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    Joe's Company D and World of Color Trip Report, split across two days


    On January 28th, Theresa, Jacob, Ruston and I made plans to head out to Disneyland to watch World of Color. Ruston had never seen it before, so we figured that had to remedied! Ruston's cast member status is definitely a perk. Without it, we'd never be able to go to Company D. What's Company D? It's the Disney store for cast members only that has great discounts on certain Disney merchandise.



    And yes, they've got someone stationed right at the door asking for ID. They even make you scan it to be sure.


    After our trip together to Japan (which you can read about here), Ruston thought we all needed to get a Duffy.


    And here's what the inside looks like. The first section has a lot of grocery items.


    Then you get on to the merchandise. Just about everywhere you look, things are discounted at least 50%.






    And here's the back room. Lots of deals back here. That 75% off sign is for shirts from with 2011 printed on them.





    So many things I want, but where do I put them once I get home?



    Then it was time to head to Disneyland. It's looking like a beautiful day.



    We always enjoy the live music that is ever present at Disneyland.



    Mickey leading the band down Main Street.



    A quick stop at the Stage Door Cafe for lunch.



    Winnie the Pooh is Theresa's favorite ride. We seem to go on it every single time we go to the park. I'm glad the line is usually under 5 minutes.



    And we also have a tradition that as soon as we get off the Winnie the Pooh ride, we go into the sweet shop near the exit. They're making some tasty treats back there.



    We usually split a marshmallow stick. It's 3 marshmallows covered with caramel, then coated again with chocolate. Mmm. Sorry for those who get these from Disney World in Florida. Those don't come with caramel. It's really a lot better with it.






    Today is just going to be a slow day meandering around the park. The Tinkerbell 1/2 marathon is the next day, so it's pretty crowded.
    Can you believe Theresa and I have never tried a Mint Julep?


    We have now! They were tasty! Thanks for buying them Ruston!



    We sat and listened to a live band play jazz music while we just sat and enjoyed a sunny day with warm weather.



    On busy days, you have to pick the rides that are high throughput and not too busy. Jungle Cruise it is!



    And even that is a little crowded. I don't remember the last time I went upstairs in this queue.



    Wave goodbye to the folks on the docks.



    We found the Duffy section of the store!



    Our main purpose of this day was to go see World of Color at Disney California Adventure. We stopped into the Blue Sky Cellar to see all the new changes we can expect with Cars Land.



    Mickey's Fun Wheel is tame enough for everyone. The skies over Los Angeles were very clear today. You could just make out the Hollywood sign way way far away.




    We're all excited for Cars Land to open up this summer.


    Two weeks earlier I made reservations for the Wine Country Trattoria with World of Color reserved seating. Sadly, the winds were super high the whole day and the day before, they had cancelled World of Color because of the high winds. We spoke to the hostess at the Trattoria and she estimated a 90% chance of the show being cancelled that night. We had no desire to spend $40 on dinner and not get to see that show. We cancelled our reservations and went to the newer Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta restaurant instead. We promised to come back again soon when there weren't high winds and watch the show another time.


    Flash forward to February 11th. We all met up again at the parks to take another shot at World of Color.

    Just a quick aside. Do you remember how awesome it felt when you were little and found money? I try to bring spare change to toss on the ground for kids to find when I'm thinking of it, but today I had something special planned.
    When we were in Japan, I asked for some extra 5 yen coins. These were cool for a few reasons, the main one of course being that there is a hole completely through the coin. That's totally unlike any coins you'd normally find.
    Our group got so many great smiles standing near some family and nonchalantly tossing a coin near the kid's feet. Kid's ears must be specially tuned for the sound of money ringing on the ground because they were immediately looking for it as soon as they heard it. Seeing the wonder and amazement in that kid's faces was totally awesome. Seeing them trying to read the Japanese characters on the coin, showing their parents the coin and passing it around to the whole family, marveling at how there is a hole through the coin, wondering what it's worth, and wondering how did it just fall out of the sky?

    If you saw the above text and said "too long; didn't read", I'll summarize. It's fun to drop money for kids to find.


