Another old trip report that I just got around to. It's fun looking back at a DCA that'll soon be forever in the past!
(Pardon all the watermarks; it's because of my photo hosting site.)
So my friend and I arrive at Disneyland, making it a mission to hit DCA first!
A nice August morning before school starts, it won't be that bad...
Er...maybe not. Whatever, we're all still smiles though 'cause how can you not be happy when you're at the Disneyland Resort (TM)?!
This is me after getting my wisdom teeth out. I looked like a chipmunk all day!
So anyway, lots of people don't realize that DCA is actually pretty well-themed. The Imagineers and decorators really put lipstick on a sow's ear, so while it isn't very cohesive or engaging, they still did a pretty good job on decorating.
Goodbye bridge!!! Some of us will miss you! And some of us...won't? Well, I will miss it.
Goodbye weird sun thing with DCA dedication by Michael Eisner!!!
Goodbye red-trolly-less Hollywood Backlots (that will no longer be called Hollywood Backlots)!!! I remember when I first came to DCA, that sky thing in the background really fooled me. I was 11.
Some detail on the archway. Easy little things like this to miss. Really captured the Egyptian feel they have going in Hollywood and Vine.
Art deco!!! Who doesn't love art deco?
Tried having my friend do a film noir pose in front of the Phil M. Noir (PUNS!) door, but because it was bright and sunny, it didn't really work.
Now we head over to the Muppet Theater to enjoy some Muppets. And a cool auditorium. Phew! I love all the little gags they have in line. They really help you waste time in line (never mind that there wasn't any line at all).
OMG I CAN'T WAIT FOR WALL-E TO COME OUT! Looks like it's gonna be a great movie!!!
Ahhh Gonzo. My favorite character.
The queue has a lot of charm and a lot of detail as you can see. Because there was no line, we were able to take a look at a lot of it. But goodbye Muppet Theater should you turn into one of the billion of possibilities that they have lined up for you!
So we take a break and explore the Hollywood Backlots a little bit more.
Chipmunk cheeks!!! That wall is crazy full of funny little things. This would be a great place to find an inside joke or two between the decorators.
Oh wow I can't believe I missed Who Wants to Be A Millionaire! Seems just like yesterday it was closed down...
Enough reminiscing, we went to visit Mike and Sully over at Monster's Inc.
Whaddaya know? NO LINE!!!!! That's the thing about DCA, it's such a huge park that everyone pretty much gets distributed evenly. It's nice.
So we hop on.
Roz was very disappointing. All she did was say "Cheeeeeeeese" for like 5 minutes because I was holding up my camera. "Cheeeeeeeese."
Ahhh let's get outta here and do some more exploring. (How many of you have actually really taken in DCA? I know I do it a lot at Disneyland, but very rarely at DCA.)
"Ape-Men From Outer Space" eh? Betcha it won't be as good as Wall-E!
Yay for random bug-eyed props!!!
OMG...is that...? I can't believe...? IT IS! IT'S HIM!
WALL-EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! He was very nice, but very shy and quiet. He was really scared, he barely moved a muscle.
Waiting for the future red-trolley to pick her up...
I'm siiiiingin' in the rain!
It looks like a real street!
The shop windows are pretty interesting too. I mean, check out this guy just chillin'.
"The Movie Star." He's too cool to read his script, he'd rather check out a review of his latest performance (and of course it was an awesome review because he's awesome.)
We're getting a little hungry here...let's go get some bites to eat in Hollywood.
$6 for an Italian Sausage (NOT FROM PINK'S) and a LOT for a burger and fries from Taste Pilot's Grill. Ouch. Also I think we waited an hour for my friend's food. And the whole time we were waiting, we were sitting at a table. And the whole time we were sitting at a table, there was this lady stalking our table by standing next to us the whole time to see if we would vacate. NO, LADY. YOU CANNOT TAKE OUR SEATS. It was incredibly busy.
So we finished our meal (slowly. Take that, lady.) and headed towards the Golden State area. Unfortunately for us, the line for Grizzly River Run was looooong. It was really, really hot so I could understand why. So we lived vicariously through other riders.
The geyser was not working right that day.
Ahhhh to be under these rapids. It would've been so nice. At least we got some drizzle standing near them.
One of us made the executive decision to go to my favorite part of the park: the Redwood Creek trail. It's what the new Tom Sawyer's Island should've been. A place where you can run, tumble and fall, an area where you could climb, swing and crawl. (Yes I rhymed and yes, it was intentional.)
I hear some weird sounds coming from these parts! Sounds like...birds. And...chimpunks. And...birds. Actually, they're just birds, so not that weird after all.
The gardeners take very good care of the wildlife around here. Everything's so green (except for, you know, the redwood.)
I love how everything's meant to be touched and poked and everything. Tom Sawyer's Island seems a little cold to me now, and artificial. I can't describe it. I don't know. Eh, can you really compare the two?
So we explored quite a bit and then decided to hit up the Orange Stinger (R.I.P.) I will miss hearing buzzing while I am flying. Actually, I won't. I wonder what the new soundtrack will be for the new Silly Symphony Swings.
After we got our bearings, we decided to brave the 30 minute wait for the brand new Toy Story Midway Mania. We had no idea what it was going to be like because I didn't want to spoil myself. But first! I went and bought myself a $4 Icee ($2 everywhere not the Disneyland Resort TM) and my friend bought herself a frozen lemonade to enjoy while we waited in the 40 minute line. Because it was so hot, it probably only lasted us 10 minutes hehehe.
Mr. Potato Head thinks I'm funny (Or maybe he's groaning at my bad jokes. You can never tell with this guy, he's got a po-po-po-potato face.)
I approve of this color combination. It's the umbrellas that "shade" you, if you couldn't tell
Hahaha, okay I gotta tell you. We really had no idea what we were doing. When we we first got into the show building, we heard the instructions to practice and so we were clicking away at our guns to nothing but the empty painted flats and complaining "IT'S BROKEN! IT'S BROKEN! WHY ISN'T IT WORKING!" Only for us to move 5 seconds later to where we were supposed to practice. Hehehe.
My score on the right. I guess I did pretty good (for a beginner). But yeah, totally worth the 30 minutes!
Now for some coaster action!
In 3...2...1!!! (Look we moved so fast we shed the red from our train!)
Pretend this is us:
Oh yeah can you see how fast we're going!!! Do you also enjoy the old boardwalk? Also RIP (in the future) Maliboomer and RIP to the Mickey Head in the California Screamin' loop.
Whew, I think we should take a break before we go to Disneyland. Whaddaya think? More later.