Trip Report
Mr. E vs The Happiest Place on Earth. With pics!
Tuesday January 15, 2013 8:08pm
True Story:

An eager young 8-year-old boy pressed his nose up against the car window. Excitement was rising. It had been a long, long drive from Washington state to California. After all those restless hours in the car, this was it! The gates to the Magic Kingdom were in sight! The family parks the car. The boy's step-dad gets out of the vehicle... and proceeds to light up a joint. Within minutes... Disneyland security throws the entire family off the lot.

Having never set foot in the park, the boy never returned...




Until now....


Righting the wrongs of the universe, one misdemeanor at a time...

I present to you...

Mr E at Disneyland.


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Credit: justthemaid


Regardless of the fact that Mr E is cagey about crowds, children, noise and non-climbing related fun or happy places in general...I intended to fix this childhood travesty. For his 51st birthday... he was going to Disneyland...even if it killed him.


Reticent hard-man E got the full tour...


Trams:

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Main street USA:


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The Magic Castle:


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Tomorrowland.

Star Tours, Space Mountain and Autopia. Evidently a freezing cold Monday in January is the perfect time to go if you don't want to wait in lines BTW.


Mr E on Autopia
Mr E on Autopia
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After that, I dragged him around to see the usual suspects:


The Matterhorn:


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Matterhorn in motion.
Matterhorn in motion.
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Took in the sights.




Big thunder Mountain (closed for renovations)

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Submarines

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Ship


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...and there was no way in hell he was getting away without wearing the damn ears.


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Jungle Tour , Indiana Jones, & the Treehouse:



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A nice lunch at the Blue Bayou

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Mr. E meets the Pirates (kinda cool freaky shots from taking pics in the dark)


pirate of the Carribean
pirate of the Carribean
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Mr E rubs elbows with the Disney stars


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Chauffeurs before his wild ride with Mr. Toad:



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Mr. E was a terrifically good sport. He seemed to have a good time, and lasted a whole half a day before getting cranky, demanding his binky and having to be carried back to the car all tuckered out. :)


The End.






















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justthemaid
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justthemaid is a climber from Jim Henson's Basement.

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Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
  Jan 15, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
too cute!
hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
  Jan 15, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
Brutal, Tough--anyone who can do this is a keeper for sure.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Jan 15, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
I don't believe it. What a classy TR. Glad he's only 51....there was a lot of energy expended for that trip

Susan
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Jan 15, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
Glad you kids had fun!
I guess the happiest place on earth is not 420 friendly.
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  Jan 15, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
Whoa. That's some scary sh#t, right there.
prickle

Gym climber
globe,az
  Jan 15, 2013 - 09:19pm PT
yur gunna die?
Jingy

climber
Random Nobody
  Jan 15, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
Fantastic!!!

I thought for sure this was a story being told many years after the fact by a third person, then got the greatest punchline ever: Stepped out of the card and lit up a joint… within minutes security had tossed the whole family….
There is just no chillin out in the magic kingdom… oh the humanity, and what a total travesty for the young mister e…

glad to have been around to read the conclusion to that story.

Cheers
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Author's Reply  Jan 15, 2013 - 09:24pm PT
Probably scarier than R/X runout to a guy like Erik. He handled it well.

... and no.. they are definitely not weed-friendly there. The cameras are everywhere and no one want's the humiliation of being locked in Disney-jail. . I had a Disney-fanatic friend get caught hunkered down, hiding in his car trying to get a little puff in. They cancelled his season pass and tossed him out.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jan 15, 2013 - 09:25pm PT
I hope you took a rest day, you deserved it!
How did you find parking????

Way to SHRED THE GNAR!!!
-E
Reeotch

climber
4 Corners Area
  Jan 15, 2013 - 09:27pm PT
One question . . .





























Did you guys light up a joint before you went in?
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
  Jan 15, 2013 - 09:39pm PT

Okay, the Blue Bayou--wuz Linda Ronstadt there?

hee hee hee. . .

And he didn't even get to climb the Matterhorn!!!!

thanks for sharin' maidy
paganmonkeyboy

climber
mars...it's near nevada...
  Jan 15, 2013 - 09:59pm PT
dude you are so wearing those ears to sushifest, right ?
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Jan 15, 2013 - 10:05pm PT
This is pretty cute, and patching up a nice hole from childhood trauma!

I instantly thought of this:
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
  Jan 15, 2013 - 10:12pm PT
An eager young 8-year-old boy pressed his nose up against the car window.[...]

Sad and hilarious at the same time.

Brilliant!!

Glad you had a good time.
MisterE

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
  Jan 15, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
Yes, it's true...

I had a blast! It was a cold Monday, and like Maidy said: probably one of the best days to go. Probably didn't hurt that a few of the big attractions were shut down.

I must correct the wife:

Reticent, yes. Hard-man, knott.

Thanks, Honey!

:)
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujò de la Playa
  Jan 15, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
Bravo
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
  Jan 15, 2013 - 10:32pm PT
Did you find the diaper changing facilities adequate...?
MisterE

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
  Jan 15, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
Depends...
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
  Jan 15, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
I've never been to Disneyland myself - this makes me want to... But first I need someone to subject to...er, I mean share the experience with.
Bad Acronym

climber
Little Death Hollow
  Jan 15, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
Next time just drop acid.

Been there, done that.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Author's Reply  Jan 15, 2013 - 11:27pm PT
Next time just drop acid.

Been there, done that.


er...Yup.

