Friday, May 21, 2010

There had better be jet packs!

Dear Disneyland,

Lindsay, Camille and I spent the morning strolling around your park today.  It was lovely.  It would have been nice to know that it was "Screaming 13 Year Old Girls Who Dress Alike and Walk in Packs Day" but whatever, they made Star Tours hilarious.  We decided to do things that we rarely do, like hang out on The Island Formally Known As Tom Sawyer's But Is Now Moderately Pirate Themed (Lame).  I mean the pirate theme is lame.  The island is great.  There's a tree house and swaying bridges - how can it not be great.  And we rode Casey Jr.'s Train which, I have to admit, is kind of magical in that you're just cruising along and you're slightly higher than everyone else so you can wave to the people down below which makes you feel regal and benevolent.

We decided to check out Innoventions because none of us had ever been inside - mostly because it sounded kind of boring.  It has all these newfangled things of the future and if I were impressed by technology then I would be on board.  But I'm 80 and not really into what the kids are into so, you know.  It was mostly a cool (as in - out of the heat) place to walk around while we digested our pretzels to make room for the ice cream cones we were about to eat.  But here's my beef:  in the opening video it showed how Innoventions has always been a place to show off new ideas for the future - one of which was the jet pack.  And the video was a bit condescending.  As in, "Can you believe we all thought we would have jet packs?"  And inside, near the exit they have the old spaceman mannequin with the jet pack on - as a relic of our foolish past.

Well, I'm here to tell you, Disneyland, that I don't know what your future looks like, by MY future has a jet pack.  Because if there aren't jet packs, then what else is there to hope for?! 

6 comments:

Joy said...

I am NOT AT ALL ready to give up on jet packs. Or a robot like 'Rosie' from the jetson to do housework.

FabuLeslie said...

Hello, it's exhibits and institutions like theirs that are behind our mistaken belief that we'd have jet packs by now! They are the ones who were wrong, we just believed them.

Reminds me of the name of that band, We Were Promised Jet Packs...

because we were!

The Katzbox said...

Well, it wouldn't be the first time Disney messed something up. Oh sure, they do most things very very right. But they did mess up when they gave up on jetpacks, and they messed up when they sexed up Tinkerbell. Our favorite little tomboy fairy who tinkers with things until she figures how to fix or solve them. Now, all she does is look comely. And I'm being polite.

by the way, my word verification is "twhorous"....I don't know why that sounds humorously significant.

I'd like to put a jetpack on Tink and send her into the next boardroom meeting....that would shake a few things up....

Rach said...

Ever since I saw the Rocketeer I was totally on board for jet packs. Silly Disneyland, thinking they're not going to happen. They totally are. I never thought I'd have a robot that vacuumed my house, but my Roomba is quite proficient. As soon we get our jet packs we can strap them on and visit each other every weekend.

Chris said...

I'm hoping for harsher punishment for parole violators......and world peace.

the freshmaker *ting said...

so i haven't read any blogs in ages, and then tonight i decided to catch up on my blogs and got so excited that not only did you mention jetpacks once but twice! i am here to inform you,my dear friend, they do exist! that's right ! in fact i almost bought one not to long ago and i have to say it is my biggest regret that i took too long to think it over and it was gone :(
it's kind of a long story because well it's a bit dramatic and exciting because it's a jetpack! and recently i too was at d-land and did the same exact thing and saw their jetpack and it only brought sad feelings that i missed my opportunity and when i tried to explain my enthusiasm for this amazing invention my friends couldn't understand why i would want such a thing or why i was so excited ...um HOW COULD YOU NOT?! IT'S A JETPACK!