Friday, December 02, 2005

Disneyland - Day one

Today we flew from Oakland to Orange County to go to my company's 3-day Christmas Celebration. Staff and family got 3 days in the Paradise Pier Hotel, 3 Day passes to Disneyland, Disneyland California something and something else.

While I haven't been a fan of Disney for years (mega-global-entertainment-giants not being my milleiu) I was a little excited to see the original Disneyland. When I was little over 2 or 3 (I think) my parent's brought my brother and I here, and I only have disjointed memories of the trip. I remember driving a little car (and loving it). Being scared by a Yeti in a mountain, worried that It's a Small World dolls would come to life and get us. And being scared at the haunted Mansion, but facinated at the little lightbulbs that flickered like candles.

So now I'm here, first impressions? The park is smaller than I remember (not a suprise), but the matterhorn is pretty striking. Also the Yeti is still a little scary, and those little cars? They actually run on gas. It's odd how much exhaust gets funneled back up the line, but it's really stinky. It's also sponsored by Chevron. In fact most of the major rides are sponsored by some corporation. Kinda odd.

Monorails rule though.

Tonight? It will snow in the Magic Kingdom after the fireworks. Pictures soon.