(Thanks Mommy for the idea)
For this week’s Flashback Friday, it’s another trip to Disneyland. I’m telling you, I really, really love that place. I can’t help it.
We like to tell people that we seem to have become quality control for Disneyland. We’ve had family members removed from It’s a Small World, evacuated from Winnie-the-Pooh, I keep them on their toes with all my food allergies and an experience I had when I was little became part of the training for the Matterhorn. What can I say? We like being different. Here is one experience I had last year.
It was the last day of being 27-years-old and we celebrated at the Happiest Place on Earth. One of my favorite rides is Big Thunder Mountain and I have the privilege of saying that I have sat in every seat on that ride in one night. Grad Night was fun. Anyway.. back to last year. We decided to ride the rollercoaster and I scream a lot on that ride and mimic the mountain goat when we go by. When the ride was over, my backpack didn’t want to come up off the floor very well. As my mom was getting out behind me she noticed that something had fallen from my backpack and into the opening where the safety bar comes down to hold you in the seat. She bent down and tried to pull it out while the next group was getting on. A cast member noticed what she was doing and we showed him that something had gotten lodged. It was my metal canister of sunscreen.
The cast member immediately emptied the car and told the other cast members. They backed up the train and placed it out-of-service. I broke a ride. Well, at least part of a ride. My dad and brother were standing out side the ride wondering what had happened to us. It took two cast member a couple of minutes to get the can dislodged from the opening. The cast member who managed to get the can out gave it back to me and I apologized profusely. I could not believe that I, of all people, had to break part of one of my favorite rides the day before my birthday. I still have the can with the dent and I laugh every time I open my medicine cabinet and see it.
Throughout the rest of the day, that car sat back on the tracks at Big Thunder waiting until it could be inspected properly. It still amazes us today at how fast that cast member reacted and pulled, not just the people in that section of the train, but the whole train. People have died on that ride out of their own stupidity. I trust the rides at Disneyland with my life because I know they get inspected on a daily basis because they truly care about each and every guest that passes through those gates. I will never forget that moment or any of the ones we’ve had for quality control. I know that I could never thank any of the cast members enough for making me and my family feel safe. We do our best to keep you on your toes.
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I’ve realized that a couple of weeks have gone by since I was at Disneyland for my birthday. I’m not going to write much tonight because I am exhausted tonight. So I figured that I would share a few pictures that I took the day after my birthday. We stood and watched the band play quite a few songs in front of Main Street Station before fully entering the park.
I know that I’ve written about how much I love Disneyland before but after spending another birthday at the Resort I want to write more. I truly do love that place and I have a lot of respect for the cast members who work there.
I cannot remember a time where I had a horrible visit. I have had a time where I have been upset due to not feeling well or not knowing that I have quite a but of options to eat. But not once do I remember having a bad experience. People have told me that they don’t like Disneyland because they had a bad experience and usually it was something that cod have either been avoided or it is just something the happens. Disneyland has become a place where you need to know how to get around. There are tricks to getting around the park without trouble. Here are a few that I have learned over the last few years.
1. Get the Fastpasses. Trust me they make getting the most out of the rides. Not every ride has them but if you really want to get on a ride that has one it can cut the wait time from about 50 minutes to about 15 – 20 minutes.
2. If you have any questions ask a cast member of go to City Hall. City Hall is usually my first stop when I get into the park. This where you go if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.
3. If you are having any type of celebration, birthday, anniversary, first visit, anything really, go to City Hall. They five you buttons to wear around the park Nd the cast members respond to them that’s how I got wished a happy birthday 45 times by just cast members.
4. Try not going in the summer. That is their busiest time of the year but you can still manage the park if that is the only time you are able to visit. Middle of the week also seems to be less busy than the weekends for obvious reasons.
5. If you plan on going more than three times in a year, get an annual pass. You can make payments so you don’t have to pay the full amount all at once since they are expensive but they are cheaper in the long run if you go a few times throughout the year. Also you get a small discount on certain stuff depending on what pass you have. Also depending on the pass, there are blackout dates but all you have to do is plan your trip around them.
6. You might as well eat in the park because the food is just as expensive outside the park as it is inside. For the four of us in my family, we can eat breakfast in the park for around $45.00.
For anything else just do a little research before your visit and you migt be surprised at how much info you can find on the internet. It can also be fun to just talk with the cast members. They are fully of knowledge and are they to make sure you get the best experience you can get. They want you to be happy and do their best to make sure of that.
I’m not writing much tonight. I am sitting at Redd Rocket Pizza Port in Disneyland. Today I turned 29 and was the first in line for the park, I found a penny on the ground in front of the gate and I found a $20 bill on the ground while heading in to get dinner. Today has turned out to be a great birthday and that makes me happy since I was dreading being almost 30. Well we are almost done with dinner so I better get off the Internet.