Sunday, May 20, 2012

#63: Disneyland!

This afternoon I was going to continue the story of my collapsed lungs that I started last week, but I decided to interrupt it with something much happier and magical--Diane and I just went to Disneyland! We flew down to the Long Beach airport on Wednesday evening and got back home last night.

In the time that we have been married, Diane and I have never gone to Disneyland together. We figured that it would be the perfect way to celebrate our five-year anniversary (sure beats staying at the Motel 6 in Murray), even though it is still a couple of months away. It was a spur-of-the moment decision (Disneyland, not marriage) that we made a few weeks ago.

Below are some of my favorite pictures from our trip. We had a wonderful time, and I can't wait to go again!
I have always loved this statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.
To me, it symbolizes the magic and wonder of  Disneyland.
Oh, and no, Diane and I were NOT matching intentionally.
Scariest ride in the park.
I love the newly updated Star Tours.
I do not love my newly updated double chin.
The "Wookiee Section" of the Star Tours Store.
Darth Vader has never been so good-looking.
We spent Thursday with Diane's sister Marjorie and her family.
Here is a picture of their daughter Izzie watching the Main Street Parade.
Smooching in front of the mice.
You can't beat the atmosphere of Disneyland at night.
No, seriously, you can't beat it.
Playing "Temple Run", an iPhone game inspired by Indiana Jones,
while waiting in line for the Indiana Jones ride!
The Lego Store in Downtown Disney was amazing.
If I ever leave accounting, I want THIS job.
Belle is the only Disney princess I have ever had a crush on (and still have a crush on).
On a side note, it looks like Cinderella is making the Boy Scout sign on her forehead.
Whenever we waited in line, I liked to read about the secrets of Disneyland.
One of the coolest secrets is "Club 33", the mysterious member-only restaurant in Adventureland.
Apparently, Club 33 has a 14-year waiting list to become a member,
and it is the only place in Disneyland that serves alcohol.
As Mormons, Diane and I don't drink alcohol, but we still wanted to get our picture by the door.
We talked with one of the Disneyland "cast members" who shall remain nameless.
He told us that the heads on most of the character costumes cost over $11,000 each.
However, he said that the mechanical head on this parade version of
 Mickey Mouse cost over $100,000 because it can blink and move its mouth.
Even crazier, he said that the head on the brand-new Abraham Lincoln animatron robot in
"Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" cost over $7 million and is the most advanced animatron in the world!
One thing that he refused to tell me was how many Mickey's there were in the park. He said, "Only one, of course."
Speaking of costumes, this lady's was awesome.
During the day on Thursday and Friday the park wasn't too crowded,
and we were able to go on every single ride that we wanted.
However, starting Friday night, things got a little crazy!
It turns out that it was Southern California "Grad Night" from 11PM - 3AM.
I'll get you next time, sword.


  1. Disneyland is definitely one of the greatest places on Earth; glad you guys were able to make the trip together! Oh, and the kiss in front of the mice is simply adorable.

    1. Thanks Aliese! It was funny to see Mickey pretend to be embarassed.

  2. Ahhhhh! Love the post and the unintentional matchy-ness and the mouse head info! Can't wait to hear more about it in person!

    1. AC, well, let's plan a double date to Disneyland soon.

  3. I haven't been to Disneyland since high school. Joe and I really wanted to go before our daughter was born, but alas it wasn't in the budget. Now we're hoping to go next year. Looks like you and Diane had a great time, happy 5 year anniversary. I'm so glad you married Diane, she is a catch!

    1. Anna, you need to go back. I haven't gone since Choir tour either, and I had never gone to California Adventure. I loved it (and it was actually less crowded than Disneyland proper).

  4. That is soo funny!~ We were in Disneyland last Tuesday- just missed you guys (of course I probably wouldn't have seen you anyway) Glad you had an awesome trip!! This was my first time taking my family to the magic and we had lots of fun!!

    1. I am glad you guys went! I haven't gone in 11 years, and I absolutely loved it. We bought a souvenir statue of Walt and Mickey so we could take some of the magic home with us.

  5. Im going in June. I'm so excited and all your pictures just give me more to look forward to. Thanks for this post!

    1. Chris, are you going to be there for the Cars Land opening in California Adventures? It looks awesome!