Friday, October 14, 2011

Chad's Disneyland DISlikes

Welcome to those of you joining me from PURSUING THE MAGIC and those of you just hopping aboard.  I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Maybe the problem is that I'm just too darn easy to please. When I first learned that this month's topic on the rail was going to be "Something in Disney that everyone loves that you do not", I immediately felt a sense of impending doom.  The truth is, and anyone who spends any amount of time at Disneyland with me can attest to this, there's just nothing at The Resort that I don't enjoy doing at least to some degree.  It's not to say that there aren't a few things that I'm sort of ambivalent about, like the Mickey shaped balloons that are constantly hitting me in the head as their owners attempt to corral them, but dislike?  That's much harder.

So I've spent the better part of the week mentally walking all over both Disneyland Resort Parks in my head, going store by store, restaurant by restaurant, and attraction by attraction trying to think of something I dislike that everyone else loves, and it's simply not there.  So, in the interest of time and ensuring I have something to add to the loop this month, I'm unilaterally deciding that rather than come up with one thing I DISlike at Disneyland, I'll try and come up with FIVE things I'm pretty ambivalent about.  Now, just remember, it's not to say that I dislike any of these things.  Truth is, like I said before, I can have fun doing anything while I'm at Disneyland, but these may just be the things that mean the least to me on a personal level, although I may enjoy to bits seeing others liking them.  Makes complete sense, right?

So here we go!
#5 - The aforementioned "Mickey-shaped" balloons
Without a doubt, I could probably do without these staples of children's souvenirs found inside any of the Disney Parks worldwide.  The premise seems pretty simple to me: charge huge wads of cash for helium filled Mickey-likened mylar, and then watch them fly while the children cry.  And if they're not flying, again like I mentioned earlier, they're bonking me in the noggin repeatedly at any given time as I make my way around The Parks.  But hey, the kids love 'em, and God knows I've bought my own share of these for my own boys as they've grown up; they love them so much.
Hint: If your Mickey does try and make an escape through the clouds, Disneyland will be happy to replace your balloon for you free of charge.  Thus, crisis averted!

#4 - Mickey Mouse Ears
I may well catch major flack for this one, but again, this is just my own personal opinion, and the truth is I could do without the mouse ears (heresy!) simply because I'm not much of a hat person in general, and when I am, it's usually just a ball-cap of some kind; must be the redneck in me.  Of course I don't want the ears to go away (Disney Parks just wouldn't be the same without them), they're just hardly a blip on the radar for me (says the man who, looking around his bedroom, can spot no less than 5 different pairs of the things).  So obviously I own some, and from time to time I may wear some, but they're just not that important to me.  Buying them for my sons and having their names embroidered on them, though?  Very important!  But for me if people want them I'm fine with that, and if people don't want them, I'm fine with that too.  Ambivalence at its finest!

Yar! I be wearing one of them hats me old man is ambivalent about matey...

# 3 - Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
Yeah, this is another little something-something that just exists outside of my vision.  Without a good reason to get on the Nemo subs, I just never do.  It's a small, cramped space that's really stuffy inside, and for me, personally, there are so many attractions around Disneyland that are done a lot better so... it just doesn't really cut it for me on any kind of regular basis.  But that's okay!  I know that Disneyland didn't create Finding Nemo for the 36 year old male crowd, so that makes perfect sense.  I will go on record as saying that when I ride it with my children, and I see the looks of wonder and smiles on their own faces, I can't help but appreciate it for exactly what it is; in that regard, it's an amazing attraction.

Yeah... I'm pretty much on the fence about this one *drum roll*

#2 - Captain EO Tribute
Perhaps another choice that will get me in trouble depending on who the reader is, the Captain EO Tribute is another attraction inside Disneyland that pretty much just hovers around my peripheral vision.  I had seen it once as a teenager when I first visited Walt Disney World, and made it a point to see it once again on re-opening weekend when it was brought back last year, but otherwise I'm pretty happy just leaving it alone.  I have to admit that I've seen it several more times since it re-opened, but it's usually at the behest of my friends (or wife!) who are all huge M.J. fans, and I'm the kind of person who's more than happy to pretty much just go along with whatever everyone else wants to do.  It's not a bad show at all, it just doesn't really float my boat.  However, I can appreciate the advances it meant in the world of film (and 3D for that matter) and concept when it was first released, and for that reason I actually do encourage people to see it if they never have, but it's just not a must-do for me anymore.  Maybe it has something to do with some of the 4D things inside the show, like the earthquake simulator which has me literally jumping up and down in my chair (and not by choice) in certain sequences in the film, but Yes or no on Captain EO, well I'm okay either way.

Shake, rattle and roll in a galaxy far, far away!

#1 -Cast Members who shoot me in the face with those bubble guns
Much like the balloons, the automated "bubble guns" that Disneyland has Cast Members schilling all over The Resort are one of those things that I understand the necessity for, and I kind of get a kick out of watching kids run around and enjoy them, but I could probably do without.  And the main reason I could do without them is those things are constantly hitting me in the face!  It seems like every time I'm walking into Adventureland, the Cast Member at their little cart there aims down their sights, checks the direction the wind is blowing (to account for accurate shooting), and then promptly pelts me in the face with dozens of balls of floating soap.  I will say this, though; those Disneyland bubbles are some of the toughest bubbles I've ever seen in my life; they just will not break.  It might be one thing if I could break the bubbles as they attacked me, but they just slap me back and keep right on coming.  So once again, not a huge issue, but something that if it were to suddenly disappear and if I never got hit in the face with a soap bubble again, well, I might just be okay with that.

