(Edit: I finally get my dates right and forget the rest of my title *face palm*)
Hi there! I'm in the middle of sorting through over 800 pics from WDW & my Disneyland trip last week and trying to put together a trip report for both trips. I only have like two and half days to get them done/started b/c Thursday night I'm leaving for the Gumball Rally weekend and won't be back until next Tuesday!! I know! I'm crazy!!!
Anyhow, I thought I'd try to do the shorter of my two Trip Reports first. That would be this last weekend, when Darkwingchuck, Nela25 and I headed to Disneyland for my birthday!
We had planned to try to hit up the resort Friday, but we ended up hitting a ton of traffic and we had plans in Hollywood that night so we headed straight there.
And what were these plans? Well about half a year ago I caught wind of a show that I desperatly wanted to go to. It's called Puppet Up! Uncensored and it's put on by the Jim Henson Company (check it out here The Jim Henson Company) and it's performed once a month at the Avalon theater in Hollywood. Imagine my surprise and delight when I found out the show was being out on my birthday weekend ^_^
this excitement... right here in this picture
We had third row seats and it was honestly one of the funniest things I've ever seen! On stage were the puppetters, but they also had monitors so you could see what the puppets would look like if it was an actual piece for television or whatever
The guy with the alien is Brain Henson, Jim Henson's son
The best way to describe the show is "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" but with puppets. (Here's all the puppets they had to choose from)
The highlight of the show though, was during the second act. They had been doing audience participation all night and the host came down into the audience to look for someone. The people in front of us where loud and annoying and crazy and the host basically ignored them and I realized he was making eye contact with me. He told them you can't look super eager to go up and then walked over to me and grabbed my hand pulling me on stage.
Next thing I know, one of the girls is putting a mike on me and Brian freaking Henson is putting a puppet on my hand! I got to control a puppet in a skit about a shrinking glacier and an ice maiden!!! It was insanity, I'm amazed i made any sense during it.
The whole thing was recorded, but youtube's being a jerk and taking forever to upload it. I'll post it here as soon as I can... it's ridiculous!!!
More pics from the show.
The search for the perfect Taco
The pep rally for Rush Limbagh High School
which basically consisted of insanity and hot dogs
The end of the show
And a final piece w/ hand puppets... like literally hand puppets
On a high from my brush with fame (the funniest part was the random audience members that told me I did a great job later) we headed to the Soda Fountain.
It was all ready for Up (as am I cause I get to see it tonight ^_^)
And The Boys was playing
Pic of the Conan billboard on Hollywood & Highland. Darkwing Chuck and I have tickets to his first show next week and we're super excited ^_^
And that was it for Friday Night. We got back to the hotel and totally crashed.
We started Saturday early and headed into Disneyland. On our way in we ran into Aladdin who joined our group for the day.
After and Indy Fastpass and some Pirates we headed to the Mansion. We kept slowing down so I got some good pics
Poor guy! Connie is so irrisitable he lost his head
Some graveyard fun
A swinging wake
Darkwing Chuck & Aladdin were afraid the ride might never start again
Finally escaping that haunted place we rode Indy and then headed to Big Thunder.
Then we headed toward Main Street to get a locker for our jackets and to see the Dapper Dans
"Hi there, how you all doin'?"
He's trying to remember something really important... may it's the words to the song
Because they saw my bday button I got called up to have a song sung to me. It was some random ladies birthday too so she was also sung too... I have no idea who she is but Disneyland makes everyone friendlier
This is the part where they showcase their fancy hats
Darkwing Chuck w/ the Dans
And me w/ the Dans
It was on to get Space Mountain fast passes and as we left we noticed HISTA was about to start. Darkwing Chuck has never seen HISTA (something about it replacing Captain Eo and being an abomination *shrug*) so the three of us made him go.
He was upset
And needed some persuasion (and for us to block the exits)
Getting thru that horrid experience (well for Darkwing Chuck at least) we headed over to DCA. We got Tower FPs and rode Monsters and then headed to Animation for a while. We waited in the lobby for Turtle Talk to start
I *heart* Herc/Meg!!
Back on Tower we had one of the coolest bellhops ever. He kept messing with everyone and as he was about to close the doors he saw my bday button and started singing happy bday. The doors closed and we went through the ride. When we got back he finished the song. It was awesome!
Pic of an on ride photo... I think I'm acting like I don't know these people
We had lunch at the Winery and met up with Dana (you might remember her from my last TR) then headed over to the Pier for some single rider Mania
Toy Story Maniacs!
Nela25 wanted to try out some of the games of the Boardwalk cause she hadn't gotten to yet.
she tried her hand at striking out Casey
Over at one of the shops, Darkwing Chuck showed us the proper way to wear a hat... yeah, sometimes I wonder about that boy
Then it was on to impending doom
Aka the Maliboomer. Here we are taunting Dana & Aladdin for not coming along
Kuzcochik, queen of the attractive facial expressions
Darkwing Chuck couldn't figure out his seat belt
Nela25 and I loled at him
Still waiting to launch
Coming back to earth and gunning for YOU!
Trying to get out
I honestly can't remember the reason for this picture
Or this one
I think we were waiting while Nela25 tried to shot some hoops
Then it was on to catch the Pixar Play Parade... but that will have to wait b/c I've already given you too many pics to peruse and I'm still waiting for my freaking video to upload (stupid Youtube! it's been like an 2 hrs.)
Anyway... more to come tonight after Up ^_^