Observations From Disneyland: November 27, 2013

DSC01189It was a perfect day on Wednesday in terms of weather, the skies were clear and the temperature got up to around 75 degrees. But Thanksgiving week does bring in some large crowds to Disneyland Resort.

DSC01188These were the posted wait times as of 12:30 PM. They aren’t too bad considering this was a 9 out of 10 day on our crowd calendar. But times did quickly climb as the day went on.

More pictures and observations after the jump.

DSC01190You can tell it’s a busy day when Space Mountain’s FASTPASS has a return time for 7 hours later.

DSC01194Even attractions that normally don’t have a long wait can reach high wait times, like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride seen here. The exception of this is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh which still posted less than 10 minute wait times throughout the day. Poor Pooh.

DSC01193King Arthur Carrousel is back from refurbishment and looks great. All the colors are bright and crisp  and you can tell it got a lot of love during its down time.

DSC01197I took the time to stop by Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree to see Billy Hill and the Hillbillies. Disney recently announced that it is retiring the group after over 20 years. This has caused the group’s fans to come out in droves to see the Billys perform while they can. The 1:30 PM showing I attended was packed; every seat in the Jamboree was filled as well as several rows of people standing in the back.

DSC01199Billy Hill and the Hillbillies change their show for the Halloween and Christmas holidays. The Christmas show features a fun singalong where a cast member holds up cue cards for the audience.

DSC01200In another part of the show Billy tells the crowd how him and the rest of the Hillbillies were big fans of the Country Bear Jamboree. He said they loved the show and went to see it over 300 times, but that the Country Bears never came to a Billy Hill show. The Country Bears then appear on stage to finally sing and dance with the group!

DSC01192What did I eat today? On Wednesday I was being very indecisive on what I wanted for lunch. But as the time approached noon I realized I had to eat soon or all the quick service restaurants would be packed for several hours. I ended up going with the Plaza Inn, and I will tell you why in the next picture. Anyway, once I got in the Plaza Inn I had a tough choice deciding, mostly because whenever I go there it’s automatic that I’m going to buy the fried chicken. But sometimes I do manage to make adult decisions and I convinced myself that eating fried chicken alone and on a Wednesday probably wouldn’t be the healthiest option. I settled for the Cobb Salad. It was okay. I mean, really, what is there to say about a salad? I didn’t even record a video review for it  like I do with everything else.

DSC01191This is why I chose Plaza Inn. The amazing Pumpkin Yule Log dessert. What is the Yule Log? The best way I can describe it is if you took pumpkin pie and cake, then layered them together and drizzled hard chocolate on the outside. It’s delicious! The wait for the Yule Log this year was painful; it didn’t show up until this week. In previous years it appeared around Halloween time. I’m happy to say it was worth the wait.

DSC01208Later in the day I took a break from the crowds and took a ride on the greatest Disney attraction in the world, the Main Street Omnibus! Here’s a view of the castle from the second level of the Omnibus.

DSC01210As the Omnibus came around the hub I got a good look at the thick Thanksgiving week crowds.

DSC01207I’ll leave you with this picture of a lemon tree located to the left of the Tomorrowland entrance. Disney added a bunch of fruit trees during when it created new Tomorrowland in 1998. I always thought that was strange. Is fruit futuristic?

Guy Selga Jr.

Hi, I'm Guy Selga. Researcher and blogger for TouringPlans.com. Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. I proudly represent TouringPlans on the west coast. Twitter: @guyselga

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