If you were taking your last trip ever to Disneyland...

Discussion in 'Disneyland (California)' started by Athenaa, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. Athenaa

    Athenaa Earning My Ears

    Mar 26, 2013
    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

    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. :)
  2. VandVsmama

    VandVsmama DIS Veteran

    Mar 28, 2011
    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. :thumbsup2
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  4. redheadtove

    redheadtove Mouseketeer

    Aug 6, 2011
    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
  5. Baliezer

    Baliezer DIS Veteran

    Nov 19, 2012
    1. Space Mountain

    2. Splash Mountain

    3. Pirates of the Caribbean

    4. Fantasmic

    5. Soarin
  6. Midnightred

    Midnightred DIS Veteran

    Jan 15, 2011
    Here are mine:

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

  7. All American

    All American DIS Veteran

    Aug 6, 2006
    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.
  8. Cbowman

    Cbowman GrowingUpGoofy

    Jan 6, 2013
    I'd hope to dine at Club 33. Other than that, I'd be very happy doing just about anything!
  9. pennyring

    pennyring Thrift Ninja

    Oct 22, 2003
    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.
  10. lovebug33

    lovebug33 DIS Veteran

    Mar 6, 2011
    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.
  11. Rainasunshine

    Rainasunshine Some say it's all a dream, but I know, I know that

    Oct 16, 2011
    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 :-)
  12. georgiesmum

    georgiesmum Mouseketeer

    Oct 15, 2012
    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
  13. mysteriouspnai

    mysteriouspnai DIS Veteran

    May 28, 2010
    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 :(
  14. kevdo

    kevdo Kevin Crossman

    Aug 27, 2011
    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
  15. Avery's mom

    Avery's mom DIS Veteran

    Mar 2, 2006
    I can't even imagine contemplating my last DL trip:scared1:

    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.
  16. theokris

    theokris Mouseketeer

    Nov 2, 2011
    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
    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
  17. VandVsmama

    VandVsmama DIS Veteran

    Mar 28, 2011
    I hear ya. My mom died from pancreatic cancer a couple of years ago. She and I had talked about doing a trip to DL with ODD & YDD, but it never happened. Sometimes when I look at pictures of Flo's Cafe, I get kind of weepy because I know that she just would have loved it. The place is decorated just like the 1950s diners that she grew up going to as a kid.

    So it is kind of with that vibe that I have a hard time coming up with a bucket list of the top 5 things I'd want to do at DL before I died. I think that just being there and soaking it all in would be great. If I was so sick that I couldn't walk or go on any rides, I would go in a wheelchair because it truly is the Happiest Place on Earth. Can't wait to see my kids' reactions when we go there for the first time next month!!!! :cloud9:
  18. Rainasunshine

    Rainasunshine Some say it's all a dream, but I know, I know that

    Oct 16, 2011
    You can meet steamboat:-)
    If you ask for him in that line for Mickey they will have you wait and you can meet him :D
  19. Magalex

    Magalex DIS Veteran

    Jan 14, 2004
    LOVE THIS:lovestruc
  20. nocomment711

    nocomment711 Ces Soirees-La

    Apr 26, 2010
    Way to make me tear up.

    I feel like my trip to WDW with my grandma in October will be our last trip there together, so it's gonna be an emotional trip.

    Anyways, I'm going to Disneyland for my "first" time in June and your lists give me ideas. I've apparently been there twice as a child (only remember going once and the memories are so scattered I don't really consider that I remember it.)
  21. Athenaa

    Athenaa Earning My Ears

    Mar 26, 2013
    Me too. I was tearing up when I read it.

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