During the recent trip Mother Duck and I took to Disneyland, we ate a variety of delicious things. Our favorite meal was at the Blue Bayou, though it was not our main entrees that we remember the most fondly. Rather, it was the gumbo that came prior that was the most scrumptious savory thing we had that fine weekend. With our next visit to the “happiest place on Earth” sometime in the future, we had no choice but to see if we could make our own Disneyland gumbo at home. Continue reading The Secret of Disneyland Gumbo
With our newfound skills at caramel-making, Mother Duck and I have been seeking out new and exciting ways to use caramel. After our experiments with caramel-covered popcorn balls, the next thing we decided to try was our own homemade Tigger tails. You may remember this particular treat being mentioned in my post discussing the various desserts we had at Disneyland during Spring Dapper Day of 2017. Tigger tails are marshmallow, covered in caramel, covered in sugar, with stripes of chocolate. They are very tasty and very sweet. And they seemed easy enough to replicate. Continue reading Replicating Disneyland’s Tigger Tail
I spend a good amount of time on Youtube, and one of my favorite topics to watch is anything related to the various Disney Parks. I have learned history and secrets, not to mention differences between the various parks, including the amazing Disney attractions. During this time, I have discovered that two of the coolest Disney rides cannot be found in the United States where Disneyland began. Rather, to find these amazing attractions, you would need to visit the pair of Disney Parks residing in China. Continue reading Mystic Manor and Shanghai Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean
It occurred to me recently that, as fond as my memories are of practically anything Disney-related, the Disney Parks are not wholly without unhappiness. No, quite the contrary. It was at one of these so-called “happiest places on Earth” that the Duck was subject to something very unpleasant indeed…traumatic even. But how could this be? How could a place filled with Disney characters and parades and fireworks, a place where even murderous pirates sing jaunty tunes, ever have a sinister side to it? Heck, even the 999 resident ghosts are specifically described as “happy haunts”, proving that Disney is indeed a joyous place for the living and the dead!
But nay, my friends, I speak the truth. There was a time when the Disney Parks were a very unhappy place for this particular Duck. Well then, where did this sad tale of woe take place, you must be asking with barely hidden disbelief? Why, dear readers, the culprit responsible is none other than…Disney World’s Tomorrowland. Continue reading Encountering an Alien at Disney World
The Duck’s grand tour of the rides we visited at Disneyland continues in the aptly titled part two! We’ve already discussed the lesser-amazing (but still pretty delightful) rides we visited, and now it’s time for the top six. Which means the best of the best is coming up! (Again, we did not go on any scary rides, which mainly includes: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and um…Matterhorn.) Sit back and prepare to read some more overly detailed descriptions of cool stuff! You know you love it! Continue reading The Duck’s Disneyland Ride Tour 2017 Part 2
One of the first things that surely springs to mind when people think about Disneyland, after Walt Disney himself, of course, and Mickey Mouse, and Sleeping Beauty Castle…um, well, after all that…is the rides! Right? Yeah, the rides! On the most part, there is almost nothing that can compete with the rides at Disneyland or any of the other Disney parks in terms of sheer detail and imagination, and we had some very specific plans in mind when we got there.
In the past, we would only really visit the few main rides we liked most, and that was all. But this time, we vowed to do things a bit differently. This time, we were going to try out as many rides as we could, including a good number of new ones (many of them were new for me; some of them were new for mom). And now you surely must know what comes next. Yes, it’s time to rank our chosen Disneyland rides from not-as-best to best! (Just know that this list does not include any fast or otherwise scary rides. Which mainly includes anything that looks like a mountain, smells or tastes like a mountain, or has “mountain” in the title.) Continue reading The Duck’s Disneyland Ride Tour 2017 Part 1
While the best part of Disneyland is undeniably the rides, to be sure (and the scenery and the shows!), a trip to this fair kingdom of happiness would not be complete without some delicious morsels (the calories of which have the added benefit of being burned away thanks to the great distances we walked over the course of those two delightful days). I’ve already discussed the meals we had during our time at Disneyland, but let’s not forget the most important part, the desserts, which shall be listed below for your reading enjoyment, from least best to most best! Continue reading The Duck’s Disneyland Dessert Tour 2017
Three months before my mom and I spent a delightful weekend at Disneyland, our trip was still but a distant dream. All we could do was wait and prepare. Our preparations included one thing we take very seriously, food. Considering Disneyland is not a place we can go every day, it is rather important that we don’t miss out on any scrumptious morsel. By the end of the very busy week during which we bought our tickets (both to Disneyland itself and the Disneyland Resort Express bus), set up our flights, and booked a hotel room, we were already pretty familiar with the meals and treats most people ranked pretty high on their lists, in addition to having hunted these places down on the Disneyland app to get an idea of where they could be found. Maybe this kills all notions of spontaneity, but with food, you can never be too careful. Below the Duck shall rank the food we tried at Disneyland, from least best to most best! For this post, let’s start with what many people like to call “real food”. Continue reading The Duck’s Disneyland Food Tour 2017
So, I have this Disneyland app. I have almost never in my life downloaded an app before, save for some free antivirus for my phone, but for once, this particular app looked pretty darn useful. It shows you wait times for rides, locations of restaurants and shops. And it shows you where various characters can be found.
I was so excited for my upcoming trip to Disneyland that I was constantly checking this app just for the fun of it and getting a general idea of the wait times for different rides throughout the day. I learned that certain rides close temporarily throughout the day (so if my favorite ride is closed, I mustn’t fret, as it will probably return shortly…as long as it’s not under…refurbishment!). I even learned where all the characters can typically be found. While I don’t exactly care about tracking down any particular Disney characters, I find the whole notion of seeing where they are on a map rather amusing. Continue reading Bonus Time: Why’s Woody in the Woods?
For the last three months or so, I have been keeping a secret. Before you begin jumping to conclusions, no, I am not secretly a goose. I was actually planning a trip with my mom to Disneyland. The secret was not from her. She knew all about it. The secret was just from everyone else because I wanted it to be a surprise. (Yes, I did recently enter a sweepstakes, the prize to which would have been a free trip to Disneyland. Clearly such a thing was not necessary when I already had a trip planned to that very place. Nevertheless, who can pass up the chance to win a free trip to the “happiest place on Earth”? And in case you were wondering, no, I didn’t win.) Continue reading The Duck Returns…from a Trip Somewhere