Monthly Archives: April 2011

Where Do Babies Come From–Disneyland Style

I’d like to take you back in time to when you were a young child–or perhaps you’ve recently had this conversation with your own young child–when the question of “Where do babies come from?” came up. Too young to actually understand the mechanics of human reproduction, you (or your parent) say, “Well Honey, when two people love each other very much, their love makes a little baby…”

So, dear readers, when a Mommy with a quest to do everything at Disneyland gets together with a fabulously-successful blog about said quest, their love makes a little pair of mouse ears. Mouse ears that can be yours!

It’s not too late to enter our GIVEAWAY. The more friends you tell, the more entries you get!

Giveaway!

Do I love my followers? I do!!! And maybe it’s the glass of wine speaking, but I’d like more wine. Or maybe it’s that I’m high on Peeps (thanks Mom!), but I’m feeling the love tonight and I want to share it with you.

The love, not the Peeps or wine. Because both are gone. Sorry.

Anyway, I want to give you a present. Yes, YOU! Well, only one of you. But it could be you!

Long ago I announced that I would give a pair of mouse ears to a Facebook follower once I reaching 125 followers. Sad to say that I kinda forgot about it, but I promise not to flake this time. Really. I promise.

And not only a set of mouse ears–I will personally give you TWO sets of mouse ears. That’s right–TWO! One for you and one for that other person you want to impress. I don’t mind if you say “I paid someone to go to Disneyland to buy these mouse ears for you because I love you and will you marry me?” I mean, if you don’t want to disclose that you got the ears for free, who am I to judge? And I hope you have a lovely wedding.

PLUS! I will actually wait for the cast members to embroider your name on the back. Life was so much simpler, and faster, when the cast members did their own hat writing (did you know that the hat writing sewing machines only went in two directions? Down and to the side? Hat writing cast members had to learn how to write names both inside-out and backwards while shoving the hat through the machine. Now it’s all pre-programmed, which is a bit on the lame side. But anyway…).

The good news is that there are more than one way to enter. That’s right! It’s like getting two lottery tickets for the price of one, but even better is that the price of one is free. Incidentally, if you already have mouse ears, you can get them for your friends or anyone else you want to impress. Talk about a great 4th of July gift.

ANYway, here’s how it goes. I’m going to count up the comments here, so if you don’t leave a comment on this thread, it doesn’t count. Comment link is in the upper right-hand corner of the post. Here’s the ways to enter:

1) Leave a comment telling me your favorite MYWTM post to date

2) Like me on Facebook and leave me a comment saying you did so. If you’re already one of my Facebook friends, just leave me a comment saying that you are.

3) Convince a friend to visit this blog. When they leave a comment, they can name themselves AND you and you’re both entered in the drawing. Some sample conversation starters: “Hi–let me tell you about this awesome blog I follow–My Year With The Mouse.” or “Hey baby, what’s your sign? Have you heard about this blog, My Year With The Mouse?” or  “Do you come here often? You should read this blog, My Year With The Mouse, so I can win some free mouse ears. And also, can I buy you a drink?” or  “OMG, that outfit is so adorable and it totally makes your butt look small! Leave a comment on My Year With The Mouse so I can win free stuff.” Feel free to vary according to relationship and/or circumstance. Your mileage may vary.

4) Convince a friend to Like me on Facebook and have them leave a comment with both their name and yours. It’s kind of like #3 but with that vital social media outlet tie-in.

I mean really, at the end of the day, don’t we all want to be Liked? I think it’s no coincidence that Facebook used the word Like to denote association with other people including your mom’s cousin’s sister’s dog’s former owner who totally want to hear about the distinct minutae of your life.

Contest is open until midnight Pacific time on Monday, May 2nd. Remember–the more people you can bully/intimidate/convince to read the blog and like me on Facebook, the higher your chances are of winning!

You may already be a winner! If you already entered. Although unfortunately, I’m not going to show up on your doorstep with a bunch of balloons and a ridiculously giant oversized check you will never be able to actually cash. Also, Ed McMahon will not be announcing the winner. I hope you can live with that.

Miscellaneous Picture Roundup

Sometimes I get a spare picture here and there that don’t necessarily fit in posts, so here you go.

