. Looking forward to reading more.
    Thanks PiO. It was nice to get away and enjoy the F&W Festival.

    You are right about that. But this was a last second trip in which I couldn't get the hotel that I usually stay. It was during Spring Break which made it worse with all the crowds and with Wonder Con going on at the Anaheim Convention Center.
     

    mvf-m11c

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    Day 2 – March 31, 2017 – Part 2
    While I was walking around DCA until the kiosks opened, I like to walk around the park and try to get some pictures of the different things that I haven’t seen since my last trip. With everything going on in my life, it was nice to get away at the Happiest Place on Earth and enjoying the Food & Wine Festival.​

    After sticking around at Hollywood Land, I headed on over towards the kiosks at the F&W Festival. It wasn’t that busy that morning but the kiosk that had the most people waiting for food was the Garlic Kissed which was one of the popular kiosks during the event.


    The Garlic Kissed had at least 15 people waiting which is not that bad during the busy times of the day during my visit which showed at least 30 people or more. This was one of the popular kiosks which made sense with the Grilled Beef Tenderloin.


    Garlic Kissed menu


    Of course, I had to get the Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider with Garlic Chimichurri Sauce.


    This one is a little bit different from last years Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider which was good and was so popular that it was sold out. This year, they had way more but there were times where they to cook them and weren’t ready.


    After eating the slider, I walked down the path with the other kiosks and had to get pictures of the different ones. There were a few kiosks that I did not try.

    California Craft Brews kiosk




    California Craft Brews menu which was mostly alcohol


    There were other kiosks that sold seasonings, olive oil, etc.


    Olive Us kiosk


    Menu


    Lemon Grove kiosk




    Lemon Grove menu


    Seafood…Sustained




    Menu


    There were Festival entertainment happening around Paradise Pier which give the guests some entertainment.




    The Onion Lair kiosk by the Little Mermaid ride


    Menu


    The day at Anaheim was great from barely any clouds and it was not hot. The park was getting a little busy that day but it was not that bad with all those crowds.
     

    mvf-m11c

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    Day 2 – March 31, 2017 – Part 3

    I continued to walk down to get pictures of all the different kiosks. I wanted to look at the menus again until it was time for me to go get my next dish.

    Off the Cob kiosk


    Menu


    Sweet & Sourdough kiosk


    Menu


    I head on over toward Paradise Garden, actually it is called Festival Beer Garden during the event.


    The AP location was right in between Paradise Grill and Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta which wasn’t that big of a place but it was enough to go around. I wished that it was back at Blue Sky Cellar like last year.


    I was looking at trying some food at the Paradise Garden Grill which had full menus but I was concentrating on the kiosks over PGG.


    After looking at most of the kiosks while I was walking, I went back and went to my next one. I wanted to try the Onion Lar kiosk which had the French Onion Mac & Cheese with Parmesan Crumble & Chives. This was one of the popular dishes at the F&W Festival and it was really good.


    I forgot to get pictures of the other kiosk right by the backside of Grizzly River Run.

    I love Artichokes kiosk


    Menu


    Uncork California kiosk


    Nuts about Cheese kiosk


    Menu


    The park started to get a little busy that afternoon but I didn’t worry too much about the rides since I didn’t go on that many during the trip but spent more time at the kiosks.


    I spent a lot of time walking around DCA on Friday that I didn’t go inside DL that morning to the afternoon. I have spent time going in DL in the morning but after with the late start to that morning from me going back to the parking structure, I didn’t have time.

    The Beauty and the Beast sneak peek is going on even though the movie has been out for a few weeks. A few days ago, I went to see the movie again at the Movie Studio Grill in Rocklin which is a movie theater where you full service. It is a nice theater where you get service while watching the movie.


    IT was getting closer to 1pm that day and I started to feel like it was time to head back to the room and get rested up. Before I left the park, I went on back to the LA Style kiosk to get a DOLE Pineapple-Strawberry Float. It is a little bit like the famous Dole Whip Float over at the Tiki Juice Bar & Dole Whip at DL. This one uses vanilla ice cream, pineapple-strawberry juice with strawberry pearls which is good. The Dole Whip Float at DL if by far my favorite but this is really good.


    I then head on out of DCA and back to the Mickey and Friends parking structure. On the way out, I had to get a few pics of the backside construction of Star Wars Land.




    I drove back to my hotel at Placentia which took me about 20 minutes to get back with all the traffic going on. But that is not the worst time of the day which was around 5 which I left on Thursday. But this time I plan on getting to the DLR early over the other day.
     

    PrincessInOz

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    Ok. I NEED to hit DCA during F&W sometime. Those menus look enticing....and the food looks screen-licking delectable.

    Nice update on how Star Wars land is progressing.
     

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