After months at gawking via internet at all the neat things happening at the Disneyland Resort like World of Color Construction, Murphy, the plenty of upgrades, it was finally time for my trip last week
But then I got sinus issues. While it wasn't a sinus infection it was very painful but I was mostly recovered in time for the day of my actual visit Friday, the 11th. My doctor told me I wasn't contagious and just to rest every day for a few hours. Totally fine by me.
I wake up, my eye is swollen to the size of a baseball. The doctors had absolutely no clue what was wrong with me and told me to ice it and it should go away in a few days. Joy.....
Well once in the park I was good to go. Loving the immersive atmosphere and the weather was fairly wet. I adore the park in the rain but it wasn't helpful in making me feel any better as the rain is very weather exhausting. Then began the real fun:
We sat down to watch a Christmas Fantasy Parade because the rain had stopped for quite sometime and the 1st show had already gone so the 2nd was likely to go as well. We had great spots on seats between Matterhorn and Pixie Hollow. As the floats came up I thought they were going pretty fast and knew the parade was in B-Mode once I saw that all the elves in the 2nd unit were on the float and waving.
Slowly the float came to a complete stop. 2 years ago, the same thing happened and sure enough they brought out the little tower attached it to the float and it was off again!
The floats continued to go past but with difficult. The larger ones seemed to always stop but eventually resume. We finally figured out what was wrong when the Buzz float came to a stop. This section of the parade route was on a slight incline and the floats could not get enough traction to go up it. So the entire float was reversed about 30 feet so Buzz could get a running start to go up the hill and he almost made it so then the CM's near by started pushing it over and it was good to go! Santa also had to get a tow.
Later on in the day, made the stupid mistake of skipping the first Fantasmic! in fear of crowds and just waiting for the second. We walked up during the finale of the first showing and had great seats. I was tired and now frustrated that I had to wait another 1 1/2 hours to see the giant dragon when I could have came here 10 minutes earlier.
Well we ended up with dead center front row seats for the show. It would drizzle on and off but nothing bad. I was very excited that not only I had stayed awake the entire hour but I was going to experience the incredible Fantasmic! The voice came on the speaker "Welcome to Fantasmic!" and all of the sudden it started to pour down rain. The lights came on and through my umbrella it was stunning seeing the rain in the giant lights. Mickey appeared glistening brighter then ever with the water pouring down around making it more magical.
The water screens came up for the first time, but the sound ended, the lights came back on and "We're sorry, but for the safety of our performers...." I was royally pissed off that I still have not gotten to see Murphy in action!
Well I left with a smile thinking to myself "I just spent the day at Disneyland" and no matter how dreadfully hilarious it was, it was still a magical day.