DL Trip Report
November 23, 1997

All photos were taken on an Olympus D-600L digital camera, at a resolution of 1280x1024 in HQ mode. The large pictures are quite large, but you'll find them to be worth the download in many cases. You can click on the thumbnails to see the larger pictures!

We (Jeff and dad) got into the park at a little after 10am on this Saturday-- it was a great day for DL. We parked in Flower, and the lot didn't seem bad at all. Inside the park,we were pleased with the initial crowds, so we headed to Tomorrowland for a look at the construction. Right away, the new Astro Orbitor stood out. How cool! The driver of the double decker bus kindly let me climb up to the top of the bus to take a photo of the structure.

Above: The Astro-Orbitor looking great!

We further explored Tomorrowland-- looking for Rocket Rods, but we never found any. What a construction mess, though. It was hard to get any good spy photos, unfortunately. After a 10 minute wait for Space Mountain, we moved on.

We headed through the castle, but on the way, took a look at the swans in the moat. I snapped a super picture, too- one of my all time favorites! (Note to digicam buffs: this is an unedited RAW image-- check out the quality of the camera!)

Above: One of the swans in the castle moat.

We rode the Matterhorn, taking the submarine side line, because it was MUCH shorter than the other one (strange..) and the ride seemed smoother after it's little repair vacation. I then decided to take some shots of the Fantasyland attractions, since I don't really have any. Lines were pretty long for Peter Pan and Mr. Toad at this point, so we passed on.

Left: Peter Pan's Flight building
Right: The dumbos! There was a pretty big line for these, as usual.

We did some more walking, past the teacups, when we stumbled onto something you don't see everyday at the park. The matterhorn, which had just reopened that day, had broken down. Cast members were taking people down from the mountain, so dad recommended that I took a picture, and that's just what I did!

Left: The teacups spin madly
Right: Guests are led by a CM on their way down the broken Matterhorn.

The Matterhorn turned out to be broken for several hours, but at least we already took our ride. We headed over to Toontown next. It's a Small World wasn't reopened yet, but I did get a glimpse inside from a later ride on the DL Railroad. All I saw were large Christmas cards at the last scene, as you exit the building, in place of the "goodbye" (or is it thank you?) messages at the end. The xmas lights were not lit up that night, to my dismay.

Toontown was pretty crowded, so we just walked around and I snapped some photos. We'd later return for Roger Rabbit.

Left: Mickey's house, with the Toontoon hills in the background.
Right: An excellent shot (IMHO) of the Roger Rabbit section of Toontown.

After that, things got pretty random. We did Pirates, Haunted Mansion, and Thunder Mountain. The lines were pretty long for Splash Mtn at the point, so we took the train around to Main Street.

Above: Action shot of the week; The train approaches the New Orleans Square station.

As night approached, we did a few repeats of the mountains, including finally Splash Mountain. We watched the first Fantasmic, which was totally mobbed. The old hide behind the central light tower trick still gets a darn good spot though. We also did Peter Pan and tried Space Mtn again, but it was broken, leaving us with only two Space rides that day. (Earlier that day, the music didn't work either..) sigh. We also hit Indy twice that day (no pictures, sorry), with the first ride being one of my all time best (stuck acclerator, right door) rides.

So, on the way out, I took a shot of the Star Tours spire, which was NOT fully lit as I was hoping. It turned out pretty poorly, compared to the other pictures that day. From there, we left at about 10:45pm!

Above: The bad picture of the week; The spire above Star Tours, not fully lit.

I hope you enjoyed sharing my DL memories!




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