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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I finished 6th grade, I'm going to Disneyland!

My son finished school June 8 so we took off June 9 bright and early to enjoy a day at Disneyland. We arrived just as the park opened and started off for Tomorrowland.

I'm not a very good shot so you can see that I've ridden this ride way too many times!!! I love that you can get these free pictures mailed to your home email address and print them out at home. I like that they show your score while on the ride to.

We took a trip on Star Tours and Space Mountian. The next stop was for the boys to turn in their VMK quests. The kiosk outside was not manned so we dashed into Innoventions to find the indoor VMK kiosk. I'm not sure if this was simply because it was a busy day or if this change will be permanent for the hot summer months. The inside of Innoventions is much cooler for the Cast Members, that is for sure! After getting some new VMK cards the boys couldn't resist spending some time playing VMK.

Next they visited with Stitch. We love this attraction that is located in the Innoventions building. This is a picture I took of Stitch but they also give you a photo that you can download and print at home. For some reason Blogger doesn't want to upload the picture or I'd post it here for you.

After Innoventions we rode Autopia, ate lunch, rode the Matterhorn, Big Thunder Railroad, Haunted Manstion, Splash Mountain, we piloted the Mark Twain, went to Tom Sawyer's Island, Indiana Jones, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, Gadget's Go Coaster, Another go round on Roger Rabbit and finally ended up with Space Mountain. Whew! What a day it was!!!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Disneyland don't forget these things

My Disneyland Checklist

Hats (for a hot sunny day this is REALLY helpful)
Jackets for the evening
Camera (extra batteries if needed)
Passes and lanyard
Debit card
Frozen bottles of water
Motorola 2 way radios
Snacks- granola bars, crackers with peanut butter filling, Pringles
Bag of pennies and quarters for smashed pennies

As you enter the park be sure to get a map and the schedule of shows.

The show schedule lets you know what time the shows are and also gives the times when characters are available for photos.

Another tip is to go to the Disneyland website and get their calendar before you go. That way you can create a tentative plan for your day.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Disneyland if you have to use a wheelchair this summer

Are you heading out to Disneyland this summer? Have to use a wheelchair for some reason? Read this for helpful hints.

Main Street USA
Disneyland Railroad- you can stay in the Wheelchair- EXCEPT at Main Street Station! You cannot get on or off at Main Street with a W/C unless you are able to drag it up and down the steps and get in and out of it. Probably not a good idea!! However I don't consider it a ride as much as a resting place or a short cut from one area to another.
The first 50 years attraction- This is in the Area where Mr. Lincoln usually is. This is great for a shady air conditioned rest.
Any of the restaurants on Main Street are good for a sit down and rest.
Plaza Inn- They have good food, indoor seating but a little tough to navigate with a wheelchair (be warned!!)
Best restroom- towards the rear of Carnation Café there is a great little handicapped restroom. Rarely is there anyone in there unlike the ones near the main gate.

Tiki Room- shady and air conditioned a great place to take a break (full Wheelchair access)
Near the Bengal Barbeque there is some nice shady seating plus room for wheelchairs.
If it is re-opened the Aladdin story telling is nice. This isn't the Aladdin show but you basically sit there and they tell the story of Aladdin and have the kids participate.
Best restroom- there isn’t a really good one but the one unless you can access the one in Aladdin’s Oasis (they are only open during the show.) The ones at the entrance of the land are OK but usually crowded.

New Orleans Square
Pirates will be open again soon and it is *almost* like taking a rest!! Nice and cool and fairly wheelchair friendly. This is one of the rides which can take MUCH longer in the WC access line, so if you can walk in definitely walk in!!!
The Disney Gallery- they have an elevator if you cannot take the stairs ask a Cast Member to help you find the way.
Royal Street Veranda- shady area near the restaurant but there are a number of shady areas in this part of the park
Best Restrooms- near New Orleans Square Depot. These are popular rest rooms and can be crowded but they are the only ones you can access unless you eat at the Blue Bayou.

Critter Country- it is a little bit of a hike getting in and out of this area when you are pushing an adult in a W/C, if we are really tired we usually skip it.
Winnie the Pooh is one of the 3 rides that can take a wheelchair as is (the person can stay in the W/C.) The others are Small World and Buzz Lightyear (and Cars in CA Adventure.)
Best Restrooms- and only ones are in the Hungry Bear Restaurant. They are nice and large but can be tricky to get to in a wheelchair (restrooms are on the first floor and eating is upstairs.) Once you figure out how to get there you are good!

