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P. 391: All the details about Disney Merriest Nites at Disneyland!

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I'm happy to have any of the properties that have been rumored (Marvel, Star Wars, Tron) As long as what ever they do doesn't take over the whole land. And I say that because, all those themes could fit within "Tomorrowland" along with other stuff as well, so I'd rather not have the land limited to one property.

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My takeaway from the miceage article is at least Disney is thinking about putting in another large scale thrill ride for the land, which is always a good thing. I am not sure about Star Wars being the dominate theme for Disneyland's Tomorrowland, I think this Carsland-esque (1 land, 1 theme) concept would work better in Florida. Personally, would like to see an additional flat ride, something a bit more exciting than a simplistic spinner, using the Starcade/upper deck of Space Mountain line, or on top of the old Rocket Rods platform rather than moving Astro Orbiter. The placement of Astro Orbiter doesn't really bother me. A giant Millenium Falcon would just look crazy, and all for a Wookie photo op? The Star Wars Cantina idea sounds interesting, and I could see that maybe working as a replacement for Pizza Port.

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I just got back this weekend from my yearly trip with my daughter to Disneyland. This was the first my first trip visit during the Halloween event. Here are some of the highlights..

 

- It was a good road test for my brand new orange Camaro from East Valley Phoenix. It usually took my now ex wife around 6.5 hours to drive this in her SUV on previous trips with a few rest stops and a stop for lunch. I made would have made it in 4.5 hours with a lunch stop and few rest stops. However, I left my iPhone on the top of my car at a stop like a dumb a$$ and needed to double back a half hour to find the damn thing cracked all over the road when I realized it was missing. This cost me a little over an hour and about $80 for a new screen…

 

- I was surprised to find the lines the longest on any trip that I have made. Especially since I was there during the July 4th holiday last year. I always wanted to utilize Fast Pass on my previous visits and never did. It just seemed like a hassle to keep track of time and such. Given the long lines this trip I decided to try it. I loved it and will be doing this again on my next trip. It was great getting this and going to another near by attraction or two and then getting back front line to an e-ticket… Fast pass used on: Indy, Autopia, Star Tours (x2), Tower of Terror, California Screaming, Splash Mountain and Soarin. I was surprised to see that Matterhorn did not have this option though. Also, Space Mountain was a walk on since I hit that first thing one of the mornings. Radiator Springs Racer was not available by the time I got to it each day and just waited it out.

 

- Halloween Layovers:

 

Space Mountain: This was sort of neat, but I prefer the original a little more. Just seemed like a random zombie looking image.

 

Haunted Mansion: This was the first time I only went on the ride once on any of my trips to both US parks. I usually ride the ride around 3 – 4 times. The main reason for this was the length of the line was ridiculous and did it as a walk on the first morning at the park. The other reason I did not go back was that I really like the original much better. I am not a big fan of “A Nightmare before Christmas” and have yet made it through the movie. I can however respect the popularity given the detail put into it. Call me a Disney purist or whatever; I just prefer the regular ride much more since this is my second favorite attraction after PoTC.

 

- Food quality/choices for the price just seems so much out of place compared to Florida (especially Epcot, even though that is a totally different concept them what with have in Cali). I just remember Florida being a better selection, quality and price from years back when I was there. I just keep thinking that I had better quality at Waldameer this past summer for half the price. I am usuing that as an example since mot folk bitch about Waldameers food options.

 

- Another great stay off property at the Anaheim Plaza Hotel with a balcony. This is not a very fancy hotel and in walking distance of the main gates. For the price, I would really recommend it for anyone staying off property.

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^Sounds like you had a great trip. Downtown Disney is a good option for dining if you want a short break from the parks, and some less expensive food. The Anaheim Plaza is definitely excellent value for the location, I think we only paid $70/night in May - and only a five minute walk from the front gate!

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I just wanted to give my take on the GAC changes as I just heard about this last night. I've read so many comments targeted at individuals with autism or families with children on the spectrum. Please realize that that is not the only form of disability.

