Monday, January 24, 2011
Disneyland Trip Report: The Perfect Day, Part 1
Every year, I have taken my staff at work on a teambuilding/fun day. Getting together outside of work, exploring new things, and enjoying a few meals together makes for a very happy team and creates relationships/bonds that you just can’t get during the work day. After a 3-year hiatus of traveling other cities and sights, this year I returned to the original location of Dland. Last Friday could not have been any more perfect: the weather, the lack of crowds, the flowers in bloom—it was a glorious day at Disneyland! Just look at that blue sky!
First stop of the day: Main Street Opera House to visit President Lincoln:
The realism of the sculpt and his movements had everyone enthralled:
Heading towards Tomorrowland, we were treated to The Dapper Dans. What a great way to start your visit to the park; how could you not have a smile on your face when you hear their old-fashioned harmonies in the heart of Main Street U.S.A.?
We had a few newbies to Buzz; despite the fact that some of the team were novices, they still had a “blast” (bad pun intended).
One of these days I’ll figure out where the camera for this is so that I can remove my constipated look of concentration from my face. This really is a fun little bonus; emailing this to someone after the game for free is really an awesome perk.
After a thrilling adventure through Space Mountain, we Moonwalked over to Captain EO and transported ourselves back to the 1980’s:
What trip is complete without a posed pic by the Castle? One very kind guest graciously offered to snap our pic for us. Again...the perfect day.
Not everyone knows about The Sleeping Beauty Castle Dioramas; they are a hidden gem that every guest should check out. The artistry and special effects make this trip inside the castle a must-see:
The troops were hungry after all that adventure, so we stopped by The Rancho del Zocalo for some very tasty Mexican treats.
When you’re sluggish from a delicious meal, what’s the best thing to do? Pilot the Mark Twain around the Rivers of America! 5 of the team hung out in The Wheelhouse and rang the bell, blew the whistle, and steered the ship around The River while the rest of us enjoyed the view.
I could definitely feel myself dangerously crossing over to "old fart" territory as I began to explain what The Burning Cabin used to be and what a Keelboat is. Sigh...I’m getting old.
Not that I didn’t trust the team to get us back, but just in case, Brennan & I found the life preservers!
Energized by our journey, the gang zoomed over to the Haunted Mansion to see it without the Holiday overlay.
I just do not get tired of this one; so many details, so many characters...you never run out of new things to see.
And on this last photo for today, I’ll leave you “hanging” until the next installment.
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