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 150.4 #2652 (DL Qual #3665

August 23, 2015 1:22 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
Just wondering if anyone has any information (or thoughts) about the non-Cast Member face characters at Disneyland. They give autographs, pose for photos, but do not work officially for/at Disneyland. We've seen Ariel many times and Aurora once so far. Sadly, Aurora looked like a bored high school student. It was sort of sad. Her "line" was quite long. How do the fakes get in? It just seems strang  More...

If they are not CMs then please politely contact a real CM and let them know where you saw this happening. If they really aren't official CM/princesses they aren't allowed to do that.  - TiggersAndTinks  164.0 #2458 1:24PM
We saw "Aurora" yesterday at Snow White Grotto. She had no handler/CM with her. Her wig and costume just looked wrong to us, plus her weird demeanor. I told the first CM I could find and they looked at me like I was nuts. Like why would I even THINK it was an imposter princess. It was sort of embarrassing trying to make my case. ๐Ÿ™Ž - esme  150.4 #2652 1:35PM
Next time take a photo and ask if this is a CM? Can you take photos, etc. then they don't think you're criticizing in case if it's the real one.  - secretagentangel  2434.9 #53 3:51PM
I haven't noticed any of this...kinda creepy and sketchy - DarthFairy  262.9 #1191 3:43PM
The ones at D23 were great but some thought they were the stars, not the show and blocked traffic. Disney has a policy against this but they do try it.  - secretagentangel  2434.9 #53 3:52PM

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 150.4 #2652 (DL Qual #3665

May 27, 2015 11:37 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Would anyone like to share their strategy for PTN? How long are folks waiting in advance? It's a longish drive for us and it'd be great to come into it knowing what to expect. Maybe start a parade waiting thread? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thanks for any info!

Depends if you wanna see first or second showing. If the first, expect 3+ hours of waiting. Both showings will be busy on Main Street. If you don't care about seeing the fireworks I would recommend seeing the second viewing and doing so away from Main Street. You'll be able to get front row viewing 30-60 minutes prior to show start. - missmimi90  2002.9 #73 11:41AM
Thank you, MissMimi! What about seeing the fireworks away from Main Street and the 2nd parade up by small world? - esme  150.4 #2652 11:46AM
From my experience (I've only seen the shows twice) most of the parade route will be packed with people for fireworks. small World, the Castle and Rivers of America use the same projections. You will only be able to see Matterhorn in its full glory (which is part of the show) from the right side looking toward the castle in the hub and that surrounding area (I'm short so if you are tall it might be completely different viewing experience). You will likely also only see the flying characters from on Main Street or directly behind the castle looking back. If you just wanna see fireworks and missing the matterhorn and characters isn't a huge issue, I would watch the fireworks from where you plan to be for the second Pain the Night showing (since you'll see the projections on Small World too). - missmimi90  2002.9 #73 11:52AM
You can actually get a pretty good view of flying characters from next to Storybook too. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it!! My preference is to watch both PTN and fireworks from the Small World area. It's less congested and makes for easier viewing of the parade.  - thatgirljenn  1617.9 #98 12:10PM
You can view the fireworks from pretty much anywhere in the park. There is no good spot or bad spot, cuz you miss little things everywhere even on main st. But main st is defiantly the most crowdest, although if you sorta wait til the end of the first parade and follow the heard on main st you can get a good spot. 2nd showing of PTN is defiantly less crowded but you still deal with the crowd still trying to leave DL - mini_MINNIE  1136.0 #153 12:02PM
Yesterday as soon as The Soundsational parade was over at about 5 we grabbed a front row spot. By 530 the whole curb on Mainstreet was full. By 7-730 there wasn't any free space on Main St at all. Hopefully this gives you an idea about what to expect for the 8:50 parade - PrincessAsh  264.9 #0 11:51AM
Thanks guys. I'm here tonight and tomorrow. Hopefully I'll get a peek at the parade and the fireworks. - Taunton  556.6 #351 1:33PM

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March 13, 2014 10:31 AM  Disneyland Real-Time Land
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad WAIT TIME POST for Thursday! Please post wait times, FastPass return times, and closures here. ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ฃ

Yes please!  I want to gauge how long it will be on Saturday when I go. - Sarafina  491.7 #408 10:33AM
It's going to be slammed,Plain and simple. - apesandmonkeys  6523.4 #14 10:37AM
Which considering only Premium APs aren't blocked that day, it wouldn't be. - Lelundrial  591.8 #331 12:23PM
Shouldn't be too bad. I'm actually waiting until Saturday myself because all passes except Premium are blocked out. - cgalindo  10.7 #9960 2:21PM
You'll be's not going to be that bad at all. Today the standby line has not went above 15 and there is no line for fast passes...moving smoothly! - luxkitty  3135.1 #41 2:27PM
^I am going to hold you to that. - Lelundrial  591.8 #331 5:21PM
And for DAS pass too! On our way! - Cinderella_Schnooks  3248.9 #40 10:35AM
Still a 15 min wait, FP return is 4:00-5:00. - Thumper13  489.1 #410 3:29PM
30 mins now. FP 850-950 - sivrek  101.5 #3502 7:52PM

 150.4 #2652 (DL Qual #3665

May 25, 2013 1:52 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Monte Cristo Bites making 2am that much better!