Moving the old light parade to California Adventure... yet another travesty... for future generations of hallucinogen users that is. Toon Town was but a small consolation.

but I digress.


Edit to add: Not that I would know anything about that... Mom... if you are reading... :)

2nd Edit to add:

"Depends"

buh-dum *(cymbal)*

HA-ha
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Jan 15, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
Getting it done! You guys are on a roll.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Outside the Asylum
  Jan 15, 2013 - 11:41pm PT
Conclusive proof that the magic kingdom is best experienced in the company of an eight year old! (In spirit, anyway.)
Fletcher

Boulder climber
A very quiet place
  Jan 16, 2013 - 03:05am PT
Awesome! Love this report... you two are way high on the creative spectrum!

For my 50th last year, that's where we went. When you have three young kids plus are a 50 year old kid yerself, where else could I have possibly wanted to go? Spent three days and two nights at the Disneyland Hotel and had a complete blast. Was a tad warmer since it was May!

Only problem is now all the kids think that you get to stay at Disneyland for three days for their birthdays!

Not my first time by far, since my wife is ex-Diz from back in the day. Plus her Mom lives about 15 minutes away so access is easy. Literally due west in a straight line by about a block. You can see the fireworks every night from Grandma's street.

If you want warm temps and low crowds, we always go for the day on the last Saturday in August. It's usually pretty quiet because everyone is gearing up for back to school and done with vacations plus Saturdays are blacked out for most season pass holders.

I always enjoy the people watching. You get to see a cross section of some kind of America that I (at least) don't get to see every day. :-)

Thanks for the great report!

Eric

rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
  Jan 16, 2013 - 07:55am PT
Mr. E looks like he behaved very well...? Did giving him a spanking help...?
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
  Jan 16, 2013 - 11:33am PT
Nice! I thought they shut down Mr. Toad's? Good to see it is running still. Quality TR.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Jan 16, 2013 - 02:07pm PT
Mr E's Wild Ride!Oh yeah, that's the stuff!

And on a fashion note, nice tasteful mini mouse red and white poka dots, JTM!
Gal

Trad climber
going big air to fakie
  Jan 16, 2013 - 02:30pm PT
Adorable TR, thanks for the report... sounds as though "the man" is ruling the magic kingdom with an iron fist... ;-)
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
  Jan 16, 2013 - 04:00pm PT
Nice report. It's wild you'd never been there. I grew up in Orange County so we could and did go fairly often. Now that I live in LA, it's no problem taking my three kids either. Can't imagine missing out on that as a kid. I think getting that familiarity earlier in life helped ingrain it as a special place to me despite, what is now, a clear acknowledgement of what a corporate money extracting machine it truly is. Still have a great time despite how much lighter my wallet is when I leave.

Glad you were able to check that off your list.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Author's Reply  Jan 16, 2013 - 08:54pm PT
@Fatdad

I'm in your camp. Erik (my husband) is the one who grew up out of state. I grew up in LA. My family went to Disneyland pretty regularly. In college I had friends working there and got in free or cheap so I'd go to Disneyland at the drop of a hat (pre-climbing when I had no life).

In spite of the "corporate money extracting machine" aspect of it... I still felt pretty nostalgic about the visit. It had probably been 10 years since I was last there. I got into climbing on weekends. The friends stopped working there and when they cleaved off California Adventure and raised the prices it seemed to dilute the experience so I stopped going.

There was some major sticker-shock over the current ticket price BTW. Not sure how Joe-Blow affords to take his kids there these days.
MisterE

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
  Jan 16, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Author's Reply  Jan 16, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
Jaybro:
And on a fashion note, nice tasteful mini mouse red and white poka dots, JTM!


and on a personal note... I live for a positive fashion review from the Taco fashion police.

Jaybro can be so catty sometimes ;)
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
  Feb 6, 2013 - 02:36am PT
Bump for MisterE!

He's a COOL Cat.
He get's a BIG Grin from me!!!!

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Fletcher

Boulder climber
A very quiet place
  Feb 6, 2013 - 03:11am PT
I love Dada! A fried sent that CD to us when we were living in Hong Kong and I fell in love with it. My wife worked for Disney there at the time so that's why she sent it (to keep on TR topic!).

She didn't work for the theme park side (she was in consumer products) but as an employee we got into Disneyland for free and got the 30% discount on everything else in the park. Now that that she's ex-Diz, we gotta pay for the full ride too. Wallet emptying, yes, but we still have fun. It's kind of like crack. And I love the people watching.

I have a funny story about returning another defective Dada CD in Hong Kong, but that's for some other thread. :-)

Eric
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
  Feb 6, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
The rotating tea cups are the best ride at Disneyland. Trade in all of your tickets and do the tea cups until you send a spray of spew across the entire ride.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
  Feb 6, 2013 - 03:47pm PT
I came very close to doing just that--spewing across the swirling floor of the Tea Cups.

The other three in our cup were intent on spinning it as fast as they could. And spin it they did. The crowds on aligned against the sides of the ride cheered each time we went past, we were spinning like a top I suppose.

And, I suppose it didn't help that we were all high as kites, and not just from the joint we sparked on Tom Sawyer's Island... And to think, that was just a few years ago when I was a senior in High School. Ho dear...
burcheyGITTEM

Big Wall climber
  Feb 6, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
Deciding whether this is better or worse than climbing spray.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Feb 6, 2013 - 04:02pm PT
What a fun TR! Thanks -- I really needed this today.

John
tornado

climber
lawrence kansas
  Nov 12, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
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