And there you have it!  Chad's Top Five "Ambivalences".  I stand by my original assessment in that this assignment was very difficult for me.  There really is nothing at Disneyland that I dislike, but I suppose if I had to nit-pick, well, these are what I was able to come up with.  Hopefully people will see my piddly little list and realize it for what it really is, not so much an effort to be ticky-tailed about silly little things about Disneyland, but rather an indication of just how much I love the place, and just how much enjoyment I get each and every time I go out, no matter what it is that I'm doing. 

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The World of Deej said...

I will have to keep my wits about me to avoid the bubbles in December!

Tricia from Return to Disney said...

Chad, thanks for mentioning the balloon replacement! We've always avoided the Mickey balloons because we know it would only be a matter of moments before somebody lost theirs.

@MaryD73 Capturing Magical Memories said...

Lol! Chad, those are some interesting dislike. And yep - you may catch flack for the Mickey Ears. But I have to agree with the bubble guns one.

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

I am with you on the balloons. For us, we never can purchase the balloons because they would not be pleasant for the plane ride home. Our option is to not purchase them, have the kids just handle that or buy themand have to dispose of them before leaving. I will choose option one every single time. :-) It is funny you mention that about Mickey Ears. My kids all have a pair or two but I have honestly, never owned (or worn) a pair of Mickey Ears. Great list!

Days In The Park said...

You WILL Deej - they certainly seem out to get people ;)

Days In The Park said...

You're welcome, Tricia - I'm assuming there's probably a statute of limitations or something, but it IS nice to know if something catastrophic should happen... :)

P.T. said...

I'm with you on Captain EO. It was nice to bring it back when MJ passed to bring a little nostalgia, but it needs to go now. It's so outdated and the theatre is always empty.

Christina said...

I know exactly what you mean. I've done a 30 Day Disney Challenge where one of the questions was "What do you dislike the most." Well, I don't have anything I dislike at all! Granted, I haven't tried everything yet, but I tend to try and find all the good and enjoy it for what it is. I'll have to keep your approach in mind if this topic comes across Blogorail Peach so I don't stress out about it. :)

DisneyBabies said...

That's a list!! I bought my son his first mickey balloon.. He loved it and when we left, we gave it to another young child.. but yeah, a big waste for like $14 or something ridiculous.
And as for the bubbles, I don't think the WDW people shoot you in the face... they aim them away from us, but Noah loves those, too!

Days In The Park said...

I try to keep it interesting, Mary ;)
It really was a hard topic for me to write on - I don't look for negative things, so even in the things at Disneyland that might not be my favorite, I look for the good in them and usually wind up liking them. I'm easy like that :)
It's not that I don't LIKE the ears, just that I personally am "whatever" about that - I would be SUPER SAD to see them go, though. Hope the difference came through in the way that I wrote it :)

Days In The Park said...

Thanks for the comments Beth :)
Sounds like we're on the same page about a LOT of things these days ;)

Days In The Park said...

Yeah P.T... like I said I've seen it many times since it came back, and Lord knows I'll probably wind up seeing it again - just something that's an "either" for me. I enjoy it, but it just doesn't show up on the radar most trips out :)

Days In The Park said...

Thanks for the awesome comment, Christina - sounds like we're in the same boat on this one!
I'm the same way - nothing I dislike and I tend to try to find the good in EVERYTHING at Disneyland, and am usually successful so I wind up liking everything.
My hand was kind of forced in this one, though ;)

Days In The Park said...

LOL Jenn ;)
If I COULD have had one thing I disliked enough it would have been easy to shape an entire post around it, but... just nothing's there! So I tried to bulk it up some; hope it wasn't overdone :)
Hopefully the humor came through in the whole bubble thing - I certainly don't think the Cast Members are intentionally shooting me in the face, but nonetheless the bubbles always seem to find their way there ;)

Debs said...

I am so with you on the bubble blower CMs and DH is so with you on the ear hats!! Those bubble blowers wreak havoc on my camera lens!!!

Mouse Fan Diane said...

Great post Chad, You showed a great sense of humor with it. I would definitely have a list of things I would like to change, but no real dislikes at WDW.I dont think there is any bubble shooting at WDW, but I cant imagine I would like It's bad enough when the camel spits in your ear on Aladdin's magic carpets..

Disney on Wheels said...

lol The bubble gun one cracked me up. I was waiting for a parade as a Cast Member shot one into the wind so they blew directly in my face. I didn't find that magical. :)

Days In The Park said...

Glad there are people that are in my corner, Debs :) Thanks! :)

Days In The Park said...

Thanks Diane - I really tried to make it pretty light-hearted and humorous; very tongue-in-cheek :)
Glad you enjoyed it :)

Days In The Park said...

Thanks Melissa :)
Yeah... the bubbles in the face aren't too magical; I enjoy watching the kids running around enjoying them, though. They just always seem to find my eyeballs :)