What a couple of weeks it has been. First it rains for the first half of Christmas holiday, then there is a small break of warm weather, then it rains again and then it is cool and windy. And the crowds really turned out during the dry days.
Today was no exception with the crowds. Right before heading out, the Toy Story Parking Lot was already busy so I had an idea of what to expect.
Getting to the Main Entry Plaza, I come to this!
This was roughly 9:50am
Looking across the way, it didn't look that bad. But then again, Disneyland had already been open for almost a couple of hours
Heading in and it's a little after 10:00am
Heading towards Paradise Pier
During the Christmas 2 week holiday, California Screamin' has been having technical difficulties almost every day. Up until today, I think the only times it was working fine (that I can think of right off hand) were December 26 and December 27.
Because of Screamin' down, that pushes a lot of Guests down the boardwalk. Midway Mania was busy as always, and so many people were coming on Mickey's Fun Wheel. When I got in line for the stationary gondola, there were about 6 groups ahead of me and the attraction had just started its first full cycle. The queue was half full for swinging. By the time it was time to start unloading/loading, the swinging queue had already reached up top and the stationary gondola queue was past the turnstiles That's how busy it was!
And because of the queues filling up fast, the Cast Members had made the usual announcement that small parties will be placed with other small parties.
-Mickey's Fun Wheel-
I just want to apologize that these aren't the best pictures from the Fun Wheel. With me being placed with two other people, they sat on the Cars Land side which is the side I most prefer to sit on. So I had to do my best on getting shots of Cars Land.
Frame work going up at the Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta restaurant
It looks like some paint work being done on Goofy's Sky School track
Trying to get some shots of Cars Land
The mesh from the gondola kept getting in my way
The sky was so clear out that one could see Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign on the hillside
Trying my best at getting some shots
As our ride was coming to an end, I thought about queuing up again, but when I saw the line up, I had second thoughts. I could have tried to wait it out, but if I were to get placed with a small party and they sit on the Cars Land side, then I am back at square 1.
One of the palm trees was cut down for some reason..
Set up for New Year's Eve
Temporary Woody and Jessie meet and greet because...
...Midway Mania was using the crossovers and had to occupy the attractions former queue next to Don Thomas Turkey shack
It looks like some sort of color glass is being installed for the Little Mermaid
Aw, little hidden Mickey's in the swirls
Looking at a train stuck on the lift hill of Screamin' and the long queue for Mania
Santa Claus has left the premises. But where is Santa Goofy?!
Some festive decoration for New Years
Hopefully the track for Goofy's Sky School will be blue like all these pictures show
Extended queue set ups were the norm today
The speakers out here were playing Tower's queue music
Plastic seats for ElecTRONica
If there was no rope set up available, tape had to be used to set up directional queues as Award Weiner's had to do.
Time to head to Disneyland
A queue for the omnibus. I guess people didn't want to fight the crowded street on foot
Some New Years set up in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle
Let the Memories Begin with the bland popcorn box
Fantasyland crazy with people and strollers
"it's a small world" with it's huge demand
Stage setup for New Years in the Small World Mall
You want to get to Adventureland, you had to go through Frontierland, and then around the Riverbelle Terrace patio
Adventureland's entrance was being used as a one way exit
This wait time board will give an idea of how busy it was. And it was not even noon yet
Because of the crowds coming down Main Street, decided to step inside some shops and look around.
Some new merchandise
So far, I like these designs. It shows a number of attractions from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure with many of Disney's famous characters riding them
Some Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily Mad Tea Party Cups
A few souvenirs I bought from the Gallery
Looking out the window and still see some Radiator Springs Racer track
Well that will do it for today
Until next time...