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Disneyland . . . Plus California Adventure. [Jun. 26th, 2004|01:00 am]

We got 1-day park hopper passes to Disney's park and the Disney California Adventure.

Today, I walked 10,705 paces.

We had a good time. I split up from Michelle and my mom after we did the Star Wars Star Tours ride . . . did my own choices of rides . . . really good deal.

The park is way too big for just one day of fun. However, I did do these rides:

1) Star Wars Star Tours
2) Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
3) Twilight Zone Hollywood Tower of Terror
5) The Haunted Mansion
6) Pirates of the Caribbean
7) Muppet 3-D Adventure

Honey-Shrunk and the Muppets were pretty fun 3-D rides with Vincent-pricey gimmicks.

Star Tours . . . well, it kinda sucked.

Haunted Mansion and Pirates were kind of the older, traditional events . . . they were good, even though the mostly 3-D stuff in newer rides is starting to make those rides look tame.

TZ Terror was sweet. I love Serling, and they had a little intro with his voice mapped to announce that we were to enter the TZ. The ride is like Cedar Point's Demon Drop . . . it shoots you up the service elevator shaft, and then, it will free fall for a few stories, and they do it a few times, sometimes stopping on floors to show you some weird things.

Then, we stuck around for the fireworks . . . and there was this fantasy imagination show to end the night over by Frontier Land and the water. It was a pretty neat laser-light and water-image show.

The Pirates ride didn't incorporate any Jack Sparrow, but it did feature stuff that they used from the ride . . . in the film. In particular, there was a part where the prisoners were trying to entice the dog to bring them the cell key.

I also did the Lincoln show in the Main Street area, I almost forgot about that. It was cool to see the animatronic Lincoln . . . Walt was apparently very fond of Ol' Abe.

The theme park is pretty organized, and there really isn't any other company out there that does the park-fun better than Disney. It's really a wonderful experience . . . all of the folks who work there are generally very nice. They must be treated very well.

[User Picture]From: kerrykate
2004-06-26 01:13 am (UTC)
I want to go soooo bad .... how was Twilight Zone Hollywood Tower of Terror?? hope they are open on the weekends
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-26 10:37 am (UTC)

Details on the Tower.

What is really neat about the newest addition . . .

If you take the I-5 to Santa Ana, when you get off the freeway . . . we took the Harbor road exit . . . heading toward Disney's park . . . you can see the Tower.

At night, when you leave, the W in Tower flickers.

Inside, the hotel lobby is pretty awesome. It's designed like many old hotels would be, with a lot of wood paneling and ornate chairs . . . the front desk serves as an inner entry into the Tower library.

Inside the library, there is an old tube TV set . . . and the lights cut out, and the TV begins to play the original TZ opening.

This TZ episode gives a brief introduction to what happened at the Tower . . . and then, Rod Serling announces that the audience is about to enter the Twilight Zone.

Then, you go through the library into the boiler room, where the line begins again for the service elevator ride.

I have a fairly-troublesome back and shoulders . . . yet, the ride was surprisingly easy on them.

It's a series of unexpected shots upward and downward, with sudden stops on certain floors to see weird things.

What an awesome ride. It's in Disney's California Adventure . . . which also has the Muppet 3-D show . . . that is pretty neat too.
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[User Picture]From: heatherface
2004-06-26 01:30 am (UTC)
In Star Tours, Paul Reubens does the voice of the robot. If you go again, pay attention to the laugh.

Also, if you missed it, go on California Screamin', it's the roller coaster at the back of California Adventures, definitely not something to wait til the end of the day to do since you literally have to walk across the entire park to get to it. But it's an awesome ride.

Lunch - Go to Downtown Disney (when you get off the tram, it's all the shops, they call it Downtown Disney), go to the Rainforest Cafe and try their Rainforest burger. Definitely an excellent burger. A little pricey, but so's the rest of the park, and it's inside, so you're not dealing with hot dog stands or anything.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-26 10:38 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I'll make a note of it . . . how many times have you been to the parks?
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[User Picture]From: heatherface
2004-06-26 08:35 pm (UTC)
I've only been to California Adventures 2 or 3 times, but I've been to Disneyland so many times I've lost count.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-27 01:43 am (UTC)
You might know . . .

What is Space Mountain?

Specifically, I wanted to hit everything in Tomorrowland. That ride was closed, and then I realized that Autopia and the other stuff could take all of one day.

Plus, I really dug the TZ ride . . . we had hopper passes, and I made use of mine.
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[User Picture]From: heatherface
2004-08-02 11:51 pm (UTC)
It's a roller coaster in the dark. It's not completely dark, there's stars and planets and moons and stuff but compared to the other rides, it's in the dark. When it first came out it was 100% dark and 100% quiet, they changed that when a guy had a heart attack on it. It's pretty damn cool.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-08-05 06:45 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, the delayed response phenomenon continues. :D

That guy that had the heart attack . . . it's hard to imagine, outside of personal health, how he'd have one on a Disney ride.

Despite the TZ ride being pretty jostling, few of the rides compare to the extremes I rode at Cedar Point back home.
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[User Picture]From: heatherface
2004-08-05 07:47 pm (UTC)
Well it's a jerky ride, twists and turns when you don't expect it, so in pitch black, that's super scary.
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