05 November 2010



The Happiest Place on Earth

I'm too old, mature, and sophisticated to enjoy Disneyland. Disneyland is for little kids and for people who like acting like little kids. It's a bloody waste of time and money. Why waste your vacation on kiddie rides when you could be educating yourself on American history in Gettysburg, Boston, or Washington D.C.?

This has been my silent, and sometimes spoken attitude toward Disneyland for years. It turns out that I was dead wrong except on this one point: Disneyland really is for people who like acting like little kids. That is, Disneyland is for everyone who on some level misses the innocent, care-free, and imagination-filled days of their childhood (and for those little tykes who are currently living those days, of course).

I loved my 5-day visit to the Magic Kingdom this summer and can't wait to go back. Some of you may chuckle at the thought of me loving Disneyland (in fact, that was the response of many when I told them how much fun I had), but it was the most fun I've had in quite a while. One of the blessings of marriage is having your horizons expanded by your spouse, and Meghan has definitely had a positive influence on me in this way. I'll always love visiting Civil War battlefields, national monuments, and other places of historical interest. But I'm glad that Meghan has introduced a whole new world (excuse the Disney pun) of fun and enjoyable activities and vacations to me.

And a note about kiddie rides - they all make me queasy. So much for being too grown-up.

California Adventure/Mickey

We were really excited that Chris and Tasha were able
to join us for a day.

Chip and Dale - Meghan apparently knows which
is which, but I have no clue.

Meghan was really excited to get a big hug from T-I-double Ga-ER.

Splash Mountain is hands-down my favorite ride. We rode it twice a day. And in case you were wondering, yes my brother-in-law could beat the snot out of you.

Word to the wise, if you are going to sit in the front, do it in the morning so the sun can dry you off.

The Tower of Tower is Meghan's favorite ride. Chris made an insightful observation - it is nearly impossible to ride the Tower of Terror without laughing. Go ahead, try.

Meghan wasn't too scared to ride the Maliboomer, she just wanted to get a picture of me. I think that's what she said.

My initial post actually had a picture of me holding the sword after I had pulled it out, but Disney forced me to replace it with this one.

"A" for effort.

I'm not usually a huge fan of fireworks, but this firework show was pretty cool.

The shows at Disneyland are spectacular. The new World of Color water show was quite impressive. My favorite was Fantasmic, but I don't think we got any pictures of that one.

Tarzan's treehouse.

"C" for Clyde. And Curry. And cute little wife. I didn't post my picture with the "C" because if you look closely, you can find me in this one.


There are too many places I haven't been yet,
but I think Disneyland really might be the happiest
place on earth.