CHIP & DALE'S WILD WEST PIN
3 FEBRUARY 2005
registration sign @ Disneyland
Hotel Marina Ballroom!
First things first, we picked up our registration packet & merch
(we were pre-registered so not much of a line to stand in) and then
over to the Merch room to pick up our pre-paid items which included the
CHIP & DALE event pin bag (LE 500) some of the pins we liked that
had picked out from the pre-order, the lanyard & trading metal that
we both liked & were able to get (those were LE as well) the LE
framed Pecos Bill & Slue Foot Sue pin set. (really lovely!) and
then we checked out some of the preview items they had on display for
DLR & WDW..
First, an image of some of the items available for the event:
the framed pin art of Pecos Bill is the one with the red back on the
blue matted frame.. we also were able to get one of the leather event
pin bags w/faux buckles and some of the nicer event pins including a
cool Jessica Rabbit pin and Pecos Bill & Slue foot Sue heart pin
which opened on hinges. =)
Jeff & Monty, the gentlemen that created the event merchandise
pieces were sitting in to autograph the pins and other merch that they
created specially for the Chip & Dale event. Sean got Jeff's
autograph on a few of his pin board backings. =) They were both
super nice & friendly. Really cool to meet them.
...and now for a side trip to
Disney's California Adventure! =)
Sean & I had a few hours left before the event began, so we decided
to get a late lunch at 'the other park' aka: Meeko's fave park on the
West Coast, Disney's California Adventure! =) We decided to have lunch
at Taste Pilot's Grill, which we haven't eaten there in a while and
they actually do have a few healthy choices there. Pamela had the bbq
grilled chicken, which was a grilled breast of chicken and a bit of BBQ
on bun served with waffle fries. Sean had the chicken salad which came
with popcorn style chicken bits, cheese tomatoes, olives and a bunch of
other stuff. It looked pretty good and healthy despite the batter fried
chicken bits. Pamela headed to the next best FIXIN' bar in the world
(the best being PECOS BILL's in WDW's Magic Kingdom, IOHO o'
course!) Other than the chicken being a little dry, the bbq sauce was
good and the fixin's bar lets you choose whether you want to go with
salsa, or mayo, ketchup & mustard, as well lettuce, tomato slices,
2 types of onions, pickles, jalapino, or various hot sauces. =)
After lunch we took a closer look at the wonderful California Zepher
they have there which has a new life as various yummy stores. Here's
those images.. and yeah, I got to finally see some of those Disney cats
I heard so much about but haven't seen. Despite it being breezy &
cool they were out and Sean was able to capture some photos of
California Zepher.. and you can see a couple of the local inhabitants
off to the left of the embankment there..
there was another kitten that was hiding in the front of the train
engine where it was keeping warm against the winds that seemed to blow
pretty strongly most of the afternoon. Although we saw it stick
it's head out a couple times, Sean didn't get a clear view to take a
photo. Oh well.. pretty cute these guys. Not the kind of cats to
bring home to your mom though. These are feral. =)
Inside the Zephyr:
at Bakersfield bakery & cafe, this is the real coffee roaster that
roasts it's coffee fresh. This is *not* what makes that burnt toast
smell at the entrance of the park.
a bit of a glare, but the shadow box displays of some authentic
California Zephyr era items, such as the map and a menu and table
setting from it's busier days as a passenger train.
cute window display at Enginear Toys at the end of the train (or the
first shop across the street from Greetings depending on where you are
walking from) We both liked the Mad Hatter costume. Super cute!
OK! back to the Pin event..
Over at Disneyland, it was still pretty early so we treated ourselves
to dessert at Gibson Girl icecream for a single scoop waffle cone, then
enjoyed that as we window shopped & Sean took photos of the castle
(coming soon!) looking really pretty on Main Street and the light of
the carousel coming through the passageway.
We rode a few attractions, including most of the dark rides at
Fantasyland: Mr Toad's Wild Ride, Peter Pan's Flight, Pinnochio's
Daring Journey, and also Casey Jr Train where we were offered a seat in
the caboose so we didn't need to wait for another train! How did they
know it's Sean's favorite spot to sit?? =) *note* there was a couple
there who were celebrating 40years of marriage and they had their first
date or something at Disneyland and came every year for their
anniversary! =) OK! We then over to New Orleans Square for the big kid
rides as I called them: Pirates of the Carribbean, (where a fun dad was
'trying' to scare his little girl to no avail, and singing along with
the ride music.. fun group to be on a ride with!) Haunted Mansion was
super crowded with a huge group of folks visiting for a HOME DEPOT
event over at DCA that night spending their hours riding Haunted
Mansion and hamming it up in the stretching room. (er, elevator).
We really like the new Madam Leota floating effects!
We were the last folks to ride the Jungle Cruise for the evening and
our speiller was pretty good! I think his name was Sean or
something.. heh heh. Not too many of them were too
cheesy and they weren't too contemporary. I'd say the only bad thing
about the ride were the 4 or 5 people who had to keep text messaging
each other on the ride rather than enjoy the ride.. otherwise very
1920s (well then there were the flash photo people who kept blinding
folks with pictures.. thanks) but the ride itself? couldn't be better!
