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Disneyland’s 50th Birthday ~ Anaheim

5:07 PM PDT on May 15, 2006

Firefire

Fire pon Disneyland

Fire pon' Disneyland! We paid a visit to Anacrime last Saturday to wish Disneyland a happy 50th, and in between feeling unjustly persecuted for smoking, we stopped by Disney's California Adventure, the newish theme park across from the Magic Kingdom.

DCA is a strangely but satisfactorily condensed mini-playground in tribute to our golden state. The Twilight Zone ride is pretty ass-kicking and everyone must rush to try Soarin' Over California, where you are hovering over an IMAX-esque screen showing the bounty of California, feet swinging like you're Boba Fett.

Okay, the real reason we showed up was for free booze. DCA was having one of its Food and Wine Weekend with tastings (one of ours featured Gallo, makers of Thunderbird), plus plentiful plates of stuffed quail and gorgonzola risotto with complexity and flavor, among other treats cooked live by a quasi-celeb chef.

Later, we descended upon the Magic Kingdom to find Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Haunted Mansion, Pinnochio, and Star Tours the same beloved thrills, and we actually were realy feeling the new Space Mountain, though the loss of the glowing giant orange golf ball is tragic...

Shrunken Ned
Hearse
Headz Iz Ready
Boo-yaka-sha
Crowd
Dem Bones
SkullnSpears
Puppet show and spinal tap
California Adventure
Turkey Legs, the new finger food

...towards the end of our tour of duty through Disneyland, we picked up the latest rage in snack foods; a giant turkey leg; one giant dark meat drumstick of unreal proportions, that is just as messy as it sounds.

The fireworks display ran through the music and moods of different Disney classics, then it was time to punch, kick and stomp our way through the ugly hordes--there's something about too much time at Dinseyland that gets everyone psychotic.

Yes, you have to like people to truly enjoy Disneyland, as they come from all directions in all shapes and sizes. Fortunately, you don't have to necessarily like life to enjoy Disneyland, but somehow at the end of the day, you'll admit it was fun.



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