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
We are all familiar with Las Vegas, right, that city out in Nevada, USA, with all the elaborate hotels and casinos and also a rather naughty reputation. Unlike most people, I am not a fan of Las Vegas. That’s right. I am not. Because of the naughtiness. As you may very well be aware of by now based on past posts, the Duck is not a fan of the naughty, and so I am not a fan of a city revolving around it. Nevertheless, back when I was still a duckling, either before the place was quite as naughty as it is now, or maybe I was just not aware of the naughty in my tender ducklinghood, I went there with my parents. My dad had a business trip there, and we all decided to go, excited for a fun vacation in a very unique city (currently lacking in as much of the naughty). And I still have a lot of fond memories of this trip, and I remember it as one of the best vacations I have even gone on.
Seriously, being able to avoid the naughty as my little duckling self, Las Vegas was such a fun place. Oh, my gosh. The hotels were so fancy, and there was that awesome mall, and we got to eat at this major buffet a few times, yum, crab legs, legs of crab. Gah, it was so fun! Where do I even begin? Oh, my goodness! Well, for one thing, we stayed at the Mirage, and it had…a rainforest inside. It had a frickin’ rainforest…inside! Not a full-scale rainforest, of course, (soon, once enough of the real rainforests are cut down, I suppose it will be considered full-scale…) because that would be silly, but a miniature one, but having never seen a forest of any size within a building before and with the very real possibility that I never will again, (unless the Earth gets so polluted, we must build domes over ourselves and our waning resources, if trees even exist by then, why am I being such a downer right now?), it was one of the most awesome things in existence. Next to kittens. But, that’s how great it was. That it could even compete with the awesome factor of kittens.
As this was a business trip, poor dad was usually off on business, which left my mom and I to spend our time exploring the non-naughty of Vegas ourselves, including me forcing her to walk through the miniature indoor forest as many times as I could make her. This particular hotel also had an aquarium (they claimed to have sharks, but no matter how much we searched, we found none, until we realized the itty bitty sharks in that one tank were likely the advertised sharks), and they even had a small zoo. And let’s not forget the volcano that erupts outside every night….
And then, as if that wasn’t enough, we’d walk on over to Treasure Island, another awesome hotel, which would have a show outside with a pirate ship that would actually sink (the show was called “Battle of Buccaneer Bay”, I believe). Oh, the many times we watched that one, filled with awe and wonder at how they managed to sink a pirate ship, and yet it could still be used again for subsequent shows, and I pointed out the rocks that were supposed to be in the shapes of skulls that mom didn’t notice at first. Inside, they also had this arcade that had these two talking skeleton pirates in jail cells on either side of the entryway, and so this was, of course, another place the Duck had to visit every time I got the chance. I also won a bunch of stuffed animals there. Go me!
We also visited the Luxor with my dad, you know, the big pyramid one, and we looked inside, curious as to see what such a strangely shaped hotel looked like on the inside, though I wanted out as soon as my dad said that when he stayed here once in the past, they liked to test the smoke alarms quite often, and I was having no part in such noisy endeavors, even if it was in the name of safety. Uh-uh. No. There was also a medieval-themed hotel called Excalibur we walked through just for fun, which included suits of armor (armor of knights and, of course, the lesser known days…), and they apparently had a show with a dragon, but we didn’t stick around to see it, despite my urgent need to see this dragon and my dismay at having been taunted with dragon, but not being able to see dragon.
Then, of course, let’s not forget Caesar’s Palace, the most awesome mall in the history of duck-kind. The ceiling was painted like the sky, which was pretty neat, and I also remember this Planet Hollywood store which had this statue in the window that looked like the Terminator after he got rather messed up, which my mom promptly told me not to look at. There was also this one area where they’d have this other show called the “Fall of Atlantis”, which included animatronic people, including a son and daughter fighting over the throne of Atlantis. And there was fire and stuff. It was awesome! Seriously. Here, look, here’s a video.
Video from Youtube user: DaDailyBread
Sorry if the camera angle is not always the best, but you can still see how very awesome it is, especially considering it’s a friggin’ show in a mall! How often do you see that? Never, that’s how often! And that’s not often at all! Ahem, the awesome then continued once we got to the multi-leveled toy store, FAO Schwarz, complete with a huge Trojan horse, also filled with too much awesome to properly describe. But, I remember they had a couple of dinosaurs, one being a big T-Rex foot that wanted to stomp you, and this dark area with a raptor that would also try to scare the crap out of you, which it didn’t. Yes, it scared me, but not to that degree. They also had another area with “Star Wars” stuff, like Darth Vader and those weird Bith aliens playing their weird, little Bith instruments (you know the ones I mean, right?; I think they made an appearance in a cantina in episode 4…)
I had such a great time that week in Las Vegas many years ago, and yet, as I read about the places I visited and the shows I watched back then, it saddens me to see that much of it is gone. Many of the shows have been cancelled, the toy store has closed, and many things I enjoyed seeing as a duckling were replaced with attractions geared much more towards adults than anything. Back then, I thought Las Vegas was one of the greatest places in the world because of all the fun I had there. But now it is not at all the place I remembered as a duckling. As is more well-known of this particular city, Las Vegas is about adults only, not ducklings, and it’s a shame to have such a place that I enjoyed so much when I was young, doing the innocent kinds of things that anyone, young or old, could enjoy, transformed into the City of Sin it is known as today. I’m just lucky I got to see it before it changed so much, and now all I have left of that week are the memories of things that no longer exist. (And there’s always Youtube….)