A Visit to the House of Mouse

Can’t wait!  I’ll be going back to Disneyland on Saturday.  It’ll be my first time back inside the gates in about a year.  Man, do I miss having an annual pass.  On the other hand, less frequent trips mean I appreciate the park that little bit more.  I’ll spend more time there, try to get on more rides.  And there will be new stuff for me to see and discover, since I haven’t really been keeping up with the Disney blogs.  I’ll have to make sure to thank my friend for getting my into the park.

After Report

We did indeed survive Disneyland.  It wasn’t my longest day at the park nor was it my most ride-filled, but I still had a lot of fun.  That trip was more about friends and family than anything else.  Yes, there were a few new things for me to see, which was great, but I had more fun showing off the things that had come out to people who hadn’t been in the park for a while.  Lunch at Carthay Circle was expensive, but it’s not a place I would think of going to often, and it was a place I knew my dad would want to see.  He was impressed!  And showing off Radiator Springs Racers, Star Tours 2.0, and even Luigi’s Flying Tires was great, if only to see how my companions enjoyed it.

Return to the Kingdom

Tomorrow we’ll be hitting up Disneyland for the first time since the beginning of summer, as a belated birthday present to me.  We let our annual passes expire since we needed to save some money, and I’ve been wanting to go back for a while now.  We missed the Halloween makeover entirely, which is a little sad, but I think the Christmas decorations are nicer anyways.  Planning to spend the entire day there, since we have to get our moneys’ worth this time around.  It’s going to be a tiring day!

Another Dose of Random Thoughts for the Day

Yep, it’s that time when I can’t think of anything significant to blog about, but still need to hit my monthly quota!

– Found a bike chain for my girlfriend’s new bike in my parents’ garage.  I initially thought it would take quite a while to find the needed key, and started reluctantly digging through the key tray.  Turns out if was one a key hook nearby!  At least it didn’t take too long to find it.

– I finally got around to throwing out the box for my SDCC Metroplex.  It’s understandably huge, but I liked the design of it.  I did keep the sides with the artwork, though – it’s pretty sweet!

– We tried hanging up a full-length mirror on the wall using eight command strips.  It only lasted about twenty minutes.  A trip to the dumpster and some vacuuming later, we’re back to a blank wall.  At least we have extra mirrors?

– I no longer have a valid annual pass to Disneyland.  This makes me sad.

– I’ve gotten the urge to watch random Batman: The Animated Series episodes again.  I’m glad I have them readily available on my shelf.

Ow, my ears!

Tonight we went to Disneyland for dinner. My girlfriend got a gift card for her birthday, so we figured it was a good time to spend some of it. I don’t think I’d ever seen the parks so badly crowded! Well, I probably have, but the grad night crowds certainly made it seem worse. If only they came with volume control….

Visitation Rights

We went to Disneyland for a few hours today, just to check out the Halloween decorations.  It seems like we haven’t had enough times to visit the parks as regularly as we did in previous years, yet we’ve still had quite a few visits this year.  With the opening of the new lands at California Adventure, there’s been lots of stuff to see and do, so it isn’t as if we haven’t been doing anything with our passes.  I just think there’s a bit of a growing disconnect between ourselves and the park.  I don’t know.  At any rate, I know I’ll be back very soon to check out the Christmas decorations.

Running Around

This morning I went with my cousin’s family to show them around Disneyland.  Obviously, they had been to the park before, but it had been a few years.  Also, they didn’t really know how Fastpass worked.  Well, I figured I would give them the strategic attack on the best rides for the day.  I think it came out successfully!  We got into the park about half an hour after opening, and by 1:30 in the afternoon we had already gone on Space Mountain, Star Tours, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones Adventure, the Haunted Mansion, the Matterhorn, and Splash Mountain.  Busy morning!  We went on a few more rides before I left them in the mid-afternoon.  They’re still at the park enjoying themselves, and hopefully I took a lot of the stress out.

It’s Come Back for More Random Thoughts for the Day

Been a while since I last did one of these!

– Knott’s Berry Farm’s chicken restaurant now how boysenberry butter.  They know just where to strike at us!

– Our house gets Chick-Fil-A coupons that I forget to use.  Good ones, too.

– Disneyland also has some pretty good fried chicken.  Oh man, I’m gonna die from a heart attack, aren’t I?

– Mmm…. KFC.