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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Disneyland and DCA 7-28-17

A quick visit to Disneyland since I had not been there in a while. Right off the bat you can see that something is going on at the parking structure. This is happening on each level. I asked around but no one could tell me what was going on.

I know most of you want to see what is going on with Star Wars Land...even though the official name was announced at D23, I find it very cumbersome so I shall continue to refer to it as Star Wars Land.

Time to catch the tram but first, I have to find my way to the escalators!


Now I'm at my happy place!

The trains are running and people are lining up!

So I decide to get in line, too!

I was really excited about riding the train. So much so that I recorded some thoughts for The Disneyland Gazette.


Now ride along with me!

I got off the train in ToonTown not realizing that the section with the dinosaurs had been updated. So for your viewing pleasure, here is a link to a video posted by The Disneyland Gazette on YouTube.

And last but not least, if you want to listen to my silly ramblings (It's really short, I promise!) for the podcast, just click here.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Tribute to Adam West

Note: Had some technical issues with this post but I believe they have all been fixed!

I was lucky enough to win tickets to an Adam West Tribute show in Riverside for Saturday, July 15, 2017. I was jazzed because they would be screening the Batman movie! We had to pick up the tickets early so we decided to have dinner near the Fox Theater. My friend, Cecelia told me about a funky Mexican restaurant that sounded really cool so I was eager to check it out. At Taco Tios, we had tacos and tried to stay cool during an unbearably hot heat wave. The atmosphere of the place helped take my mind off of the heat for a while. What you see below is a close up shot of our table top.

While waiting for our food, I started looking around and got the biggest kick out of all the unusual stuff used to decorate the place.

After we ate, we started walking around and exploring the property. I didn't know which way to turn! I sat this and knew we HAD to take our pic here!

Every single nook and cranny was jam packed with stuff. To be honest, I kinda dig it!

These statues were at least twenty feet tall! As you look at all of the art you start to notice that it is made from junk. Other people's junk is turned into art. Quite funky indeed!

I have no idea what you would call this piece, LOL.

Cecelia showing off her angel wings.

Here I'm posing with a couple of musicians.

After exploring the grounds, we walked to the Fox Theater to get in line for the big show. A guy was working on a chalk drawing of Adam West as Batman and I thought it was GREAT!

Cecelia and I were admiring the drawing when all of a sudden the Bat Mobile showed up!

Once inside I thought we were only going to see the movie but we were treated so some GREAT music performed by the Rayford Brothers. What made it even better is that they were dressed as Batman, Robin and The Riddler!

It was a FANTASTIC evening and the Rayford Brothers made it all the better!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Historic Places

Oh man, how I love Victorian mansions! The other day, I got to see a place that I've wondered about for years but had never visited. It's the Kimberly Crest House and it is beautiful! Mind you, I haven't really seen the house, my friends and I just walked around outside the gates because we were there too early to take a tour. Believe me, I will be taking a tour soon!

Then we heard about another mansion that is a private residence so we drove by it and drooled, LOL.

This is the Morey Mansion which was a bed and breakfast back in the late 1980s. Oh, if only I had known!!!

You can see a short video here about the house.

I wish I could share more with you but that's all I have. I promise you that I will blog about this again!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Main Street Electrical Parade

It's home!! It's finally home!!!! Geez, just typing these words makes my eyes water and a huge lump is now in my throat.

I arrived at Disneyland at 4:30 and simply enjoyed the Park atmosphere for a spell. Then I got hungry. I debated whether to eat right away or wait and see if anything special would be offered during the preview event. I decided to eat right then and there. The Carnation Cafe was quiet empty so I was quickly seated outside as you can see below.

I mulled over the menu and finally decided on the meatloaf dinner. I can tell you that I was not disappointed. It had been about a year since I had the meatloaf and it was still very good. I'm not crazy about the vegetables and mind you, I love vegetables but these just don't thrill me. I think next time I will ask if I can get a double serving of mashed potatoes instead!

As you can see, I enjoyed my meal.

After dinner, I browsed in the shops a bit and was so excited by the uber cool merchandise being offered all over Main Street, especially for women. I really wanted to take pictures of everything but since I only had my phone with me and not my camera (I know, right?) I needed to save space for later that evening. After browsing a while, I sat on a bench and once again, simply enjoyed the ambience.

It was at this point that I decided to leave Disneyland and go to Starbucks to use the WIFI to make space in my phone for photos and upload everything to my Google Drive. I had forgotten to do that at home the night before. Not good, right? Thank goodness for Starbucks WIFI!

