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Old 04-02-2013, 08:59 PM   #1
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If you were taking your last trip ever to Disneyland...

I know, I know, it's a terrible thought. If you were taking your last trip to DLR and you could only do five things, what would they be? I know "top five attractions" have been done before, but I'm curious to know what you would do if you knew could never go back.

My family and I are going to DLR on Friday, and I am so excited I can hardly wait. I just asked my husband and 13-year-old son this very question, and I found their responses interesting.

My husband, who is a grumpy but lovable Disney sidekick, (i.e., he doesn't really get it but grudgingly supports us in going on return trips because he loves us), started out this way:

1) Eat a turkey leg
2) Sit in Ariel's lap
3).....

At this point, I raised my eyebrow and said, "Seriously?", which of course, was the reaction he was seeking, lol. He changed it to these:

1) World of Color (we've seen it once)
2) Fantasmic
3) Space Mountain
4) Eating a turkey leg while watching World of Color
5) Eating a turkey leg while watching Fantasmic

My husband has been to Disneyland four times, once when he was a kid, which he doesn't remember, and three times with me: age 24, age 33, and age 37.

My 13-year-old son chose the following:

1) World of Color
2) Space Mountain
3) California Screamin'
4) Buzz Lightyear
5) Tarzan's Treehouse ("Mom, it's just such a great movie! Such great music! I really want to just experience the treehouse again!")

He has been to Disneyland twice with us: age 6 and age 10

I chose these:

1) Fireworks (I have never seen them; the past two trips, we sat for 90 minutes waiting in or around the hub, in the "perfect" spots, and they were cancelled due to wind at the last minute, both times). Third time's a charm.
2) Fantasmic
3) World of Color
4) Space Mountain
5) I'm cheating: it's a tie between Splash Mountain and Pirates

I went to Disneyland at age 3, age 5, age 9, age 12, age 20, age 25, age 34, and age 38. It feels as though I've been there a lot more than that, though.

I chose Splash Mountain because I remember the first time I ever went on it. I was 20 years old, and it was 1990; the ride had been open a little over a year. There was no internet back then, so all I knew about it was what I had read from my Birnbaum guidebook, which I had studiously pored over, preparing for the trip. It had been eight years, and I was ready.

I will never forget the feeling of quickly dropping down into the water, feeling a cool little spray, and suddenly seeing all of these amazing, bright, colorful, happy little critters singing, "How do you do?!" I had the biggest, silliest, grin on my face, and all I could think was, "Wow! This is so amazing! I can't believe I'm really here!"

All three times since then, when I first go on that ride, I feel exactly the same way, just like I did back then. Wow. I can't believe I'm really here.

Friday, April 5th, Splash Mountain, here I come.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:20 PM   #2
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I don't think that I'd really care, so long as my husband and my kids were there with me to enjoy it. Anything we did that day would be icing on the cake.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:27 PM   #3
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1) Ride Pirates of the Caribbean
2) Eat a Churo ( I LOVE THEM)
3) Have lunch at Blue Bayou ( I have never eaten there)
4) Ride Soaring
5) Got to Haunted Mansion

It's a good thing we are going to Disneyland in October so I can do all these things and more... I know it won't be my last trip but it will be my last trip there for a while
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:32 PM   #4
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1. Space Mountain

2. Splash Mountain

3. Pirates of the Caribbean

4. Fantasmic

5. Soarin
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:46 PM   #5
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Here are mine:

1) Pirates
2) Haunted Mansion
3) It's a Small World
4) Peter Pan
5)Big Thunder Mountain RR

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Old 04-02-2013, 09:57 PM   #6
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Honestly, the thing I would do is sit on a bench near the flagpole for a while before closing. With some popcorn and coke in hand, I would watch tired families leave Main Street, pushing sleeping kids in their strollers. I'd close my eyes and try to plant in my memory the sounds and smells. Finally, I'd stand up, take a deep breath, look to the light in the fire station, and bid a silent farewell and thank you to Walt. Then, I'd leave.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:02 PM   #7
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I'd hope to dine at Club 33. Other than that, I'd be very happy doing just about anything!
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:03 PM   #8
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I'd want to do stuff I haven't done lately, or maybe we're not allowed to do anymore.

* Sleep over in Walt's Apartment
* Play basketball in the Matterhorn
* Lunch at Club 33
* Meet up with all my Billy friends at the Horseshoe one more time. For that matter, I want to see the "A" Team back together one more time: Kirk, Dennis, John, Evan...
* Fantasmic! Dessert Buffet from the Disney Gallery Balcony one more time

There are plenty of "Yesterland" things I would want to do, but my list is composed of things that could actually happen. Like they haven't been torn down/replaced.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:42 PM   #9
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I know this is morbid, but my uncle was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and never made it to his last trip to DL. He said the one thing he was going to miss was seeing Mickey. He was sad not to see him one more time. My uncle was a giant guy, drove truck at the mine (like the ones you need a ladder to get into). I thought that showed what an awesome teddy bear he really was.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:57 PM   #10
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1. World of color (it is my favorite and the only time my husband to be will cry in public)
2. Soarin (has all of my favorite scents and that's what I think of when I think of Disney)
3. Pirates
4. Haunted mansion
5. Jungle cruise
The last three are my favorite rides (:
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:05 PM   #11
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Honestly, the thing I would do is sit on a bench near the flagpole for a while before closing. With some popcorn and coke in hand, I would watch tired families leave Main Street, pushing sleeping kids in their strollers. I'd close my eyes and try to plant in my memory the sounds and smells. Finally, I'd stand up, take a deep breath, look to the light in the fire station, and bid a silent farewell and thank you to Walt. Then, I'd leave.
This is what I did when we left a few weeks ago...but I had a little tear in my eye! Hopefully it won't be our last trip though
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:08 PM   #12
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1) Fantasmic
2) Meet Steamboat Willie (not Mickey, but the black and white one from Fantasmic )
3) BTMRR during fireworks
4) Sleep in the Dream Suite (lol, like that's ever gonna happen xD)
5) Sit on a bench in the hub looking around at everything at night, slowly walk down the exact middle of Main Street, and wave bye at Walt's apartment.

What a sad thought of leaving Disneyland forever and ever
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:16 PM   #13
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1. Watch the Steve Martin film
2. Space Mountain
3. Pirates
4. Eat lunch at Paradise Garden with a Bayside Brew
5. Ride the Omnibus
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:08 AM   #14
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I can't even imagine contemplating my last DL trip

I've told my DH and DD that I want to be cremated with some ashes left at DL. I know, I know...it's illegal. However, they know it's what I'd want, so they'd probably find a way to do something symbolic.

I digress....

If I were to plan my last DL trip, I'd do:

1) Fireworks from the hub - nothing better
2) Fantasmic
3) Sit on the Main Street Porch with some popcorn and people watch.
4) Ride BTMRR at dusk
5) Ride the DLRR around the park one last time....getting off at Main Street Station. I don't think I could look back....I'd never get out of there.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:34 AM   #15
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what a sick thread me and DS (9) are awake so why not... mother and brother will have to try tommorow.

1.peter pan
2.big thunder
3.pirates
4.just take a walk around both parks and enjoy the sights,sounds and smells
5.pirates one last time! .. this list should be a top 10 ! 5 is just too hard

her is my oldest sons he is 9 ,

1.radiator spring racers
2.california screamn
3.tower of terror
4.space mountain
5.big thunder
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