On Monday, we went to Disneyland. The trip was so low-key, we weren't able to answer when the various characters we met asked us what we'd done so far. In fact, we started out by splitting up while Alice got something she left in the car and we got fast passes for the World of Color Winter Dreams show. After that, we took a quick trip to the Animation Building so we could take the new personality test (where it tells you what Disney character you're most like). They changed it around the time we decided to stop going to Disneyland, so we hadn't taken it yet.
The test seems to be pretty much the same as it was before, only a couple of questions were tweaked to make it a little more obviously Meyers-Briggs related. And to accommodate the evolving interpretations of what it means to be an introvert or an extrovert. That being the case, I gave the introvert answer and somehow got paired with Tinkerbell. Tink never struck us as much of an introvert, but maybe she is? Thoughts?
Next on our list of things we hadn't done and really wanted to was the Jingle Cruise. But we went to see Mickey and the Magical Map first anyway, because it was almost time for the show to start. We had seen a preview for it online, and we weren't really impressed, and the live show did nothing to overcome our prejudice--which is not to say it was bad, just not good enough to make us think it was awesome despite going into it with a lowered opinion. I think ultimately the problem was too much disparity of parts. There was singing, dancing, props, and a giant screen in the background with all kinds of images displayed on it, and while they didn't necessarily conflict with each other, they weren't exactly working together, either. I think the map (the screen), which was supposed to be their super cool effect, worked against them for two reasons. First, it backlit the dancers, so it was harder to see what they were doing (a real shame, because the dancing was probably the best part). And second, it was too busy. It constantly had swirls and sparkles and just Stuff going on all the time, which, as I mentioned before, didn't always really work in concert with the live performers.
The other problem was that they used the same dancers the whole time, without giving them costume changes (except for the strong singers, who would change into their Disney character costume--Pocahontas, Mulan, Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, and Tiana). So one of the main themes of this show is that Mickey is traveling from world to world via the magical map, but the costumes never change, so you don't really feel that you're in a different place. Unless you go solely by the map screen, in which case hey, why don't I just watch some TV?
I know that fancy projection screens can be used very effectively in stage shows--I've seen Tiger & Bunny the Live. But this time, it just didn't work.
Next, we ended up in Tomorrowland, because it was just slightly closer to the Fantasyland theatre than the Jungle Cruise, and we hadn't seen the Treasures of Asgard experience, either. But the line for that was almost an hour long, and we were hungry, so we decided to have lunch instead. And then we finally got to go on the Jingle Cruise.
When we found out a few weeks ago that Disneyland was going to do a holiday overlay for the Jungle Cruise, we were like, "Whaaat." And when we called Gaston to make Disneyland plans, of course he had to tell us about all the holiday stuff he'd already seen there...which for some reason did not include the Jingle Cruise. He was confused about our insistence on going on the Jungle Cruise that day, but we wanted it to be a surprise. And it was! Tadah!
First, they did the queue area up with homemade Christmas decorations, including a Christmas tree made out of blowguns, complete with a star made of arrows. At one of the little office spaces by the line, we saw a nice list and a naughty list. The naughty list had two columns of names, and was on a piece of paper long enough to stretch off the desk and onto the floor. The nice list was Arvin.
When we finally got on the boat (of course the line was extra long), our skipper told us that he drives his ship like he wraps his presents: badly and with a lot of tape. A lot of tape. He introduced himself as our skipper, cruise director, gift-wrapper, and secret Santa. "Oops. I wasn't supposed to tell you that. ...This is awkward." We had another awkward moment when we rode by the tiger...which had a Santa hat in its mouth. (All the skippers had really cool jungle Santa hats.)
What other jokes do I remember? ...There was the one about how all the people working the tourist attraction at Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye wanted to throw a New Year's bash. They wanted to throw a New Year's ball, but they couldn't get Indie to come to one of those, because he hates it when the ball drops.
Oh! And when we got to the gorillas invading the camp, one of them was wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, and the little one had a Santa beard. (Oh wait! Before that was Squirt, the little elephant who threatens to squirt the boat with water. The skipper said, "Don't do that, it's COLD!" We liked that one a lot, because we could relate--it was down to like 57 degrees on Monday. That may not sound too cold to our friends anywhere slightly further north, but let me tell you, with the wind chill, it couldn't have felt any warmer than 50 XD (we are wimps).)
Another good joke was the one where the skipper claimed to have taught one of the African bull elephants Silent Night (it just made the same noises it always does), and there was the part where the water buffalo finally got what it always wanted for Christmas--a tree wrapped in a boa. And the piranhas were called piranhukkahs.
Trader Sam had a special holiday deal--three of his heads for one of yours.
...And there were a bunch of jokes like that. Tadah!
And now I'm anxious to move on, since we still got Stuff to Do, so more on our trip tomorrow.
Today I'm thankful for getting to go on the Jingle Cruise, getting to see Mickey and the Magical Map, getting to sign up for not one but two Disneyland surveys!, Sheriff Callie's Wild West, and making it to and from Disneyland safely.