The Emporium is under construction. You can read more about the Emporium here, which also relates to my Awkward Social Situation. And incidentally, my Awkward Social Situation post still remains one of the most popular posts on MYWTM. Why is that?

Anyway, the Emporium is being refurbished, and they’ve put a large tarp over it. But rather than just putting up an ugly green wall like they did earlier this year, they’ve put up a tarp painted to look like what the Emporium looks like underneath. I’m kind of undecided on this issue. On the one hand–so cheesy, are they think we aren’t going to notice? On the other hand, it’s a lot better than a green wall and a plain old tarp. You decide.

This tarp thing is either kind of lame or kind of awesome. I can't decide.

Back when I discovered the Pearly Band, I missed a good photo opportunity with Mary Poppins. However, later, I did catch up with Bert. He was very pleased that I knew who he was. Also, he insisted that I take his arm for the photo. If I ever need my chimney swept, I know who I’m calling!

Is this the same Bert as the one in the Pearly Band? I don't know.

The person who took that picture, by the way, was the cast members selling turkey legs. Make of that what you will.

Here’s some gratuitious cuteness of a very tired Theo.

It's time for my nap, Mom.

Hey, it’s my blog. I get to show off my kid whenever I want, okay?

And finally, here’s something you don’t see every day–a bride in her wedding dress. And I mean full, complete wedding dress.

Is that a bride? Yes, it is!

Along with the bride was her entire entourage including who I assume to be the groom in a full tuxedo. Which was kind of cool and all, but it was seriously HOT that day.  They had a guided tour, and the one where you pay a lot of money and your group gets to cut to the front of the line on every ride, but still. This particular bride was headed toward the Finding Nemo ride.

Don't worry Nemo! I will dash out of my wedding to find you!

I’m trying to think of things you could wear to Disneyland that would be less comfortable than a wedding dress, but I’m having trouble trying to come up with some. I mean, I guess walking around in a string bikini would be really uncomfortable, but they wouldn’t let you in the gate with that. So I don’t know–any ideas, fearless readers? What do YOU think could be less comfortable than a wedding dress? The only thing I can think of that would be even close would be a black shirt. Don’t mistakenly wear a black shirt on a hot day. Just my free advice.

Innoventions, Part the Second

Yesterday I covered the second floor of Innoventions (why the second floor? Because that’s where you go in now) and so today I’m going to cover the first floor.

But I do want to put in that Kristin, my friend who caused all the trouble at Soarin’ Over California, lambasted me for saying that I had no interest in seeing Asimo the robot, as he is her son’s favorite character after Mickey. And then Kelli, also of Mothers in the Mouseland fame, jumped on the dogpile to chastise me as well. SO, ladies, I will go in and see the Asimo show, okay? OKAY??? HAPPY NOW???

Good.

Anyway, as I was saying yesterday, Innoventions is supposed to introduce us to the wonders of the future, but the unfortunate thing is that the future has changed faster than Innoventions and now the only good thing about it is that it’s air-conditioned (and yes, Kristin and Kelli, Asimo the robot). I think this is the only attraction at Disneyland where it actually says on the sign “Strollers Welcomed.” I mean, strollers are generally tolerated just about everywhere, and also allowed on some attractions, but “welcomed” just seems a little desperate.

Wait Time 0 minutes! Strollers welcomed! Everyone welcomed! Just please, please, please come in!

Formerly you entered on the first level and waited until the magic doors opened–oh, did I mention that the building rotates? The building rotates. So you formerly waited for the building to rotate to you and joined a group at the magic door until it opened and you met your tour guide. You walked around with a group, which made a fast escape much more difficult.

Now that you start on the second level, the group tour sections are sad and lonely. Like you used to start your tour here:

The magic doors, now known as the exit

It's just an everyday neighborhood

And you were going to get a tour of the House of the Future, which had all kinds of cool things that we could totally expect to find in the distant future, the year 2000. For some reason, the tour guides wear soccer uniforms, like they’re supposed to be kids in this future family or Disney is all hip and into soccer, or maybe they’re trying to woo the non-Americans who call soccer “football.” I don’t know. Anyway, now that you wander to the first floor on your own, the days of the actual tour are gone and instead you just have tour guides who stand around saying things like, “I’m about to give a tour of the house of the future! Come join me!” and very few people do.

