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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Disneyland – DreamPass, barely missed it!

Ashley and I headed down to Disneyland and California Adventure today since it was the first Sunday in almost three months that our Southern California Annual Pass (passport) was not blocked out. Ashley was definitely itching to go, and hopefully have a chance to ride the new Finding Nemo ride with the submarines.

We arrived just in time for the opening of the Disneyland park, 9:00am since it was the start of the “off” season – if Disneyland even really has one. Our mission was to quickly head over to Space Mountain, and then jump on the Finding Nemo ride. Right as we approached the entrance to Space Mountain we overheard a cast member talking about the Disney DreamPasses being handed out.

If you do not know what the Disney DreamPasses are, then you surely want to know now. Since it is Disney’s year of a million dreams, each morning they hand out DreamPasses to a number of guests. These DreamPasses contain a free FastPass for every ride at both Disneyland and California Adventure, which means you do not have to deal with lines, or the time limits that the FastPass system puts on you. Each DreamPass is stamped with the date that it was handed out and is only valid for that particular day.

There are a few ways to get these Disney DreamPasses. It can be a random location, a cast member may single your group out, or you might just be tapped on the shoulder. Ashley and I had been hoping in our previous trips to get a DreamPass. This seemed to be our chance.

So, based on the Cast Member’s statement we hurried up over to Autopia to see if we could get our hands on a couple. We arrived, however we were quite unlucky. With two people in front of us, one Cast Member signaled it was time and they just went back inside without completing the few remaining folks. Not sure why, but we missed out. Interestingly, they still had several left and one came back out to hand them out to a couple of family members in groups that did not get them. Oh, well.

Denied our Disney DreamPasses, we headed over to Space Mountain to brave the 10 minute wait. While Space Mountain is a great ride, it was much better when they played music from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. After that experience earlier in the year, the ride seems to be missing something. Disney, please bring it back.

By the time we dealt with the DreamPass fiasco and got off of Space Mountain, we went to Nemo only to turn around and walk away. The line was already about 90 minutes long, apparently everyone in the park this morning came directly there. While it seems to be an interesting ride, and no FastPasses are available for new rides, it was not worth waiting in line for 90 minutes for us. We would have done 30-45 minutes, but last time we waited for a ride that long, we were severely disappointed – that was Monsters, Inc. in the California Adventure theme park.

The rest of the day was mainly fun and uneventful. The park was mostly empty and most lines, even for the popular rides were less than 30 minutes. We had a great lunch at the StoryTeller’s Café in the Grand Californian, headed back to the parks and called it a day.

A fun day, without a doubt – however a little bit of a let down due to missing the Disney DreamPasses and the Finding Nemo submarine ride.