|Getting my wish from Ms. Zoltar (apparently Mr. Zoltar was out fishing - you can do that off the pier at Rye)|
So recently, "Big" was on TV again and Ben DVR'd a little for me, only the section when the little boy, who's denied access to a ride because he's too small, walks over to the Zoltar fortune teller (a really scary one - and I've seen plenty of those mechanical fortune tellers. The way his eyes light up red and his mouth does that peculiar yawning open and shutting close = nightmares!) and makes his wish, "to be big". If you're familiar with the film, you know he gets his wish, gets to be a 30-something Tom Hanks, with a grown-up girlfriend to boot, but is still a kid on the inside.
It's pretty clear why Ben and I love this film: in some ways, we've never grown up, nor do we have any plans to do so in the foreseeable future. Yes, we're met with grown-up challenges every single day, but when the dust settles, we look forward to playing board games, planning our next trip to Disneyland, or reflecting on our collections (Barbies for me, comic books for my boy).
|Original car from the Dragon Coaster|
|The entrance to Rye, towering trees greeting you and providing a pleasant respite from the sun.|
|The amazing vintage carousel at Rye, my favorite of the entire Road Trip.|
|Back end of the Dragon (coaster)|
|One of the park's three, count 'em, THREE dark rides. Did I mention I got rid of my fear of dark rides here? Yes, I did!|
|Background history sign for the Derby Racer, a very rare and exciting ride, that recreates the experience of an actual horse race!|