Over this summer, the Mannski Family finished off their stay in the United States with a trip to Disneyland. As a child who grew up in Southern California, I spent a good deal of time at the Happiest Place on Earth. As such, I could tell you some of hidden symbols and places that reside in the amusement park, but instead I’ll just link over to snopes.com where they have all the inside dope on the House of Mouse.
Hidden is the travel theme this week from Where’s My Backpack? and today we’re going to Disneyland to answer the challenge.
Disneyland opened in 1955 and has undergone several renovations and expansions since that time. One of those expansions was in the 1990s when the thrill ride Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye opened in 1995. Since there was almost no more room inside the amusement park, this ride actually spills out onto the original parking lot at Disneyland. All of the original lot is now lost as it was transformed into Disney’s other theme park in Anaheim, California Adventure.
The “hidden” part of this ride comes from the glyphs that are peppered throughout the walls in the line leading to the ride. There are warnings that these messages are trying to deliver, but they are hidden.
While I have no picture for it, there is one more “hidden” aspect to this ride I want to mention. As I said up top, the Indian Jones ride was built on part of the park’s original parking lot. The parking lot used to be divided into sections that were named after Disney characters. The Indiana Jones ride was built over the Eeyore section. In an homage, the designers of the ride hid an Eeyore parking sign in the ride. You have to stretch to see it, but there it is.
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The settling in of the Mannski Family to our new digs in Thailand has reached a point where I can take a breath and catch up on all the on-line zaniness that I missed while moving halfway across the world.
One of those on-line activities that I have missed and am glad to come back to is the Weekly Photo Challenge brought to you by the fine folks over at WordPress.
On Friday, they announced their theme for the week was carefree.
My response is, “What could be more carefree than the Happiest Place on Earth?”
During our nomadic experience between the Continent and Thailand, the family stopped off in the States to visit my side of the family in California. One of the things we did while there was to visit the House of Mouse in Anaheim. One of the new attractions in California Adventure is the Cars ride. Below you can see a group of carefree folk about to enjoy the latest and greatest Disney has to offer.
Please remember to exit to your left.
Seriously, who could be more carefree than a chap enjoying roller coasters and turkey legs.
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The weekly photo challenge from WordPress is on the theme of summer.
A little background for today’s pictorial offering.
I am originally from Southern California and as such spent many a summer day at the “Happiest Place on Earth”, also known as Disneyland, which was only minutes from my childhood home.
Nearly fourteen years ago, I moved to Virginia, but every summer the family and I travel back to the Golden State to visit my parents and other relatives.
Part of the tradition of our holiday to reconnect with the Mannski Family is our annual trip to Disneyland. My trio of children have a wonderful time spending the day with their grandparents and enjoying all the rides. I have a great time telling my kids stories about what Disneyland used to be like in the 1970s and 1980s and trying to convince them that there is indeed a basketball court atop the Matterhorn.
Sadly, this year, as we are across the Pond, our summer visit to the House of Mouse in Anaheim will not occur.
Summer, to me, is Disneyland and so if I can’t make it there this year, this photo will have to do for me and my summer memories.
Disneyland at dusk
And, no, before you ask, the facility here will not satisfy me.
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