Wednesday, January 24, 2001 6:54 AM
The entire time that DCA was being built, it only sparked my interest a little bit. We have all heard about their original plans for "Westcot" being scrapped. Then the budget cuts, the "less than Disney quality" rides that were going in, and the fact that there were only 2 roller coasters for opening, and one was just a standard mad mouse. Let me tell you this, forget all of the negatives you have heard and go to this park, it is excellent!!
A good friend of mine works at the GRAND Californian, an absolutely gorgeous hotel!! I live in the area, but I really want to spend a night or two in this hotel, it is just so cool! He also tells me that the GRAND in the name is actually an acronym: Guest Requests Are Never Denied. He gave me the 5¢ tour, wow!
We entered through the hotel gate, he got us in for free, and we received 50% off food, not bad! It was only 9:15 and the park was still empty, so I suggested Mulholland Madness, since the throughput is rather low. It was a walk-on! The small amount of theming on this does help, but I always love a good wild mouse. If you have not seen the rolling stock for this ride yet, you have to. They are so cool!
Next up, the Sun Wheel, another slow loader. Getting there early sure pays off, 5 minute wait!! This is truly a coaster lover's Ferris Wheel, the swinging cars are awesome. Due to the positioning of the cars, the purple ones swing a bit more, so go for a purple one. Orange cars also are on the tracks, but due to where the wheel stops, they give less of a swing, according to my friend who has been on it several times. Red cars do not swing, but afford the best view. This is a must do for a coaster lover.
Next up, California Screamin', we were greeted by a friendly ride-op letting us know that it was currently down. We went to Sorain' Over California, long line, got a FastPass.
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Soarin' Over California: Although this was not 3D, this movie, combined with the INCREDIBLY IMPRESSIVE seating/motion mechanism is possibly the best attraction in the park. The feeling of flight is simply unparalleled, another must ride! I highly recommend FastPass on this one because they have only 1 out of 2 theatres up and running right now. It is supposed to be at full capacity for the Feb. 8th opening, however.
Orange Stinger: I sat this one out, I hate those spinning swing rides. The music was pretty cool. sounds like bees are making the music inside the giant orange.
Grizzly River: Simply put, the best rapids ride on the face of the planet. No gimmicky characters, no cheesy waterfalls, just AWESOME theming and 2 drops. YES, drops on a rapids ride. The last drop actually makes the raft spin as you descend, VERY cool, and very wet! Also, the sheer height of the lift is awesome!
MaliBoomer: I have never been on an S&S space shot, so this was pretty cool! I think I like it better than a turbo drop. The restraints have this horrible "motorcycle windshield" directly in front of your face. I guess this is to stop people from spitting off the top of the ride, but I found it to戀攀 甀渀渀攀挀攀猀猀愀爀礀⸀ 䤀琀✀猀 愀氀洀漀猀琀 椀洀瀀漀猀猀椀戀氀攀 琀漀 琀愀氀欀 琀漀 猀漀洀攀漀渀攀 爀椀最栀琀 渀攀砀琀 琀漀 礀漀甀⸀ 吀栀攀礀 愀爀攀 挀漀渀猀椀搀攀爀椀渀最 琀愀欀椀渀最 琀栀攀洀 漀昀昀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 搀漀渀✀琀 栀漀氀搀 礀漀甀爀 戀爀攀愀琀栀⸀ 㔀 洀椀渀甀琀攀 眀愀椀琀⸀ 䰀愀琀攀爀 愀 眀愀氀欀ⴀ漀渀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀䄀氀氀 椀渀 愀氀氀Ⰰ 琀栀椀猀 瘀椀猀甀愀氀氀礀 猀琀甀渀渀椀渀最 瀀愀爀欀 眀椀氀氀 戀攀 愀 猀甀挀挀攀猀猀⸀ 一攀瘀攀爀 栀愀猀 琀栀攀 ∀戀甀椀氀搀 椀琀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 琀栀攀礀 眀椀氀氀 挀漀洀攀∀ 瀀栀椀氀漀猀漀瀀栀礀 戀攀攀渀 洀漀爀攀 椀渀 昀甀氀氀 昀漀爀挀攀 琀栀愀渀 愀琀 䐀䌀䄀⸀ 䄀氀猀漀 渀攀愀爀氀礀 愀戀猀攀渀琀 愀爀攀 琀栀攀 䐀椀猀渀攀礀 挀愀爀琀漀漀渀 挀栀愀爀愀挀琀攀爀猀 爀甀渀渀椀渀最 愀爀漀甀渀搀⸀ 吀栀攀爀攀 愀爀攀 愀 昀攀眀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 礀漀甀 最攀琀 洀甀挀栀 氀攀猀猀 漀昀 愀 ∀洀愀搀攀 昀漀爀 欀椀搀猀∀ 昀攀攀氀椀渀最 漀甀琀 漀昀 琀栀椀猀 瀀愀爀欀⸀ 䜀漀 琀栀攀爀攀Ⰰ 猀甀爀爀攀渀搀攀爀 礀漀甀爀 眀愀氀氀攀琀 愀琀 琀栀攀 搀漀漀爀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 栀愀瘀攀 昀甀渀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀ⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀ 㰀戀爀㸀∀堀∀ 洀愀爀欀猀 琀栀攀 猀瀀漀琀 椀渀 ㈀ ℀
