Figment's HolidayTime, SpringTime, and Pixar Fest Trip Reports, 2015-2018

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  1. figment_jii

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    Disney's California Adventure Egg-Stravaganza
    This hunt also consisted of 12 eggs and the two unique eggs to Disney's California Adventure were Lightning McQueen and Mater.
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    Gone Hollywood - Mickey was hidden inside the Gone Hollywood Shop, on the Star Wars half of the store.
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    Carthay Circle Theatre - Thumper was hidden high atop Carthay Circle Theater, facing into Hollywoodland.
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    a bug's land - Mater was hidden on one of the light posts at the entrance to a bug's land (the entrance is the one between It's a Bug's Life Theater and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree).
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    Radiator Springs Curios - McQueen was hidden outside of the Radiator Springs Curios shop, facing the Cozy Cones.
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    Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Sequoia - Chip was hidden near the Sequoia Tree on the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. He's off to the left after you pass through the tree if you're heading towards the waterfall.
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    Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Waterfall - Dale was hidden near the waterfall on the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Both Dale and Chip are hidden near the entrance to the trail, so you don't have to go very far on the trail to find them.
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    Rushin' River Outfitters - Donald was hidden in the back of the Rushin' River Outfitters store.
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    Boardwalk Bazaar - Daisy was hidden in the plush room of Boardwalk Bazaar.
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    Corn Dog Castle - Pluto was hidden on the Corn Dog Castle sign.
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    Soarin' Aound the World - Goofy was hidden on the look-out platform near the Soarin' Around the World FP distribution location.
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    The Disney Animation Building - The White Rabbit was hidden on the outside of the Disney Animation Building in Hollywoodland. He's past the entrance, closer to the Hyperion end of the street.
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    Lucky Fortune Cookery - Minnie was hidden on the pipes adjacent to the Lucky Fortune Cookery. These are on the side of the building facing the bakery and adjacent to Ghiradelli's.
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    Downtown Disney
    This hunt debuted last year and was even better this year because you didn't have to deal with going through security to get back to the parks when you were done. The hunt also consisted of 12 eggs and the two unique eggs to DTD were Woody and Jessie. This year, the eggs were hidden both outside and inside the stores and sometimes you had to go into the shop to see the egg.
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    Chapel Hats - Dale was hidden inside Chapel Hats, near the entrance to the store. You have to go inside to get a good view of the egg.
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    Haagen-Dazs - Chip was hidden inside the window to Haagen-Dazs and easily visible from outside the store.
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    Sanuk - The White Rabbit was hidden inside the Sanuk shop, over the registers.
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    Rainforest Cafe - Pluto was hidden over the main entrance to Rainforest Cafe, to the right of the sign.
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    Starbucks - Mickey was hidden over the entrance to Starbucks. I thought this was probably the "hardest" egg to find, just because there are two Starbucks in DTD and the placement of the clue on the map kind of seemed to imply it was the Starbucks closer to Rainforest Cafe. However, the egg was hidden at the bigger Starbucks, closest to the parks.
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    Lego Store - Woody was hidden inside the Lego Store (the back of the egg could be seen from outside the store).
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    Disney's Pin Traders - Jessie was hidden in the plants near the Disney's Pin Trader shop. The planter is located to the right of the shop (when facing the store).
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    Wonderground Gallery - Goofy was hidden inside the Wonderground Galley shop. He's up on the wall to the right of the entrance.
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    D-Street - Thumper was hidden over the entrance to D-Street. This was the same location they used last year!
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    Disney Vault 28 - Daisy was hidden inside Valut 28, way in the back. When I was there, it also happened to be the debut weekend for the "Little Dress Shop", so the shop was packed.
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    World of Disney Store - Donale was hidden in the Men's clothing room of World of Disney (first room you enter when coming from the parks).
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    La Brea Bakery Cafe - Minnie was hidden above the La Brea Bakery Cafe, facing towards DTD/Starbucks.
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    Downtown Disney
    This hunt debuted last year and was even better this year because you didn't have to deal with going through security to get back to the parks when you were done. The hunt also consisted of 12 eggs and the two unique eggs to DTD were Woody and Jessie. This year, the eggs were hidden both outside and inside the stores and sometimes you had to go into the shop to see the egg.
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    Chapel Hats - Dale was hidden inside Chapel Hats, near the entrance to the store. You have to go inside to get a good view of the egg.
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    Haagen-Dazs - Chip was hidden inside the window to Haagen-Dazs and easily visible from outside the store.
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    Sanuk - The White Rabbit was hidden inside the Sanuk shop, over the registers.
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    Rainforest Cafe - Pluto was hidden over the main entrance to Rainforest Cafe, to the right of the sign.
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    Starbucks - Mickey was hidden over the entrance to Starbucks. I thought this was probably the "hardest" egg to find, just because there are two Starbucks in DTD and the placement of the clue on the map kind of seemed to imply it was the Starbucks closer to Rainforest Cafe. However, the egg was hidden at the bigger Starbucks, closest to the parks.
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    Lego Store - Woody was hidden inside the Lego Store (the back of the egg could be seen from outside the store).
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    Disney's Pin Traders - Jessie was hidden in the plants near the Disney's Pin Trader shop. The planter is located to the right of the shop (when facing the store).
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    Wonderground Gallery - Goofy was hidden inside the Wonderground Galley shop. He's up on the wall to the right of the entrance.
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    D-Street - Thumper was hidden over the entrance to D-Street. This was the same location they used last year!
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    Disney Vault 28 - Daisy was hidden inside Valut 28, way in the back. When I was there, it also happened to be the debut weekend for the "Little Dress Shop", so the shop was packed.
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    World of Disney Store - Donale was hidden in the Men's clothing room of World of Disney (first room you enter when coming from the parks).
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    La Brea Bakery Cafe - Minnie was hidden above the La Brea Bakery Cafe, facing towards DTD/Starbucks.
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    Overall, the egg-stravaganza was a lot of fun. None of the eggs were terribly hard to find and it was nice being able to select which prize egg we wanted. It was fun to see the eggs appear over the course of several days (and to find out that they might still change locations once the hunts officially start).

