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Lodi Loves Disneyland

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Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2008 10:00 pm

It's a place children go to be themselves. And the place adults go to uncover their inner child. It's where you can eat a five course meal at a Club 33 (if you have a connection), or you can eat a gigantic turkey leg while waiting in line for "Indiana Jones." With summer at its peak, so is Disneyland. The lines are long, crowds wear mouse ears by the masses and it's not exactly cheap admission. But nothing can keep some Lodians away from Disneyland.

Lodi High art teacher Tom Nardinelli has been going to Disneyland since the year it first opened. He says it might be that his grandmother's name was Minnie, but he's in love with all things Disney. He has a massive Disney collection, and he even makes clay Disney sculptures and figurines in his classroom. On trips to Disneyland, he's had numerous memorable experiences, from being locked in a store with stars to gaining access to the exclusive Club 33.

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  • posted at 10:50 am on Tue, Aug 5, 2008.


    The first time we took our kids to Disneyland, our daughter was 3 years old. She and her brother loved dancing on the stage with Mickey, Pluto,, Minnie and Donal.Afterwards she ran up to me with the strangest look on her face. She said "Mamma, you lied." I asked her what she meant. With the straightest face she said "Cartoons ARE real."

  • posted at 6:19 am on Tue, Aug 5, 2008.


    The idea of long lines at amusement parks is certainly not new. For those who truly find themselves not 'happy' while waiting in any line at Disneyland, they might want to check their attitudes prior to entering the park.Unlike any other park of its kind on the planet, even while standing in line for a ride we're entertained. Virtually every attraction was designed to not only thrill, excite or cause other emotions; the wait is equally as well-designed to allow us to get into the mood. For me, I've never stood in one of those lines without meeting someone new from places I've never been. Just talking with folks who are there enjoying themselves has forced me to forego the 'Fast Pass' that would eliminate the possibility of getting the most out of what the Disney designers have created for me.I have never had a bad day at Disneyland. Like all of the vacations that I have ever been on with my family, prior to leaving our home we actually leave our problems on the kitchen table. We've verbally made these pronouncements prior to getting into 'vacation mode.' It works every time.

  • posted at 2:16 am on Tue, Aug 5, 2008.


    i bhave been to disneyland in california 354 times and disney world in flordia 103 times and euro 1 time disney is still and always will be the greatest place on earth you never have to worry about any thing when you are there it is a carefree place a place to leaveall worries behind and just think of fun fun fun

  • posted at 8:51 am on Mon, Aug 4, 2008.


    Nard! You were a fun teacher for sure, no wonder you love Disneyland so much.-a former art student at LHS



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