Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Daily Ramblings - The happiest place on Earth

Warning - picture heavy post ahead!  :)

A couple of friends of ours recently gave us Disneyland passes to use.  It's been at least 3 years since I went, and even longer than that for the husband, so we were excited to grace the gates of the Magic Kingdom.  It's amazing how no matter how long it's been since you went, or how you remember it when you were a kid, Disneyland hasn't really changed over the years.  There's a comfort to knowing that the things you always loved about certain rides are still the same.  Just remember to watch your ankles (on account of the stroller brigade) and wear lots of sunscreen (ask about my funky tan lines)!
The Haunted Mansion - totally could have done without that terrible movie with Eddie Murphy.  Is it bad that you really only go on this ride to see which of the ghosts decides to hitchhike with you at the end? 
Tom Sawyer's Island and the local pirate ship - ahoy matey!
My timing on this photo was pretty spot on.  We tried taking video while on the ride, but discovered that dark tunnels and blurs of movement probably invoke more motion sickness than the ride itself!
Splash Mountain from the top.  I just adore all the little critters that are inside - Brer Rabbit and Fox and Bear....
We headed on over to California Adventure, which I will admit was a bit of a bust seeing as all the lines were super long at that point, and even the Fast Passes were either broken or for really late.  It gave us the opportunity to get in the air-conditioning and see the Muppets in 3D though.
I'd never ridden the California Screamin' roller coaster, so we did manage to sneak that in, as well as the Maliboomer (where do they come up with these names?!)

We finished off the day with a visit to the husband's grandparents for dinner, who live about 10 miles away from the park, then came back to check out the fireworks.  As far as I'm concerned, the fireworks are a must at Disneyland.  I don't know how they do it, but they make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside every time!

What's your favorite Disney story?


  1. LOVE the Muppets 3D! Glad you got to see it . . . it is on the chopping block and probably won't be there next time you visit.

  2. Haven't you heard?! Guillermo del Toro is doing a new Haunted Mansion movie, Eddie Murphy will not be involved, yea! I still love the teacups after all these years and so do my little monsters, 'spin faster Mommy!' is often yelled at me while on it. Glad you had fun!

  3. Haha - my dad gave me motion sickness on the teacups once from spinning it so fast. I couldn't stop laughing and the only thing I could focus on was my brother sitting right across from me. I think I walked off it sideways. :)