The Sonia Show

Writer. Mocker. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

The secret dinner and Disneyland

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Yeah, so, when we went to Anaheim last week, David was teasing me with a secret dinner.

“We are going out to dinner on Monday night, but I’m not going to tell you where,” he told me.

That’s no good for me! I like to know exactly where I’m going so I can mentally prepare myself and dress appropriately. Of course, I peppered him with a million questions.

“What do I wear?”

“Do I know of this place?”

“Is it Medieval Times?”

“Will you tell me if I guess what restaurant it is?”

“It’s casual. Yes, no and yes,” David told me.

Me: “Is it Tavern on the Green?”

David: “That’s in New York.’

Me: “Is it Cheesecake Factory? I’ve been to Cheesecake Factory. Is it Del Taco? Is it Tony Romas?”

The list went on and on.

Well, it turns out, David lies. I did guess the restaurant, but he didn’t confess.

My lord and I at Medieval Times.

David, his coworker Ryan and I had a blast at Medieval Times. If you don’t know about Medieval Times, it’s basically a Renaissance Faire with dinner. You sit in different sections and root for the knight in your section in the riding and jousting competitions. We were in the Green Knight section. I laughed a lot while we were there, but the thing that really slayed me Ryan aggressively booing the Red Knight. I mean, really aggressively … to the point where the Red Knight dreaded riding by our section. After the show, we went into the Medieval Times bar, and Ryan politely asked the black knight if he could take a picture with him …

Ryan and his Red Knight.

Ryan booed the guy right to his face. Well played, sir.

Also, during our week in Anaheim, we had a passable dinner at Jazz Kitchen in Disney Downtown. Supposedly, it serves authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine, but someone forgot the spices. Very disappointing. Our dinner at Napa Rose on Tuesday night more than made up for it.

On Wednesday, David got out of his event late afternoon, so we were able to hit Disneyland for a few hours. Imagine our happiness when we walked in and there was no one there. Seriously, no lines. The longest we waited for a ride was 20 minutes, and it was for the Peter Pan ride. We had the same luck on Thursday. David declared it the most mellow trip to Disneyland he has ever had. There was no rushing, no standing in lines for hours. We were able to leisurely stroll through both parks and ride all the rides we wanted multiple times.

I finally got to go on Star Tours (loved it, duh!). We also hit most of the major rides, including my new favorite the Indiana Jones Adventure. Since there were no lines, we revisited it three times. We visited David’s favorites, the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, two times each.

Thursday morning, we checked out California Adventure. Good timing, because I was starting to feel home sick.

Home, Sweet Home ... sort of.

While in California Adventure, we visited David’s favorite ride: The Tower of Terror.

Hello from the Tower of Terror.

It wouldn’t be a trip to Disneyland without trying on some ears.

On Thursday night, David had made reservations for Blue Bayou, which is the restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean. Be on the lookout for my full review of it on UpTake. Of course, I got dressed up for dinner, though.

It was a fabulous trip. We had a great time. David loves Disneyland. It is one of his favorite places, and I hadn’t been to Disneyland since 1989. We had talked about going last year, but cancer kinda put our travel plans on hold. I used up all my vacation time recovering from my various surgeries. We were lucky that his company allowed me to tag along and that my job allowed me to work from the hotel so I could go.


Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/mocker/goober/mother in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, podcast, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

One thought on “The secret dinner and Disneyland

  1. That Peter Pan ride is always amazingly crowded; more than any other ride we’ve ever waited for. WTF? Something about a young lad in green tights gets the folks queuing up in droves.

    Looking forward to the Blue Bayou Review. Did Henrietta Hippo and those dorks Doug and Emmy Jo show up? Wait, wrong review. Anyway, I’ve always wanted to eat there. Hope it was good and you got a seat near the old man on the porch.

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