We’ve got an official DisGeek Trip Report. Goofy s Sky School, Paradise Pier, 4th of July fireworks, and more. Plus Tip of the week and a visit to the Main Street Newsstand. Click More for full show notes.
Summer Season at the Disneyland Resort has officially begun with the Soundsational Summer promotion. Of course this means the opening of Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, The Little Mermaid: Arial's Undersea Adventure, Goofy’s Sky School, and Mickey’s Soundsational parade. While Goofy’s is not quite ready for prime time yet, everything else is and we have seen it all. So keep on listening and hear what we think of these new attractions. Click More for full show notes
Mission Tortilla is Officially Closed. Rumour has it that Ghirardelli’s (The Chocolate Company) will replace it.
And of Course Star Tours, Little Mermaid, and Mickey Soundsational Parade now officially open.
On opening morning, the queue for the attraction stretched from the entrance of Tomorrowland, filled the central plaza and stretched down Main Street, U.S.A. Following the attraction's opening around noon, the line moved off Main Street, but still ranged between two to four hours throughout the day.
Also on Thursday, Disney officially opened the new Little Mermaid attraction in California Adventure. The event included a live performance by the voice of Ariel herself, Jodi Benson along with Sherie Rene Scott who portrays Ursula in Broadway's "The Little Mermaid" show. Also in attendance was the original voice of Ursula, actress Pat Carroll.
Following Thursday's grand opening, the rush to experience the new attraction was felt Friday morning as eager guests filled a massive extended queue that wound its way throughout Paradise Park, along Grizzly Trail and into the park's entryway, Sunshine Plaza.
Soundsational Summer is officially underway with Star Tours, Little Mermaid, and Mickey’s Soundsational parade now open. We’ve seen it all and we will share our thoughts.
Paul Rode Star Tours again and Daniel got to ride 4 times. Does the whole Multiple Destinations hold up?
Daniel and Paul's review of Little Mermaid – Arials Undersea Adventure.
Daniel and Pail’s review of Mickey Soundsational Parade.
Tip of the week with TommyPix.
Places at the DL Resort to cool off
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Daniel and Paul talk Star Tours baby! Plus latest stuff going on at the resort and parking tips from TommyPix. Just don't ask Paul to take your photo. You've been warned. Click More for full show notes.
I’m not gonna rehash what all the other bloggers have already written, so if you want that in-depth, spoiler thing, go to them. I’m just going to do my best to recall my first experience on Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and I won’t go into TOO much detail because I’m not trying to wreck it for people.
Yesterday was just another trip to the park for me. I don't keep very good track of the events, but it just so happened that when I was there, Disneyland was giving Cast Members a preview of the new Star Tours. Yeah… I tried to creep up close to the door and sneak a couple of shots inside, but I was very efficiently intercepted by like pretty much every cast member there. Those guys stick together like, I don't know, Hell's Angels or something. Anyway, this is all I got of that:
While that was going on, I had a chance to check out the newly redesigned Star Trader store, and was pretty impressed with the changes. The theme is pretty much all "Star Wars". Instead of the goofy sci-fiish, kiddie kind of music that they used to play in there, now the soundtracks of the "Star Wars" films play over the speakers.
If you're a Star Wars fan, feast your eyes:
Some pretty cool stuff. The t-shirts that are faded and all cool like are upwards of $30 a piece, and they are in serious need of more XL sizes (assuming that they hadn't sold out of them all by the time I got there). I mean it's fricking Disneyland, who are they kidding with their Mediums and Smalls? They had a cool shirt that I would have bought except their biggest size was Large, and I'm like "WTF?"
I can't be sure, but it's also looking more and more as if the Starcade is being derezzed in favor of merchandising. And why not, says I? If someone wants to play video games at DLR they can whip out their iPhone (or other handheld device).
That Starcade still has an entire upper-level that has been closed off since… I can't remember that far back! We should speculate as to what they can do with that empty space: another place to eat perhaps? Or just make that gift shop even bigger? Who knows?
So it's mostly Star Trader stuff taking up room. There is perhaps one row of coin-op video games that I saw against the wall…that nobody was playing.
I'd have gotten pictures to show of that, but to be honest, I just didn't. I was too busy trying to decide what I was going to buy. ~Paul J. Hale