It is now shopping season, preparing for the upcoming holidays. In honor of this, I am revealing my “Money Is No Object Disneyland Bucket List.” Although this is something I have always had in the back of my head, it wasn’t until I heard a recent episode of the Enchanted Tiki Talk Podcast that I decided to put the actual Bucket List onto “paper”.
Before we begin, some ground rules. First, as already stated, money is no object. However, time is. Time travel is NOT permitted, despite the fact I’d love to experience many of the extinct attractions, say, the View Liner. We’ll explore those ideas another time. Lastly, this is an admittedly “selfish” list, as in its as though I’m travelling alone and not with friends or family. Traveling with children would create a different bucket list worth exploring another time. Some of my selections are achievable, and some are possible by being in the right place at the right time.
The day begins at the Main Street Railroad Station. With the conditions being right, it will be a full circuit trip around the park in the tender seat of the C.K. Holiday or E.P. Ripley engines. An unique experience on the train, with no pre-recorded narration, but getting to glean the knowledge and stories of the train’s engineer and fireman. There are only certain times its possible to ride in the tender seat, but one that is worthwhile, based on the stories I have heard.
Next, its off to Frontierland and the Rivers of America. With the experience gained from the tender seat, I’m ready to take the helm of the Mark Twain! Once again the conditions and timing must be right, but here you can actually steer the stern wheeler paddle boat AND blow the whistle! Who doesn’t want the chance to announce your arrival into port?
After disembarking the Mark Twain, it is time to follow the Big Thunder Trail, going past Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and past the Village Haus in Fantasyland and travel to the entrance of Fantasyland. The Sword of the Stone Ceremony, hosted by the wizard Merlin, happens in front of King Arthur’s Carousel where a child is named King or Queen of the Day after pulling the sword from the stone. But before a child is selected, Merlin selects one adult from the crowd to attempt to pull the sword first. On this day, I’ll be that person. I may not be King, but I’ll give it my best effort.
Now it’s time for a meal. Off to New Orleans Square for a lunch and the “Not-So-Secret” Club 33. Intended to be a exclusive dining area for Walt Disney to entertain his guests, it opened in June 1967, six months after his passing. Home of luxurious decorations, and the only place inside Disneyland to purchase alcohol, admission comes with a price: a sky high admission fee, along with also high annual fees. Or admission comes by knowing a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend.
After a nice meal, I’m heading back to Main Street to take a tour of Walt’s Apartment, located above the fire house, next to City Hall. Walt would stay here from time to time and would monitor the activities of his park from the window. Park guests typically are not allowed inside, unless they are taking the Walk in Walt’s Step Tour offered by Disneyland. I’m just going to take a quick peak and then be on my way again.
This busy, eventful day is ready to be wrapped up. I’m going to head back to New Orleans Square and enter the Disneyland Dream Suite, located above Pirates of the Caribbean. Like Club 33, this space was intended for use by Walt Disney, as a larger apartment to take the place of the studio apartment above the firehouse. Following his passing it has been converted multiple times, from office spaces, to the Disney Gallery to now being the Dream Suite. A living room, two master bedrooms and two baths provide plenty of space in the suite. Decorations such as a carousel horse adorn the Dream Suite, but the best part of me is the private patio which gives a view of the Rivers of America and a view of Fantasmic! to end the night.
I know there are many other ideas at to how to spend a money is no object day in Disneyland, so I invite comments below to share what items you would include in your magical day inside Disneyland.
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