I was sitting trying to figure out how I could broaden the appeal [of Disneyland,] so I was thinking of the teenagers and things.
We were out here sitting around the pool. I had my plans out. This was Diane. I turned to her and said, “Diane, what can I put in this park that will interest girls of your age?”
She said, “That’s simple, Dad—boys!”
‘Scuze me, fellas. I’m going to Disneyland.
In honor of California Adventure’s re-opening, here’s a newsreel from its original opening day!
I wasn’t expecting that.
A Disney Photo Study: Mr. Toad at Disneyland
My most significant memory of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Walt Disney World comes from when I was around 8 years old. My parents and I got in the car, and I ended up in the seat with the steering wheel. This concerned me, and suddenly the car was speeding off and I legitimately thought I was actually driving the car. I screamed my head off the entire time, thinking I was going to crash us into everything and that we were going 100 MPH. My parents thought this was absolutely hilarious, but I was not amused. If I willingly went back on the ride before it was closed and turned into The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, I can’t remember.
So, during my first trip to Disneyland, it was a must to ride Mr. Toad as an homage to the loss of it at WDW. (I remember people protesting the closure and even staging a sit-in with the hope Disney would reconsider; nope). I was amused that not only is the ride a lot slower than I remember, but of how different the perception of a child is compared to an adult.
May Mr. Toad forever have his wild ride in California.
Photo by ADisneyMuse, 2011
Windseeker POV Knott’s Berry Farm 300 Foot Tower Swing Ride Rider Cam On-Ride (by themeparkreviewTPR)
How much does Rob (the narrator) like Windseeker? Watch to find out. I think it’s safe to say that Joey (the guy next to Rob) isn’t QUITE as into this as Rob is.
OK, not quite Disney, but it is just down the road.