My last post was a quick report that Chelsea and I went to Disneyland, and gave a list of all the attractions we were able to see. Hopefully this will be a little more exciting.
Here’s a picture of Chelsea before we left.
Here’s Mad Greek Gyros in Baker, CA on the way to Disneyland. I saw it on the food network and just had to eat there. The food is really expensive for what it is. That said, the gyro was really really good. The strawberry shake tasted like garbage.
While in Disneyland I met Ryan for the first time. We have been online friends for seven years. We met at junkmachine, owned by Tim Wasson who was featured on Tech TV with his NES PC. Ryan and I became friends with our mutual interest in old school gaming. Ryan started Old School Systems when Tim sold junkmachine and we became better friends there. When Old School Systems died, I started this site and Ryan started Original D, a really great Disneyland website. It was cool to meet someone in person that you have known for a long time online. Not only that, but Ryan and his friends were really cool guys and hung out with me and my family. I’ll make sure we have a meet up every time I go to Disneyland from now on. It was great.
The rest of these are in no particular order.
Chels and I on Tom Sawyer Island.
They’ve added some Pirates of the Caribbean elements to the island that makes it a lot of fun.
A picture of us on Hollywood Twilight Tower of Terror. Row 2, left to right: My mom, dad, sister, and Ryan’s friend Matt. Row 1, left to right: Me, Chelsea, Ryan, and Ryan’s friend Tim.
All of us waiting in line for Toy Story: Midway Mania.
Chelsea with Minnie Mouse.
Here’s Chelsea on the Storybook Land ride. This ride is really cool if you love horticulture and miniatures. The plants are all real, including many bonsai trees that are over 150 years old. It really is amazing.
Chelsea on the Mad Hatter Teacups. You really can’t spin that fast, but it’s still fun.
Chelsea pretending to ride the Dumbo ride. We never really went on this one.
Here’s the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This was my favorite ride as a kid. Now, I’m not really sure where it is on the list.
Here’s the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean. I’m pretty sure this is my favorite ride. The updates aren’t offensive like Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management was. It’s mostly original. I love it.
They have a million versions of these hats now. When I was little all of them were black. You could pay to have your name sewn into the back. It was done by hand in yellow thread. Ah, memories.
A shot of the castle. This one is Sleeping Beauty’s Snow White’s I think, and Cinderella’s is in Disney World, but I’m not sure. [EDIT] I know this one is Aurora’s, or Sleeping Beauty, because of the self guided storybook tour inside of that story. Thank Ryan for pointing out my error in writing the more easily remembered name of another princess who is also cast under an evil spell only to awake from true love’s kiss. I really knew who’s castle it was and meant Aurora even when I typed Snow White. Oh well. Haha.
Chelsea in front of a fake street. The effect is pretty convincing.
Chelsea and I on the train. It was fun and a quick way around the park.
Some pictures of us on Autopia. The ride is not as good once you can legally drive. It was pretty good when I was little though.
Finally we have some pics of ASIMO in the Innoventions discovery area. I thought the demonstration was too scripted. I would have liked to see an audience member give him a command, and I would have liked to see him get pushed to see how well he recovers. As it was, it was too hard to tell which stuff was just pre-programmed movement/speech and what was actually calculated by ASIMO.