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The giant wheel of doom!

If you’ve been reading my blog you already know what Mickey’s Fun Wheel (above) did to my family.  Here’s a brief recap:  In March of this year my family and I went to Disneyland and California Adventure.  We rode the Fun Wheel (or “Evil Wheel” as my family came to refer to it).  I enjoyed it and my daughter and wife went to their mental happy places and my son screamed and cried.

Why am I posting it today?  The high school year is coming to a close (here in British Columbia, Canada) and I’m wishing that we were going back to Disneyland and California Adventure for the holidays.  I’m also planning a trip to “Playland at the PNE” here in Vancouver for all of my Wolf Pack students (student leadership group) as a reward for their hard work throughout the year.  We’ll ride the roller coasters and take a trip on the Hellevator (or eight as I usually do).  My favorite ride is the Coaster, a wooden roller coaster built in 1958; my favorite because it’s the only coaster I’ve ever been on where I thought I might die.

Only three more days before exams.  Here’s hoping I make it.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f16; ISO 100; 1/80 sec.


Through her eyes

I posted yesterday that seeing the Disney parks through my children’s eyes made the whole experience really wonderful for me.  Their enthusiasm was contagious, and their wonder and awe as they wandered was fun to watch.

The photo above was taken at California Adventure.  At the end of our second day in Disneyland, we went to CA to plan our next day’s itinerary.  We got to the park just as a High School Musical show was starting in the Sun Plaza just in from the main entrance.  My children loved it.  There was singing, dancing, and it was interactive, as I found out.

What I have discovered about the Disney parks is that the closer you sit to the show/parade/musical experience, the more likely it is that you’ll be participating.  To the delight of my wife and kids, I was chosen to participate in the show, with a top hat and cane and a bunch of 20-something dancers dancing around me.  It was awesome!

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55 AL II; f8; ISO 200; 1/400 sec.


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