Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Happiest Place on Earth

Robyn and I just got back to our hotel after two amazing days in Disneyland with Zack and Delta. My feet hurt like the dickens after walking around the park all day long, but we had an infinite amount of fun in a finite amount of time; so it was truly fabulous. After experiencing Disneyland in January, I don't know if I could ever come back in the summer. The temperature was cool and comfortable, the lines were super short. (The longest we ever had to wait was 40 minutes for space mountain but there were many rides where the wait was 5 minutes or less.)

All that remains of our trip is a long drive home tomorrow, but for now there are a few things I need to share about our trip.

I dominated in the Toy Story ride
There is a ride that is essentially a wii game. You ride around and shoot different targets and you rack up points. My first time playing it took me a while to get the hang of using the gun aparatus. Robyn dominated me. We rode the ride again, but this time I knew what I was doing and I rocked everyone's world with the highest score out of the 4 of us.
 My score is on the left, Robyn's is on the right.  It was a close battle but I won out in the end.

Delta gets rebuked by a five year old
We went on the Tower of Terror but Delta elected not to go. While she was waiting outside there was a grandma with her five year old grandson that talked to her. She told him that she was waiting for us because she didn't want to go on the Tower of Terror.  He told her, "I went on it twice and I didn't cry. How do you know you don't like it if you don't try it?" I told her the child was correct.

Robyn watched for the rocks
That's how she rolls.

Zack and Delta decide on a Vegas Wedding
On the way to California we stopped off in Las Vegas to eat at one of the buffets there because they are awesome. Zack and Delta, who recently got engaged, saw one of the Vegas wedding chapels and decided that they should give it a go. Wouldn't Disneyland make a great honeymoon? Especially with me there? I'm not telling whether they decided to go through with it.

Robyn wasn't scared of the Matterhorn
We were all so proud of her.  She was still scared of the Snow White ride, but we'll work on that next time.

Disney impresses me with their excellence
As a child I remember seeing one of the characters, Launchpad Mcquack, at Disneyland.  I walked up to him and asked if I could go on his plane.  He nodded his head and took me by the hand.  I'm not sure where he planned to take me but my mother stopped him before he got very far.  I was sharing this story while we were in line for Soaring Over California.  But in trying to get Robyn to remember who he was, I said he was a pelican.  Zack vehemently disagreed and thus ensued the debate.  I decided to get the opinion of a Disney staffer.  She said, "I always thought he was a duck."  But then the line had to move on and we couldn't discuss it any longer.  But then she found us after we rode the ride, and explained to us that he has the lantern chin which is used to denote arrogance in a character and it is not a pelican bill.  I was so impressed with her dedication to find us and give us additional information that I didn't even care that I lost the debate.  Disney is awesome.


  1. That sounds like a truely remarkable trip. The only thing that would have made it better is if I would have come along. I am glad you had a great time. Cameron

  2. lol, first off, thanks for posting a section about me in your blog, I feel honored...and second off, its called the twilight zone:tower of terror, it means it is scary!

  3. I'm so glad that you dominated Disneyland. I'm so glad that Robyn wasn't too scared for most of the rides. And Congrats to Zack and Delta on getting married.

  4. Disney IS awesome! I'm glad you had a good trip. January and February really are the best months to go. Good planning on your part. :)

  5. Went on Tower of Terror once. Hated it.

    The Snow White ride is definitely the scariest of the old Disney movie rides. I don't blame Robyn for being scared!

    Launchpad Mcquack...I wouldn't have thought duck, but I wouldn't have quite thought pelican either. I'm glad the girl at Disneyland showed us the light!

  6. wedding it up! I hope they did it chapel style.

  7. I have had the best trip! Thank you my love for taking me to the happiest place on earth, even if I tend to get a bit scared sometimes. I will work on the Snow White thing for you. In the mean time I can just make you laugh about the whole thing.

  8. I love Soarin' Over California. (It's my fav.)
    I love the Toy Story ride.
    I love Jeff and Robyn.
    I like getting freaked on Tower of Terror.
    I love vacations.

    I hope you said what up to my neighborhood for me!

  9. I'm so glad Robyn is getting more and more brave in her choice of rides. I remember that she was my wimpy ride buddy at 6 flags.

  10. So you didn't include a image (very uncharacteristic of you) so I needed a refresher of who Launchpad McQuack was, and found this image via Google:

    Launchpad McQuack image

    I can see the duck more than the pelican, but the dipping chin is very confusing. So she called it a "lantern chin" that denotes arrogance in a character? A Google search of "lantern chin" does not produce very many helpful links. Must be an uncommon phrase.

    I do think it's funny she tracked you down to tell you though. I wonder if the park employees get asked questions like that all the time. I bet the Disney staff just radio questions between each other to see if anyone can answer the question. Or maybe they have some control center with a guy at a computer that searches Disney databases to answer questions for people. Fun stuff.

  11. How can anything named McQuack, not be a duck?


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