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    January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    Just got back from the parks, got there shortly after 7:30 AM, and pulled into the Parking Structure, only 4 toll booths open, and everyone was sent to Pinocchio, a bit of a wait (cars back to almost where the building overhang starts).

    Not much of a wait for the trams, the posters have been switched from the Holiday ads, to Rockin' Both Parks, one ad for Space, one for Screamin' and the one in the middle being generic.

    Lines were short, only a couple of people ahead of me at the Turnstiles in line a few minutes after 8 AM (and short lines at the Ticket Booths, which now have the new Multi-Day and CityPass prices posted).

    Went straight to Space Mountain, which was closed, and some folks waited. The Space Mountain sign still had "Space Mountain" in the LED's, but a new sign was added to the top of the LED's, "Rockin'" in the Red script that was being used in the early material (not the current Black letters, which are much more block like).


    I decided to ride the Matterhorn to check out the Sub Lagoon, as I was told that the water was scheduled to start being added last night.

    A bit of a wait, as the Matterhorn was running short handed and did not have a "grouper", basically the one person on the other side of the tracks was getting people to queue up in front of the air gates. This is not the most efficient system, but at least the ride was open.

    And guess what, the Sub Lagoon is about 1/4 (or maybe 1/3) filled, basically covering the tracks.

    Then headed back to Space Mountain, got a Fastpass then entered the Stand By Line (posted as a 20 minute wait). No changes to the queue area. I will write a more detailed description later, but the ride does have the new soundtrack, and lots of new lighting effects on the ride. The big drawback, you can see the track, and all the supporting structures, including the emergency stairs, etc.

    After that, took a ride on the Monorail, checking out the Sub Lagoon again. Looks like they have stopped filling the lagoon, many workers are doing a lot of work, including some "pool cleaners" with the standard mesh net trying to gather up debris and other trash, presumably to make sure that most of it will gotten at this early stage, where employees can still find a lot of dry ground in the Lagoon.

    Used my FASTPASS for a second ride on Space Mountain before heading over to DCA to check out Screamin' shortly after 10 AM.

    The Screamin' sign that runs horizontal has a new added "top" (shaped somewhat like a Diamond) that says "Rockin' California", along with some shiny material behind it.

    Ended up riding Screamin' 3 times, and wasn't impressed, the sound worked all three times, and didn't sound very good at all, very "scratchy", Red had the worst sound, Green was a bit better, and Blue sounded the best. No other changes than the sound at Screamin'.

    Then headed out of the park before Noon, and the ticket booth lines were curled around and started in the back of the booths.

    Driving out of the Parking Structure, noticed that the cars were backed up to the halfway point of the Ball Road Overpass, and then saw the signs that said Disneyland Park was Full, but California Adventure was still available.

    I would be prepared for capacity crowds at Disneyland everyday thru the 7th.
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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    You Tube already has videos up from this morning

    First, here is Rockin' Space Mountain

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnDxXi9xG5Q

    And then Rockin' California Screamin'

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esDibPb8HFQ
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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    anyone got pics of the sub filled? I wish i had seen it i was there a few days ago and won't go back till september
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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    wow that sucked....kinda glad i was there BEFORE the changes. Will they change the music to anything else before the change back?
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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    DB,
    Did you get any pictures of the partially filled lagoon?
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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    ^ Yes, they will be up later today.....
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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbeer View Post
    ^ Yes, they will be up later today.....
    Awesome, I can't wait to see them, thanks!
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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    Doesn't seem like the parks were too crowded, at least not "Close the gates crowded".

    Wonder if they just forgot to change the sign outside of the Parking Structure.


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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    i'm getting a bit scared....we picked the 7, 8 and 9 becaue we thought it would be dead, start of the off season right?

    what do you think, with allthese reports should we just skip it? or do you think it will die that monday?


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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    It was busy in there and when we got off space at 12 it had a 70 minute line and no FP then they announced on the Park PA the parks open an extra hour today

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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    Doesn't seem like the parks were too crowded, at least not "Close the gates crowded".

    Wonder if they just forgot to change the sign outside of the Parking Structure.
    From 8 to 10 AM, the park was nice, then it turned UGLY...

    As I said, they had folks lined around the ticket booths (the front queues were full, and they had them queing onthe back side using the blue tape queues).

    The Parking Structure ramp was FULL back to Ball Road

    The park was that busy, glad I left...

    By the way, here is a photo of the Sub Lagoon with it partially full (from the Matterhorn)...

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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    Darkbeer, so do you know how they are filling it up? Cause I saw this yesterday...

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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    Quote Originally Posted by krystledm View Post
    i'm getting a bit scared....we picked the 7, 8 and 9 becaue we thought it would be dead, start of the off season right?

    what do you think, with allthese reports should we just skip it? or do you think it will die that monday?
    I think it will pretty much die on Monday, at least for a few days before the folks showing up for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

    Show up Sunday, at least in the evening to catch the Fireworks, the evening should be fairly light, as folks head home to return to school and work on Monday.
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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    i hope so, i figured sunday would be bad, but were there mon and tues too


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    Re: January 3rd - Disneyland is "Full" before Noon, Sub Lagoon partially filled

    Yeah got a feeling "Rockin'" will go by the way of Light Magic. Have not been myself yet, but I'm already underwelmed.

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