Observations from Disney California Adventure: October 21, 2013

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IMG_0307MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Wow guys, I can’t believe it’s Christmas time already! It feels like the year just started, and yet here we are at the end of December!

IMG_0306Seeing all these decorations up sure makes me feel all cozy inside. It makes me want to drink some hot chocolate and eat gingerbread cookies!

IMG_0289Holiday merchandise has appeared all around Disneyland and DCA. It’s the perfect time to bust out those sweaters!

IMG_0298Cars Holiday merchandise! Season’s Speedings! Oh Disney, you sleigh me!

IMG_0299Hold on. Please stand by.

I have just been informed by the TouringPlans.com Department of Time and Calendars that it is, in fact, the middle of October. Also, the TouringPlans.com Ultra Doppler 8000 Weather Max Magic Machine says the temperature on the day I took these pictures was 81 degrees. I’ll just hold off on purchasing those Disney holiday sweaters.

IMG_0300As you can see, Disneyland Resort has gotten a little head start on its Christmas decorations and merchandise. Most stores have swapped out a good portion of their Halloween merchandise for the Christmas stuff.

IMG_0296Cars Land especially has a wide variety of holiday merchandise to choose from.

IMG_0297Gear rhymes with year. Do you get it?

IMG_0279Before I get into anything else I should mention that another show has been retired and sent to yester-Disney California Adventure. Minnie’s Fly Girls has ended its run. It is currently not scheduled to be replaced by anything.

IMG_0304Crowds were interesting on 10/21/13. It was one of those odd days where Disneyland had a Halloween Party scheduled at night. Usually this means DCA is pretty much dead during the day. But around party time, in this case 6 PM, DCA crowds will increase for the rest of the operating day as thousands of non-party goers flock to the second gate. A great example of the effect this can have is Radiator Springs Racers, seen here with a 45 minute wait around 3 PM. This wait increased to 75 minutes around 6 PM.

IMG_0301Speaking of low crowds, here’s Cars Land in the afternoon. Looks like a pleasant day in the park!

IMG_0303Now that the newness of Cars Land has worn off a bit I’ve noticed that the wait time for Luigi’s Flying Tires has dropped dramatically in the last six months. Today was a slow day, but it wasn’t completely dead (we estimated a resort level of 2, and it ended up being a 3). However, Luigi’s was almost completely empty. It had a 5 minute posted wait for most of the day.

IMG_0305The crowds at Luigi’s were so light that most of the time I observed over half of the tires floating around empty.

IMG_0280It’s almost hard to believe that Grizzly River Run was an original Disney California Adventure attraction. I say that because the area around the ride is beautiful. Let’s face it, the park did not have a lot of beautiful things when it first opened.

IMG_0281During the warm months of the year this ride really soaks you! Even if you do manage to get through the majority of the ride without getting wet you’ll be met by erupting geysers before you enter the unload area.

IMG_0283Disney got in on the Oktoberfest spirit by offering some specialty food items and alcoholic beverages. 

IMG_0284All of the items can be found at Bayside Brews in Paradise Pier.

IMG_0285The bratwurst and the bundt cake are new. The Bavarian pretzel is usually sold elsewhere but is new to Bayside Brews. If you’re wondering, no, I did not eat the brat and cake. I wasn’t feeling well on Monday, so I skipped them, but I did eat the pretzel.

IMG_0288This is the new Toy Story meet and greet backdrop. It’s located near Silly Symphony Swings, over where Maliboomer used to be located. Yes, I realize this picture is awful but the “good” one I took of the meet and greet somehow ended up horrendously blurry and unusable.

IMG_0290Toy Story Midway Mania was another attraction with low waits during the day but higher ones in the evening: 25 minutes for most of the morning and afternoon, but then it got to around 45 minutes at night.

IMG_0291The Pacific Wharf Cafe exterior refurbishment has been completed. Looks good!

IMG_0311This Buena Vista Street shirt has been around for a little over a month now but it’s the first time I noticed it. I love the design!

IMG_0295That’s all for this time. Say good bye, Lightning McQueen.

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Posted on October 24, 2013
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