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    Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mover?

    I find my Tuesday trips to the resort to be quite relaxing. Very few people there means that I can get good shots of things normally difficult. Also, there’s always some construction going on, so maybe I can get glimpses of that. Oh, did I ever.

    And why is People Mover in the title, ask you?
    I'll get to it.


    Well get comfortable, because I’ve got a LOT of Photos ahead of you.

    First thing’s first: the parking structure is empty.

    *wind whistles* Somewhere, a tumbleweed rolls across the road.




    It’s 2:00 and they’re still parking on Mickey? Nice!

    Hiya everyone! Welcome to the Mickey level!



    The tram is just waiting for people.

    Agh! Another tumbleweed under my wheels!




    You know it’s the off season when so many attractions are down. The Monorail has also resumed its “down status.”

    Maybe it has mono.





    They’ve pruned the rose bushes on the Monorail pylons. These roses are growing nicely. Each year they have better coverage.

    Unlike Verizon.



    I had my ticket scanned and was asked a few questions. I was able to proudly answer “Disney Store!” when she asked where I bought my tickets.
    I’ll be looking out for an e-mail from communications.
    Incidentally, can anyone give me the e-mail address of the surveys that come from these people? I need to make sure I don’t get them spamblocked.


    One of the few remaining gold lightposts is on its way to green, and it’s backed by the new cut-outs on the planter. Couldn’t they have done these in elevated flowerboxes or something?

    Word. THAT would have been impressive. At least there are no DreamClouds™!




    The graffiti is up over the tunnels. It doesn’t look half bad. Once you go under the tunnel you’ve kinda forgotten about them anyways.

    Oh gosh! A box of markers exploded!




    I took a sudden chill at this sight.

    Really, if SHE doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will!




    Who wanted a picture of the Subwoofer benches?

    Heeere’s Johnny!





    Someone left the work lights up all day.

    At my house, if you left the lights on, you owed Dad a quarter.




    The plaza’s almost done as far as light poles go. These are just waiting for their balls back.

    ……………….I’m just not going to touch that one.




    Quiet day on Main Street U.S.A.

    It’s the heart of America, the heartbeat of a holidaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy!





    Green, functioning… yay!

    The place was made with a magical plan, and just around the corner is a Fantasyland!





    Time board shows some nice relaxing waits. That is, unless you want the Matterhorn. Let me tell you, only one side of the mountain has pretty abysmal capacity!

    TIME GUN READY? Ready and charged, sir!





    And here’s Tarpy. It’s a much bigger tarp structure than it looks from the pictures.

    And the best part? NO one is standing in front of it! Time for a great picture—oh, wait.




    However the sides are open, so let’s wander back—




    Um?





    WHAT???

    The DREAM CLOUDS™!! The DREAM CLOUDS™!!




    I’m going to pretend I didn’t see that.
    Hey, look! The bridge is being painted. This scaffolding is new since last week.

    I have a sneaking suspicion more markers are exploding underneath.



    The wind blew the tarp, revealing…

    …absolutely nothing.




    A look at the bridge. Nothing to see here.

    Nope… still nothing.






    However from THIS angle, you can see a sandblasted squirrel.

    They’ve obviously cleaned up the fur and blood.




    Filler shot.

    Now where’s that shed…





    One of the nozzles for the GIANT INDIANA JONES FLAMES OF DOOM!!

    Hear me roar!





    The apple is still missing. It’s a pity it hasn’t made it back yet.

    Of course, whomever stole it is waiting for loves first kiss.
    Loves first kiss… BAH!!




    The dungeon. It’s creepy.

    Boo!




    The Sword in the Stone Ceremony is going on here. I looked and looked but couldn’t find the tech director for this darn show.
    Oh well.
    Merlin decides he is not worthy.

    I, on the other hand, am.




    Well, at least Dumbo has arms now. Also, if you’ll notice, there’s at least one Dumbo on the structure.

    Hey! Let’s add some satellite dishes, and make it spin every* fifteen minutes, and we’ll call it a “kinetic structure!”




    Small World is down, getting its overlay taken out. It is scarily quiet out here when Small World is down.

    It’s a dark and scary world, after all.




    It’s been drained to allow access to the inside show scenes.
    \
    It’s Al Gore’s worst nightmare: it’s a dry world!




    This crane was chillin’ over by the old motor boat lagoon.

    AGH IT’S A CRANE! Craaaane a craaaaane… ooooooh, it’s a craaaaane.




    Now is where I make some noise.

    Ready?


    People on the People-mover track!

    Your eyes are not deceiving you.




    You’ll notice the woman has a camera. I can’t make out the uniforms.

    I’m taking a picture of someone taking a picture… it’s always weirded me out.





    Getting ready to go back inside. I have no idea what they were doing.
    LET THE SPECULATION BEGIN!