At about 8pm we got in the big line (and I mean big line!) It
circled all the way around the Carnation Plaza and almost met itself in
the front of Frontierland. A little after 830pm the area had
cleared itself out and we were allowed into the event area.. games, pin
trading, dinner, a yummy dessert, a fun ride on the Mark Twain &
lots of characters abounded! A wonderful experience that I was glad to
be able to attend. THANK YOU DISNEYLAND! =)
Over at Rancho Del Zocolo, Sean & Woody say "howdy hey!" =)
Meeko Pamela & Jessie greet each other
woody & jessie greet their fans & sign autographs!
"STEWfoot Sue" wrangles folks in for the great chili cookoff.. Sean
gets his photo with this amazing lady.. (and we sample the grub)
Pin Trading stations were everywhere, and here are guests we saw
wearing some neat Chip & Dale event vests.. not sure where these
were from or made, but still, very neat! =) *click for the
original image & trading station view*
wheel of critter fortune. =)
placing her marker on the critter she wanted to get 'double pin' value,
(should have bet on the wheel) her 'bunny' did not come up.
Still, there are no losers at a Disney merch event, Pamela walked away
with a cool Stitch pin that she wore the rest of the evening! =)
Look at that handsome fellow! Handsome Sean meets Wild West Pluto =)
(the plastic 'margharita glasses' were our souvie from our dessert 'fun
book' coupon, which was a delish apple cobbler with french vanilla bean
ice cream & caramel syrup! yummmmmmmm.. (the handles are green
another game involved
lassoing a horse.. ahem.. a horse.. NOT you Goofy!! =P
Sean attempts to lasso the
horse but it looks like he's aiming for one of Jessie's
Pluto and Goofy try the wheel of critter fortune.. hmmmm.. is
Pluto cheating?? I don't think you're allowed to spin your own turn.
Chip & Dale meet their fans on the semi private Mark Twain Cruise..
(few hundred of us on each cruise)
Here we are with Chip & Dale!! =) Howdy folks! =)
Chip & Dale are super popular in other regions I gather.. Tokyo
Disneyland especially.. Chip & Dale had their own groupies! Lucky
for us we got a few photos of the giant chipmunks posing for their
loyal fans.. I wish we could have gotten all of their poses.. it was
pretty funny.. here's a few though:
"Pick a Card.. come on.. any card!" roving gambler/magician makes card
magic for the cruisers on the Mark Twain. =)
lovely New Orleans Square view from the deck of the Mark Twain..
(stairs go to the Disneyland Gallery on the 2nd floor and below that is
where Pirates of the Carribean is located)
Disneyland canoes tied up and waiting for the next day's enjoyment on
the Rivers of America.
View of the "Hungry Bear" restaurant seating area and one of the Tom
Sawyer rafts that take thousands of folks to Tom Sawyer's Island every
sailing ship Columbia.. docked and quiet.
Here's Meeko with the fiddler dude..
ladies dancing to the
music.. in between
giving out event tattoos.. (see no carpal tunnel syndrome in the
Here's the tattoo on my hand.. I wish I had them put it on my arm
because I had to wash it off for work.. =( It was super cute..
Sean's is HERE..
Streetmosphere as they call Laughing Stock the trio that performs the
bank robbery story.. seem to have another caper on their hands.. the
Bank, er, PIN ROBBER.. and they're on this here boat! Who's going
to help me capture them.. I need witnesses!
"I saw the WHOLE thing!!"
"..and he said.. stick em up!" (dig the blonde lady's chip &
dale nut hat from Tokyo.. see?? they really are crazy for Chip &
Dale in Tokyo!!)
the band was still playing when we exited the Mark Twain
final results of the Stewfoot Sue's Chili cook-off. Looks like Jessie's
wins by a landslide! =)
Before we headed out for the night, we noticed that the Shooting
Gallery was open in Frontierland and was totally free! There
wasn't much of a line, so not ones to let an opportunity like this pass
us by, we tried it out.
Sean takes aim. (he did pretty good too!)
Jessie takes aim =)
Goofy and a friend take their turns =)
all the characters gather together
to say so long & goodnight to their company!
Pluto leans in to hear his friends =)
The park was quiet of course.. and we headed out. As we exited
the turnstiles at the front of the park, we were handed our parting
commemorative gift. What would it be?? We'd already won/traded
for some really neat pins.. Well what do you know?! Some familiar
pins.. framed with the beautiful Sheriff Chip & Deputy Dale stars
we'd seen a few Cast Members wearing earlier...
'swag' or 'schwag' depending on how you spell it; our parting gift when
left the event: the Sherrif Chip pin has a spin-y center which shows
Deputy Dale on the other side. Really neat. We went ahead and
hung them both up already.. One with each character showing so you can
view both sides.. The 'corn husk' or grass ribbon was something
that our cat Kiki enjoyed a lot til we took it away from her:
there she is.. (suffice to say I had to move the items to take a photo
of the one above this one). So it was a great event & as kiki
proves, there was something for everyone. =P