Yesterday we headed out to Disneyland Resort to get use #2 out of our all new Disneyland Flex Annual Pass. Our main goal was to head to DCA to try out some of the holiday food before we had to pick up our son at the airport, so it was awesome that we were able to snag a DCA only reservation about a week prior.
As for the Flex Pass itself, we want to use it a couple of more times before we do a review of it, so stay tuned for that sometime in February.
Written by Gregg Condon
We arrived to the parking structure about 11:30am, which was about 90 minutes before they shut it down. So score on that one.
I will say, the security and tram loading procedures at the park are MUCH better than they used to be. As we mentioned on our social media, there is a LOT of merging going on in the parking structure once you pay for parking. And Californian's absolutely SUCK at that.
It was a beautiful day at DCA
Our first stop after getting Soarin' fastpasses for later in the day was the Alfresco lounge which is now an AP lounge. The wait was about 1 hr 15 min. Which is odd, because for 19 years you could just walk right up here whenever it was open. But put "AP Exclusivity" on it, and well, you get an hour wait.
The bonus of that "exclusivity" however is that the former "kind of AP Lounge", the Lamplighter, was about a 5 minute wait!!
It was a warm day (for me) so a nice refreshing drink was in order.
Lobster Nachos FTW!
Since we hadn't been AP's since 2012 and our visit in December was kind of a whirlwind, we spent a lot of the day visiting attractions we hadn't done yet. Like this one!!
We thought it was really cute.
Nice to see Flik's Flyers still around. Still wish they'd kept this Bugs as it's my favorite Pixar movie.
Alright, let's get to the food. Stuffing Mac and Cheese and some Cookie something or other Beer thing. Both were awesome.
It was busy, we knew it would be.
While waiting in line for the pork belly, got some pics and video of Avengers Campus. They've really improved the way they block construction for the bloggers. Thanks Disney. =)
Mmm, Pork Belly. I love salty food. LOVE it. But this was almost too salty for me. Almost.
The path from Cars Land to Hollywood is closed.
We walked all the way around to sit in the Animation lobby and relax a bit. Still want this set up in my living room.
We love Superstar Limo, err, Monsters Inc.
Please, Disney, make Harryhausen's an actual eatery.
Roz demands it.
Heading back to try more food, this thing kept stalking us. So we stopped to watch.
Paradise Pier as seen from the Little Mermaid Queue.
We absolutely love this area of the park. (click any of the pics to see a larger version)
After using our Soarin' fastpasses we headed back over to try some more food and drink. This is the Blood Orange Ale from SLOBrew. It was amazing. If you're ever in San Luis Obispo, be sure to go to their actual brewery. It's amazing.
This was from our visit there last year.
We then took on Radiator Springs Racers single rider line. We love it so!!
The last bit of Christmas.
After having a yummy dinner at Flo's we decided to walk through Downtown Disney on the way back to the car. We really like the new walkway and bridge. Like even more that it's a nice gentle slope. =)
That's gonna wrap it up for this quick update, we'll be back at the park on the 18th for Rise of the Resistance!! Can't wait.
This morning, Renée braved the crowds and the weather at Disney's Hollywood Studios to experience the all new Rise of the Resistance that just opened in Galaxy's Edge.
How did she fare? And more importantly, what are the changes you need to be made aware of if you want to experience Rise of the Resistance any time soon?
Written by Renée Girard
It’s currently 5:25am and I’m here with just a few others at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
CMs are saying that park will open at 7am and that we may be entering the park before then but cannot join the virtual queue for RotR till 7am. Has that always been the case? From what I’ve seen, people have joined the virtual queue before 7?
30 minutes later at 5:55am and the line behind me is huge.
Cast Compliment to all the cast members at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that are up and working before the sun is up and managing the insane crowds. May The Force be with you this holiday season.
6:35am, it’s raining. Gates are open!
6:48am and I’m in the park but can’t join a boarding group yet. And Starbucks has quite the line!
6:53am. Nothing to do but wait and keep check for boarding groups to open, go shopping, or get Starbucks.
People are not happy that they got here early and can’t get a boarding pass yet. We’ll see how the app handles everyone trying to get one at 7am.
While I wait for my boarding group... let’s ride!
No boarding groups have been called for RotR yet, so wait times for other rides are starting to climb.
“How about some boarding passes?”.
Even with boarding groups opening at 7am, they are still gone before 8am.
Not a bad score for so early in the morning!
Breakfast at Oga’s and then it’s time to join the resistance.
My group got called about 8:30am while I was at Oga’s.
I’m going in! No spoilers, I promise!
The queue has a Flight of Passage feel to me so far. Pretty sure the key word here is immersive.
Heading in to get our assignment from BB8 and Rey.
Just got off Rise of the Resistance. Absolutely incredible! There wasn’t any down time at all while I was in there. Lives up to all of the hype.
I’m exhausted and going to nap now but once again, Rise of the Resistance is amazing. If the virtual queue bookings are going to continue to open at 7, I’d still get there early - they were already gone before 8. I was off the ride just before 10. Totally worth it.
Today we've got a great update from Disney's Animal Kingdom as Renée went to check out the awesome and expanded Holiday Offerings at the park.
This looks like a truly fun and unique way to enjoy the holidays.
You can find more information about what's happening at DAK here.
Written by Renée Girard
Quick visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom this afternoon in the rain. As with all parks and resorts all over WDW property, the holiday decorations look great!
Love the addition of the Merry Menagerie this year. The animals are adorable!
Enjoying the live music from the performers too!
Feliz Na’vidad from Pandora.
Ah, Na’vi River Journey - the Smuggler’s Run of Pandora.
Dinoland has more Christmas lights up than it ever has before.
The Tree of Life Awakenings added a wintery touch to their showings, and it’s lovely and a perfect way to end the evening at DAK.