March 1, 2012

It IS Camping

Sherry says that even though it was in the Disneyland parking lot, it is still camping because we slept in the RV and used the potty. We did not however, put out the flamingo. We joined the masses to spend Leap Day at Disneyland. We had high hopes for staying up the whole night, but as the log below shows, we didn't make it.

11:43a Adventureland is closed for filming 'Modern Family.' I want Sophia Vergara to be my 'Mouse Ears'

2:26p Adventureland is open again. Sophia is MIA.

2:38p Chili-cheese corn dogs at Stage Door Cafe. Hmmmm.

3:05p Innoventions looks like a hurricane shelter with people sleeping in whatever dark corners they can find in a round building.

4:00p Sherry makes it to the park. Nobody's cell phones are working well. The Matterhorn is covered with scaffolding from construction. I bet the tower is inside and powered down.

4:46p Modern Family crew moving up Main Street for next scene.

5:31p Tonight is about the food. We're splitting a baked potato with broccoli and cheese sauce.

5:44p Modern Family is filming at Big Thunder Mountain.

6:29p Chili Cheese Corn Dog, Round Two. They need these on the menu 365.

7:57p Thirty minutes since we've eaten. Stopped for a cinnamon roll to keep our strength up.

9:01p The crowd has exploded. We went from 30 minute lines to two-hour lines in a snap. Things are breaking down from the stress. Big Thunder broke down. Waited in Space Mountain line and then it broke down. Gonna grab curb for the parade. Coffee!

10:51p The parade was great (still not as good as the Mulan parade which shall always be the metric with which all parades shall be measured).

11:46p The Fire Marshall has closed the gates to the park. There are nearly 70,000 people here and they all want to go to Fantasmic.

12:38a We bailed out. They're not letting anyone back inside. Must be a thousand people milling around outside the turnstiles. Hundreds more are waiting in line to buy tickets. I don't get it, they're going to spend a hundred bucks to stand in line for one ride before the place closes down? The line to get through Security extends past La Brea Bakery. Drunken fools are everywhere. We watched tram after tram full of new arrivals heading to the gates.

1:04a Made it to the RV. There are sirens and Security everywhere. When I parked the RV, I thought how lucky to get a great spot so close to the tram. Mistake: All night long we heard, "Driver, your turn is clear - Honk-Honk."

4:15a Woke up and checked the status. Gates are open, but still two-hour lines and they close before we could get to the front of the line. Going back to sleep.

6:30a Woke to the sound of vacuum trucks and blowers. Time to roll out of here.


Anonymous said...

Close enough to camping for me. I've stayed in the parking lot at Buffalo Bill's at Primm and called it camping. The line to the blackjack table wasn't as long though.