    For Annual Passholders, there was a limited edition pin the featured the pie-eye Mickey! It's a cute pin (and pretty heavy).
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    Some other (random), things we saw in the parks!

    Spring Time
    There were some very pretty flowers and trees in bloom throughout the Disneyland Resort.
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    "Wildlife": Cats and Fishes
    Francisco was over by Grizzly River Rapids. He's a very friendly kitty. He came down to the fence line and let guests pet him (he likes to be scratched on the side of his neck and the back of head). His fur is very soft!
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    They added koi to the ponds near Frontierland. They're huge!
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    Gaurdians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!

    I'm trying very hard to withhold judgement until the new attraction opens, but I gotta say, at this point, the new look is very jarring!
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    Main Street Electrical Parade
    Figment was happy to hear that the Main Street Electrical Parade would be returning to Disneyland! He still fondly remembers that parade from both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom.
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    The parade opens with Mickey and Minnie riding on a train being driven by Goofy. The round, drum-like portion alternates between sayng "Disneyland Presents" "Main Street Electrical Parade".
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    Next up is a set of the cute little turtle and bug mini-floats.
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    Then comes a giant mushroom and a butterfly and a lady bug and then some more mini-floats.
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    After that, it's time for the Alice in Wonderland sequence. The White Rabbit leads the way, followed by Alice, another set of bugs, and then the Catepillar!
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    Next up is one of my favorite mini-floats: the turtle with the hat. He's followed by another bug.
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    After that, Cinderella makes an appearance.
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    Then it's time for Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, and Tinker Bell!
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    Next up is Snow White and the Seven Dwarves!
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    And then it's time for my favorite sequence...Elliot from Pete's Dragon! He periodically disappears, but his spots remain!
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    Then it's the patriotic finale!
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    Figment was glad to see the Main Street Electrical Parade return to Disneyland. It's a cute parade and fun to watch. That being said, he does think that Paint the Night is a much more technically impressive parade. He wishes there was a way to combine PtN's technology with MSEP's music and floats!
     
