answers his E-mail
I just read your column. My wife and I have repeatedly
piloted the Mark Twain river boat, but when we where there in
January we were told that they no longer allow guests in the
pilot house due to safety issues. (We were told the same thing
about riding with the engineers on the steam train as well).
I am guessing the reason for this is due to all the
accidents they have had at the park.
I was a little concerned why you were not let into the
pilot house in January when my mom was able to go there in
February with my brother and sister. So I did a little research.
I asked some sources and they thought that the reason you were
not let in was because the cast member was just being lazy. It
was easier and nicer to tell you that you could not go up
because of a safety reason. When you ask, sometimes cast members
will say yes and sometimes theyíll say no. Itís a privilege
to ride up there and most people donít get the chance. But
Iíd suggest that you try again on your next trip and ask
Riding on the tender of some of the steam trains is a
different story, though. You used to be able to ask an engineer
at the Main Street station, and sometimes (not often) you and
one other person could ride on the trainís tender (not all of
the engines have places to sit there). One of the conductors at
the Main Street station told me that they have stopped letting
people ride on the tenders because two guests didnít follow
directions to stay on the train and they jumped off. They did
not get hurt but they could have, so Disneyland just decided to
stop letting people ride up there anymore.
Hope that answered your questions.
|Pegi, Ken, Sierra, and Matt
I love your articles. You two write very well. I
especially liked Jewelís article about the fast pass system
and ride switch. I had a difficult time finding information
about ride switch until I read (her) article. Casey, since I
am a parent, your article about planning a trip to DL really
made me laugh. Then I saw Jewel's page requesting suggestions
on future articles.
Now I am really laughing as I send in my two requests:
1. information on what it is really like to travel with
a one year old baby to DL.
2. How kids can earn their own snack and spending money
for their trip to DL after they have driven their parents
beyond crazy and made them decide to take them....LOL.
Thanks guys. Keep up the good work
|Dear Pegi, Ken, Sierra, and
First, weíre really glad that you like this section of
MousePlanet! Itís great that you have gotten good information
here as well as some laughs. :)
I have some experience about going to Disneyland with
1-year-old children. My little brother and sisters are now 5 and
4, and theyíve been going ever since they were babies.
I will be perfectly honest with you. First of all, doing
anything at the park is a whole lot slower with a baby. I
remember going with my little brother and sisters, and it seemed
like we stopped at the baby care center every other minute.
There are more breaks in one hour with a one year old than in a
normal day with an older kid. It can drive an older kid crazy
just from all the stopping. If itís possible, try to get some
time to yourself once in a while so that you can go on some of
the rides you really like.
But even one-year-olds can have fun at Disneyland and will
remember their experiences at the park. My youngest sister
talked about Goofy long after the trip when she was a year old.
When the twins were one, we found that going to the Royal
Courtyard in New Orleans Square gave them a place to toddle
around without getting stepped on by the crowds; we still go
there when we visit and need a place to get away from
Jewel just wrote a column that talks about great ways that
kids can earn money to go to Disneyland, so
check out her suggestions!
Well, thatís all for now. Cíya later on MousePlanet
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My name is Casey.
I have always loved
amusement parks, but I especially love Disneyland. It has always been my
favorite place. I live in Northern California, about 400 miles away from
the Happiest Place on Earth. I like to go to Disneyland all the time.
I have two sisters
and one brother. I love them dearly. I also have a great mom and a great
dad. I love them a lot too. I am in 8th grade, an honor student, and a
complete jock. I have been on more than 25 trips to Disneyland, and I do
not plan to stop going there.