Disneyland Halloween/Gay Days 2010 - a set on Flickr
Thursday September 30th.:
The trip was starting off to have some troubles. First off, American Airlines got rid of our returning flight seat assignments on a full flight and wouldn't/couldn't fix it. Our Hotel didn't have our reservation down for two beds for 3 people. Not a good sign. Luckily, once we arrived by 8pm, everything worked itself out. We stayed at the Super 8 on Katella. Nothing fancy by far, but for 37 a night, it was clean and a decent place if all you want to do is sleep and shower. No bugs to carry off your belongings. Everyone kept telling me how sweet I was to book them at the Ritz. My partner kept reminding me how wonderful of a hubby I was to treat him so well as to book the Super 8. It was a big joke all weekend.
I will say that we won't probably stay there again, despite the price and cleanliness. When you did want to go back to the hotel to change, freshen up or take a break, it was a little bit more of a walk than we wanted. Despite wearing crocs (hush! Like a fellow DIS'er says, "They're like crack for feet"), walking back and forth took it's toll. Especially when it was midnight. I kept trying to get people to carry me back to the hotel, but oddly enough no one took me up on my offer. The nerve!
Friday, October 1st, Mickey's Halloween Party!
We were at the parks by 7:30am. We had purchased Haunted Mansion ears online a few months ago, so we were decked in our HM ears and our Disneydork shirts and our lanyard full of pins. There was a small line which was nice for a change. Our friends that we brought thought we were crazy for getting up Dawn's Buttcrack. They still hadn't learned about the level of our Disneydorkness.
MHP didn't start until 7pm, so we spent most of the day hopping between DL and DCA, aka Disney Construction Adventure, a Sea of Walls. We immediately went to Space Mountain (Ghost Galaxy) and walked right on. We LOVED the holiday overlay. We then headed to Nemo Subs and Buzz to knock a few rides out that usually have long wait times later in the day. Already our two Disney Newbies were feeling the Disney magic, looking around with mouths open and saying "Wow" a lot. It was so cute.
After that we headed back to Mainstreet since we ran through there like a bat out of hell to get to Tomorrowland. We spent time taking pictures, enjoying the decorations, having coffee and going into a sugar coma after eating a cinnamon roll and taking advantage of the photopass locations. The park looked great. This was our first Halloween, so it was a nice first experience.
I should interject that we both felt like Julie the Cruise Director from the Love Boat. We were constantly pointing things out, giving our Disney newbies little bits of history here and there, showing them hidden mickeys, etc. They didn't have looks of irritation on their faces, so we kept it up all weekend long.
We then headed to Matterhorn, followed by our traditional riding of Storybook Land and Casey Jr. We love doing this combo a number of times during our trips. They added a great addition of the rabbit hole from Alice in Wonderland.
By this time our friends were really understanding our love of all things Disney and were embracing the Disneydork shirts we made for them to wear. They finally "got it". Mission accomplished.
What made our day was what happened with a CM. While waiting in line for Storybook, an older CM who mentioned she had worked for Disneyland for over 40 years, pulled us over and grabbed both our hands and said, "I just wanted to personally thank you both for keeping the magic alive. It's people like who in your ears, pins and wonderful shirts that is what Disneyland is all about". Then she gave us a hug. Best moment of the entire weekend.
We headed to NOS and ate at Cafe Orleans for some Gumbo and Pomme Frittes, then headed straight for HM. One of our friends is a HUGE Jack nut so she was just giddy with excitement. We then headed to Pirates. By this time, they were in awe of all the attractions so far and understood the difference that is a Disney attraction.
We then headed over to DCA to ride Screamin', Mickey's Fun Wheel of Death, Grizzy's River Run Bath Time, Monsters Inc, Muppet Vision 3D and did a little bit of shopping. We had never ridden Mickey's Fun Wheel since neither my partner nor I are that crazy about heights. After being called a sissy for an hour, we finally caved in. I'm still a sissy. Not crazy about it, but we tackled our fear. LOL
We headed back for MHP. Loved the lighting and fog all over the park and the Castle lighting was great. We walked around taking everything in, being amazed at everyone who wou ld stand in line for hours for a piece of candy. We bypassed the candy lines. We rode POTC, HM and SM again, then watched Halloween Screams fireworks. One of the best fireworks show! We ended the night by walking around some more, then headed home around midnight.
Days 2 and 3 are on their way soon.
Here are some photo highlights:
Our HM ears that everyone kept asking about all day. They were sold out throughout the park. Glad we got them early:
Park really is beautiful this time of year
Took a few non halloween related shots that turned out good:
Mainstreet at Dusk
An spooky Columbia
HM at night. The only decent one I could get to come out
Sleeping Beauty's Castle
A few of us being Disneydorks
My partner Steven and his idol