Just arrived home from DLP. I went there to see all the Christmas season feattures and some shopping also. For those who don't know, here in France the weather has been very strange this last week, with storms coming out of nowhere. I looked all the week the weather forecast and it always said a mixture between rain and sun. But actually, saturday morning the skies were clear and all sunny. Very cold of course but besides that no rain. Or so I thought....
Arrived at DLP at around 15 and went for a walk around the park to see the decorations. It was busy, but not as busy as I thought it would be since it was the last weekend before Christmas.
Everyone with their hot coats and gloves on because it was freezing...
I love the decoration of this shop. So nice
For those who haven't seen before here it is the new control center for the new show Disney Dreams coming in April
It actually feets very well with the rest of central plaza although it lacks still of the popcorn lights. But maybe they will add after.
So after I went to Phantom Manor. As you all know by now it is one of my favourite rides. No big queue (only 15 minutes) so I went in. Here is the look of things before I went in...
Not a bad sky, still sunny, some small clouds but nothing that special.
Went I got out of the ride, the first thing I heard was a thunder... I thought I was still in the ride but no.. Outside, only after 15 minutes the skies were completely different.
Then some white balls began falling. No rain or snow. only hail...
Actually it was funny because many people didn't realize that it was hail so everytime they felt something hitting them, they would start looking around trying to find out who did that. I went for a walk around adventureland, praying that things wouldn't get worse.
See the two torches were lit during all weekend. Here is a look of the gallion. All flags are back and some ropes too.
The lovely adventureland...
Well almost time for the parade so I went to central plaza to find a good spot for me to see the parade with the christmas unit at the end. When I arrived there, a group of cheerleaders were acting (as part of some program that DLP has although I didn't quite listen very well).
And this, believe me, is the last picture of these girls dry. Because a minute after, torrential rain, mixed with ice and snow fell from the skies. Actually I think that everything you can imagine that falls from the skies (weather related of course) fell during the next hour or so.
I asked a cast member if they were going to cancel the parade and the shows since last year they cancelled the shows due to the snow. And for my surprise she said not at all. It is not the guest's fault that the weather is like this. Only in extreme conditions the shows and parades will be cancelled. Well, if that was not an extreme condition I don't know what it is lool.
So everyone stayed on Main Street waiting for the 17:00 parade. By the time the parade started the weather was like this...
But as the girl said, they went on with the parade. The characters were acting normally, like during a hot sunny day
The ones covered, didn't need any other adornment, like Mary Poppins.
Others, like the little mermaid and Eric, needed a nice umbrella.
When the Christmas unit appeared, they added to the mixture of snow, ice and rain, fake snow so things got really messy.
And there came Duffy (yes everything is about Duffy at DLP)
I actually recorded Santa but it is not that good so I won't put it here. But he came also with a nice umbrella. But actually, by the time he got to central plaza, the rain was stopping a bit so he closed the umbrella.
After a bit of shopping (to avoid the wetty and slippery floor), it was time to light up the Christmas tree.
The ceremony if the same as last year.
But this time, instead of staying in the first row in front of the tree, I stayed back a bit in the middle of main street. And believe me, it was the best. Because there you get a good look of the lights on the tree, but also the christmas lights on Main street. You even see the snow falling which gives a special look to the ceremony. Here is the end of it:
Lovely isn't it ?
It was then time for the castle.
To be continued...