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    Holiday Season, 2017

    Grand Californian Gingerbread House (2017 Edition)
    The Grand Californian Hotel continued the tradition started a few years ago of creating a gingerbread house show piece in the lobby. So far, the design has been fairly similar each year (the house itself resembles the GCH), but there are new and different details added each year.
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    This year, Chip & Dale were added.
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    Hidden Mickeys
    Each year the Gingerbread House artists hide dozens of Hidden Mickeys on the Gingerbread House. This year's sign board said there were 25 different Hidden Mickeys. Some were big, some were small, some were easy to find, some were very hard to see (and photograph)! Ultimately, I think we found all of them. It's something fun to do if you have some spare time.

    These are the Hidden Mickeys that we found located on the front of the Gingerbread House.
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    These are the Hidden Mickeys that we found located on the backside of the Gingerbread House.
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    These are the Hidden Mickeys that we found located on the side of the Gingerbread House.
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    These are the Hidden Mickeys located on the top (roof) of the Gingerbread House. You can only see this if you go to the second floor and look down onto the house.
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    Figment's Spring Trip to Disneyland
    Spring season is in full swing at the Disneyland Resorts...pretty flowers, chocolate eggs, and the egg-stravaganza!

    Egg-Stravaganza
    The Egg-Stravaganza returned to Disneyland Resort this year. The hunt runs from March 16 to April 1, with eggs hidden in Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. Just like the previous years, the maps had to be purchased in the park or DTD (i.e., store in DL only sold the DL map, stores in DCA sold the DCA map, and the DTD stores only sold the DTD map). So you had to visit both parks and DTD if you wanted to get all three maps! The maps are $5.99 each and this year, they did offer an annual passholder discount. Guests could select from one of six prize eggs (Mike, Sulley, Belle, Cinderella, Minnie or Mickey). Guests could opt to redeem their maps at the time of purchase or wait until later (I recommend redeeming the map as soon as you buy it to save time later on).

    Each map comes with a set of stickers representing the eggs that guests are hunting for.
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    They also released an annual passholder exclusive pin featuring Pluto in egg shape (matches the Mickey one they released last year).

    Additionally, they were selling a set of Star Wars themed eggs (C3PO and a Stormtrooper).
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    Like last year, the hunt was pretty easy. There really weren't any mis-leading or deliberately tricky clues. The hunts were very popular and we saw lots of guests carrying around the maps (children and adults!). Have fun and good luck egg hunting!

    Spoiler Alert: Below are the photos of this year's eggs and their locations for all three hunts.
     
