Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Happiest Place On Earth

Today I am off to a special sneak peek of Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Celebration -- closed to the general public. No one can buy tickets. But I'm going with a friend of mine who had an extra ticket. I'll be sure to give your regards to Mickey.



I'm back!

Originally uploaded by estherhoffman.

This is a picture of my pal with Pooh. We had a great time. There were not a lot of people invited to this preview so we barely had any lines really for the rides. We got there first thing for the parade, which we thought was great. We sat with a couple of die-hards. I think the guy had been at Disneyland's opening day fifty years ago! So we got the inside poop from them. They had just been to Disney Paris (formerly known as Euro Disney) and said that by far their parades are much better than Disneyland's. BUT, he heard that this parade was going to be more like Disney Paris so we were anxious to see how the floats rated with them. For the most part -- they felt it was the usual fare. But there were a couple of outstanding floats. Personally, I thought the Lion King one was incredible. Also Ursula's (from The Little Mermaid) was very cool.

We didn't do a ton but we're old anyway, so not too shocking there. We went on Mr Toad's Wild Ride (sucked), Peter Pan (great!), Winnie the Pooh (new and cute!--though they shouldn't give Winnie LSD so he trips like that, whew!), Pirates of the Carribean, the Haunted Mansion, Dumbo and then for the "It's A Small World" -- we went on with my pal's friend and her two-and-a-half year old. It was sooooooo sweet watching this little girl's eyes go as big as saucers as she drank it all in. We decided to leave a bit early to try and beat the traffic back (since we'd done everything we'd wanted to do). Made it back in record time -- yeah! No freebies like i thought there'd be other than the ticket getting in (turns out they don't give freebies out at "previews" but rather at birthday parties; this is the 50th celebration but the official party isn't until July) but it was still a great day. Glad I'm back early though. I'm pooped!


At 10:27 PM, Blogger Regular Ron said...

Man that rocks sweetie...

Just think you'll have "It's a small world after all" playing in your head for the next week lol

Anyway, I do hope you have a great time..And I am looking forward to going myself sometime soon.

Regular Ron

At 11:41 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Awesome! I never went there when I lived in California. Maybe I'll go later.

At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy it! Be a kid again, I am told it's good for the soul.


At 9:36 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

"Awesome! I never went there when I lived in California. Maybe I'll go later."

Isn't it wierd how that is. I haven't been there in forever.

At 4:24 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

Have a great time Esther.

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Thanks guys. Almost forgot -- this was the first time I recall so many of the rides (and not just It's a Small World) having directions in Spanish. It was wild.

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

Have fun! Don`t be gone too long-we`ll all miss you!

At 4:13 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

It sounds like you had some great time there Esther.

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