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February 18, 2011

Farewell Mickey’s Toontown Fair

February 18, 2011
Susie with both miceIt seems to me that everyone in the Disney community is bidding farewell to Mickey’s Toontown Fair right now, and I figured I should also offer my thoughts. Ironically, until about a year ago these thoughts and opinions would have been totally different. But now, I have 2 small children.

As I’ve said before, I’ve been traveling to Walt Disney World for many years, mostly trying to cram in as much as we could into a single day. So, for a bunch of adults and teens, a kiddy land with no real rides was a waste of space in my mind. In fact, I’m not sure I even knew how to get to the land for the first few years of its existence. On longer trips (more than a day) with friends or family who had never experienced Disney World, I would bite the bullet and take them in to ride Goofys Barnstormer, and then quickly back out to the “real park” so we wouldn’t miss any more time on the mountains. Then three years ago, that all changed with the birth of my daughter, and on our last trip, I definitely see the value.

January 7, 2011

Becoming more 'Tangled' up in Disney

January 07, 2011
So I’m sitting at my desk, digging through code while listening to podcasts on my phone, and up pops the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast Episode 212, Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Rapunzel and Episode 213. Epic Two-Parter. It got me to thinking about the night I saw this movie, and the impression it made on me.

Let me begin with why it was so memorable. You see, Traci and I saw Disney's Tangled on a date night, only hours before our son was born. His arrival was a bit of a surprise too, as he was about 2 weeks early. The whole weekend leading up to that Monday night, we had been talking about taking a date day on Friday, and maybe doing some Christmas shopping, but there was something kind of hinting in the back of our minds that maybe we shouldn’t count on that. So throughout the day Monday, we decided we should try to go out that evening. The grandparents were game for watching Susie, Tangled was playing at a perfect time for us to watch it and get back at a decent hour, it was all falling into place.