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PASADENA... part 3
(griffin's 2011 BotCon report)


TUESDAY MAY 31ST

Woke up at 8am, and I think this was my longest night of sleep during the entire trip, with a whole 8 hours.
Getting ready to leave, I totally forgot about sending some of my clothes downstairs to be cleaned (the whole 'washing my own clothes in the bathroom with laundry soap' just never seems to work for me, as the largest items never clean or dry properly, making them smell... but this year the room had a balcony, which meant drying was easier). I still hand-washed my smaller items when we got back this evening, but had 2 t-shirts and 2 shorts sent for cleaning via the Hotel, to cover me until the end of the week (I don't bring clothing to cover the whole time away). But since I didn't get to have anything cleaned yet, I was kinda re-wearing clothes from earlier in the week... with lots of spray deoderant... ewwww.

Aaaanyway...
We left at 10am, which was later than we probably should have, since it was estimated to be a 100 minute drive from Pasadena to Anaheim, but when we got there, it seemed like we were early due to lack of people (it was afterall, mid-week).

Downtown LA on the way.

We were at Disney until about 7pm, so it was another big day out, with lots of pics to show for it.
I found that several rides weren't working that day. I wasn't upset about it because I didn't end up going on any rides (didn't have the patience or time to wait in queues), but that could have upset others.


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The entrance to Disneyland.

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Just inside.

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Looking up the main street towards the (tiny) castle.
Okay, it isn't tiny, but after seeing the Florida Disney castle first, this one was about a tenth of the size, so felt like a shrunken version (despite being built first).
(To compare, check out my photos from Florida Disney from last year... now that castle was huge)

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The matterhorn ride in the distance (it was huge, because it the ride is inside it).

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Walt Disney statue with Mickey.

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Another shot of the Matterhorn.

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The castle up close, which is just a wall made to look like a castle from the front, that you can walk through (the one in Florida was an actual castle).

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On the other side.

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Snow white and the seven dwarves.

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Fantasyland

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The boat ride that the Simpsons made a parody of in an episode with its own repititious song.

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Entrance to the Kid's part of the park, done in a Toontown theme.

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It was very interactive, with things everywhere that you could touch, push, pull, and walk through... with various sound effects being set off with some things.
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Two of the Disney dogs - Goofy and Pluto.

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At this point, I split up with Ian's family, to give them most of the day to themselves.

Back to the Fantasyland part of the park.

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Teacup ride.

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Storybook Land ride.

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Carrousel

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Dumbo ride

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Toad Hall

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Pinocchio's house

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Woody and Jessie signing autographs

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Part of Frontier Land, with a (small) petting zoo on the right of that pathway. (just had some goats)

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Mine ride (not working)

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Looking across to Tom Sawyer Island.

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Columbia Sailing ship - does laps around the island, with the Riverboat.

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More of Frontier Land

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Into Adventure Land

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Tarzan's Treehouse

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Looking down on the lake from the Treehouse.

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The Riverboat, and people in canoes.

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Entering New Orleans Square.

This is where I had Lunch, at a New Orleans outlet that sold three types of soup in a big hollowed-out breadroll (as the bowl).
Seeing someone with one, I had to try it. I got the Beef Gumbo, messily slopped into the breadroll, and a small pack of soup crackers thrown in.
It was't too bad.... but probably too much bread for most.

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While on the topic of food, later in the day I found a pretzel vendor selling Mickey-shaped pretzels.
Yummy AND visually pleasing.

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After eating my lunch looking out over the lake, I continued on through the New Orleans part of the park.
This was a haunted mansion attraction.

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Into Critter Country.
The Splash Mountain ride, which was almost identical to the one in Florida.

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They had an area roped off for timed appearances of Winnie the Pooh characters, but none were there at this time.

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That was as far as I could go in that direction of the park (it seemed strange that there was this big dead end, that required a fair bit of walking to continue onto a new part of the park).
So walking back past the lake...

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...through Adventure Land...

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...and across the Main Street, into Tomorrow Land.

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The Star Wars Ride, that was scheduled to open in a couple days time.  There were season-pass holders getting advance access to it that day though.
Based on the details posted up on the outside, it looked like an exact copy of the one in Florida (which I rode on, so wasn't upset about missing this one by just 2 days).

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Buzz Lightyear ride.

