Aloha Friday #52

By Shannon Gosney
In Aloha Friday
June 24, 2010

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday! Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life, I participate in Aloha Friday each Friday!

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

My question is:

What is your favorite ride at Disneyland?

I love Space Mountain, but my kids are too little to go on it.  The next runner up is It’s a Small World!

Feel free to link up your Aloha Friday posts below!

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

15 Responses to “Aloha Friday #52”

  1. Katie says:

    Dumbo. Even as an adult, it’s always the first one I go to!

  2. The Gosfam says:

    I have never been to Disneyland–I wish I had a favorite to share 🙂 Happy Friday

  3. Allison says:

    I LOVE Space Mountain for the thrilling ride. It’s a Small World is my favorite rest time ride.

  4. I can’t get the linky to work but I don’t have one I have only been once and don’t remember, are you sad for me now?

  5. Rach says:

    that”s a hard question! I love Dumbo as well and always want the purple one! But I love the scary rides as well, esp Rock n Roller Coaster

  6. Shawna OBrien says:

    My favorite ride is the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  7. Gale says:

    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (though it used to be Pirates of the Carribian)

  8. noelle says:

    i loved the small world one, but with all boys, they didnt want to go on it…
    lol, they rode and i watched the baby!

  9. Kayla says:

    You know, we’ve only been to Florida once when I was about 12 and we didn’t ride any rides that I remember…

    So I’m going to have to pass on this question. Lol

    But have a great weekend!

  10. I have never been to Disneyland.

  11. Auriette says:

    The last time I visited Walt Disney World was in 1996. I also worked there from 1988-1990.

    In the Magic Kingdom, I always like Pirates of the Caribbean (though it’s been movie-ized since I was there) and Haunted Mansion. Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain are pretty much the only roller coasters I like to ride in the world (I’m a wimp). I loved Alien Encounter in ’96, but I believe it’s gone for being too scary. Jungle Cruise could be fun depending on your guide (and on the wait time).

    In EPCOT (or is it just Epcot now? It used to stand for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, officially. To employees it was Every Paycheck Comes on Thursday or Experimental Polyester Costumes of Tomorrow.) I always have to visit the American Pavilion. It’s best to get the whole experience – see the a capella singers under the dome then move inside for the animatronic show. It always brought a tear to my eye. I also like El Rio de Tiempo in Mexico and the ride in Norway, is it called the Maelstrom? That one’s kind of fun.

    I was part of the opening crew for what was then known as the Disney-MGM Studios. Lord help you if you called it just the Disney Studios back then. I have a soft spot for “my” attraction, the Backstage Studio Tour. The Great Movie Ride is awesome. Back then we had the Indiana Jones show, and being a big Harrison Ford fan, I loved that. As a Star Wars fan, I love Star Tours (which is closing in August and when it re-opens down the line it will be very different). When I worked there, some actual Star Wars vehicles were on the backlot (and the giant walnut-like ships from Flight of the Navigator) and I was thrilled to be able to wonder around back there during my off hours and take photos. I was also appalled that they were sitting out in the weather getting destroyed. Finally, Tower of Terror was fairly new the last time I was there, and it’s awesome! I love that it’s a combination thrill ride and show.

    Animal Kingdom wasn’t around when I was there, and I’m sure there have been many cool new rides added and some great ones taken away or changed.

    My advice: If you go to the park in the morning, don’t try to get on the first ride that you come to. Move to the back of the park. The summer the Studio opened, people would wait in line for up to three hours in the morning (some unofficial guide book said to be sure to do that one first), while in the afternoon, lines for the other attractions were long and you could walk right on any tour shuttle without waiting more than 15 minutes. We tried to tell people. The ones who listened came back later and thanked us because they were able to see everything without long waits. The majority of people just stared at us like we were crazy and insisted on standing in the 3-hour line. On the hottest days, we kept a tally in the office of how many people passed out while they were waiting.

    The same thing used to happen at Spaceship Earth (the ride inside the big EPCOT sphere). People would wait in the line for hours in the morning, and by afternoon, everyone had moved out to the World Showcase, and it was no line no waiting at Spaceship Earth.

    It was never quite the same at the Magic Kingdom, since there’s no ride in the Castle. Some people go left (Adventureland), some people go right (Tomorrowland and Space Mountain), while others go straight ahead to Fantasyland. Please don’t leave your babies in the strollers outside Small World. If you don’t want to wake them up, just skip the ride. You laugh, but it happens.

    So, that’s my insight. I hope it’s helpful.

  12. There are so many favorites. From my childhood it would probably be Big Thunder Mountain. With my boys Winne The Pooh and Small World since the smiles on their faces was priceless at Disney World.

  13. My favorite is Pirate’s of the Carribean!

  14. bonggamom says:

    I love the Buzz Lightyear ride and Pirates of the Caribbean!

    My Aloha Friday post:

  15. Lynn says:

    I haven’t been to Disneyland yet. I enjoyed Splash Mountain at Disney World.

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