I shall be traveling to the DLR this week starting thursday. I have 2 silly yet important questions. the 1st being, what time does the esplanade open. My gf has decided we need to be the 1st in the park one day(or at least the 1st in line realistically) and the last ones out. If it makes her happy Im all for it. Plus i can get some coffee at the bakery that way too. Second, can anyone tell me where in Disneyland you can get a decent vantage point to see into the work on Big Thunder. this happens to be her favorite ride and she would like to be able to view the ongoing project. I would assume from atop the mark twain and columbia as well as from Tarzans treehouse. Any other suggestions? Thank you all for you time and help.