Friday, January 8, 2016

Disneyland in Pictures - Day 6 Part 3

I wanted to at least catch the last show of Mickey and the Magical Map, since we don't have that at Disney World, and despite our personal difficulties that almost kept us from getting to the show on time, we did manage it and it turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip.
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Once Stitch came out, I got all fan-girly and giddy and I was happy to see the audience respond well.
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I really wish we could have done this earlier in the trip so that I could have seen it more than once.
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We walked around a bit more:
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And we watched the dancing at Fantasy Faire:
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We went in search of the Halloween Tree, but the crowds made it impossible to get a good pic:
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And rode Pirates yet again although it was touch and go at first because the ride kept breaking down:
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At least the Fantasmic lines were easier to navigate through and was was much happier with its dining package than WOC. We managed to get a fairly good spot:
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Although the lighting glares were strong, Disneyland's Fantasmic blows Disney World's completely out of the water! We have to live with a stupid Pocahontas scene, you guys get Peter and Hook fighting on a ship!
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And although they didn't turn out great, I finally managed to capture the Princess floats, something I still haven't done properly at WDW:
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Our dragon is a joke compared to DL's:
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Afterwards, we were "invited" to keep our places and watch the fireworks, so we did (the crowds were so horrible, we couldn't have moved anyway). They did the castle projects on the water for us, so it was like standing in front of the castle (without the castle):
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Of course there was yet another overly-long Frozen scene:
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Which included soap snow:
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And still more Frozen:
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Once Fantasmic and the fireworks were over with, it was a massive struggle getting back into people traffic. I kept this one as a reminder even though it's not very good.
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The whole week I was hoping I had given Haunted Mansion Holiday a bum chance, so I wanted to ride it one final time before we left. We had to switch hotels before midnight and it was after 10 pm at that point, but I was determined. Something happened between us (and I’m still not sure what it was) but, needless to say, he went back to the Grand Cali to wait and I stayed in line for HM.
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And managed a few OK shots on the ride:
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When it was all said and done, I decided I still don't like the overlay, but it was nice to enjoy it alone, actually enjoying anything by myself for the first time the entire trip. As much as I wanted to stay in the parks for a while by myself, it was time to switch hotels, so back to the Grand Cali I went. It was awful and awkward, but we managed to get a taxi and get over to the other place, the Fairfield Inn on Harbor. It was OK, but obviously NOT a Disney resort.
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Because we got there so late, the two bed queen I booked was no longer available and we had to take a king bed and a sofa. Even though the change was a deluxe room I hadn’t paid for, they upped us for free.
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Do you want to know what the upgrade was? It was a "Pirate Room". Yeah...this is what a "Pirate Room" consisted of:
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They could definitely take a lesson from Disney on what a "Pirate Room" really is:

(from the WDW Website)

After yet another argument as to who would get the bed or the sofa, I crashed for the night because Day 7 means home!

3 comments:

Linda said...

I have so enjoyed seeing all of your pictures of Disneyland Keiley. They bring back such fun memories. There have been quite a few changes since I was last there for 1 day in 2001. I have never been to the other park. Thank you for the smiles.

Linda

Bea said...

Another wonderful set of photos. Thanks Keiley, it's been a great ride from where I saw it all.

Vickie said...

I so want to go to Disneyland!!!!! I have loved all your pictures!!!! Sounds like so much fun!!