More Star Tours 2 revelations: new droids.
(not my photo - posting honor of the board colors)
I'll be there in 2 days, 1st time staying overnight/visiting California Adventure. Has anyone been to the Halloween Party?
i can pass on the WOC. If you want to pass as well, i can play your concierge and take care of getting the fast passes whilst you go riding early in the am on Saturday. i like the show from close up and the reviews for the section for reserved meals is good. Reviews for the meals on the other hand are mixed. Can't say i have seen too much "Worth the $40"
As far as I can tell, all the dinner packages do is entitle you to a ticket in a reserved viewing area at WOC itself. You don't eat your meal and enjoy the show, as the restaurants are nowhere near WOC (with the exception of Ariel's Grotto which is on the water, but I believe shuts down before showtime, too). We just ran in at the park's opening and got a fastpass, which put us one level up from water level. The restaurant tickets seem to put you two levels higher up than that. Unless the food is wildly terrific, I don't think it's worth it to pay 40 a pop and then get a decent but not spectacular view. It's better at water level, but you get wet.
Also, while we enjoyed WOC, I can't say it was that amazing. Okay, I'm jaded, and I have to admit that I couldn't help thinking all through the show how much better it all would be if it wasn't set to Disney music, haha. Seriously, I enjoyed the brief classical bits from the two Fantasia movies considerably more. Disney songs are intolerable.
And the best part of all is when the show is over and they just light the fountains up in all these different colors. Very, very cool. If you've seen any photos, that's when all the best pictures are taken. That lasts about five or ten minutes. So, we've seen it once and that's fine, but I would never spend the time waiting for a fastpass plus 1 1/2 - 2 hours spent in the viewing area waiting for the show to start ever again.
This was only time we've ever been to CA, and I think you shouldn't be charged separate admission; it should just be another land in DL. If they must charge admission, at least halve the price. There's not enough to do in there.
thanks for that insight, HTD. i like eating at the winery, but i don't know how i feel about a special menu and all that. plus, i don't normally spend $40 unless i'm getting wine. so maybe it would be better to just cancel and get fastpasses for the show. how does that work, btw? if i get a fastpass for the show, can i not get other fastpasses for the rides? i've used fastpasses, but i thought if you had one fastpass, you can't get another.
I think there are weird ways around the one fastpass only rule. Some of the machines are networked; some are stand alone. Only the networked machines know how many fastpasses you have. How you determine which is which in advance, I have no idea. There probably are Disney fan sites devoted to this.
I'm still planning to show up for this trip in some capacity...need to straighten out my vacation days, as they aren't showing up yet.
Last edited by ivankay; 10-12-2010 at 10:57 PM.
Yes they do.
I'll be there the 3rd...hope it's not too crowded on a Wednesday. Last time I was there was summer 08, so it's been a while. I never do the fastpass stuff, but the best method I found of acquiring some (if you really need/want em) is to make friends in line! We were in line for the Finding Nemo ride and we just started talking with the family in front of us (it helped their daughter (my age) was cute), and they told us how they were woken up early outside their hotel cuz of protests, so the people at the hotel gave em fastpasses to make up for it, so they invited us along to use em for Space Mountain. That's my cool story.
Best method is going with me...handicap pass all the way. Enter through the exits or just walk right up the fastpass lines. It is heaven.
Renewed our passes and went last Sunday. Dragged my 4 year old onto splash mountain. She was freaking out and crying while walking up the line saying she didn't want to go because she was scared. I told her to trust me and thanks to no waiting since I get my handicap pass we bypassed the line and were on the ride in a couple minutes. The look on her face after the big drop was priceless. We walked off afterwards and she had the biggest perma-smile on her face! Totally reminded me of my look after skydivng for the first time. Absolutely loved it...like I knew she would. It was her first roller coaster type ride. After that she pointed to the Matterhorn, but while in line it closed due to some technical issue. Next time!
Last edited by JustSteve; 10-21-2010 at 09:22 PM.
I think this is already in this thread somewhere, but Steve's post reminded me of it.
We are considering the Dec. 11-12 weekend. I want to take Izzy to see the park decorated for the holidays, so why not make it a day when I can see all your beautiful faces again. Sparks and Ivankay, would you go both days with the chairmen or just one? We'll plan for the day that most of my Coachella brethren are together.
priceless. my daughter was just sitting there in the pic stone faced. i was also asked by my wife to cover her up with my sweatshirt to keep her dry since it was a cold, cloudy day(my favorite kind at dland). pic tuned out meh.
The 12th? i could stop in for a bit.
Last edited by ivankay; 03-02-2011 at 11:22 AM.