Casey S.

Published: July 10, 2009 at 10:39 PM

I love reading every word of these! It's so great how you detail the whole day.
Raul Araoz

Published: July 10, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Great report, Robert. You are completely right. The west side of Disneyland is the best stretch of attractions in the world. Name another park that has attractions like Indy, Pirates, Mansion and Splash within a stretch of half-a-mile.
Gareth H

Published: July 11, 2009 at 4:47 AM

Awwwww, Awwwwwwwwwww, Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, I WANNA GO :(

lol, Great trip report.

James Rao

Published: July 11, 2009 at 5:38 AM

Wow! Great trip report! Thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to your Holiday World report. Remember, head clockwise and hit Raven, Legend, then Voyage...that's the progression. Are you planning on hitting the water park at HW as well, or just doing the amusement side?

Your daughter appears to be a fine writer, although her prize winning story was a tad bit on the depressing side for early on a bright Saturday morning! ;) Her mystery story about the Diamond Doll was a lot of fun though! Tell her to keep up the excellent work!

Anthony Murphy

Published: July 11, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Good stuff as usual!

Did your daughter get anything else because it was her birthday? Like free fastpasses or something?

I am also suprised that Disneyland has blackout dates for its Season Pass holders. To me that sound extremly odd since WDW and Great America (the ones that my brothers have) do not.

The other thing that struck me is your dislike for Indy. I really wouldn't compare it to Spiderman, but rather, Dinosaur at AK. Still, I am a bigger fan of Dinosaur. Indy invented the technology, Dinosaur made it better!

Ryan Sanford

Published: July 11, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Great report Robert.

I love the pictures. I'm looking forward to the upcoming trips.

rick stevens

Published: July 11, 2009 at 12:10 PM

I agree with Gareth, I want to go too!

Looks like the B'day girl inherited her Dad's skill with the word, pretty good prize. I am waiting for the blockout to lift to return to DL.

Have a great trip, and I will be looking forward to the reports.

Robert Niles

Published: July 11, 2009 at 1:38 PM


Disneyland has four levels of Annual Passes, not just one. I bought the cheapest level, which is blocked out all weekends, holidays and weekdays in summer. (I bought it to do the Tuesday park visit reports during the off season.) The upgrade the to second level adds Sundays during the school year.

As for Dinosaur, I'm not a big fan of that ride, either, though my biggest problem with it at the time I rode was the light level, which made seeing anything difficult. The story there made more sense, though I preferred the old "Countdown to Extinction" name.


Actually, I think you are wrong about Natalie. She's a far, far better writer than I ever will be. She took what she got from her mother and me, and amplified it.

Published: July 11, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Actually, bobsleds are not a smooth ride in actuality.
Brandon S

Published: July 11, 2009 at 9:52 PM

^The one I have ridden is. That would be Disaster Transport. I would think that all bobsleds would be smooth. There's no reason for them not to be.
rick stevens

Published: July 11, 2009 at 10:24 PM

As far as the bobsled comments, if the driver stays away from the edges you get a smooth ride. If it was one of us driving, we would be bounced everywhere and probably would come to the finish line inverted. I do think that the bobsled ride should be smoothed out, but not as smooth as the newer coasters.


If she got the best of both worlds, should we be looking out for a future songstress? Having adult kids of my own, it is great when they outdo the parents and leave them in the dust.

I miss roadtrips!

Robert Niles

Published: July 12, 2009 at 9:41 PM

I love the idea of a user input on the Matterhorn- the smoother the driver steers, the smoother the ride. Don't hit your marks, though, and you're bouncing like the Jamaicans at the beginning of "Cool Runnings."

Please, someone, make this happen! That would be an uniquely awesome attraction.

On the topic of Natalie, her favorite musical instrument is the iPod. Neither of the kids has any desire to listen to, much less play, the violin, much to Mom's chagrin.

Joshua Counsil

Published: July 13, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Great report.

Completely agree with your Indy criticisms. It was very underwhelming and overhyped.