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Alice in Wonderland

And here’s another one of those rides I haven’t ridden since forever! The good thing was that my friend Lyn was game, so we went on.

Alice is in one of the brighter pastel colored areas of the park. I know, brighter and pastel don’t really go together, but hey, I never claimed to be good at colors.

Theo's new favorite ride

I don’t know how often the wait is usually but we didn’t have to wait very long.

Wait time is...indecipherable in this picture

The Mad Hatter gives some jacked up directions, which pretty much exemplifies my own sense of direction.

I kept expecting this flower to burst into song

There are a number of switchbacks in the line

Lots of people

Now here’s the bummer part–Alice is under construction so a lot of the loading area is actually tarp. But the problem is that it’s been like that for.ev.er and seriously, some of it is held up by zip ties!

Is that a tarp? Yes it is.

Anyway, next you get into your Seriously Pissed Off Caterpillar car

I'd be kind of pissed off it I spent my life running on a track at Disneyland

Now, kind of the cool thing about Alice is that there are actually portions where you’re outside. And that’s a good place to be if the parade is passing by.

Heading in...

Now, the track ┬áis slower and doesn’t yank you around like some other dark rides, so I was able to get better pictures.

I AM AN AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHER!

Oh, another nice thing about Alice is that it’s not scary. Unless you take a smeared picture of the Queen of Hearts

OMG SHE'S GOING TO KILL ME!!!

After that you head back outside again for a leisurely couple of gentle back and forths

Awesome when it rains!

And you get to see the inside of The Secret Book

Not really a secret book

You head back in for some more stuff and then see the Cheshire Cat

Not even close to the drug trip that is Winnie the Pooh

And you’re all done!

Caterpillar butt

I actually enjoyed Alice a lot more than I remembered enjoying it. We also took Theo on it and he was totally not scared, which is more than I can say for, well, Pinocchio. I still feel bad about that.

 

Classic MYWTM: Mickey’s House

Way in the back of the park past Small World is a little land called Toontown. Toontown is the home of the classic Disney characters (Mickey, et al.) as well as the lamest ride in the whole park, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.

But that’s not what this is about.

Mickey and Minnie also have their homes there. Did I know this? No I did not. But we met up with my cousin Tracy and her two kids, Addison and Luke, over in Toontown and they wanted to go see Mickey’s house, so there ya go.

Mickey’s house is a walkthrough which culminates in Mickey’s Movie Barn and photo opportunity. Mickey is supposed “filming” in said barn.

I find this rather dubious, given the last time a new Mickey cartoon showed up

Like the rest of Toontown, Mickey’s house is chock-full of massively oversized stuff that is pretty impervious to small children.

Upon entering, you see a staircase, which goes to a closed door and I can only assume Mickey’s bedroom. I let go of Theo’s hand as I took the picture, and then he decided to try to climb the stairs, and I realized…

OMG, I’m one of THOSE parents.

You know the ones. The ones who let their children run all over the place smearing their grubby little peanut-butter-and-jelly hands on Disney property or elsewhere.

(as an aside, we were in the Museum of Modern Art in New York one time and some little kid ran up to Picasso’s Three Musicians and slapped his hand on it. Right on the picture! The docent had stepped away from the picture briefly and there goes that kid. There was this huge collective gasp from everyone in the gallery including us, and what did the parents do? That’s right! Nothing!)

( So I hereby assure you that after the stairs incident, I did not let Theo go anywhere else he wasn’t supposed to. Really.)

(Hey Shelby, can we get back to Disneyland? Okay.)

Mere moments before Theo marched up the stairs and plopped himself down.

Fortunately, he didn’t make it past the Pluto gate. On the wall behind the stairs was a very charming picture of Walt and Mickey.

I wonder how much this would go for on the black market

In the next room, both Tracy and I were trying to take pictures. As anyone with children can tell you, it’s a statistical impossibility to take a picture of multiple children and have them all looking at the camera at the same time. Most of our pictures look like this.

"Theo, look at the camera! Smile Addie! Look over here, Luke! Over here, Theo! Over here! Say Cheeeeeeese!"

So it was pretty much a personal victory to get this shot, despite the fact that two out of the three look rather disgruntled.

Luke and Theo look like they're in time-out

Theo thought he was going to like the oversized chair, but the pattern displeased him.

This is so gauche. Mickey needs a new designer.

He was also mesmerized by the television showing real cartoons.

"They're heeerrreee." "Don't go into the light, Carol Anne!"

Mickey doesn’t do a lot of cooking.

That giant thing is a dishwasher, but where's the oven?

But he does have a garden.

Mickey only eats organic. How else do you think he lived this long?

While we all know that the proper place for a dog is inside the house cuddled up in the human’s bed while they sleep on the couch or floor, Pluto does have some pretty nice digs outside.

If this were my dog, that bone would be gone before it even hit the food bowl

Mickey also has some chickens. They were cooped up when we saw them, but I’m going to assume that they get access to the fresh air and sunlight and plenty of exercise, and are entirely grain-fed.

Mickey would never abuse his chickens, people!

It was somewhere around this point that I left Theo in the care of Tracy so I could take a few more pictures unencumbered. I returned to find her holding Theo’s hand and yelling, “Luke! Addison! Luke! Addison!” She turned to me and said, “Don’t worry–I didn’t lose your child, but I lost both of mine.”

We did find Addie in time to take a picture of some sort of painting accident scene.

I'm not really sure what happened here

Then you are funneled outside, except it isn’t actually outside because it’s all enclosed. It’s like some kind of secret bunker where you can move from room to room while the air raid sirens blare. Except that it’s above ground and it’s Mickey’s house at Disneyland.

You are supposed to go to his barn where he’s “filming a movie.”

Riiiiiiiiiiight.

I'm not sure I entirely believe this.

We peeked into the “barn” but there was no equipment like I saw when I was almost on Oprah. There was a big zig zagging line and a large screen showing Mickey cartoons after which you get to meet Mickey and get a picture. However, at that point the kids were antsy (and we were still missing one of them) so we decided to pass.

So, that’s Mickey’s house and the Mickey meet and greet in Toontown!

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