Friday, June 15, 2012

Disneyland Paris, Part 1

Hope you enjoyed my first Card Cache post, I'm hoping to make that a regular thing.  It's been fun getting back into the stampin' groooove and HI TANYA!!  I can't believe people I don't know IRL actually read this blog.

Anyway, we're back to Paris pictures today, and knowing me the way he does, Lee got us tickets to go to Disneyland Paris.  (Me = Disney nut.)  He got tickets before we left but they were the kind that you could go any day within a certain time frame, so we chose to go on the Thursday we were in Paris which turned out great because a.) it was the warmest day while we were there and b.) not so many crowds as there would be on a Friday or weekend.  Actually it was just about a perfect Disneyland day.

We took two self-portraits entering the park, but the first one this guy (you can see him all tiny right near the entrance with a little girl in pink) was bent over at the waist to help his little girl with something so for all the world it looked like he was mooning our camera only he had his pants up.  Luckily we took the second self-portrait (though I laughed when I saw the first one...I was going to say I "cracked up" but I thought that might be a bum joke).

One of the things I love about Disney parks is their attention to detail; everywhere you look there is something interesting to examine.  Here's a hippo topiary for Mom (Mom loves hippos).

Tink!  I saw Tink!  Ok seriously, I've had my picture taken with lots of Disney characters in the parks and on the Disney cruise we did for our honeymoon, and I have *never* met Tinker Bell.  Or Maleficent, though I do have a picture with Aurora...but Maleficent is awesomer (sorry, Aurora).

The first ride we went on was, of course, Pirates of the Caribbean, because for some reason we always pick that one first.  Last time we were at the original Disneyland, PotC was closed because they were redoing it with bits from the movies.  The Paris PotC is still un-movie-fied though:

It's the bride auction!  My parents were SO disappointed when the bride auction was taken out of the original Disneyland ride.  "We wants the redhead!"  Anyway, next off we went to the Indiana Jones roller coaster which was conveniently located near PotC.

Here we are in line.  All day long, most of the lines didn't get over 25 minutes; actually the longest we waited was for Peter Pan's Flight and that was more like 45 minutes.  Space Mountain, on the other hand, was a 5-minute wait, and that's only because it took 5 minutes to walk from the ride exit back around through the entrance.  We walked onto Space Mountain 3 times, which has never happened at any other Disney park; Space Mountain usually has like a 2-hour wait.

This dude was off to the side of the queue for the Indiana Jones roller coaster.  The coasters here were faster and more intense (haha, George Lucas reference) than the other Disney parks:  this one went really fast and had a loop; Space Mountain puts you in this tube facing upwards and it practically feels like they're launching you into space and then it does all kinds of twists and turns and it's all dark with strobing lights and it's a good thing I'm not epileptic.  Still, even with the super-short line, I couldn't take going on Space Mountain more than 3 times in one day, it was that intense.

This was the last bit of a little walk-through thing that was Aladdin themed; don't really know why I felt the need to take a picture of it but here it is anyway!

Sleeping Beauty's castle, which makes me think of cake.  Maybe it's the pastel colors or looking at Sunday Sweets every week on Cake Wrecks.  Mmm, cake.

So, in the mid-80s or something, there was a ride at Disneyland called Captain Eo which featured Michael Jackson.  No, I'm not kidding, does anyone remember this?  I know Mom recorded a making-of special that was on tv, I can still picture her handwriting on the VHS tape.  Anyway, Captain Eo has been gone from Disneyland for, like, a really long time, so imagine my surprise to find him in Paris.

Hmm, looks like Paris is jettisoning Captain Eo too.  Want to see a poster?

I just thought that was SO FUNNY when I saw they still had Captain Eo, even if it's closed and I'm sure they're switching him out for something else.  Captain Eo is so old, it's from before Michael Jackson went totally off the deep end weird.

This was my attempt at a self-portrait inside Buzz Lightyear's Space Patrol, which is where you get to shoot Zurg's minions and rack up points on the ride.  I totally kicked Lee's booty; I have bragging rights.  Booyah!

Next up, we went to the castle where they have this neat walk-through thing that tells the story of Sleeping Beauty with stained glass windows and tapestries which are totally gorgeous, and Sleeping Beauty is one of my Top 3 Favorite Disney Movies of All Time (the other two are Mulan and Robin Hood, though I must say that Tangled is probably #4).

Factoid:  No one knows who voiced Aurora's mother in Sleeping Beauty; somehow the records got lost and she only had a few lines.  I kind of felt bad for her that she didn't have a name, she's just referred to as either "Stefan's queen" or "the queen".  Dangit, Aurora's mom deserves a name, people.

My personal favorite Disney villain.  I told Lee that if I could find one, I would buy a Maleficent shirt, but alas, no gots.  So I ended up not buying anything at Disneyland Paris other than food; Lee told me he was super-impressed watching me converse with people in French and not once did I make a mistake and get him something he didn't want to eat.  Yay me : D

I think Maleficent shares minions with the Horned King from the Black Cauldron; maybe they're married.  Interesting thought.

Is it weird that I kinda wish I had this tapestry in my house?  'Cause it would look awesome above the stairs...

And they lived happily ever after.  Awwww!  I've still got some more Disneyland pics and hopefully soon I'll be ready to resurrect the Friday Flashback and maybe even return to scrapbooking.  Well, I have to get back to that because I've got another baby book to make for Lee's sister.  I'd better step away from the computer and get to work.  TTFN!

1 comment:

CCsMom said...

Seepy Beaty -- that's what you called it when you were a little girl. I remember that, even before Captain Eo. Captain Ewww. Oh, sorry.

I have GOT to get with it. I bought a cake for birthdays at work -- they wanted like a pound cake with strawberries and blackberries and whipped cream. Guess what -- GINGER ate the WHOLE CAKE (well, ALMOST) while we were out to dinner. It was in a plastic container, too. She got that open and went to town. So she slept OUTSIDE of the bedroom last night, except I don't think she slept much. We had storms. CRAZY DOG. What should we do with her? Love you!!!