Welcome to Disneyland! We’re at that point of the year where weekdays see mid-level crowds and weekend see crowds at the upper end of the scale. For example, this last weekend saw a 9 out of 10 crowd on Saturday, and an 8 out of 10 on Sunday. This weekend will see similar crowds, with an 8 out of 10 on Saturday and a 6 out of 10 on a Sunday.
We predicted today (Monday, October 14) as a 7. Even though a 7 seems high the attraction wait times were actually quite manageable. Some queue lengths can be deceptively long on days like this. For example here is the Pirates of the Caribbean extended queue. It extends out of the regular queue and under the New Orleans Square bridge and to the right. It looks long but…
Another deceptively long queue is the one found at Haunted Mansion Holiday. The queue extends outside of the Mansion gates and fills up basically the entire Magnolia Park (the area in front of New Orleans Square Train Station).
The Rivers of America and Mark Twain are always peaceful, no matter how busy the park is.
Jumping back a bit here, as I was entering the park the wonderful Disneyland Band was playing its daily noon concert in Town Square. If you’ve never stopped and watched the band perform you should definitely make it a part of your next visit.
Today I ate the Chicken Sausage in a Pretzel Roll from Village Haus Restaurant in Fantasyland. This is one of those items that I put in the “surprisingly good” category of Disneyland food. The sausage is a bit on the small side, but the taste is great. It has a pleasant snap as soon as you bite into it. But best of all is the pretzel roll. The world would be a better place if everything were served on a pretzel roll.
Moving on from the food, the decor of the Village Haus is very nice and perfectly matches the rest of Fantasyland. It actually reminds me a lot of Germany in World Showcase at Epcot. But then I guess that makes sense considering Epcot and 1983 Fantasyland were designed and built at the same time.
Who could forget the classic Figaro exit sign? Legend sayd the sign is off-center thanks to an error during construction. But when Imagineers got a chance to build it again in Disneyland Paris, they got it right. The Parisian version of the sign has Figaro giving a thumbs up.
Moving on to the pumpkin carving area of Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree… This area has been open since September 13, and by now Cast Members have created a number of amazing pumpkin sculptures. A pumpkin dragon is pretty much the coolest thing I will see all week.
Pumpkin sculptors work throughout the day on new pumpkins. It’s fun to check back every week to see what they’ve been working on. It’s also fun to buy your own pumpkins and then try to replicate what they sculpt in the park. It’s ALSO fun to then smash your pumpkins on the ground after you realize you’ll never be as good as they are. Not that I’ve ever done that.
$19.99 gets you a a huge calendar featuring some of the classic attraction posters from Disneyland’s history. What makes it even better is that the calendar is printed on nice thick paper, and each page can be removed and placed in a 12×18-inch frame!
The entire store front has been removed, and the inside looks like it has been stripped completely. They have a lot of work to go on this location, especially considering they have to install plumbing to a location that never had it before.
Anyway, that’s all for this time! Thanks for reading. If there’s anything in the parks you’d like to see, or if you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below.