Old Disneyland Rides

I ran across this website while trying to remember the name of the Skyway ride at Disneyland.  It is a cool website to remember back when I use to go to Disneyland when I was a kid. 

Many of the attractions I have never seen or been on but there are a few that I do recall.  It is a fun website to go through.  I can’t believe i went on the Captain EO ride as a kid and thought it was one of the coolest rides in my life at that time.  I remember going on the Mission to the Moon ride as a kid and actually thought we went to the moon.  Boy I was such a dork.

Well here is the link below. Enjoy!

http://www.yesterland.com/yester.html

Kung Fu Panda Review

I had the opportunity to go out with the family to see Kung Fu Panda.  This was not a movie i was looking forward to but I am always up to get out with the kids on the weekend.  I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old.  We were not sure how are two year old would do.  I knew my dour year old would sit through most of it.

 Overall the movie is cute.  Just imagine watching a Kung Fu movie in a cartoon format.  Here is the basic plot.

Po loves to play with action figures of the legendary Furious Five—Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. He dreams of being in their ranks as a true deliverer of kung fu awesomeness. But, alas, he is only a chubby, stumble-footed and easily winded panda, not a lightning-fast, disciplined martial artist. So he’s stuck in the family noodle business.

When word goes out that a Dragon Warrior will be chosen to fulfill legend and defend the Jade Kingdom from the dreaded martial arts master Tai Lung, Po can’t contain his excitement. With a great deal of effort he lugs his considerable heft up the hundreds of steps to the Jade Palace to see who will land the great honor.

Turns out, he lands it—after accidentally crashing the tryout party.

Nobody can believe it. Especially not the Furious Five and their kung fu master Shifu. But since the enemy is already on his way, they have to do something. If Tai Lung gets his hands on the lauded Dragon Scroll, he will surely be powerful enough to rule the world. Po must do whatever it takes to face the fearsome and treacherous foe. Uh … right after lunch, that is. ”

Overall the movie is fun.  My two year old was not into the movie that much.  My four year old got up a few times to go to the bathroom and since he saw his sister walking around, he want to do the same thing but he ended up watching 75% of the movie.  I asked him if he liked the movie and he gave me an enthusiastic yes!  What I saw of the movie, I enjoyed.  I would recommend taking your kids.  From personal experiences, I know my kids will copy what other kids do.  If they see someone else up, then they will do the same.  My son is older and better now.  i would take him to most kid’s movie.  My daughter I will probally wait another half year. 

So I would give Kung Fu Panda 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.  I would recommend it to anyone with kids or without.  In regards to taking the kids to the theater, it really depends on the kid.  It can be hit or miss, so beware.  The first time I took my son to see a movie (Cars), he watched about 10 minutes of the movie and walked out.  I would say this is definitely one of the best kid’s movie of 2008.

Disneyland Review

Last week was the first time we have taken our kids to Disneyland.  My daughter is two and my son is over 3 1/2 but will be 4 in a couple months.  It was a blast!  We all had fun and even meet up with some friends at Disneyland.

Everyone enters Disneyland through Main Street, USA.  Afterwards you are free to venture to Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, FrontierLand, Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, or Mickey’s Toontown.  With our toddlers, we spent a majority of the time in Mickey’s Toontown and Fantasyland.  I knew the It’s a Small World ride is being renovated so I was not disappointed when we arrived to see that attraction closed. 

We spent a large part of the morning in Mickey’s Toontown.  We were able to explore Mickey’s and Minnie’s House.  The kids climbed around in the Chip n Dale Treehouse.  My two year old daughter road  the Gadget’s Go Coaster about four times.  My son did not go on that coaster until his friend came, whom we were meeting at the park, and then he road the coaster once.  We even road the Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin ride.  The great thing about Mickey’s Toontown was, we meet and took pictures with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy.  i can’t believe how much the kids like Goofy.  Mickey’s Toontown was great!

We spent most of our afternoon at Fantasyland.  We rode the Storybook Land Canal Boats and then went on the Mad Party Teacups.  This was the only ride my wife did not go one.  We eventually came back to Fantasyland after we had an overprice Disneyland lunch.  We took the kids on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Alice in Wonderland, and the King Arthur Carousel.  The kids had a blast on all the rides.

We did have an opportunity to explore other parts of the park.  We took the kids on Pirates of the Caribbean ride.  It was a great opportunity to sit back and relax.  I forgot how long that ride was but it was a great opportunity to sit down for a little bit.  We also went on the Jungle Cruise.  It is still the same silly ride with the tour operator cracking silly jokes.  The jokes are Disney rated jokes we have become accustom to from their movies.  I finally had the opportunity to see the Enchanted Tiki Room.  It had been over a decade since the last time I had been in the Tiki Tiki Room.  It’s were the birds all sings and the flower bloom.   While waiting for the doors to the Tiki Room to open, it is a perfect time to enjoy some Pineapple Whip.  It taste like Pineapple Frozen Yogurt.  The vendor for this delicious dessert is right in front of the Enchanted Tiki Room.  The also have a Pineapple Whip Float, made with the Pineapple Whip and pineapple juice. 

The evening parade at Disneyland is the Disneyland Parade of Dreams.  We had a front row seat near the castle.  it was a great spot.  We did not have anyone in front of us, this was a first for me.  This is an advantage when you go to the park on a weekday.  Please note the park also closed at 9pm to prepare for the arrival of high school graduates for Gradnight.  The parade is alright,  it was not fabulous like the old Main Street Electrical Light Parade.  If you miss the parade,  the you did not miss much.

