So a couple weeks ago, Darkwing Chuck and I were talking about his birthday and how it was lame that he might have to miss out on all the free stuff at the parks b/c his b-day was on a Wednesday. We got to thinking about it and realized that Wed is one of the few days I don’t have class and he also might be able to get it off work.
What became of this was the idea of a turn around trip. A crazy crazy turn around trip. We would leave at 5am and get back home that same night.
And that we did! We hopped in my car and took off to the wonderful land of California.
Here’s a random motorcycle we saw at the Flying J near state line. It has something scrawled on it about going to the “Jay Leno Show” to recreate a motorcycle jump. It was very odd.
Once we got to the park, (after getting Darkwing Chuck’s “fun card”) our first stop was Toon Town, which was a little strange. Usually we head toward Space or Indy so deviation was weird. After a quick spin w/ Roger and a ride w/ Gadget, we went to Mickey’s house
I love the titles of the books in here
Mickey had been at the front of his house but had to head back to the barn so that was where we met him. Standing in line for the least energetic Mickey ever, we encountered a cast member leaning against a box, texting and glaring at like everyone who walked by and a photopass person who only took a pic w/ our camera and also gave us disapproving looks *shrug*
I know right? Well let’s just focus on the fact that there are actually pics that have both me and Darkwing Chuck in this TR.
We decided to head for Space Mountain but got caught up watching Jedi
Darth Vader says “You and you’re little Jedis are going down!”
Vader v Yoda!
Okay, so watching Jedi too many times, I found out a while back, that while Vader’s challenging the Jedi Masters, Darth Maul heads up the pathway that leads to the stage. We were standing just at the end of it and as I snapped a pic I realized he was coming at me. He got up, pretty much right in my face and gave me the scariest look. He licked his teeth too in an “I’m going to eat you face” kind of manner. I laughed nervously for a second and then just squeaked out “hi!” He was not amused so he glared some more and then headed back.
A bunch of guests and the CM that were nearby started laughing and we all talked about the crankiness of the dark side. Later Darkwing Chuck and I decided that I should have made fun of him for being beat by a bunch of kids The Darth’s were defeated and the Storm Troopers made their way up the walk way toward their escape exit into the Tomorrowland Terrace kitchen. Again I snapped a pic and one of them came toward me. He looked away and then swung back holding his gun at me. I was caught off guard and yelped which caused a large group of guests around us to start laughing. I walked away shouting “apparently I upset the Dark Side today” which caused more laughter
After Space we headed over to DCA and ran into… HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. Eww!
Actually we ran into Stitch.
Luckily we were the last group he got to see
Cause it was lunch time and Stitch was hungry
The main reason we had headed to DCA (besides the fact that we actually like it) was that I decided to surprise Darkwing Chuck for his birthday and take him for lunch at Ariel’s Grotto.
The Ariel they had was cute, but her voice was high and Snow White like
We hadn’t been to Ariel’s in a while and I really miss the old options. For instance you get this weird appetizer tower (as we called it) instead of picking an appetizer. Also they took away my favorite pasta thing they had (though their chicken was good)
“What’s up Doc?”
We also had a lovely view of construction and the drained lake (pretty much every princess commented on it)
So then the princesses came around. First up was Snow White
Then it was Belle
And then Aurora. The funny thing about Belle & Aurora was that when they came up to us it was like the Princess role disappeared. Like they were talking to us normally but they were dressed as princesses. It was very strange.
Cinderella on the other hand did a very very good job of treading on that line between “I’m the real character” & “you know I’m not”
She was my favorite princess of the day!!
Overall Ariel's was okkay. The good was pretty good but I liked having choices and I miss my pasta. Our server was actually really attentive and very nice but service was still slow and the place is just to expensive to visit except on special occasions I guess.
After Mania & Screamin we headed back to the Backlot for some Tower. It was creepy cause with so few people there the boiler room just looked spooky
All right, this is a short TR cause it’s only one day but I’m still going to make you wait for part two! Cause I’m evil like that.