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Friday, February 23, 2007

Disneyland Trip Report – Secret Finding Nemo Pictures

Our recent trip to Disneyland was quite a departure from the norm for us. While, we frequent the Disneyland Parks quite often for folks as far north as Ventura County, we started some new adventures and learned some new things this time. In the past we have held the various season passes including both the Premium and Deluxe passes. After this most recent trip, we will be looking to get a Southern California pass on our next trip.

We started this trip out a little different than usual. In the past, we arrived at the park early and ate breakfast at one of two spots. Either La Brea Bakery just outside of the entrance to the parks at the end of Downtown Disney or we would head into Disneyland for the famous Mickey Mouse pancakes at the River Belle Terrace in Frontierland. However, we discovered that there was an Original Pancake House in Anaheim just 5 miles from the park. It is one of our favorite restaurants to eat breakfast and it may be a new tradition for us.

The primary reason for our visit was that our niece was performing in the ShowStopper dance competition at the Disneyland hotel. Of course, that provided the perfect excuse for Ashley to want to head into Disneyland. Because of the Southern California discount, we ended up getting a 2-day park hopper ticket which means we will be back in 30 days. We also learned something else that convinced us to get a season pass on our return trip. See what that was here.

Disneyland on a beautiful southern California February day is a great place to be. The weather was excellent, about 70 degrees with some occasional clouds – however, the park was unlike what you will find in the middle of the summer. The crowds were minimal and there were no major ride closures to speak of.

This made it very easy for us to hit all the favorite rides and even get some great pictures inside the new rides of some great hidden Mickeys. We were with some other family members which meant we had two nephews and a niece with us in the park, which makes it all that more fun.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the day was when we took the Monorail back towards the Disneyland Hotel to catch more of the ShowStoppers competition. We caught some great glimpses of the new Finding Nemo ride. The new ride is a reincarnation of the old 20,000 leagues submarine ride that was sunk back in the 90’s. The lagoon had sat empty and unused for years. The ride is nearing completion as you can see in the picture to the right.