If you’re a fan of the Haunted Mansion, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the infamous Hatbox Ghost. This mysterious figure was originally intended to be a part of the ride, but he was removed shortly after the Haunted Mansion opened to mortals like you and me. His brief appearance caused some confusion and also gave rise to a rather intriguing legend. Had anyone really seen this ghoulish Hatbox Ghost or was he a mere hallucination? For a ride revolving around a haunted estate inhabited by 999 “happy haunts”, it was all the more chilling for one of these ghosts to have seemingly vanished without a trace. To this day, they say that no record remains of what became of the original Hatbox Ghost figure. Of course, that’s not the end of the story, nor is it quite the beginning. Continue reading The Legend of the Hatbox Ghost
You’ve read my posts. You’ve listened to me jabber on whilst playing random games on Youtube. You’ve seen me in full cosplay regalia. And yet, even so, the Duck of Indeed has remained an elusive creature, only spotted briefly during full moons, eclipses, and if you happen to visit a Subway at just the right time. If you take a picture of the Duck of Indeed, it, just like any photo taken of a Bigfeet or a UFO, turns out blurred and uncertain. Does the Duck of Indeed even exist? Has it all merely been a strange and unsettling dream!
How does a Duck even type when birds don’t have thumbs? Do such questions not unsettle you! Continue reading The Duck of Indeed…Now in HD
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
I had another dream the night of 2/3/15 that I found quite amusing, and it was clearly thanks to playing a lot of Hyrule Warriors at the time this dream occurred. In this dream, there was this large building that was supposed to be the Beast’s castle, except it was also kind of laid out like a house I once lived in, but much bigger. I was locked up in this cell, and when the Beast (is it THE Beast or just Beast?) wasn’t looking, I somehow managed to escape. (The) Beast started looking for me, but he walked really slowly and wasn’t too bright, as he wasn’t very good at spotting me and was rather like those video games where you’re eluding enemies, and you can be standing directly in front of them, but they won’t see you because you’re too far from them. Or they can’t see you even when you’re standing behind a scraggly bush.
The Beast, who sometimes looked like himself and sometimes Bowser from the Super Mario Bros series, walked through the castle, while I managed to stay out of sight. I once went into a room and hid behind an open door with some of my leg still showing, and he walked into the room and completely didn’t see me. Well, I wandered around this castle for quite some time, and I don’t know why I didn’t just try to get out of that place, but I remember two people eventually showing up to help me, one being Fi from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (who also makes an appearance in Hyrule Warriors) and someone else I don’t remember. It could’ve been Lana from Hyrule Warriors, if I were to guess.
All three of us hid in a bathroom at one point, rather frightened despite our “pursuer’s” slow movements, and then we were in this part of the castle that was especially like my old house, with a middle area that housed stairs and a pantry and the like, so that you could walk through all the rooms in one loop. I remember the Beast walking around this area while myself and my companions were by the stairs going to the upper floor. Ghirahim (from the same game as Fi) then showed up, and we peeked around the corner as he told the Beast where we were, who then turned and started coming in our direction. I then woke up shortly after. I must admit, this dream was strangely fun. I rather liked being friends with Fi. And possibly Lana, but I like Fi better. We simply must do this again sometime.
“Kingdom Hearts” is a most fantastic game, with a wonderful story and great characters and lots of great music, as well, and so I shall be sharing with you all my top ten favorite songs from this game. By the way, to make things more fair and because I have a habit of making unnecessary rules for things that don’t really matter, I will only be including songs original to this game (to my knowledge, at least), not songs from Disney movies or “One-Winged Angel”. Otherwise, “One-Winged Angel” and probably “This is Halloween” would be in here, too. The former because it’s just too awesome and the latter probably just because I love “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.
10. “Merlin’s Magical House” is quite a fun song that plays in Merlin’s house (who would have guessed?) in Traverse Town. It’s so cute and fun! I just love it!
9. “End of the World” is the final level of the game, the place housing the remains of all the worlds taken by the Heartless. This song is slow and depressing and makes one feel lonely and empty, very fitting for such a place.
8. “Monstro” plays inside, well, Monstro the whale. It is a fun song to listen to while you wander around in this giant whale’s tummy.
7. Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship has some great music when you fight enemies. I always thought it was quite a fun song. And it sounds…pirate-y to me. Yeah. Pirate-y.
6. “Night of Fate” mainly plays when the Heartless come to Destiny Islands. I love this song. It just really gives a certain feel to this area, as Sora attempts to fight off an endless amount of Heartless overtaking his world. The song speaks of hopelessness and one’s fruitless attempt to save their world when there is no hope of doing so.
5. “Dearly Beloved” plays during the title screen and other places, too, I believe. It’s just a simple and slow, pretty song that’s played on the piano. When I hear it, I instantly think “Kingdom Hearts”! Just try not to! You can’t!
4. I very much enjoy “Fragments of Sorrow” (thanks, PurpleArmadillo, for telling me the name of this song), as well, the music that plays in the End of the World during battles. It is just so epic, and I love the vocals, especially at 0:43. It’s pretty darn dramatic battle music, and it fits well for the final level of the game. It makes you feel like you’re heading towards something really important, like the fate of all worlds rests on you and your actions, and, you know what, it does.
3. “Traverse Town” is one of the first locations of the game, and I find the music here to be very soothing and peaceful as you wander around this town at night. When I played this game for the very first time, I remember wandering around this place, with this music playing, and just thinking I couldn’t believe I was really playing this amazing game. (I didn’t need to be very far into the game to know it would be awesome.) I still get the same feeling now.
2. “Hollow Bastion” is played in the enormous castle near the end of the game in a world bearing the same name. I always loved this song, and I think it gives the place a rather ancient, mysterious feel to it.
1. “Simple and Clean” is this game’s theme, sung by Utada Hikaru. It is no doubt the best song of the game. I still remember when I first heard this song during a commercial, and it just made me want the game so very much. (I must admit, though, I have no idea how the words relate to the game. At all.)
Simple and Duck