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Trip Reports & Member Reviews Discuss Disneyland Trip Report, 8/30/05 (Day 3) in the Vacation Planning forums; We did Universal Hollywood on day 2, and I think that belongs on another board. Tuesday August 30 saw my party grow by one, as my Mother -in-law flew into ...
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    Disneyland Trip Report, 8/30/05 (Day 3)

    We did Universal Hollywood on day 2, and I think that belongs on another board. Tuesday August 30 saw my party grow by one, as my Mother -in-law flew into Long Beach to join our vacation. She's defineitely not a "Disney" person, but she was willing to check out DL to appease us. We hoped to use the ol' Disney Magic to, if not convert her, at least see our point of view.

    The day started at an Ihop on Harbor, (Not the one across from the DL entrance), which had decent food, but slow service and a ridiculous bill. We parked at Mickey & Friends, and took the tram to Downtown Disney. I wanted to make the "Grand Entrance" on Main St., M-I-L wanted to take the Monorail...for the second time, I was outvoted. So my M-I-L's first view of Disneyland was....the gutted Submarine Lagoon. We were dumped into Tomorrowland, where we immediately went on Buzz again. Everyone was having fun, until...

    We went to Star Tours. My M-I-L was prone to motion sickness, unbeknownst to us. Star Tours was definitely not the ride for her, she staggered off, and it took her 3 hours to recover. She even got sick when we took her to Peter Pan's Flight, a ride that I though might calm her down. So much for converting her!

    We then went to the left side of the park, where the attractions were unlikely to make anyone barf. Jungle Cruise, Tiki Room, and Pirates were collected in a row, and no one got sick. My wife and I got Indiana Jones Fastpasses for a couple hours later. (cont'd)
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    Part II

    We enjoyed the "tamer" attractions of Adventureland and Frontierland for the rest of the daylight hours. My mother-in-law loved the Haunted Mansion, especially the dinner scene. As dusk settled over the park, we headed back to the Monorail. We had a 7:30 PS at Goofy's Kitchen, and strolled around Downtown Disney for a bit before going to the Disneyland Hotel. Downtown Disney in California is squashed between the parks and the Disneyland Resort Hotels, and therefore it's a lot smaller than Florida's version I was impressed with the moving sports engravings on the side of the ESPN cafe. We stopped by just long enough to catch some baseball scores...I still had trouble adjusting to the Pacific Time Zone, I was startled to realize that my beloved Phillies had already finished their game on the East Coast (they won, btw). On that happy note, we entered the hotel.

    We arrived at 7;20, checked in, and were immediately seated. This was my mother-in-law's first encounter with a character meal, and we were curious to see how she would react when the characters came to the table. Chef Goofy came by, as well as Max (Goofy's son, I had to ask a CM who he was) Mulan, and Chip & Dale, who seem to be everywhere! Balloo the Bear also came by, and when asked for an autograph, drew a unique one right on the paper tablecloth. We tore that off after dinner for posterity. My mother in law seemed to have caught some of the Disney spirit finally, as she delighted in the interaction between the characters and my daughter. Later, Goofy led the children in a makeshift conga line around the restaurant, and Chip & Dale led the kids in doing the Macarena.

    The food was excellent. It was an all-you-can-eat buffet, featuring freshly made Prime rib, roast pork loin, pasta in a wonderful vodka sauce, and more. Also, there was a nice salad bar and a great dessert bar, along with several different finger foods for the kids, who were too involved with the characters to worry much about eating anyway. The price wasn't too bad, $24.95 for the adults and $11.99 for the kids, but Disney probably lost money on me, as I had my share of food!

    Full, and a bit tired from the long day, we slowly made our way back to Disneyland for Indiana Jones and the fireworks show. (Cont'd)
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    Part III

    My wife and I went back to Adventureland to check out the Indiana Jones ride, which we had heard so much about (and Florida doesn't have!). My mother in law browsed the Main St. shops with our daughter while we rode.

    Unfortunately for us, the CM who manned the fastpass line led us right into the standby line, which was a 30 minute wait. We didn't realize this until we saw fastpass holders who went to the correct line jumping into the jeeps while we waited high above. Well, we still had plenty of time for the fireworks.

    The IJ waiting area kept us entertained..about halfway to the loading point, there is an "archeologist" at work in a chamber below you, connected to the outside room by a large rope. Above this rope is a large "DO NOT PULL ROPE" sign. Of course, everyone pulls the rope, and the man at the other end has a few choice comments for you!

    The ride itself was very cool. The ride vehicles are large jeeps, and you go on a trip with IJ's sidekick to find a jewel. Of course, you must overcome several obstacles on your journey, such as the snake room and the giant boulder trap. At the end, a very realistic Harrison Ford animatronic figure gives you some smart-alecky congratulations. The ride was very bumpy, but definitely worthy of "E" ticket status. I'd like to see it in Florida.

    We made our way back to Town Square to await the fireworks. My mother in law had secured us a good bench while we were on IJ, and I set up shop with the camcorder. I had heard that the new 50th anniversary fireworks show, "Remember, Dreams Come True" was Disney's finest yet, and made sure I could capture it all.

    The hype is true! "Remember" is wonderful, stupendous, awesome...I could go on and on! It's narrated by Julie Andrews, with snippets of Walt Disney's opening day speech. They borrow from WDW's "Wishes" with the opening song, then the show turns into a tribute to the classic attractions. Audio clips are played from the attraction soundtracks, such as the "Ghost Host" and Little Leota from the Haunted Mansion as ghost-like fireworks go off over the castle. You also hear from the vultures of Splash Mountain, the Disneyland Railroad announcer, Peter Pan, the Thunder Mountain cowboy announcer, and even Captain Nemo from the long-lost Submarine Voyage, with the fireworks displays designed to match the words.

    I was most taken with the fireworks tributes to the Pirates of the Carribean and the Enchanted Tiki Room attractions. You hear from the Pirate captain ("Avast, ye scurvy ****roaches!) while cannon shots fly from opposite sides of the park. For the Tiki Room, if you remember the original (before it was under "new management" like it regretfully is in WDW), there's a sequence where the Tiki gods get "angered at all the celebratin'" For this sequence, the multicolored "tropical" fireworks are accompanied by large Fantasmic-like flames that shoot up from the roofs of the upper Main St. shops. Extremely cool!

    Tinkerbell makes 2 appearences in the show, flying between the Matterhorn and Sleeping Beauty castle, at the beginning and end of the show. She flys much better than the WDW version, doing dips and swinging above the crowd in the Hub.

    I always get emotional during the fireworks at any Disney park, and this one was no exception. There wasn't a dry eye among us, not even my formerly cynical Mother-in-Law!

    Tired yet exhilarated, we trudged back to the tram and went back to the hotel, looking forward to Wednesday, my Mother-in-Law's birthday.
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