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Tuesday and Thursday were Disneyland days. One morning, we had buffet breakfast on the porch at the Plaza Inn with “Minnie and Friends”. Mickey couldn’t make it, but we saw him later in his movie studio in ToonTown.

The character I really wanted to meet but didn’t was Eeyore — but he was too busy talking with some kids out on the patio, like Disneyland is supposed to be for children or something :-).

Overall, our favorite area in Disneyland was New Orleans Square. We had dinner one day at the Blue Bayou restaurant, and another day at the Cafe Orleans where Jen had a flourescent-green mint julep. There is an art gallery with works by famous artists inspired by Disneyland, but we spent most of our time going through the Haunted Mansion and riding the renovated Pirates of the Caribbean ride over and over :-).

Main Street USA is also great, with the Opera House museum and the Main Street Cinema where they show some of the original Mickey Mouse cartoons from the 30s. We had ice cream at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, next door to the Penny Arcade, and found spots along the street for the nightly parade along Main Street.

Fantasyland is home to many of the oldest rides, telling the classic stories: Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures, all of which we road. The Peter Pan ride was our our particular favorite, so we stood in line several times for it. We also rode the Storybook Land Canal Boats and saw cool topiary animals.We also spent time at Mickey’s ToonTown — Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Treehouse, Donald’s Boat, Mickey’s House and Movie Studio, Minnie’s House, and Roger Rabbit’s CarToon Spin, but I didn’t get any pictures, oh well.

Most things in Disneyland, no matter how realistic they look, are actually made of some super-durable substance we decided to call “Disnium” :-), but the topiaries are really real living hedges.

The “It’s a Small World” ride is quite interesting, a castle filled with room after room of cheery clockwork figures moving and singing that “small world” song. Though I did see one that seemed maybe just a bit sinister . . .

We spent a lot of time in Adventureland and Frontierland. We paddled a canoe around Tom Sawyer Island, visited the Tree House, Caves, Blacksmith’s Shop, and Pirate’s Lair on the island. We rode Splash Mountain, the Jungle Cruise boats, and the Indiana Jones Adventure (this one several times). We all tried our marksmanship at the Frontierland Shooting Exposition, where Nancy and Jen turned out to be crack shots! The tropical bird musical show at the Enchanted Tiki Room was a delightful surprise too.

Oh no Mr. Bill! Is that a headhunter? :-) 

In Tomorrowland, we visited displays of upcoming technology in “Innoventions”, and watched little kids take on Darth Vader in the “Jedi Training Academy”. The ladies went on the Space Mountain roller coaster, but we he-men husbands decided that discretion was the better part of valor :-). More to our speed was the “Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters” ride, which we all rode several times but Chris and I most often. Basically, you’re riding inside a cartoon video game, shooting evil aliens with your laser blaster. As expected, the other three got much better high scores than me LOL.The pair of pictures below are day and night shots of the Astro Orbiter ride at the entrance to Tomorrowland, which is one of the few things in Disneyland we _didn’t_ do :-).

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