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    Disneyland Egg-Stravaganza
    All of the hunts consisted of 12 eggs. The two unique eggs to Disneyland were Tinkerbell and Mr. Toad (same as last year). As in the past year, paired characters tended to be near each other (e.g., Donald and Daisy, Chip and Dale - although this year, Mickey & Minnie weren't that close to each other).
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    Tarzan's Treehouse - Dale was hidden way up in the crow's nest of Tarzan's Treehouse. He was visible from the Adventureland side of the crow's nest.
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    Bengal Barbeque - Chip was hidden near Bengal Barbeque, on the side closest to River Belle Terrace.
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    New Orleans Square Balcony - Daisy was hidden on the New Orleans Square balcony, above the perfume shop.
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    Harbour Galley - Donald was hidden above Harbour Galley.
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    Stage Door Cafe - Minnie was hidden above the Stage Door Cafe.
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    Bonanza Outfitters - Thumper was hidden in Bonanza Outfitters near the middle of the store.
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    Mickey's Toontown Train Depot - Goofy has hidden next to the train station sign.
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    Le Petit Chalet Gifts - Mr. Toad was hidden on the roof of Le Petit Chalet Gifts, on the side facing the Tea Cups.
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    Little Green Men Store Command - Mickey was hidden in the Little Green Men Store Command shop, above one of the pin displays.
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    Emporium - Tinkerbell was hidden in the plush room of the Emporium (in the room adjacent to the Toy Store).
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    The Mad Hatter on Main Street, U.S.A. - The White Rabbit was hidden above the main entrance to the hat shop.
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    Disneyana - Pluto was hidden in the back room of Disneyana. This is the room where the animator's station is in the middle. You can't see the egg from outside the room (go in and look up and behind you).
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    Disney's California Adventure Egg-Stravaganza
    This hunt also consisted of 12 eggs and the two unique eggs to Disney's California Adventure were Lightning McQueen and Mater.
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    Water Tower in Hollywood Land - Pluto was hidden near the water tower in Hollywood Land. It's on top of what is currently The Brewhouse (part of the F&W Festival).
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    Off the Page - Minnie was hidden in Off the Page, above the pins and vinylmations.
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    "a bug's land - The White Rabbit was hidden near the main entrance (not the one from Carsland or GotG) into a bug's land.
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    Sarge's Surplus Hut Store - Mater was hidden in Sarge's. He's straight back when you enter from Route 66.
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    Ghiradelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop - McQueen was hidden over the main entrance to Ghiradelli. He wasn't actually in Carsland!
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    Embarcadero Gift - Chip was hidden near the Embarcadero Gift's sign.
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    Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta - Thumper was hidden in the sign over the main entrance to Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta.
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    Seaside Souveniers - Dale was hidden on top of Seaside Souveniers.
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    Rushin' River Outfitters - Goofy was hidden on the stairs/ladder at the back of the store.
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    Elias & Co. - Mickey was hidden in the last room of Elias & Co; the one with the women's clothing and jewerly.
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    Julius Katz & Sons - Daisy was hidden near the back of the Julius Katz & Sons store.
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    Kingswell Camera Shop - Donald was hidden behind the cash registers at Kingswell Camera Shop (the Photopass location in DCA).
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    Awesome. Thanks for the pictures. It's such a fun activity I wish we had finished it. Next time don't plan dinner at Napa Rose if you are trying to do all three maps in one day.
     
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    Downtown Disney
    This hunt also consisted of 12 eggs and the two unique eggs to DTD were Woody and Jessie. As with last year, the eggs were hidden both outside and inside the stores and sometimes you had to go into the shop to see the egg. In most cases, the resturant ones were outside and the shop ones were inside.
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    La Brea Bakery Cafe - Mickey was hidden above the La Brea Bakery Cafe.
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    Curl Surf - Goofy was hidden inside the Curl Surf Shop, on the right side.
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    Dream Boutique - Jessie was hidden in the roof work near the Dream Boutique (formerly the Anna & Elsa Boutique).
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    Marceline's Confectionary - Thumper was hidden inside Marceline's behind the registers.
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    Disney Home - Minnie was hidden inside the new Disney Home shop. This was almost the same location as last year, but turned so that she's only visible from inside the store.
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    Wonderground Gallery - Donald was hidden inside Wonderground Gallery.
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    The Lego Store - Pluto was hidden inside the Lego Store, towards the back.
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    ESPN Zone Restaurant - Chip was hidden inside one of the windows to the ESPN store (visible from the outside), close to the entrance to DTD.
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    Rainforest Cafe - Woody was hidden over the entrance to RFC, to the right when facing the entrance.
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    Disney's Pin Traders - The White Rabbit was hidden in a planter near the Pin Trader shop.
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    Starbucks - Dale was hidden near the Starbucks sign on the outside of the building.
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    World of Disney Store - Daisy was hidden near the first entrance to the WoD.
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    We were also going to do all of the hunts in one day, but we kept getting distracted (rides, meals, etc.) and eventually the sun set (hard to take photos at that point!) so we needed two days. :goodvibes
     
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    Miscellaneous In and Around the Parks Photos

