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My first trip to Disneyland was an amazing experience and it is great being able to share it with all of you.  In part 5, we venture into Downtown Disney, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, Soarin’ Over California and have a great view of the new Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. So hurry and click past the break for more incredible photos.  And for those of you just joining us make sure to see Part 1Part 2Part 3,  & Part 4.

Downtown Disney is conveniently 10 feet away from both park entrances and I'm almost not exaggerating :)

Um Disney World...time to step it up to these modern trams. I likes.

It wouldn't be Downtown Disney without a World of Disney Store

I was surprised by just how big Downtown Disney Disneyland feels...

I don't know what trees these are but they are perfect showpieces within the Downtown Disney decor.

Ridemakerz is incredible and you should check them out whenever you have a chance.

3 Million Photos later, we are at lunch of Day 1! :)

Tortilla Jo's hit the spot...the food was good...

...and I still can't get over how convenient it is to have the option of Downtown Disney Restaurants 5 mins away from the parks.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel has a direct entry to both DCA and Downtown Disney!

A very impressive Check-In Area...

...and of course a nice lobby. Similar feel to Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

Now it is back to the parks (plural) for an all too quick hour before a much deserved nap after not having slept nearly enough the night before.

Pardon our Dust with my favorite Disney Character...

Soarin' the original.

Monorails soar too.

This is clearly the way Soarin' should be.

I love how this ride honors the history of flight...

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

And now running over Disneyland we make it just in time for Mickey's Soundsational Parade

Mickey and Minnie are just the start of this wonderfully colorful parade.

Hey Mickey over here ;)

Pluto!

The floats and costumes just get better and better....

The whole parade looks and feels fun and it is.

Time to go under the sea...

Flippin' her fins...

Layers upon layers on these floats...

Ariel blows a kiss to all Da Mouse Readers!

This might be the best daytime Disney Parade I've ever seen...well at least that I remember ;)

The Three Caballeros!

It's Party Time!

The King of Ducks

Did I mention the parade was colorful?

It can also be elegant and dreamy...

The Princesses have arrived...

Snow White is the fairest of them all indeed.

Rapunzel's Tower reaches towards the clouds, wait there are no clouds. We must be in Cali!

The King Is Here!

No no...The Lion King!

Simba!

This picture says it all. Just look at the detail. Beautiful.

Not exactly pride rock...

...but at least we have Zazu!

Time to for some Cajun Country folk...

All the way down in New Orleans...

Princess Tiana makes her way down Main Street USA

Tink & the gang!

Pan....Peter Pan.

...and Hook too!

Spread your wing little butterfly.

Well what do ya know? Mary Poppins...

These guys showin' some energy...

Looks like the final float to a sensational soundsational parade.

Stay tuned for Part 6 of this Trip Report!