Adventures with Legos and cookies today. My awesome staff gave me the Disneyland Main Street Station at the conclusion of our Wood Badge course in September and I finally opened up the packaging to begin this afternoon. I got the engine built for the train today and will build the rest over the next week. I also got the second batch of my favorite Norwegian Christmas cookies made today (the last kind of several types I make). I've been making them for 28 years now since my grandmother died, and have been excited to see Matthew learn how to make a couple of the different varieties this year. Traditions can be cool, especially when they get passed on to the next generation.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Friday, October 4, 2019
My 49th at Disneyland
As a kid, I always began my day in the park in this space, and then worked my way around. Today I'm headed to a whole new world to start my grand circle tour of this amazing place. Going to get my Han Solo fix and see the Millennium Falcon first.
Single Rider plus right at opening means on the second flight of the morning! That was an awesome experience. I will be doing this one again later!
I've popped across the esplanade to Disney California Adventure and am now just hanging out with my favorite visionary dreamer and the Mouse. I love how this statue is accessible and makes for a great photo spot, unlike the more famous Partners statue in the hub over at Disneyland which is in the center of a large planter and completely inaccessible to guests. I got a similar photo to this one though when we got to visit the Walt Disney Studios for an awesome tour a couple of years ago, as the Partners statue found there is completely accessible in the Courtyard, just as this Dreamers statue is at DCA.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Two places that I find to be very special both have a milestone anniversary today. I wish I could visit both of them - but I can only go spend time in one of them today. Happy 61st to my favorite magical little park - Disneyland! And Happy 50th to my favorite Indiana destination - Ransburg Scout Reservation!
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Recently I dined for the very first time at the Carthay Circle Restaurant inside Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland® Resort. I was there for an Earmarked Agent Education Program, and they treated us to a wonderful meal before heading over to the Paradise Pier area for our viewing of World of Color. Our menu was pre-selected for us with appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert, though we could choose between three different entrees.
Here's what I enjoyed:
- Signature Fried Biscuits stuffed with white cheddar, bacon, jalapeno, and apricot honey.
- Carthay Circle Salad with heirloom apples, roasted walnuts, winter greens, bacon, dates, and creamy citrus vinaigrette.
- Choice of entree: I went with the Angus beef Delmonico, with chipotle sweet potatoes, bacon, and onion ketchup.
- Chocolate Cookies n Cream Cake with winter orange chantilly (but I was too full to partake of that - a couple of bites only. Good but heavy).
Dinner at the Carthay Circle was so very good and so very filling. It was a nice touch for our hosts to enjoy a delicious meal. It's definitely not what most people think of when they think of eating inside theme parks!
Friday, July 26, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Disneyland's "Golden Horseshoe Revue" truly was a record-breaker. The show, located inside the heart of Frontierland, premiered the day PRIOR to the park's Grand Opening July 17, 1955 for a special performance for various corporate sponsors who came along and helped Walt Disney get the park built. The show was an Opening Day attraction, and ran continuously until October 12, 1986 when the curtain finally came down for the last time on the original production, enjoyed many, many times by Walt Disney himself, from his box at stage right. With more than 43,000 performances, the Golden Horsehoe Revue was listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the longest-running show in history.
Monday, March 11, 2013
|To my lovely bride...|
It hardly seems possible though that it has already been 19 years since we made our vows, and then later enjoyed a cool party with many family and friends, before embarking out on our own to enjoy that all-important honeymoon period prior to officially “starting life”. For many that honeymoon might be spent on a tropical island, or enjoying the art & culture of the “old world” in Europe. For us, it was in a tropical location, and we did enjoy some “old world” charm, granted re-created charm, but charm none-the-less. We honeymooned at Walt Disney World, and had a wonderful time. It was my third visit to the Central Florida resort, and my lovely bride’s first. And in those 19 years, a LOT has changed at my favorite Central Florida destination. The resort of choice … The Grand Floridian Beach Resort as it was known back then (today it’s Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa).
- we’ve lived in 3 states – California, Michigan and Indiana
- we’ve belonged to 2 churches – North Orange Christian Church and White River Christian Church
- we’ve grown our family by 3, having 2 sons and 1 daughter
- we’ve watched all 3 grow too quickly… the eldest will be graduating high school about 2 ½ months after our 20th anniversary
- we’ve owned 4 computers (the first was purchased a full year after we married), plus went through 4 different work-provided computers
- we’ve each replaced a vehicle twice
- we’ve each changed jobs twice
- we've started 2 of our own businesses
- we’ve lived in 4 different domiciles – 1 townhouse, 2 duplexes, and 1 house
- we've added to our portfolio an investment home plus several vacation home options thanks to the Disney Vacation Club
- we’ve had 3 different pets – 1 box turtle and 2 different cats (NOT my choice at all…I am allergic to and hate cats, but I love my wife and thus tolerate having a cat in the house for my wife’s sake)
- we’ve used 8 different cell phones (only in the last 11 years though as we never had one prior to coming to Indiana) – 5 for me, and 3 for her
- we’ve visited 24 states together (I’ve been to a lot more, but here I’m just referring to the two of us together)
- we’ve enjoyed 6,935 days as a married couple or nearly 166,440 hours as a married couple or nearly 9,986,400 minutes as a married couple (though the hours and minutes are approximations based on total days)
- we’ve had our ups and downs – but LOVE has been at the heart of our relationship in each of those years.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
I snapped this picture of a picture at the Disneyland Hotel on my last visit to the Disneyland Resort in 2012. It shows the Monorail arriving at the Disneyland Hotel station which opened in 1960 when the Monorail line (which opened in 1959) was extended across West Street (now known as Disneyland Drive) from the park to the hotel. The extension took great care and required special permission from the city and county as it took the Monorail out over a working public street - Disney's innovative thinking and push for progess at work! The station, was the first link for hotel guests to get directly to the theme park, and provided transportation directly into the park via the Tomorrowland Station. Other options included taking the courtesy tram or simply walking across the street and through Disneyland's parking lot.