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    Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    A new Trip Report.

    Here is the story:

    My Dad has been in the United States Air Force for about 24 years. So what happend was the United States Air Force drill team was going to perform a routine at Disneyland on Main Street, and so his squadron got tickets to go to Disneyland to see this, and my Dad was able to get Mom and himself a pair (since they didn't renew thier annual passes this year). So on Monday we went to the Disneyland Resort to watch the drill team and have a day of fun.



    Driving into the parking lot.

    The Timon parking lot was closed off
    With the Timon parking lot closed off, we were forced to go park in the Mickey and friends parking structure and take the tram to the Main Entrance. I'll be honest with you, the parking structure isn't that greatly built if you ask me.


    The new Christmas decorations were put on top of the entrance.

    The clock on Main Street showing 11: 04 A.M.
    We had entered the park earlier than expected. The US Air Force Drill Team performance was not until about 1:30 P.M, so we decided to try and find something to do.


    Mom checks the entertainment schedule.
    While walking onto Main Street, the Christmas decorations were already up on Main Street, and the Christmas music was already starting to play. I decided to go take a look at some of the new Christmas decorations.






    The chipped paint on the fence surrounding one of the trees on Main Street
    After Mom took care of something really quick, she wanted to have a picture next to the tree that was in the center.


    From the left: my Dad, my Mom, and me.

    The Christmas Tree

    Mom and Dad at the hub in front of the Mickey and Walt statue

    Mom wanted a pic in front of the castle- she loves to do these kinds of things.
    We still had more than one hour-and-a-half for the show, so we decided to head on over to Fantasyland for a ride, which, surprisingly, none of them really had a wait.


    Down for refurbishment
    I hadn't been on Casey Jr. in a month, and since it is becoming one of my favorite rides in Fantasyland, I decided to go for a ride on it.


    Casey Jr. Sign

    Casey Jr. coming down the track

    Aladdin's Agrabah village

    Cinderella's Caslte
    It was about 12:15 when we got out of Fantasyland, and after around this time, it was time to eat. After we discussed it, we decided on Plaza Inn. I'll be honest with you: the only meal that I really eat at the Plaza Inn is the Chicken Alfredo pasta- it is the only thing that is descent. The chicken in my opinion isn't that great, and the Pot Roast tastes a little soggy, as does the vegetables.


    My Mom took a picture of me next to the Chirstmas tree. Where we sat at- near the window-- it was cold.





    The Christmas tree at the Plaza Inn.
    After lunch, it was getting close to the start of the Drill Team performance, so we decided to head back towards Town Square to find a place to see it.


    A sign talking about the band concert.
    A little background info about the Drill Team.

    What this is is that the drill team tours all over the United States to raise awareness for the Air Force and what they are all about. What the Drill team does is perform routines to show that they are strong, and that they can't break concentrations.

    While watching, I took a couple of videos of it.

    Here is the first one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http:...?v=BGMwl_iWvHk

    And here is one of them peforming a routine called the Domino:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http:...?v=Ceb4xrZw7y8


    Dad talked with someone he knew from the Drill Team.
    More to come...

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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    awesome! thanks for posting.

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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    Great videos of the Drill Team! And fun report!







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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    Can't wait for more.

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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    Hey I'm looking for a friend to go to Disneyland with. If you interested private message me.

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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    ohhhh Air Force... Yeeeaaahhhhuuummm!
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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    Nice pictures! The one of you guys in front of the castle is cute!
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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    Great trip report Alex like aways. It was wonderful that your parents were able to go to the park on Monday.

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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    Thanks for sharing the video! It's great seeing the drill team!

    (I wonder how long it took these guys to get through the bag check station at the main gate?! )
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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    Anyway, continuing where we left off...

    Here is a couple of photos that were taken while they were performing:




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    After the performance of the drill team, me, Mom, and Dad decided to head on over to DCA for a couple of rides. Mom always loves Soarin Over California, so we decided to head on over there. Now here is something rare: Soarin had a 15 minute wait!



    Soarin' over California

    Writing I found on the Soarin wall
    Soarin' is always a fun ride, it never gets boring. I've always loved the take-off, it's the most thrilling part.

    After Soarin', my Mom wanted to go see what the wait in line for Toy Story Midway Mania was, so we headed on over to Paradise Pier to see what was up.

    While walking over there, I noticed a couple of changes in the Paradise Pier landscape.

    Christmas wreaths wrapped around the lamppost

    The Christmas Tree across from the old Golden Dreams.

    The lagoon now drained for the Wonderful World of Color show.
    TSMM ended up having only a 20 minute wait, so we went ahead and jumped in line before it got longer.


    Work- don't leave home without it

    Some of the games in the boardwalk

    One dork....

    ...two dorks.

    My final score
    After TSMM, we had some fastpasses for California Screamin that we picked up before we got in line for TSMM, so we decided to go there next.


    California Screamin'




    After Screamin,' we decided to split up and go seperate ways and meet up again later in the evening. So I decided to head on over to HPB for a ride on Tower of Terror- one of my favorite rides here at the park.





    A lamp inside the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
    I love Tower of Terror. I never get tired of it.

    After Tower of Terror, I felt that I didn't really want to go on anything else while I was there, so I headed on over back to Disneyland. I decided to go on the Astro Orbitor, since I hadn't been on it in a while.


    A rarity: a 5 minute waiting time.





    I'll be honest with you: this ride gives me the willies. I guess I just don't like being twirling around that fast...but I might do it again.

    After Astro Orbitor, I headed off towards Space Mountain, which also had a five minute wait as well!





    Grab a fastpass just in case the line gets longer.
    After Space, I felt a desire to go to Fantasyland, and the first thing I decided to go on was Alice In Wonderland.


    Polly want a cracker?

    The Matterhorn viewed from the on top of the Alice track
    Alice in Wonderland is a great dark ride, and now I especially like how you get to go out.

    More to come....

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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    Go Air Force!

    Alex, it's really cool that you would just go spend a day with your parents, even as a "big kid." That's nice to see.
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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    Nice report so far!
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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    wonderful trip report alex thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    funny I think I saw ya lol
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    Re: Above All...A Trip Report featuring the US Air Force

    Nice report Alex. Seems pretty special going to see an event like that with the parents.

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