This cast member wasn't getting any takers for his tour of the living room, but he was so friendly and cool nonetheless

The cast members are all really nice too, but I’d consider putting in a transfer or something.

Back in the day, the rotating part had several different segments that your tour group visited. Each had a cast member to explain the segment. The one time I visited Innoventions prior to the entrance/exit switch, I thought the best segment was the music one.

This cast member was actually really awesome

I was the only one there, but she gave her whole spiel with enthusiasm anyway. And I gotta say, kudos to the Innoventions cast members who try really hard and with great attitudes even though the tours aren’t there anymore. You have to respect that, and I do. In all seriousness, I will be the first to praise Disneyland’s cast members. They work so hard and really make the magic–making the experience special enough for me to want to blog about it. Yay cast members! It wouldn’t be such a great park without you.

Anyway, the music section has electronic instruments that have all kinds of cool effects, and in the old tour different people (and by people I mean kids) were invited up to sample the instruments. This cast member actually let Theo play the guitar while he was still in the stroller. Talk about above and beyond!

Strollers were welcomed, so I wasn't about to take him out. If you own a toddler, you understand why.

And then there’s always the teenager who just wants to show off, so he says “can’t you program the drums to be exactly like a regular drum set?” and to her immense credit, the cast member does and gives the teen his 2 minutes of fame or whatever. We were still the only ones standing there–us and his two friends.

I can play the drums!

The other segments used to have a cast member explaining what they were all about, but now none of them do except for the futuristic kitchen.

This is supposed to be a tv studio or something, I guess. No cast member there.

Shiny car. Why is it here? No clue.

Apparently in the living room of the future, you're going to have a flat screen tv. NO WAY!!!

You will also have a television in your dining room. My mind, she is blown.

On the other side of the segments, you can play this awesome game on stage, where you can play either the drums or guitar, or you can sing. It’s like karaoke but there’s lights for instruments. If I were to invent this game for play at home on your Xbox or Wii, I’d call it “Rock Band.”

These three are singing a Queen song.

I mistakenly thought that this trio was a family–a dad with two of his kids. I was wrong. The adult was on his own and the kids had established themselves as permanent features. I mean, they could play the game and all, but they were on their third song by the time I left, and really? You come to Disneyland to play Rock Band? At least they aren’t High School Musical songs anymore, but if this were my child I’d be dragging them onto Autopia or something and ordering them to have a freakin’ good time because Rock Band is significantly cheaper than this annual pass I bought you, so you better make the best of it.

But maybe that’s just me.

Next, I moved to the house of the future. There was a piano (electric, of course), and on top of the piano were these totally cool picture frames that had digital pictures that changed.

C'mon, Disney. Nobody's ever going to make these things for 30 bucks.

There’s also this amazing video game that you don’t even need a controller for. You just move your body.

Wouldn't it be amazing if someone like Sony invented this one day?

I did learn, however, that the house of the future is apparently one of the best places to take a nap.

You fall asleep at Disneyland, you end up on someone's blog. Just sayin'.

The funniest part is, see that screen above the woman’s head? This is what it says:

Going into energy saving mode indeed!

In the future we will also have coffee tables that have books inside them that you can just flick with your fingers to turn the page. It’s like a Nook, except it’s in your coffee table and it’s also part of the future.

For God's sake--use a coaster for that drink!!!

Man, that lady in the picture looks like she could go into energy saving mode at any moment.

I did like the prototype children’s room.

Some kids sleep in a race car bed, others shoot cannons all night.

They did have a detail that everyone should have in their homes–a model railroad!

I'm pretty sure that if I let him, Kevin would drill holes in all of the walls below the ceiling and install a whole-house elevated model railroad

And finally, you wake up from your nap and exit through the former entrance.

Back to the world of today, kind of like the home of the future/today

The weird thing is, you can kill a massive amount of time in Innoventions. We spent a good 45 minutes there and all I was really doing was walking around taking pictures. You could easily spend the whole day in there and not realize it.

But at least you wouldn’t be hot.

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