Wednesday, January 24, 2001 9:05 AM
Oh dont worry, the characters will be out in full force soon. And both sides of Soarin are up and running. Isn't that a ride ride??!!! I love it, even the que inside is great with the epic music and pictures. And those shields on Maliboomer are actually there to reduce noise of people screaming. Same as the tunnels on the hills of California Screamin. Did you get a chance to ride superstar limo? Slowest ride on the planet. LOL
Say no, to lap bar nazis!
Wednesday, January 24, 2001 10:13 AM
Yes, I did ride Superstar Lame-o, I mean Limo, I tried to edit the message, but the edit feature was not working. This is a "miss if it has a long line" Typical Disney dark ride, but with plenty of ABC stars tied into it. Rodger Rabbit's CarToon Spin is MUCH better.
"X" marks the spot in 2001!
Thursday, January 25, 2001 6:40 PM
Who and how is this place open to the GP? I thought the 8th was the big day!
Friday, January 26, 2001 7:10 AM
If you are a hotel guest at any of the Disney Compound's hotels (GRAND Californian, Hotel of the Pacific [now renamed, cannot remember new name] or the original Disneyland Hotel) you have the opportunity to purchace preview tickets. Otherwise, you have to know someone on the inside. The 8th is the opening day proper.
"X" marks the spot in 2001!
Friday, January 26, 2001 3:27 PM
I checked your track record to see if you have been to IOA soggy but it does not look like it. Just wondering how Grizzly compares to Popeyes BRB's.
From the sounds of the park though it does not sound near as good as IOA.
#1 Steel-Incredible Hulk
#1 Wood--Timber Wolf
Friday, February 2, 2001 10:38 AM
On California screamin does it have a lap bar or a shoulder bar. If it has a shoulder bar does it hurt your head?
Friday, February 2, 2001 6:23 PM
It has a shoulder bar. No worries, though. It is really smooth, no headbanging at all. It makes me want to see more Intamin loopers here in the US.
"X" marks the spot in 2001!
Wednesday, February 7, 2001 5:28 AM
I saw I special on the Park on Sunday on ABC. California Screamin' looks awesome!
1.) Medusa (west)
Friday, February 9, 2001 6:04 PM
i went on it yesturday it was smooth, but didnt do anythink. it was really boring and alow
Sunday, February 11, 2001 9:09 PM
I went on Feb 4th. This is a really fun park! I was pleasently surprised by the high quality on nearly every ride. THe park was packed the day I went, but I did get to see almost everything. California Screamin' was fun, not the scariest coaster I've been on by any means, but still a good ride. Grizzly River Run absolutely rocks. By leaps and bounds the best rapids ride anywhere. This one is perfectly themed, and the two drops are amazing. Even the lift is fun with the leaky pipes. Soarin' Over California was a truly incredible ride! this one is the best. As for superstar limo, it is painfully obvious that Disney went terribly cheap on this rides budget leading to a mediocre at best ride...Too bad, as it was a great concept for a ride!! Muppet Vision and It's Tough to be a bug were lots of fun, the kids will love muppetvision. This park is great fun. I am looking forward to visiting again in a few weeks. (I am a passholder) By the way I will do a much more detailed park review for DCA in the future!
Monday, February 26, 2001 3:23 PM
I also went on Screamin. It was really smooth and it was pretty fun.