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Thursday, September 11, 2008

In Tribute

Since today was 9/11, and, ironically enough, I was also in Orange County seven years ago today --  on 9/11/2001 -- I thought I'd post a link to the story of how I ended up at Disneyland on 9/12 and 9/13/2001.  On both visits, the flags were at half staff in tribute to those who were murdered.

Last Park Post for this trip

Disneyland Band

Seen through the main gate.

Look to the left

Having walked from Disney's Grand Californian through Downtown Disney,
the entrance to Disneyland is on your left from the esplanade.
That's not Pluto with the guards.

A look to the right

Having walked from Disney's Grand Californian through Downtown Disney, 
the entrance to Disney's California Adventure is on your right from the esplanade.

Downtown Disney sign

Security check

Security Check

World of Disney

World of Disney

World of Disney

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

View from my room

At Disney's Grand Californian Hotel

Art at the Monorail at Tomorrowland

Let's see if I can sum up the 3 hour visit to Disneyland: Entered at 5 p.m., walked down Main Street U.S.A. turned right at the Hub for Tomorrowland -- rode: Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters, Space Mountain, exited Tomorrowland and rode: Matterhorn Bobsleds, then entered Toon Town and rode: Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, off to Frontierland to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, over to New Orleans Square for Pirates of the Caribbean, in to Adventureland for Jungle Cruise and Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye, quickly back to Tomorrowland moments before park closing for Star Tours and then the Monorail ride back to Downtown Disney. (Unfortunately, we didn't get to ride Monorail Blue, the new Mark VII being tested on the rails...rode old Monorail Purple, the Mark V). Then dinner at ESPN Zone.

Heading toward Tomorrowland

To take the monorail

A final look down Main Street

Matterhorn after dark

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Eye See Mara

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Indy's Temple

Big Thunder

ToonTown at sundown

Formerly a Jolly Trolley


Matterhorn - another view


Sleeping Beauty Castle & The Hub

Main Street

Enter here

Main Street Station, Disneyland USA, Anaheim, California.

Ready for Disneyland

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel

Home of the conference I'm attending.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Disney Way


Long after closing at the entrance to Disney's California Adventure.

Downtown Disney

Sparkling Mickey at the Disneyland Entrance

September 8, 2008, from just outside the gate.

Downtown Disney entrance to Grand Californian

Did you know that it's still the Year of a Million Dreams?

Through the fence - Mickey sparkles

Disneyland - tomorrow night

California Entrance

Of course, I used it as an exit (having entered by the "private" door at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel). To sum up about three hours in the park on a Twilight ticket... I rode: California Screamin', Toy Story Midway Mania, Sun Wheel, Toy Story Midway Mania (again), Soarin' Over California, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Monsters Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue; and Soarin' Over California (again).

Monsters Inc.

Tower of Terror

Hollywood Pictures Backlot

Golden Gate entrance


The original: Over California

California Zephyr

A Bug's Land

Carousel at Paradise Pier

View of Disney's California Adventure

View of Disneyland Resort from the Sun Wheel

At Disney's California Adventure.

Sun Wheel at Paradise Pier

Sun Wheel

Mr. Potato Head

At the entrance to Toy Story Midway Mania.