Do not go to Tom Sawyer's Island with a W/C unless you just want to sit in the shade while the kids chase around. We give my son a walkie talkie and let him roam around. But all-in-all the island is not a good place for Wheelchairs.
Mark Twain Riverboat- shady if you stay on the first floor and very relaxing. Also if your children are some of the first ones on the boat and w/c are usually the first passengers onboard, ask if the kids can pilot the boat. It is a great photo opportunity.
Golden Horseshoe Stage- nice break from the heat and sun
Rancho del Zocalo- great Mexican food and lots of shady places to sit.
Best Restrooms- Big Thunder BBQ or try the ones next to the Rancho del Zocalo restaurant. No one seems to realize the restrooms and a shortcut to Fantasyland are tucked back behind the restaurant.

ToonTown- not much shade plus the downhill and uphill pushing to get a WC in. We don't go there if we are tired.
Chip and Dale Treehouse has a little bit of shade but all in all there isn’t much shade in this part of the park because it is newer.
They do have 2 play areas for the kids which might have shade but rarely have someplace to sit for the people who aren’t in wheelchairs!
Best Restrooms- the only ones are Goofy’s Gas Station but they can be really crowded and they are small. Avoid the rest rooms here if possible with a wheelchair.

Fantasyland- there isn’t much shade in Fantasyland
Village Haus Restaurant has seating and shade
At the front of the castle near the Plaza Gardens stage there is a bit of shade. This isn’t too far from where the princess’s photography meet and greet area.
There is a small amount of shade in the area around the Mad Tea Party Tea Cups.
Best Restrooms to the left of Small World (before you enter ToonTown.)

Honey I shrunk the audience (show)- if you are hot and tired this makes a GREAT place to take a break!!!! The person in a W/C can stay inside the W/C for the show. Air conditioning is wonderful and the show is cute.
Buzz Lightyear is also shady and cool and takes the person on the ride in their wheelchair if they want to stay inside; this is great at the end of the day if you are getting tired. Be sure to stop at the computer stations at the exit of the ride to send your free Buzz photo home to your email address or send it to friends as well. There is usually a small line but it is worth it!
Innoventions- really FUN place to go for shade and air conditioning. They have an interactive Stitch area that is AWESOME if your kids are the right age to enjoy it. I thought it was really cool technology! J Be sure to check in there (on the second floor) first as sometimes you have to get reservations for later. The kids can play all sorts of Disney video games while you take it easy and there is some seating so this makes a decent place to take a break.
The area near the exit of Space Mountain where the bathrooms are located is a great shady cool place to rest a bit. There are benches for seating and a water fountain as well. If you ride Space Mountain in a Wheelchair this is where you get in line (at the exit of the ride.) The line to ride can be longer for people in wheelchairs. Get a Fast Pass if you can and hit it later without a big wait.
Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port- good Italian food, big portions (most are at the park.) Also there is a good amount of inside seating.
Best Rest Rooms are the ones at the exit of Space Mountain.

OK, those are my hints and tips for summer at Disneyland in a wheelchair or if your health isn't 100%.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Pirates are Coming!

A Pirate'S Life For Me (Yo Ho)

"Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We pillage plunder, we rifle and loot.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.

We extort and pilfer, we filch and sack.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
Maraud and embezzle and even highjack.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.

We kindle and char and in flame and ignite.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We burn up the city, we're really a fright.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We're rascals and scoundrels, we're villians and knaves.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We're devils and black sheep, we're really bad eggs.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We're beggars and blighters and ne'er do-well cads,
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
Aye, but we're loved by our mommies and dads,
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me. "
Words by Xavier Atencio

The excitement builds more each day as we approach the re-opening of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the opening of the movie "Dead Man's Chest." Click here for a history of the ride, a movie trailer and a (coming soon) pirate game. The entire area surrounding the Pirates ride is undergoing a refurbishment and will reopen around the time of the movie release. We are among the Disneyland fans that are looking forward to seeing Captain Jack Sparrow integrated into the ride. As soon as I get word that the ride is reopened I will take pictures for my scrapbooks and for the blog. (Sounds like we have 2-3 weeks to wait.)

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