An October 2006 trip
to Los Angeles by AgedToPerfection
Quote: If there is a road less traveled in Disneyland, then a local should be the one to show it.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2007
1313 S. Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, California 92802
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 25, 2007
Carnation Main Street Cafe
1313 S. Harbor Boulevard
Attraction | "Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 25, 2007
1313 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, California 92802
Attraction | "Fastpass - Disneyland"
If my memory serves, Disneyland won several awards for its Fastpass system. This ingenious invention allows guests to obtain a ticket with a printed time on it. Later, when the guest returns to the attraction during the one-hour window, they can bypass the majority of the queue and proceed to almost the front of the line. This process allows guests to more thoroughly enjoy their visit to Disneyland in that one does not need to stand in line for hours, waiting to board their favorite attraction. While the computer saves the guest’s place in line, the guest can explore other attractions. This allows guests to discover attractions, which would not normally get as much traffic.Keep in mind a few reminders when using Fastpass:1) Don’t lose your admission passport. Your passport is the only way you can get a Fastpass for your favorite attractions.
2) You can only get one Fastpass at a time. When the Fastpass ticket dispenses, check the bottom of the ticket to see when you can obtain another one. Usually, it is around the time you are supposed to board your attraction.
3) If you miss the window printed on your Fastpass, don’t worry. Cast Members will still accept expired Fastpasses.
4) Seasonal attractions such as the Small World Holiday and the Haunted Mansion Holiday, which operate during the Christmas season, will offer Fastpass service. However, when these attractions return to their original state in January, they no longer provide Fastpasses.
5) Fastpasses do run out. On very crowded days such as New Year’s Eve or Independence Day, popular attractions such as Space Mountain and Splash Mountain will run out of Fastpasses as early as noon (as we have experienced first-hand).
6) Check your guidemap to see which attractions offer Fastpass to make the most of your visit.
Attraction | "It's a Small World"
Attraction | "Storybookland Canal Boats"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2007
Attraction | "Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 1, 2007
Attraction | "Matterhorn Bobsleds"
These days, guests will not find many one-of-a-kind Disney theme park attractions. Disney has been installing attractions proven successful in other Disney theme parks. Called a "lift," Walt Disney Imagineering lifted several attractions from existing theme parks and built Hong Kong Disneyland. At EPCOT, Imagineering also installed Soarin’, the ultra-popular attraction that exists at Disney’s California Adventure.With that said, the Matterhorn Bobsleds holds much significance as the only one in the world. Only Disneyland features it in its attractions menu. The Matterhorn is also rumored to be the oldest tubular roller coaster west of the Mississippi. Built in 1965, Walt Disney fashioned the Matterhorn after its Alpine namesake. Inside, high-speed bobsleds careened through icy slopes. Back then, the Skyway traveled through the mountain to give guests, who needed extra encouragement, a glimpse.Many changes have occurred since 1965. The Skyway is gone, as are the two holes in the mountain that allowed the Skyway’s passage. An ominous creature took up residence inside the mountain. The Abominable Snowman, named Harold by Cast Members, appears throughout the ride. Small children will easily fear his menacing face and loud roars. All of the original tubular track on which the bobsleds glide has been replaced. Guests begin their experience in a Swiss chalet-styled queue. Complete with yodeling and themed music, the load area does not hint of the thrills inside. Only the occasional roar from Harold and screams from guests reveal the attraction’s true nature. As the bobsleds slowly ascend up the initial slope inside the mountain, guests see ice caverns and a memorial to Disney’s late President, Frank Wells. Killed in a helicopter accident, Disneyland created a memorial which shows climbing equipment marked "Wells Expedition," honoring Frank Wells’ mountain climbing experience.Guests have a choice of two ride experiences. The A Track, on the right side of the load area, tends to feature a milder ride with fewer sudden drops. The B Track will leave your bottom a bit more bumped and bruised but overall, the ride is more exhilarating. Children as young as 3 have boarded the coaster, but riding the attraction depends on their height. Guests sit tandem style, with the larger passenger in the back and the smaller in the front.Because the Matterhorn consists of curving tubular track, the technology found in Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain will not work due to the lack of straight sections of track. As such, the braking system on the Matterhorn tends to be a little rough. At the end of the ride, bobsleds splash down into a pool of water, which helps to slow down the vehicle. As the vehicle comes to a stop, brace yourself for quite a jolt.I recommend this 2-minute attraction as a must-experience. Children need to be aware of the Abominable Snowman and that his is rather scary. You may find yourself wishing that Disney would "lift" this ride to a Disney theme park near you.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 4, 2007
Attraction | "King Arthur's Carrousel"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 4, 2007