    The horses (this is Finn) were back and practising their new route. Instead of traveling counter clockwise around the Hub, they'll be going clockwise. The CMs said that the horses had to get familiar with the new route. So Finn was being walked along his new route (sans the trolley, which was slated to return next week).
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    They have a "Guest Without Bags" line at Security now! There were several CMs stated ahead of the entrance to make sure that guests with bags did not accidently enter that line. Every guests that went through that line did have to go through the metal decectors. Most guests seemed to understand what "without bags" meant, but there were a few that tried to say they only had a small bag, that only their kids had bags, or that the rest of their family didn't have a bag. None of those excuses worked and the guests were directed to regular security.
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    We saw a Canadian Goose and a turtle sharing a rock near Cinderella's Castle one afternoon.
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    Princess Tiana was riding the Mark Twain one afternoon.
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    We saw a couple of the Disneyland cats (Francisco and Snickers) over by Grizzly Rapids one sunny afternoon.
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    The grounds crew in DCA were making leaf Mickeys in various spots. We saw one by the waterfall and another over by Smoke Jumpers.
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    Splash Mountain was still being worked on.
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    It rained one day, so many of the outdoor rides were closed for at least part of the day. Alice had a cute sign.
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    This is one of my favorite firework effects...the jelly fish!
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    Fireworks from the Esplande...the Mickey Head effect!
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    The Jelly Fish effect from the Esplande.
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    Not really very Spring...but I still think the Hatbox Ghost is cool...creepy, but cool..
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    PIXAR FEST, April 2018

    Figment's Pixar Fest Trip to Disneyland
    Pixar Fest has begun in Disneyland and Figment was lucky enough to be able to take a quick trip to DLR to experience as much of the festival as possible! There were parades, fireworks, and new foods to see and try!

    Pixar Play Parade
    The Pixar Play Parade has moved from DCA over to DL. It wasn't a super hot day (80's), but warm enough that the water effects were in full force. Depending on where you watch it from, you might stay dry, you might get misted, or you might get sprayed!

    Luxo Ball - The parade now opens with the Luxo Ball.
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    Monsters University - Next up is the Monsters, including Sully and Mike, from Monsters University.
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    The Incredibles - Next up are the Incredibles, including Frozone, Mr. Incredible, and Mrs. Incredible.
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    Inside Out - One of the new sequences in the parade, Joy and Sadness, along with Bing-Bong are now part of the parade.
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    Finding Nemo - Nemo, Dory, and Marlin are up next, along with Crush, Squirt, and other sea creatures.
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    A Bug's Life - From under the sea, to on dry land...the bugs of Bug's Life are up next!
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    Up - Another of the new sequences, this one features Kevin and Russell, Mr. Fredricksen, the house, and Dug (without the Cone of Shame).
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    "Water" Toy - This character in the float is a water sprayer! This was can get you pretty wet and it roams back and forth on the parade route!
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    PIXAR FEST, April 2018...Continued...

    Paint the Night - As part of Pixar Fest, Paint the Night has returned, but it's moved over to DCA. The parade itself looked pretty much the same, except the Frozen sequence was missing. Given the focus on Pixar in PtN, it fits in well with Pixar Fest (almost better than it did for DLR's 60th).

    Tinkerbell and Peter Pan still start off the parade.
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    And are followed by the Genie, Lumiere, and Tigger (an interesting combination)...
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    Then it's on to Monsters Inc!
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    And now it's Cars!
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    Then comes the Under the Sea sequence, starting with Ariel! Then it's Finding Nemo.
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    Now it's time for Jessie and the gang from Toy Story!
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    Then comes Belle and the princesses.
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    And we're already at the finale! Goofy, Minnie and Donald are on the balls and then comes Mickey.
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    (Aside: I know that there was only one sequence missing, but without the Frozen float, the parade did seem pretty short. We saw the second showing on Dapper Day Sunday and the route was pretty empty. There was almost no one along the route down towards Carsland. We found a front row spot about 5 minutes from step off time (it started by GotG) across from the waterfall and no one sat down next to us until the music started. The CMs indicated that this is pretty common; the first showing is packed and the second one is pretty empty. So if you can wait, I would go with the second showing.)
     
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    PIXAR FEST, April 2018...Continued...

