Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Year of a Million Souvenirs

I went to Disneyland a week ago, and I was planning to write a big ol' blog about it. But I'd rather watch a Disney movie so I'm just going to make a few points and post some pictures. Easier for everyone, right?

Favorite ride: Indiana Jones, followed by Pirates...and Splash Mountain. And Space Mountain. And Tower of Terror. ANYWAY. Indiana Jones was a blast.

Least favorite ride: what?

Tastiest food: I actually hardly ate anything the whole time I was there, but I did enjoy some turkey leg (mmm). The Dole pineapple whip was also very delectable. I also really liked the Starbursts I put in my bag.

Favorite souvenir: I only bought one, a Pirates hoodie. It was inevitable, but a Nightmare shirt almost won out. Actually, all of my souvenirs are my favorites--I also got a "1st visit" pin and my lovely sister-in-law traded a pin of hers to get me a neato Davy Jones pin.

A few of my favorite things:
--the first Jack Sparrow on Pirates.
--the "how do you do" song from Splash Mountain, although I prefer my version of "mighty fine shootin'" to "mighty fine greetin'".
--seeing a real live Ariel. There's some thrilling about seeing an animated character in real life. You know?

This all makes me sound like I was a total Pirates spaz at Disneyland, and, well, I was but I loved everything. I squealed about the castle, I got starry eyed in the princess store, I was enthralled by the videos at Off the Page and I seriously loved that Splash mountain song. So, just for the record, my Disney love goes well beyond Pirates territory. OK, picture time!


This isn't the Jack I mentioned, but it was the only one I could take a picture of. Yes, that is my hand, and no, I did not swoon. Giggle? Perhaps.

You know how on What Not to Wear they talk about flared jeans making your legs look stumpy? Um. They do.

Look! Princesses! I never saw Belle, which was too bad, but...princesses!

I was waiting for a rendezvous at Autopia and liked the palm trees.

This is one of my favorites, and sadly it came out a bit blurry.

Did I mention that I like the castle?

So, final thoughts: I want to go again. Very soon. But I want to go in the fall next time so I can see the Haunted Mansion all decked out Nightmare style. I also want to go on a weekend so I can see Fantasmic. And of course I want to go again so I can do all the things I missed and do all the things I liked all over again. Disneyland? Fall? Anyone?


  1. Brilliant! I loved the pictures, especially the carousel one. Who says it's just for kids?? And how did you take that awesome, empty night shot? Not very many folks there! I'm so glad you had a great time.

  2. Well, hello! I wish I'd know about this blog before, I only found the other one through DeviantArt! You're right, this is better: it's more up to date.

    Ah, I remember Disneyland. I went there a couple times, but the last time was about 15 years ago. Yikes! I was there when Indiana Jones opened, and yes, it was awesome. The things I remember most are that and Space Mountain, which was also awesome. Can't compare them, though, being such different kinds of rides.

    By the way, you are now On Notice. At the moment, my on notice list is all my friends who went somewhere fun this summer while I've been stuck in Rexburg.

    If current circumstances wouldn't make it awkward, I would totally go in fall. I've always wanted to see all the Nightmare stuff, I've only heard about it. I think Kate would be mad, though, so I guess I'll have to wait until I have kids old enough to go.

  3. I didn't think anything of the emptiness until my sister-in-law said Main Street is usually packed, even late. So...I guess it was just beginner's luck?

    I need to post more pictures. Why haven't I posted more pictures??

  4. Trip planning must happen soon. SOON!