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What happens when the magic has technical difficulties?

by on June 17, 2009

After a day of packing and moving some things (and a couple other things), the Poppywongs, Emmett and Daddy went to Disneyland to see if we could see the “new” Fantasmic that is part of Disneyland’s new “Nightastic” celebration for this summer.  It opened this past weekend, and clearly, there are some kinks to be worked out.

First things first.  When we got there, the parking garage said “Disneyland: Filled to Capacity“.  Not to be turned back, we decided to go to the park to see if they would let us in.  Lo and behold, people were filing into the park as per usual.

They had some Honda Insights in the entry plaza, and Dad and I took a look.

They had some Honda Insights in the entry plaza, and Dad and I took a look.

Once we got in, the parade was about to begin, so we watched it again.

waiting for the parade to begin

waiting for the parade to begin

clapping with the music

clapping with the music

Straight away to the carousel

Straight away to the carousel

He waved at me!

He waved at me!

over to small world

over to small world

Then over to Buzz Lightyear

Then over to Buzz Lightyear

Where I got a personal best

Where I got a personal best

... and so did Emmett!

... and so did Emmett!

After that, we went over to the Rivers of America to wait for the 9:00 showing of Fantasmic.  We had quite a lot of time to kill, and we had to turn away a lot of people who were eyeing our table.  Dad even got asked if he was leaving… in TAGALOG.  I guess all the sun is making us look Filipino again.  At any rate, to kill time during the wait, we:

Practiced saying names with Mah Mah

Practiced saying names with Mah Mah

Tried on a Woody Hat

Tried on a Woody Hat

A Mickey Mouse Club cowboy hat

A Mickey Mouse Club cowboy hat

And a Davy Crockett coon-skin cap

And a Davy Crockett coon-skin cap

we finally settled on this one because they could monogram it.  The back says Emmett

we finally settled on this one because they could monogram it. The back says "Emmett"

We drank some coffee for some energy boost

We drank some coffee for some energy boost

So, after waiting and waiting and waiting, 9:00 finally shows up and then 9:01, 9:02… after about 5 minutes, we hear them announce that there is are “technical difficulties” that are delaying the beginning of the show.  At 9:20, we see the workers rolling up the ropes that mark off the seating area, and everyone was saying that the show was cancelled.  They finally made the announcement shortly after that, and we decided to stay for fireworks instead of brave the angry crowds right away.

Emmett and Mah Mah were noting how the Sing-Sing were going BOOOOM!

Emmett and Mah Mah were noting how the "Sing-Sing" were going BOOOOM!

It was a pretty cool show

It was a pretty cool show

We overheard that the technical difficulties had been overcome and that the scheduled 10:30 and 11:30 shows were still going to happen, but we couldn’t stay any later than we already had, so we left and resolved to send a strongly worded email to Disneyland about how our Fantasmic experience was ruined by a non-cooperative dragon.  We’ll see what happens.

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2 Comments
  1. It was great fun. Viewing the fireworks from the Fantasmic area worked out really well. Emmett is a good boy.

  2. I hope you’ll get free tickets from Disneyland from the complain so I can come join you next time. hehehehe

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