 

Not every disability is the same. I have a condition that often causes me to spend hours at a time in a restroom or laying down in pain. When I go to a park for an entire day there may only be an hour total that I am in condition to enjoy the park experience. I used to be able to enjoy the experience with the help of a GAC card. I will not be able to enjoy the experience with the new system.

 

Believe me when I say I wish I didn’t NEED immediate access to the rides. I wish I could wait in line with you. I really do.

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I just wanted to give my take on the GAC changes as I just heard about this last night. I've read so many comments targeted at individuals with autism or families with children on the spectrum. Please realize that that is not the only form of disability.

 

Not every disability is the same. I have a condition that often causes me to spend hours at a time in a restroom or laying down in pain. When I go to a park for an entire day there may only be an hour total that I am in condition to enjoy the park experience. I used to be able to enjoy the experience with the help of a GAC card. I will not be able to enjoy the experience with the new system.

 

Believe me when I say I wish I didn’t NEED immediate access to the rides. I wish I could wait in line with you. I really do.

 

Sorry for your condition But you still do get access to the front, just not when ever you want. How do you normally visit the park? Do you wait until you feel good then enter the park, ride every thing you can while you feel ok then leave?

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Sorry for your condition But you still do get access to the front, just not when ever you want. How do you normally visit the park? Do you wait until you feel good then enter the park, ride every thing you can while you feel ok then leave?

 

Thanks gisco, no need to be sorry. It is what it is.

 

To answer your question, there isn't really a typical plan of attack for me. It depends on how badly my condition is flaring. There are times where I am definitely not feeling well enough to go to a park so I just stay home. When I do go I could be feeling excellent one minute and terrible the next. I guess I normally try to go when I am feeling at least decent and on good days I wait in the normal lines. On mediocre days I will usually have to sit or lay down throughout the day and ride a few rides when I am feeling ok.

 

This past spring I took my sister and the little girl she was fostering to WDW. When I was feeling well enough to ride a ride with them but knew I couldn't risk a two hour line I would use the GAC to enjoy the experience with the two of them. When I wasn't feeling good enough I would sit out or go lay down.

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http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/10/two-new-breakfast-scrambles-at-the-cozy-cone-motel-at-cars-land-in-disney-california-adventure-park/

 

Chefs are “scrambling” the breakfast menu at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land, adding two new hearty breakfast cones to start your day in the park. A smart first stop – you can munch and walk, no need to linger as the neat bread wrappers are made for on-the-go eating.

 

Fans of zesty chorizo will go for the Chorizo and Eggs Cone, with scrambled eggs, chorizo, tart tomatillo sauce and a finish of fresh pico de gallo. (That’s our favorite.)

 

Or try the Southwest Scramble Cone with a substantial filling of scrambled eggs, bell peppers, onions, roasted corn, black beans, Cheddar cheese and a kicky avocado corn salsa.

 

Both are $6.99 plus tax and on the menu from park opening until 11 a.m. Stay tuned for more ideas. And beginning November 6, the Cars Land Dinoco blue “holiday cone” sippers are back while supplies lasts.

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http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/10/jungle-cruise-goes-jingle-cruise-for-the-holidays-at-disneyland-park-magic-kingdom-park/

 

We just got word from our friends in Walt Disney Imagineering that an Adventureland attraction will receive its first-ever holiday makeover this year. Beginning in early November, Jungle Cruise at both Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park will temporarily transform into “Jingle Cruise” for the holiday season!

 

In this new seasonal storyline of the attraction, the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they’ve added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they’ve created themselves). The Skippers have also added a slew of new jokes to their tours that are the perfect way to get guests in the holiday spirit. Additionally, Jungle Cruise boats have been renamed with the holidays in mind, and if guests listen carefully, they may hear a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background.

 

Jingle Cruise will begin launches in early November at both parks. Be sure to keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates!

 

What do you think? Will you board the Jingle Cruise this holiday season? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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