At last, we have arrived at the second and final day at Disneyland. I’d like to start by saying that, with the exception of about 1-2 hours of sleep after the Haunted Mansion Anniversary, we ended up staying awake for around 44 hours straight over the course of our trip. How we managed to stem the tide of sleepiness, I have no idea. But we did, so let’s get on with the post. Continue reading Disneyland 2019 Part 3: Haunted Mansion Foods and Unexpected Scoldings
Mother Duck and I arrived back outside Disneyland at 11:30 PM on August 8, a mere half hour before the Haunted Mansion’s 50th anniversary. The space between Disneyland and DCA was practically packed with row after row of people, many in attire ranging from Haunted Mansion t-shirts to full costumes and face paint and all of them wearing their purple lanyards signifying them as attendees of the event to come. Waiting outside the park many hours after sundown as a half-moon shone down on us, while a variety of Disney songs played over the speakers, including the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song (both the movie and the ride version) and the theme from the Electrical Parade, was a truly surreal experience indeed. Continue reading Disneyland 2019 Part 2: Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary
In a recent post, I mentioned that there was something special I wanted to share with you all concerning the Haunted Mansion’s 50th anniversary. Well, Mother Duck and I recently took a trip to Disneyland! We originally had no intention of going this year, but once I heard they were having a special event planned celebrating the Haunted Mansion turning half a century old, I couldn’t resist! We had a two-day trip, and I’m going to be talking about both of our days in a 3-part post, after which I’ll discuss food and rides, just as I did last year and the year before that! Continue reading Disneyland 2019 Part 1: Before the Event
As I do nearly every year, the Duck enjoys visiting the comic convention. Not only is it a fun way to explore all things geeky and nerdy, but it’s also the only time I can dress up as a video game character without looking like a weirdo. Even though this was the first year in a while that I didn’t have a new costume to wear, it was still a fun and exciting day filled with unique vendors, movie cars, Lego displays, and more. With the obligatory opening paragraph out of the way, let’s discuss…comicon 2019! Continue reading Comicon 2019: Tentacle Kitties and Mythbusters
The final ride-ranking post is here, where we discuss the best of the best. Even if one of these supposedly best rides caused no shortage of terror in the Duck and Mother Duck. And in case you’re curious about part 2, it can be found here. Continue reading The Duck’s Disneyland Ride Tour 2018 Part 3
We have arrived at part 2 of the Duck’s Disneyland ride-ranking (part 1 can be found here). This part of the list ranges from the peaceful to the frightening! Continue reading The Duck’s Disneyland Ride Tour 2018 Part 2
The best part of Disneyland, as we all know, is the rides. And one thing I love about the rides at Disneyland is the fact that they have something for everyone, especially people like myself who don’t enjoy rides that are fast or otherwise scary. (Most theme parks would have literally nothing for me to do. Except eat, of course.) I would like to spend the next couple of posts reviewing and ranking the various attractions Mother Duck and I got to ride, including those we rode last year but didn’t check out on our newest visit (signified by italics).
Keep in mind that I’m trying to rank these rides not solely based on personal opinion. For example, I can objectively say that Splash Mountain is a good ride deserving of its popularity, even if I, for one, would never ride it again due to that awful 52-foot drop at the end. Of course, my own opinions will, inevitably, affect my rankings, but I wanted to keep things as fair as possible. If you’re curious about last year’s posts, here are the links to part 1 and part 2. Continue reading The Duck’s Disneyland Ride Tour 2018 Part 1
Ah, you’re back. Well, you’re just in time to read about part 2 of our Disneyland trip, with a little bit of bonus stuff thrown in at the end. (If you missed part 1, you can find it here.) The following day, we arrived before the park opened. Our first goal was to head straight for Peter Pan before it got crowded, but what happened next was…fate, perhaps? The problem with trying to ride Peter Pan first thing in the morning is the fact that everyone tries to do this, so as soon as the way forward was opened, people started running for Fantasyland as fast as they could. We followed at a slower pace, discovering soon enough that our doubts were well-founded when we saw that the Peter Pan queue was already packed. Disappointed, we decided to head for our favorite rides (hint: they’re both in New Orleans Square) while the lines were still short. Continue reading Disneyland 2018: Day 2 – Big Trouble on Big Thunder…Kind Of
I don’t think I can overestimate my love for Disneyland. You may recall that last year marked my first trip to the park in a decade (minus a few months), and this year, Mother Duck and I were fortunate enough to visit again. While we have decided that Disneyland will likely not become a yearly tradition due to the fact that visiting a single place too often has the negative consequence of taking some of the fun out of it, we did have an amazing time nonetheless and look forward to a return someday in the future, whenever we decide enough time has passed. Let us begin by discussing the first day of our trip, shall we? Continue reading Disneyland 2018: Day 1 – From Splash Mountain to Fantasmic
The night of 9/27/15, I had a strange dream. At the same time, it was a bit relaxing, too. In this dream, I was going on a short road trip to this town an hour or two away called Devon. Not sure why it was called that. Maybe because of Devonshire cream perhaps? You’ll get the reference later. For whatever reason, I decided to stop and visit this nature park. You know, like Yosemite. That kind of place.
I remember walking about this large, green place all by myself, singing and just having a generally good stroll. I eventually came upon this lovely, but small, lake (maybe it was a pond?), and I saw this bird swimming in the water that I thought looked like a pheasant, though in my dream, I called it a partridge, whatever a partridge looks like. In actuality, I now think the bird looked more like a small peacock with a pheasant-like tail. I began to take pictures of it with my nifty little no-contract cell phone (contracts are a conspiracy), but I realized my battery was running low, and I didn’t want to be away from home with a low battery charge. Around this time, a couple people stopped by, two guys and a woman. The guys were friendly enough, but when I told the woman about the bird, I didn’t see it anymore, so I don’t think she believed me. As if a duck would lie. Continue reading The Duck Dreams of a Road Trip