    Alright, back to the report. None of us had seen Aladdin recently, so we figured that should be remedied. We hit the 2:20 showing and got decent seats in the mezzanine. We do miss the magic carpet flying around. The "Whole New World" scene really feels incomplete without it.
    The Genie is always everyone's favorite and this was no exception. We love how he keeps the jokes fresh. He even made fun of Madonna from the Super Bowl Halftime (just 6 days ago).


    We had an hour or so before our dinner reservations, so we headed over to Disneyland to go to on Theresa's favorite ride. Walking through New Orleans Square, there is a Mardi Gras festival going on.


    Happily in line for Winnie the Pooh


    You're used to asking to sit in the front row on roller coasters right? Well we're doing the same thing now on Winnie the Pooh. Why? Well the front row has a few extra inches of leg room. It's a very tight fit in the back two rows.


    Told you it was becoming a tradition.


    Next we walked back to California Adventure and headed to our dinner reservations at the Wine Country Trattoria. We were very happy with the menu. Seeing the Filet Mignon on the menu made our decision easy. All four of us ordered that and the Italian Wedding soup.


    We were seated upstairs right by the wall and had some great views while we dined.






    It started with a bread basket with plenty of balsamic vinegar.


    Followed by a tasty filet and potatoes.


    Arrgh. Greens are the only reason I'm not a member of the clean plate club.


    For dessert, we were brought a sampler platter with lots of different things. The tiramisu was my favorite. The panna cotta was not.


    The European macaroons match their shirts


    Next we went to Soarin over California. Ruston found a dollar while in line. After we all sat down on the ride and everyone was buckled in, Ruston put the dollar about two feet out of reach on the ground. I wonder if the people on the two rows behind us saw it. It was still waiting for us when we got back.
    Did you know that if you're on the very side in the front row, you can give a high five to the person in the next row?


    Our server at dinner told us we didn't need to show up until 7:30 for World of Color. That may be true for average seats, but we had a goal. We wanted to be on the railing and dead center. For that, we showed up at 6:40.


    We all sat down and talked about our upcoming vacation plans. We're heading out to Florida together in May to go to Disney World.




    The show is about to start and we're all ready for it!


    I love how the water fountains just look like bright streams of paint spurting all over the lagoon.








    Wall-e and Eve are becoming some of our favorite characters.












    And Theresa can watch Tangled over and over again.




    I'm glad Mickey makes at least one appearance.







    Theresa and I have seen World of Color 5 times now. In all our times, this was our favorite. Standing right on the rail with no one else in front, no camera LEDs, no kids on shoulders, this was the way to see it. We're glad we had ponchos on though. There were a few times we got sprayed pretty good, but overall it was awesome!



    And at the end, it's fun seeing all the lights and fountains dancing.









    Afterwards, we were all just a little wet and a little cold. We walked out through the Grand Californian exit and went to White Water snacks. Four hot chocolates later, we walked over to the large outdoor fireplace just outside the Grand Californian.



    It was a great end to a great night!



    Walking back through the hotel lobby, the piano player was playing "I Can Go The Distance" from one of my favorite Disney movies, Hercules. That meant a stop for a few minutes while we listened to music from that, Tangled, and a few other great Disney movies. Remember what I said about all the great live music options at Disneyland. Here's another great example.



    Hope you enjoyed reading along! Time to go plan the next adventure!

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    Re: Joe's Company D and World of Color Trip Report, split across two days

    Fantastic Report! Very well done! Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Joe's Company D and World of Color Trip Report, split across two days

    Great TR!

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    Re: Joe's Company D and World of Color Trip Report, split across two days

    Nice report. Thanks for sharing.
    If he works in the parks, I'm shocked he hasn't seen WOC.
    Also curious about Company D.
    There's tons of merchandise. So the question is:
    Did Disney over produce, was the merchandise just over priced so no one bought or last but not least, is the merchandise just not that desirable? All three could be selected, I'm sure.

    Also looked like you guys got more than just a little water from WOC. Looks more like nice and damp.
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    Re: Joe's Company D and World of Color Trip Report, split across two days

    Thanks for sharing your adventures! I love the tossing out of coins for kids to find! Esp. with money from another country... thats such a great story! And Company D.... man I could get into so much trouble in there... even with steeply discounted prices I could spend way to much money in there!!!




