Frank Prsha

Published: November 4, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Exquisite sir! How does DCA compare to DHS? Do you like one more than the other?
Rob Pastor

Published: November 4, 2013 at 8:29 PM

This excellent report continues...I've never been to Disneyland Resort but I imagine I would greatly enjoy it since it appears to recreate the leisurely vacation experience that I love at Universal Orlando. On site hotel and everything within walking distance is a formula for success.
James Rao

Published: November 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Wow, Frank, that is a really good question. Without going into great detail, I would say that simply because of Cars Land and World of Color, I might have to give a slight nod to DCA. But once DHS gets Star Wars Land... all bets are off.

And yes, Rob, I totally agree, the setup of Universal Orlando is very similar to the setup of Disneyland Resort. Just think how great it would be if Disneyland Resort onsite hotel guests got unlimited Fastpasses for the length of their stay as well....

Frank Prsha

Published: November 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Also, this is unrelated to DCA, but how is the Matterhorn Bobsleds ride? Does it live up to its name?
James Rao

Published: November 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Hey Frank, for some details on the Matterhorn Bobsleds, check out part two of this report...especially in the comments. We weren't crazy about the ride, but that mountain sure looks good from a distance!
James Trexen

Published: November 4, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Oh, James. Wearing a Six Flags shirt to Disney? Mickey is disappointed. Ready to hear about World of Color and how I can work it in Part 4.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Aladdin is actually coming to Broadway next spring.
Tad Daily

Published: November 5, 2013 at 2:12 AM

Lines like this: "Next up we strolled disdainfully past all the midway games and off-the-shelf rides situated along the Pier" make reading your report so much fun for us! Disdainfully???? Really???? LOL

However -- as much as I love reading your reports these last few days...I can't believe you have left us hanging with your World of Color teaser!!! You mentioned how bad it was, what...three times??? And then.....nothing. no pay off unless we come back tomorrow....its like getting in line for fast passes just to watch them cover up the machines when you are next in line!!!! :) I'm joking -- great job again! And thanks for taking us along on your trip!

James Rao

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:08 AM

@James Thanks for noticing... I wore a lot of coaster shirts that week: Evil Knievel (now American Thunder at Six Flags Saint Louis), New Texas Giant (Six Flags Over Texas), Outlaw Run (Silver Dollar City), Bizzaro (Six Flags New England), Expedition Everest (DAK), and Griffon (Busch Garden Williamsburg). Maybe one more... but who can remember such things? Most importantly, I also wore my coveted "Follow Me - I Know What I'm Doing" T-shirt. I would have worn that shirt everyday, but my wife vetoed that idea.

@Tad I just wrote one really long report... Mr. Niles mercifully broke it up into five parts. World of Color should be in part four, and I only complained about the viewing area in this part... you'll have to wait and see what my family thought about the show itself.... ;)

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:24 AM

It's best to go get RSR Fast passes when the park opens. Like WOC they don't affect your use of Fast pass on other attractions.
Flavio de Souza

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:27 AM

Very nice report James, but I have a doubt, I was 11 in 1981 and now I am 43. How could you be 45 years old?
James Rao

Published: November 5, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Because I am a writer not a mathematician (actually I am a software project leader - shame on me)! =) Having been born in August of '68, I guess I was 12 when we went to DL in 1981... turned 13 in August after we moved.... and hit 45 this past August prior to my September trip. We'll see if I can get that mistake corrected. Good catch. Your coveted NO PRIZE is on the way!
Rob Pastor

Published: November 5, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Wow, I haven't heard the term No Prize since Stan Lee used it on the Marvel comics editorial pages back in the 60's and 70's.
James Rao

Published: November 5, 2013 at 7:53 AM

I am definitely old school, brother!
David Kirby

Published: November 5, 2013 at 7:54 AM

James, great report so far! I rather enjoy your writing style and your insights. One quick note - Aladdin is actually opening on Broadway in 2014.
Anon Mouse

Published: November 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I can't understand why you just don't get the RSR fastpasses earlier. Taking an unnecessary risk when you think you could miss out. Anyways, the single rider line is available most of the time. It's a risk as well.
James Rao

Published: November 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM

@David Great news! The show is definitely Broadway-worthy!

@Anon As I wrote, we wanted to experience RSR for the very first time at night (it was dark by 7:00) which is why we tried to "time" our Fastpasses for the attraction. But as you noted our fall back was the single rider line. Thankfully it all worked out just fine.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

James -- you totally should take credit for the cliff hanger!!!! In a very off-handed, sarcastic (and not entirely successful) way, I was trying to compliment your, at this point, as you have pointed out in comments to other blogs...we are bored with the Raos family updates...a cliff hanger like this should get us back for the next installment.

I'm kidding!!!!! Love reading what you are writing and I am genuinely looking forward to part four! And apparently Five. :)

Anon Mouse

Published: November 5, 2013 at 11:56 AM

James: I can understand that you wanted to get the Fastpasses for RSR for a late ride for the first time, and you succeeded and you stated this very clearly, but to risk it again the second time on Thursday seems excessive. That was what I was referring to.
Jack Hammond

Published: November 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

I love these articles James! It sounds like you and your family had a wonderful time! I'm excited to hear your reaction to Radiator Springs Racers!
Jay R.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM

As others have said Aladdin is coming to Broadway next year, but this will be a different show than DCA. (It just opened in Toronto....)

James, did you get a chance to see any of the Buena Vista entertainment or see / meet any of the "citizens"?

Other random trivia you probably already knew, Neil Patrick Harris is the instruction / countdown voice On California Screamin'.

James Rao

Published: November 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

@Anon, You're right. I got greedy. But the single rider line made it all better!

@Jack Thanks.... and here's a clue about RSR: "AWESOME!"

@Jay Sadly, no. Other than the shows I mentioned, the Dapper Dans/Cadaver Dans at DL, some character meet 'n' greets, and parades, we did not get to interact much with the live performers. There was not enough time. Again, people who think they can fully experience Disney parks in just a few days, really don't "get it", do they? And, as for CA Screamin', I listen to the Coaster Radio podcast, so I know all about NPH! ;)