Wednesday, 21 March 2012
21.03.2012 - 21.03.2012
There was so much to write about Disneyland and I just didn't have the energy to do it justice so I'm putting together this Supplement as time and energy permits.
The park created a good impression from the start. We were carefully queued and staff prevented any queue jumpers. There was no need to prove our "Senior" status, the lass at the ticket counter must have realised we were both ancient. Next was the security check, a very apologetic lady peeked into our hand-bag and my belly-bag. Saying "Sorry, sorry" over and over again and she had the brightest smile while doing this necessary task.
We decided to take the train around the park to get an impression of the place. All very civilised and orderly with staff fussing about and being politely firm with those who wanted to stand on the moving train. We didn't see all that much from the train but it did impress on us just how extensive the place is.
Then on to the "Emporium" for the necessary souvenirs, a huge building filled with everything Disney. Most of the stock on display is a "Sample" and when you've made your selection a staff person ducks off and acquires the item from a back room. I actually enjoyed watching them dart here and there and pop up when you thought there was no-one around.
Through some of the speciality shops featuring high quality glass-ware and etched or engraved crystal. About all I could afford was to take a photo. Back on Main Street and past some high standard eateries to "Tomorrow Land".
We sampled the flying saucer ride and wandered around watching the 'kids' both young and old marvel at the strange futuristic objects and structures. Buz Lightyear is the iconic figure in this section. While Jenny was out of sight, a young woman approached me and asked if I'd let her husband take a photo of her and I. No problem, did my best VIP impression and her husband took three or four pictures. Then I was asked to pose with their young son. I really enjoyed my minute or two in the spotlight.
We crossed the draw bridge and entered "Fantasy Land". This was an amazing area featuring Dumbo the flying elephant. There was also the Mad Hatter's tea party where we rode in a tea-cup. Then we watched in amusement as people and their kids lined up in long queues to have their picture taken with one of the Disney characters. The character Pluto had only a very short queue and Jenny went up to him and received a big hug.
While heading for the next section we stopped to watch a 'side show' consisting of a slim black guy who performed unbelievable acts with a diabolo. He threw it a long way into the air and caught it again and at one stage had it run vertically up the rope. finally he got two of them running in different directions on the one rope almost tying himself into knots in the process.
Next we wandered into the "Toy Story" where Jenny braved a ride where a car full of people defies gravity and races inside a vertical track from the 2 o'clock to the 10 o'clock position - almost upside down and hanging there for a second before dashing off in the opposite direction.
The "Adventure Land" was very crowded and there was a mob of young Indian men who were very pushy and talked so loudly as to intrude into everything being said by the 'guide'. We evaded them on the climb up into Tarzan's tree house. This is an amazing structure that actually looks like a tree but is completely artificial. The incredible attention to detail had me disbelieving my senses.
As we headed back to Main Street with the intention of leaving because our feet were killing us, we discovered that the Grand parade was due to start at 1530, just 20 minutes from now. We decided to stay and are very glad we did. The floats were awesome and the who troop of performers did an incredible job. I'd expected the parade to just march past and was surprised when it stopped a number of times and the performers invited kids onto the street to join them.
I know I've used words like 'incredible' and 'amazing' and 'awesome' but they truly describe my reaction. Kids enjoy the place, I just marvel at how it runs and what the creators have achieved.
Hope you enjoyed this little supplement.