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    Re: Joe's Company D and World of Color Trip Report, split across two days

    Quote Originally Posted by DLFreak71 View Post
    Nice report. Thanks for sharing.
    If he works in the parks, I'm shocked he hasn't seen WOC.
    Also curious about Company D.
    There's tons of merchandise. So the question is:
    Did Disney over produce, was the merchandise just over priced so no one bought or last but not least, is the merchandise just not that desirable? All three could be selected, I'm sure.

    Also looked like you guys got more than just a little water from WOC. Looks more like nice and damp.
    Actually he doesn't work in the parks. He's works in Burbank near the Studios. You can see that trip report here if you're interested.

    As far as the merchandise at Company D, it seems to be a mixture of both. There were a lot of sweat shirts and t shirts from 2011, some New Year's Mickey hats, etc, but there were also a lot of things currently being sold in the parks. Vinylmations, pins, watches, as well as hats, knick-knacks and other clothes.

    And we were the only people I saw in our section with ponchos on, so we were doing a little better at not being wet than most.

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    Re: Joe's Company D and World of Color Trip Report, split across two days

    Great TR! Thanks for sharing.


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    Re: Joe's Company D and World of Color Trip Report, split across two days

    Quote Originally Posted by penguinsoda View Post
    And Company D.... man I could get into so much trouble in there... even with steeply discounted prices I could spend way to much money in there!!!
    Agreed! When my sister worked at DLR (she left last year), I paid a visit to Company D at least twice a year and I was always tempted to buy something. She did give me and my mom these passes that we could use to go to Company D without her but we didn't use them.



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    Re: Joe's Company D and World of Color Trip Report, split across two days

    Joe thanks so much for this report! I've followed all of your reports and am looking forward to a WDW one!! Those World of Color shots are so vibrant and beautiful. And how thoughtful to leave yen for the children to find. That made me smile By the way, eat your greens!!


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    Re: Joe's Company D and World of Color Trip Report, split across two days

    How much fun that was to read! Thank you for taking the time to share it!
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    Re: Joe's Company D and World of Color Trip Report, split across two days

    Thanks for the fun report! I'm sorry to report that Company D merchandise was SO much better 10-20 years ago. When the idea was first begun, a cast member was hired specifically to create and source cast-member only merchandise and some of it was fabulous. It's a small shell of what it once was, even though it's now in a bigger building.
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    RE: Joe;s Company D and World of Color Trip:
    What a wonderful treat. The pictures were so beautiful ..good camera, and it really made me even more excited for my trip April 13th to "My Happy Place" Disneyland. Thanks so much for posting.

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    Re: Joe's Company D and World of Color Trip Report, split across two days

    Quote Originally Posted by The Forbidden Eye View Post
    Agreed! When my sister worked at DLR (she left last year), I paid a visit to Company D at least twice a year and I was always tempted to buy something. She did give me and my mom these passes that we could use to go to Company D without her but we didn't use them.
    Ruston has had those kind of passes in the past as well. I vaguely remember him giving them to us in 2010 around Christmas time.

    Quote Originally Posted by IzzyInWonderland View Post
    Joe thanks so much for this report! I've followed all of your reports and am looking forward to a WDW one!! Those World of Color shots are so vibrant and beautiful. And how thoughtful to leave yen for the children to find. That made me smile By the way, eat your greens!!
    It's always fun to help make other people's trip more magical. On that same line, eating greens would make my trip less magical, so I'm avoiding them!

    Quote Originally Posted by victoriaskitten View Post
    RE: Joe;s Company D and World of Color Trip:
    What a wonderful treat. The pictures were so beautiful ..good camera, and it really made me even more excited for my trip April 13th to "My Happy Place" Disneyland. Thanks so much for posting.
    Glad you enjoyed it! And by the way, I definitely recommend the dining package with World of Color. Being able to stand in that middle section and not worry about a fastpass was fantastic!

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    Re: Joe's Company D and World of Color Trip Report, split across two days

    I really enjoyed reading this, thanks for sharing! And I absolutely LOVE your photos, they're all gorgeous!

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