Saturday, August 13, 2011

Day Fifty: I Kissed a Mouse, and I Liked It!!

What better way to spend day 50 than at Disneyland!! After starting our day with warmed-over French toast sticks (a la Central), we headed over to the park. We saw Goofy as soon as we walked in, but he had a huge crowd around him, so we didn't stop to take a picture with him. We walked up Main Street USA, which is a bunch of little shops and cafes. We started making mental lists of which ears we wanted! (There are so many new ones, it was tough to pick!!) One of the stores had animated windows of all the classics- like Snow White, 101 Dalmatians, and The Lion King. We went on a few rides, like Pirates of the Caribbean (they sure did an excellent job with the movies- Captain Jack Sparrow looks just like the character from the ride), the Haunted Mansion, and Splash Mountain (the picture at the top was priceless!) Next to Splash Mountain was 100 Acre Wood, home to Winnie the Pooh. We took pictures with Pooh and Eeyore (gave them big hugs!!) Tigger had just left, which was a little disappointing. We went on the psychedelic Pooh ride. Next, we went to the Pirate's Lair, which was a deserted pirate island. They had caves and things to climb in, up, and through. There was also a cage of bones and the pirate's booty!! Then we went to FantasyLand, where we met Tinkerbell and some of her fairy friends. (I don't know why, but Tinkerbell didn't look very happy to see us...)
Since we didn't want to miss Mickey and Minnie, we decided to go on a hunt for them. Luckily, we didn't have to look very hard for their houses in ToonTown. We walked over there and waited for Minnie. Once we got her picture, we walked through her house and took some pictures. Her house led to Mickey's Theater Barn, which is where they were showing all of his old movies. We were finally able to see the Big Cheese!! We took our one chance to give Mickey a kiss on the cheek! Sure hope Minnie doesn't mind!! (As the photographer said, it was our new Facebook picture!) By this time, we felt like total 6-year-olds, so we decided to wait in line with them to see the Princesses. We met Belle (love her dress!) and Arielle, and Tianna. We also saw Aurora tell her story of Sleeping Beauty. Then we went to 'It's a Small World". After that, we tried to watch Mickey's Soundsational Parade, but since we were a little late, we didn't get very good spots. Luckily, most of the characters were high on floats, so we were able to see some of them. Each float had a different character/movie and each had it's own song. It was fun to sing a long with the ones we knew! I didn't realize that Mary Poppins was part of Disney, but at least I knew what the float was supposed to be unlike the person in front of us. He said it was iCarly, and clearly it wasn't. We also couldn't figure out how Arielle got on her pedestal with a fin on, but somehow she did!
After the parade, we went to Wonderland. We went to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and rode in his teacups. We took the Alice in Wonderland ride (and quickly found out some more information about Seattle from the girl at the control). Then we took Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (it wasn't that wild). We took a small break, went back to the hotel to get warmer clothes on (imagine!), and continued on. We spent the evening with the classic Disney characters. We went on a flight with Peter Pan, went on a journey with Pinocchio, and went with Snow White on her scary adventures. When you watch the movies as children, you see the fairy tale in it, when you see them as adults on rides, you realize how creepy some of them really are and are surprised you didn't have nightmares after watching them!!
Since we still had some time before the park closed, we went over to TomorrowLand to Buzz Lightyear's ride. The newer rides are pretty neat because they are all interactive. This one, you help Buzz try to shoot all of the bad aliens. We are the only two who made it rather competitive. If only we had figured out sooner what we were supposed to be doing! After Buzz, we decided to go back to the hotel and rest up for another fun-filled day!

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