Around 6:30 I headed back to the Esplanade and found a humongous line stretching from the Disneyland entrance gates, all the way to the DCA entrance gates! I had no intention of standing in line so I went into DCA and did a little more window shopping.

I sat down and listened to the Buena Vista Street music loop and then watched the 5 and Dime perform a set and then it was time to go to Disneyland.

As each guest went through the turnstile, a castmember handed out a lanyard that would light up and you could set it for a steady glow or have it blink. The lanyard also had a large plastic medallion that was dated. Now that's what I like! I walked into the Emporium to scope out the special parade merchandise but...I couldn't get near it! The throngs of people, in some spots four deep, acting like the stuff was being given away was too much for me. I knew that most of that stuff would be on eBay the next day if not that night. Disgusting.

I used the light in the store to take a picture of my lanyard so y'all could see it. (Don't forget to click on the pictures for an enlarged view!)

I decided to go ride Big Thunder Mountain so as I made my way down Main Street, I noticed that people were already grabbing and saving spots along the curb. I debated whether I should do the same but decided that no matter where I ended up, I would have a great view because the crowd was very small that night. I'm sure the rain had an adverse effect on ticket sales and I'm also sure that those who had tickets debated on whether or not to drive out there that night. I know I did! But I decided to think positively and hope that the rain would subside for the parade. (Miraculously, it did. The rain stayed away until I was in my car, exiting the Mickey and Friends parking structure!)

This is very dark but it gives you an idea of what it was like as I walked down Main Street. I love all the blinking lights.


Well...never made it to Big Thunder. Instead, I ended up in an 8 minute line for Peter Pan! But before doing that, I got my AP pin, then took a selfie in front of the castle.


There were some people dressed in 70s clothing which was really cool...and there were some who thought they were dressed in 70s clothing. I got a kick out of this couple because they were having a blast but to me, it looked more like they were wearing late 60s attire and I should know; I lived it, LOL!


A few shots around Fantasyland.

I have fond memories of this old ticket booth. I can distinctly remember my Dad giving me a quarter so I could go buy a ticket. I just can't remember which attraction I was buying the ticket for!

And then I made my way to a viewing spot for the parade.

The bummer about going to an event like this by yourself is that you have to gather up the courage to ask a stranger to take your picture. And then you have to hope that they took a decent shot. Luckily, the guy next to me took six shots so I had something to pick from.

First you see me all aglow...

And then you don't. (Sheesh, I should have worn makeup.)

I got to my spot around 8:15 and the parade started at 9:00 so I had to entertain myself for a bit. Luckily they were playing some totally cool and awesome 70s dance music so not only was I happy, I was also enjoying all the memories that came flooding back to me because of the music!

Another look at the Matterhorn to my right...

And the crowd eagerly awaiting the parade to my left. I must say this:  If you are hoping to see a full length video of the parade, you're not gonna find it here. You need to go to YouTube for that. This post is for those of you that are like me, fans of Disneyland, fans of the parade, people who just want to know what went on and get a taste of the experience.

And then...


I'm not gonna lie. The tears immediately started streaming down my face.

At the very end of this clip you can barely hear me say that I won't be filming anymore because I wanted to pay attention to the parade. I wanted to be completely in the moment and savor the experience. And for the most part, I did. The parade seemed to run a bit slower and I think that was done on purpose so that we, the audience, could drink it all in and pay notice to every little detail. There was nice spacing between floats so I did manage to take a few small video clips and photos to post on Twitter. I was going back and forth between my Twitter account and the Disneyland Gazette's Twitter account and having a blast while doing it.

Let's be honest, the pictures do not do justice to this fabulous parade but at least, you, the reader, can get a sense of what I experienced that night, and the magic that was in the air.


Purists might flame me for posting some of these out of order. So what. Get over it. I was there and you weren't.




I didn't realize I took so many of these, LOL!


The last video clip of the night is of my favorite float. It was too long to load here so I uploaded it to YouTube to post here.

Once the parade ended, my feet were killing me and I needed to sit down for a bit so I rode Dumbo! It was getting late and I was tired so I decided to leave the Park. But before I did...they brought out some floats for photo ops!

I noticed this and thought it was adorable. I might buy one the next time I go to the Park.

And last but not least, here is the brochure from that night.

Don't worry, I'll flip it for you!