The only thing I miss is the parking lot.  It use to be that the parking lot was right in front of Disneyland.  Well that was replaced with the creation of California Adventure.  Disneyland not only added that separate amusement park but also Downtown Disney,  a bunch of shops and restaurants.  There is a parking structure with tram service to and from the parking structure to the Disney theme parks and Downtown Disney.  As the crowds exit the parking structure, everyone waits in line for the the tram.  It is just as fun to get on the tram after a long day at the park.  By the way, it does take a little time to get into the parking structure.  Not only do you get to wait in line to get on the rides at Disneyland but also to park your car in the parking structure and to take the tram. 

Overall Disneyland was a fun experience for both kids and adults alike. Going to Disneyland on a  weekday was a great time to visit the park. The lines were short and the park was not too crowded.  Food is definitely overpriced but what’s new.  I am also excited because my kids got there first Mouse Ears Hats.  Don’t be upset if you miss the parade, it is not that great.  Great place to take toddlers.  It may be a bit expensive for a tickets but it is definitely worth the experience for the kids.

Activities with Toddlers in Southern California -Griffith Observatory

Hi all,

Just last weekend the family took an outing to the Griffith Observatoryin Los Angeles.  There are so many activities available at Griffith Parkbut this blog  entry will focus on the observatory. In one of my earlier post, I mention the LA Zoo which is also located within the Griffith Park area.

We arrived at the observatory during the middle of the day.  My wife was patient and found a parking spot extremely close to the observatory.  Parking is free as is admission to the observatory.  Both my 22 month old and my 3 1/2 year old enjoyed the exhibits.  I am not sure how much of it they understood but it seems like they had fun.  It might have been the fact that they got to run around and see some interesting things.

The observatory has recently been remodeled.  A cafe has been added to lower right hand side of the observatory.  It is a great place to get a good view of Los Angeles.  If there is ever a clear day in Los Angeles, it is easy to see the ocean from there. They have expanded many exhibits to the lower level.  The observatory is nicely laid out with plenty of space to roam around.  There is a planetarium show for a nominal fee but it is not recommended for children under five.  The Hollywood sign is not far from the observatory and can easily be seen.  Parking is a battle but if you are patient a spot will open up.

I would highly recommend taking the kids out to the Griffith Observatory.  If the kids get bored, Griffith Park is a great place to let the kids get out to play and have a picnic.  Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the day.

      

Activites with Toddlers in Southern California – LA Zoo

   Well it is another beautiful sunny weekend in California.  My wife and I were set to take the kids to the LA Zoo.  It was not too hot and it was a short drive.  The La Zoo is locate at Griffith Park in Los Angeles and parking is always free. Tickets to the zoo are $10 for adults (13 and up) and $5 for kids (2 to 12).  Kids under 2 are free.  After much thinking my wife and I decided to get a year pass for the family for only $75.  This pass can be used to get into other participating  zoos throughout California and the US at a discounted price.  There is a list of around 140 zoos and aquariums that offer either discounted admissions or free admissions with the LA Zoo pass.

The LA Zoo has many exhibits to enjoy.  The monkeys were quite active today as were the giraffes.  There is even a petting zoo for the little kids to enjoy.  It was funny to watch my 3 1/2 year old son scared to get close to any off the animals in the petting zoo but my 21 month year old daughter who seems to have no fear when she gets around the animals.   The zoo has many different animals to see.  My son enjoyed the zoo more than my daughter.  The zoo has an assortment of animals from zebras to apes and gorillas to camels and even a spider exhibit. 

The zoo is a fun place for the kids to see some cool animals but let me give one warning.  Be prepared to do some walking and if you have kids, I would recommend a stroller for them.  My daughter spent a lot of time in the stroller and my son spent a little time in it as well.  There is a guided tram for an additional price that will take you around the zoo and make stops at various exhibits.  The LA Zoo is great day adventure for the kids!

LA Zoo FlamingoosLA Zoo - CamelLA Zoo - ElephantLA Zoo - Zebras

Activities with Toddlers in Southern California – Gull Wings Children’s Museum

Hi all,

 I love the weekend.  It not just two days off work, although I went to work for about 4 1/2 hours today, but it is two whole days to hang with my wife and two kids.  I have a son who is roughly 3 1/2 years old and a daughter a little over a  1 1/2 years old.  I love the time I get to spend with them at the parks and around the house but too often it seems my wife and I go stir crazy with the kids at home.  This is a series I plan to include in my blog in 2008.  Keep an eye out for updates.

——   Gull Wings Children’s Museum –  Oxnard, Ca ——————————————————-

Saturday after I came back home from work, it was time for a trip to a local children’s museum.  The plan was to meet up with some friends there.  We ran a little late due to some traffic caused by an accident on the freeway.  That’s the norm for Southern California although I tend to see more accidents on the weekdays than the weekends.  Our friends had left before we got there but I can understand because this children’s museum was quite small.

The name of the museum is Gull Wings Children’s Museumin Oxnard.   Admission to the museum is $4.00 for ages two and up.  The museum is rather small with a few exhibits.   My kids seem to have fun but both my wife and I did not like it.  It was rather basic and not too impressive and many of the exhibts seemed rundown and dirty. It is a very low budget place but what should I expect for $4.00 a person.   I would  not recommend it to anyone else or go there again.