The Happiest Place on Earth
Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
31Trip End Nov 18, 2007
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There was definite magic and aura about the place
* Peter Pan's Flight
* Dumbo the Flying Elephant
* The Mad Hatter's Tea Party
* Pirates of the Carribean
* Splash Mountain
* Space Mountain
* Buzz Lightyear and the Astro Blasters ... etc etc
Elle's not a big thrillseeker so it's been a running joke that I thought she'd get motion sickness on the Mad Hatter's teacups
DCA is loosely based on showcasing California's landmarks and attractions, so the names of the rides were a play on Californian locations or features eg 'Maliboomer', 'Grizzly River Run', 'Californian Screamin'' The rides here had more of an edge, especially the rollercoaster which was particularly thrilling. Also good was the 'Twilight Zone Tower of Terror,' which is set around the haunted Hollywood Hotel. You sit in a 'possessed' elevator that wizzes you up and down between floors, culminating in a free fall from the top floor where the elevator doors open and you see right across the park (once was enough for Ellen). The 'Aladdin- A Musical Spectacular' was a show worths seeing. It was done on a grand scale with good special effects. The wise-cracking genie was the highlight, throwing in a lot of funny pop-culture references about Britney Spears etc. It was in the line at 'Califronia Soarin' that a couple of people from Utah struck up a conversation with Ellen
For the 2 days we were there we managed to go on just about all the rides and see all the shows - no easy feat given the size of the place and the amount of queueing you do. As I said it's a big place with a lot of ground to cover, which probably explains why we saw so many fatties in motorised wheelchairs. Honest to God we saw that many fatty boombahs in wheelchairs, and I don't mean a touch overweight, they were the size of humpback whales. You knew they weren't genuinely disabled when they could park the chairs and get up to go on rides, or use the toilets, or line up for hotdogs. It was really pathetic. The food at Disneyland doesn't help. With so many 'dining' outlets you'd think you could eat something nice but its all just a different variety of shit. It's hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, hamburgers, fries and hotdogs. You could also buy a turkey leg (massive!) and a curious thing called a 'churro', which looked like a sugared deep fried stick of donut dough.
Before leaving we parked ourselves just north of Main St in a primespot for the famous Disney Parade of Stars. The floats had performing characters of all the Disney favourites: Snow White and the 7 Dwarfes, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Goofy, and of course Mickey and Minnie. It was a fitting way to finish off our Disney experience.