    So long! We’ve stirred up enough discussion for one day.




    The Autopia photo-spot is getting its infrastructure installed.

    See… when you step into this photo-booth, you drop through a trap door and directly to…

    The Twilight Zone.



    Space is at a 5 minute wait. There’s no Fastpass control going on, just straight into the mountain. Nice.

    Apparently the Chili Peppers aren’t as popular as Harold the Yeti!






    After a long trans-park walk, I end up outside Splash Mountain. It’s down for renovations. And apparently, there are other Critter Country attractions to take my mind off of it.
    Point them out.

    Yay! A rhyming sign!



    It’s dry.

    Everything’s dry, just dry dry dry dry dry.




    A look toward Do Dah landing. It’s also dry.

    And eerily quiet, I might add.




    TAKE THAT, SPLASH!

    Who’s got the last laugh now?





    Took a ride on Mark Twain. Here’s the Keel Boat Dock.

    Now it’s just smokin’.




    A big Fantasmic! fogger point.

    Ostensibly to mask what’s going on over there. I don’t think it works.





    The Splash Mountain run-out area. Dry, wouldn’t you know.

    Just like a desert. Splash Desert, that’s what I’ll call it.




    The settler’s cabin. They’ve since put out that fire.

    Disneyland’s fire department is remarkable, isn’t it?





    Entrance to Fantasmic! backstage arena. Nothing else comes out when I try to take a picture there.

    They say that place is haunted by the ghost of Ursula.




    Old Nature’s Wonderland tunnel is looking so forlorn. They should reuse all that real-estate!

    I am a tunnel to nowhere in particular.




    Pwnd.

    Lol.





    Ahh… the Haunted Mansion is beautiful in its non-holiday glory!

    Hey! It’s actually Haunted… as in scary! As in dark!





    No annoying plants, no scary stretching room (sigh), no possessed billboard, no brightly illuminated scrims, yes creepy Constance!

    Heeere comes the briiiide! *schwing!*





    Over in Thunder Mountain, you may recall the lost AP. Now it’s a Driver’s License.

    AP, you deal with the processing center. Drivers License… you go to the DMV. *shudder*



    It looked like they were ready for takeoff, and it sounded like the Red Hot Chili Peppers were on the Space Stage. I just HAD to check it out!

    Note: The enthusiasm is artificial.




    A little cleaner in the queue.

    For gosh sakes, Mama needs the power of Clorox!




    What is that? WHAT? The star field effect in the launch port was actually on… partway. Look for it next time you go. It’s never on and adds a lot!

    Unfortunately, INSIDE the mountain is a different story.




    Yawn, say I.

    False enthusiasm only lasts so long…




    It was then I noticed I was late, so I went…
    LIGHTSPEED down Main Street!

    I know that was probably your first flight… and it’s mine too. Heh heh.




    Skippy is waiting to take me home safe and sound!

    Off we go!


    Oh-kay! That will be all for today!
    I hope you’ve all enjoyed this update, and you’ll let me know what you think in comments. If there’s anything you request, please let me know! I really appreciate the feedback.

    Next update: Saturday from California Adventure. Yep. A full day. We’ll see.


    Seeya!


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    Re: Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mo

    Great pictures, and good eye on things. Another fab report.
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    Re: Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mo

    AAAAGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

    Run for cover!!!! The entire PARK is being overrun by the hideous multi-colored vine thingies. The next thing you'll see is them crawling up the columns of the Haunted Mansion!!!

    Now that would really make that ride scary!!!

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    Re: Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mo

    Great pictures, people on the PM track, interesting!
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    Re: Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mo

    I was there yesterday too! I probably was by you at Merlin's Sword in the stone show.


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    Re: Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mo

    Your updates are always so entertaining! Great pictures too!

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    I really enjoy your reports. Thanks for another fun one!
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    Re: Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mo

    Nice TR, nice. Great pictures as well.

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    Re: Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mo

    Great pictures! Well done and the comments are hilarious =)
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    Re: Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mo

    No wonder why they stopped calling this place "The Happiest Place On Earth" and changed it to "Where Dreams Come True". I haven't seen anyone look more grumpy than that guy on the PeopleMover track!

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    Re: Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mo

    Great trip report ... but I have to add that I do enjoy Verizon coverage.


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    Re: Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mo

    Hooray for the PeopleMover people!

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    Re: Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mo

    Very Very VERY good job! I always enjoy your reports!

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    Re: Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mo

    Great pics! oh I was the one that asked about the subwoofers Thanks for remembering I forgot about that.
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    Re: Andrew's 1-23 UPDATE: DreamClouds invade moat, peek behind tarps, and.. People Mo

    Thanks again for a delightful update! Great commentary

    Perhaps they're hammering out those PeopleMover plans more and are assessing the damage to the track...heh.

    In any case, it's great news!

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