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Another ride that wasn't working. Actually, since it wasn't mentioned on the map, it looks like it had been closed down some time ago, but left intact for the visual aspect of it.

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Innovations - an exhibit of future computer technologies for everyday life.
The odd thing about this building, is that the ground floor wall revolves slowly, so that the exits keep moving. (several exits, so that you still come out in the same general part of the building)

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Space Mountain ride and the Captain EO ride (something involving the late Michael Jackson)

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Looking down from the second storey of the Innovations building at the Matterhorn ride and the Tomorrow Land Terrace.
At this point, they were having a Jedi academy demonstration, which was similar to the one at the Florida Disney Hollywood Studios Park.

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It was just for young kids (5-10 years old), and each borrowed a toy lightsaber, with instructions from a 'Jedi Master' on how to use it.

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After the lesson was done, the stage rose up to reveal Darth Vader, two Stormtroopers, and...

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...Darth Maul. (he wasn't in the Florida version, as that one was set on Endor).
I didn't stick around to watch the whole thing this time, but from the Florida routine, the kids each had turns to fight the Sith Lords, and then the Jedi Master would chase them off.

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The Autopia racetrack.

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The Finding Nemo submarine ride.  The Submarine doesn't submerge, but the bottom half has windows for people to see whatever is in the pool (Nemo characters I guess).

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It was about 3.30 when I found out that their grand parade would be on at 4pm and again later in the night. I was surprised that they didn't have a midday parade, or at least sometime before 4pm.
So I sent a text message to Ian and Caroline about it, because I figured they and Emilie would want to see it (in case we had left before the later one).
A few minutes before it started, I had found a nice shady spot on the parade route, and sent another text message to let them know where I was, and to be sure they knew. Within half a minute Ian was walking over, saying that they were across the 'road', near where I was.  Since they were in a good spot at the front for Emilie to see everything, and I was wanting to stay in the shade, he went back to the others, and I stayed where I was until after the parade ended.

Just on 4pm, the loud music started from the distance. It took about 10 minutes for the procession to reach our point (I was right on 14 on the map, and the dotted line is the parade route).
First was Mickey Mouse, who was actually playing the drums in a Mickey suit (not just pretending).

(it's interesting to see Mickey Mouse as still being the icon of Disney after all these years, but there hasn't been too many cartoons with him in it since the 1940s)
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With Minnie Mouse on the front.

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Goofy and the Chipmunks.

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And Pluto.

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Aladin and the Genie.

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The Little Mermaid dancers.

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The Mermaid herself and her friends.

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Donald Duck

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Various fairy tail girls, including Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Repunzel (with her hair spiralling around the tower).

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The Lion King

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The Frog Princess.

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Peter Pan, Hook, his pirates and Tinkerbell.

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And Mary Poppins to finish off the Parade.

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Now that we were back together as a group and I had checked out the entire park, I followed Ian's family to the left side that they hadn't been to yet.
This took about another hour, ending up at the Critter Country area, and the Winnie the Pooh characters were out for photos.
The Pooh himself.

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Eeyore.

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Tigger

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And Rabbit.

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The Pooh ride.... hehehe

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Caroline and Emilie went on it, while Ian and I waited for them.
We had a look at what time the night time events were on, but the earliest was 9pm (the park is open until midnight), and it was only a bit after 6pm. Emilie wouldn't last that long, and I had had enough.
Heading back across to the Main Street part of the park, the others wanted to get something to eat, which we did in Tomorrow Land. This was where I found the Mickey Pretzel.

As most of us were pretty much worn out by now, and remembering that it would be almost 2 hours drive back, we decided to head off at about 7pm. We had to get some fuel for the car first as it was almost empty, and ended up arriving back at the Hotel around 8.30, driving tantilizingly close to a Kmart (the stores I was keen to check out this year), but we didn't have the time.

To be sure I didn't miss the 8am cut-off for same-day clothing cleaning (which doesn't come back until about 5pm), I took my four larger items down to the front desk, and washed my smaller items, to dry out on the balcony overnight and the next morning.

After that was done to cover me for the rest of the week, it was the computer, my toys and a bit of eating that filled my evening once again...
I ended up going to sleep around 1.30am (couldn't stay awake any longer), and had the alarm set for me to get up at 7am to be able to see off the people on the Wednesday tour and hopefully catch a few friends who should be there.
 

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