    Together Forever - A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular
    DL debuted a new fireworks spectacular as part of Pixar Fest...Together Forever! It very similiar to the Disneyland Forever fireworks show presented during the 60th Anniversary. There are projections and special effects, along with fireworks. We watched from Main Street, so we had a view of the castle and the buildings on Main Street.

    The show featured clips from many of the Pixar movies, but focused most heavily on Toy Story, Monsters Inc/Monsters University, Up, Coco, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Inside Out. There were a few images from Wall-e, Brave, Ratatouille, A Bug's Life, and Good Dinosaur, but mostly in the montage sequences.

    I only saw it from Main Street, but my guess is that whever you liked to watch Disneyland Forever from, that same spot would work for Together Forever.

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    The Incredibles - This was one of the odder sequences...it mostly features the robot from the end of the movie "destroying" the buildings. The Incredibles are shown (Dash running, Frozone skating, etc.), the majority of the sequence was the robot arms.
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    (Aside: This then leads into the "scary" sequence...featuring the incinerator from Toy Story 3. I get that they wanted to use the fireballs from the castle effect, but the sequence itself doesn't really fit with the rest of the show. They could have used that effect during the Incredibles sequence or something else, without the incincerator sequence - which wasn't entirely clear to me the first time I saw it because I didn't recognize the dialog and the projections are just orange boxes (I think they're supposed to be the incinerator).)

    Up - The House from Up floats behind the castle. It was a popular sequence, but a little slow.
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    Toy Story - Buzz Lightyear opens the show! Be sure to be looking at the castle when the show starts or you'll miss him.
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    Overall I liked Together Forever. I liked that they used the projections again and that it was an entirely immersive experience. I wish that they had given all of the Pixar films more equal representation (Ratatouille, Brave, Good Dinosaur, and A Bug's Life just appear in the finale montage and it's a "blink and you miss them" type of thing).
     
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    PIXAR FEST, April 2018...Continued...

    Miscellaneous In and Around the Parks Photos
    The parks were decked out for Pixar Fest. Mostly it means Red, Yellow, and Blue bunting.

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    PIXAR FEST, April 2018...Continued...

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    Cats of Disneyland - This was one of the cats over by Grizzly Rapids...I think it was Snickers based on the fur color; Francisco was up on the hill taking a nap, with his back to us.
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    For all of the times I've gone to Disneyland, I never noticed this, but this is where Frontierland ends and New Orleans Square begins. The fencing is "wooden" and then switches over to wrought iron. :)
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    Changing Color Noodle Salad
    Figment had fun with the changing color noodle salad being offered as part of the Pixar Fest. The noodles start out a blue-purple color and then turn pink/bright pink when the salad dressing and/or lime juice is mixed in. It did cross his mind that this might be a pretty chemical-heavy process, but upon returning home, it turned out to be far easier (and healthier) than he imagined. You can mind find most everything you need at a grocery store! They're called "Unicorn Noodles" online.

    Ingredients:
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    Instructions:
    1. Quarter the Cabbage and seperate out the leaves. It might not be necessary to seperate the leaves, but it seemed like it might speed up the process.

    2. Place cut cabbage into a pot and cover with water. More water will produce lighter blue noodles, while less water will produce a more darker color, but make sure to have enough water so that the noodles will cook. They do absorb a fair amount of liquid.
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    3. Boil the cabbage and water for 10 to 15 minutes. I don't actually think it matters if you "over-cook" the cabbage, unless you're planning on eating it later.

    4. Add the noodles (you can remove the cabbage if you want or leave it in and fish it out later)
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    5. Boil the noodles according to instructions (usually about 10 to 15 minutes).

    6. Drain noodles. At this point, you should have blue-purple noodles. You can either chill them for a cold salad (like the one at DLR) or use them in some other recipe.
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    7. Now comes the magic...add the lemon/lime/salad dressing and watch it turn bright pink! It's get to be a pretty bright pink color when lemon/lime juice is added or when the noodles are allowed to sit for a bit after mixing in the dressing.
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