Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Five Disneyland Attractions I Miss

Here is the second Disneyland related article I have published on HubPages.  Enjoy and if you get a chance vote and comment at the end of the article.

Submarine Voyage photo courtesy of Effie3 at Flikr
Over the years there have been many attractions at Disneyland that have come and gone.  Some were not very successful and are probably not really missed but there are a few rides that if you ask around are missed by a lot of Disneyland fans.  I am going to share with you the five attractions that I miss the most and if I could, would bring them back.

You can read the rest of the article here - http://hubpages.com/hub/Five-Disneyland-Attractions-I-Miss

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The "Partners" Statue

I have recently discovered that I like to write (don't like to read a lot, ask Marsha!) and discovered the HubPages website which lets users write and post articles.  So I signed up and posted my first article yesterday.

The "Partners" Statue
It is one of the most photographed, if not THE most photographed structure/object at Disneyland since it debuted almost 18 years ago. You can walk by it anytime day or night and find throngs of people waiting to have their photo taken in front of it . . . I am talking about the “Partners” statue of course!

You can read the rest of the article here -  http://hubpages.com/hub/the-partners-statue

Monday, June 13, 2011

Calvin in the Jedi Training Academy

On our last day at Disneyland we finally got over to see the Jedi Training Academy in Tomorrowland.  It is a live show that teaches the practices of Jedi Knights to the little kids in the audience if you haven't seen it.  They select kids from the audience and give them a robe and a light saber.  Calvin was lucky and got chosen!  He was pretty excited.  Just a little hint if your little kid wants to get chosen have them wear something Star Wars or make a huge sign, those kids got picked first!  So he was taught a routine and then Darth Vader and Darth Maul came out and the kids got to fight them.  Calvin fought Darth Maul and won! LOL

Calvin waiting for his lesson.
From behind the stage. (We bought a good photo from the
Disney Photo store that I will scan later and add.)

Kaylee and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

On this trip to Disney's California Adventure Kaylee decided she wanted to go on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror so myself and mom (Judy) with went her.  She didn't show any signs of fear or being scared, in fact I think I was more scared for her then she was!  


Next time she should be tall enough for California Screamin'.

Family Disneyland Trip, June 2011

We took a summer trip to Disneyland Resort last week with Judy (Mom) and Cody. We were there for 6 days and 5 nights and had a great time, but it went by too fast!  The newly re-opened Star Tours 3-D (Disneyland) and new Little Mermaid (California Adventure) rides opened recently so we got to ride those.  We are home now and recovering from our 2500 mile round trip of fun!

The new Star Tours 3-D ride is pretty awesome:
Star Tours - The Adventure Continues. 
Darth Vader sign advertising the Star Tours 3-D ride in Downtown Disney.
Yoda sign advertising the Star Tours 3-D ride in Downtown Disney.
C3PO sign advertising the Star Tours 3-D ride in Downtown Disney.
Here are some more pictures from our trip - 

Welcome to Paradise Pier - Fun in the Sun for Everyone!
California Screamin' and Mickey's Fun Wheel.
Construction on the new entrance to Disney's California Adventure.

The Haunted Mansion at dusk.
A look down Main Street U.S.A.
Splash Mountain at dusk.
The Court of Angels.
Indian statue on Main Street U.S.A.  Who knows where his twin is ?
The Disney Clothiers LTD.
Breakfast with Minnie Mouse.
"The actual park bench from the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round in Los Angeles, where Walt Disney first dreamed of Disneyland. (See placque below.)

Patriotic decorations.
The Opera House featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
Main Street U.S.A. train station from just inside the gate.
Main Street U.S.A. train station.
Can't wait until our next trip!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Disneyland Trip Next Month

Getting ready for our trip to Disneyland next month I was looking around the internet for some Disneyland pictures and came across a few I had not seen before.  These look like they are from the late 1950's/early 1960's?
Disneyland Entrance
Disneyland entrance sign with Matterhorn in the
background.  (I miss this version of the sign.)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Field of Dreams

Is this heaven?  It's Iowa.  Iowa? I could have sworn it was heaven.  Is there a heaven?  Oh yeah. It's the place dreams come true.  Maybe this is heaven."

Picked up one of my favorite movies of all time on Blu-Ray the other night at Wal-Mart for only $12.00 and finally got the time to watch it tonight.  It has been awhile since I seen this movie so I am excited!

If you have not seen Field of Dreams (could there be anybody?) it is about a Iowa farmer named Ray Kinsella who hears a voice in his corn field tell him, "If you build it, he will come."  So he builds the field where his corn used to be and the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other seven Chicago White Sox players who were banned for throwing the 1919 World Series appear.

If you haven't seen it you need to!

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the movie -

"Well, you know I... I never got to bat in the major leagues. I would have liked to have had that chance. Just once. To stare down a big league pitcher. To stare him down, and just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think you know something he doesn't. That's what I wish for. Chance to squint at a sky so blue that it hurts your eyes just to look at it. To feel the tingling in your arm as you connect with the ball. To run the bases - stretch a double into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms around the bag. That's my wish, Ray Kinsella. That's my wish. And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make this dream come true?" (Doctor Archibald "Moonlight" Graham)

Ray, people will come Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come." (Terence Mann)

Here is the field in Dyersville, Iowa . . . around 800 miles from
where we are in Cheyenne.  I would love to make a
trip out there to see it soon.