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 150.4 #2652 (DL Qual #3665

May 25, 2013 12:52 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Mint Julep Bar specialty drinks: M.U. Brew=pear and cotton candy syrup with lemonade and Sprite. Mike's 1-2 Punch=apple and mango syrup with lemonade and Sprite.

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Where exactly is the bar I swear I'm blind when I look for things. This drink looks fun! - starwarsmamma  561.6 #346 12:57AM
It's right outside French market, kind of around in the back by the train station. - evilqueensmistress  285.1 #973 12:59AM
It's in the back of new Orleans square by the train stop. Behind the French market dining area. - missariel33  2115.5 #68 12:59AM
Close to the bathroom by the trains? - starwarsmamma  561.6 #346 1:16AM
Yummmmm. Add me for a MU Brew! - evilqueensmistress  285.1 #973 12:58AM
Thank you! Very cool. Sounds super sweet (as in sweet tasting, not just reinforcing that I think it's cool ๐Ÿ˜„) - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4406.2 #27 12:59AM
These sound yummy! Thanks - missariel33  2115.5 #68 1:00AM

 150.4 #2652 (DL Qual #3665

May 24, 2013 9:36 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
No security line. No wait at Disneyland turnstile!

You made it! Awesome! - duckchub  557.8 #350 9:37PM
We did! And so happy to be here! - esme  150.4 #2652 9:40PM

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 150.4 #2652 (DL Qual #3665

May 24, 2013 9:17 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
Smooth sailing! Exit Harbor, parking in Pumbaa lot. Still 100 spaces available!

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May 24, 2013 9:15 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
No problems getting off freeway. Exit Harbor, parking in Pumba lot. So far, so good!

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February 8, 2013 7:32 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Would someone be so kind as to confirm for me that on 2 parade days, the first parade starts at it's a small world, and the second starts at Town Square? Also, would anyone happen to know what time the Flag Lowering Ceremony begins on Sat.? 4:45p? Thank you!!!

I can confirm that on the 2 parade days the first starts at It's A Small World and the 2nd starts at Town Square. I'm not sure about the flag retreat, though. - MrsDisneyMommy29  280.3 #1009 8:46AM
2 parade days you are correct, unless one of them gets rained out. If the first one is rained out forcing the rainy day calvacade but it dries up for the second, the second parade time would be from Small World to Town Square. I believe that flag retreat is around 4:45. Sometimes it's delayed a little due to the parade. If it rains the flag retreat will not be a big ceremony but just the security detail bringing down the flags and going backstage. - IDVandalSkipperCM  2412.7 #55 9:09AM
Thank you! We are taking my 13 year old daughter's BFF to DL tomorrow for her first time! She's originally from Japan and we thought she might enjoy the American pomp of the Flag Retreat (not "lowering", my bad). Trying to plan the perfect Disney day for her! :) - esme  150.4 #2652 9:42AM
It's a really nice ceremony and always moving. I think it will be fun to see how someone from a different country sees it. - Sarafina  491.7 #408 9:55AM

 150.4 #2652 (DL Qual #3665

January 5, 2013 8:41 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Thinking about heading down there tonight. How busy has it been since the holidays are over? Will it be a CRAZY Saturday night, or just the usual crazy Saturday night? ;) TIA!

It's been pretty busy. - Tom  9532.8 #4 9:17AM
Busy but still magical - LaPearleNoir  1640.1 #96 9:25AM
I left last night around 6 and it was still pretty busy - ScooterMike  1963.0 #76 9:26AM

 150.4 #2652 (DL Qual #3665

May 15, 2011 4:46 PM  Disneyland Real-Time Land
3 6:15pm Soarin' FPs at DCA Candy Shoppe on the right side when you enter under some Minnie's Bake Shop rainbow sprinkle containers! Enjoy!!!

Bumped for relevancy! (my family and I had to leave DCA... I think I have the stomach flu and wanted to spend a little time @ DL before I totally don't make it!) - esme  150.4 #2652 5:31PM
Feel better - dizzylandjunky  224.9 #1626 5:37PM
Hope I find them - mommy_likes_minnie  270.8 #1107 5:42PM
Found them thanks - mommy_likes_minnie  270.8 #1107 5:49PM

 150.4 #2652 (DL Qual #3665

October 28, 2010 11:11 AM  Disneyland Real-Time Land
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