Vic and I just got back from a quick trip to Disneyland and DCA. Both parks are quite pretty in their Christmas mode, but Disneyland is particularly beautiful. The golden tree is quite stunning, though we were a little surprised to see it's artificial. (When did that start?) We got there about 1pm. The park was not at all crowded. First stop: Space Mountain. Not quite a walk-on... but only a 15 minute wait. Then to Buzz. Same thing. Lotsa fun but I can never get higher than level 3! Then over to Splash to get a couple of FPs. HMH is as fun and quirky as ever. After a quick tour through NOS, which is also very pretty, it was over to DCA.
About halfway to GRR, we discovered that we forgot our "ponchos." Ah, well. We're gonna get wet. Oh crap... ride was down. OK... on to Screamin'! Line's too long, get FPs and head over to ToT which also turned out to be a walk-on. On the way, we both had salads in a bread bowl. Somehow, it just doesn't seem right to throw away all that bread. Then back to redeem our Screamin' FPs. We both made silly faces for the camera and cracked ourselves up when we saw them. Great coaster! OK... done with DCA.
Back to Disneyland. Straight to Splash. Dang it! It's down too! Now... this trip, I wanted to do a couple of things I haven't done at Disneyland in a long time and one of them was a ride on the Mark Twain. By now, it was getting dark and as we boarded, they turned on the ship's lights. We also got two chairs at the bow... a first for both of us. Beauty. A trip around the Rivers of America in the dark really feels like being in the wilderness. Back to Splash. YAY! It's not only open, but had just opened and they were letting FPs on first. It's a wetter ride than I remember. More silly faces for the camera. WooHoo! Another tour though NOS to see the pretty lights and over to Autopia. I haven't ridden on Autopia for nearly 20 years. Frankly, I still had a great time and I have my new Disneyland Autopia Official Driver License! On our way to see what kind of line Roger Rabbit had, we were stunned by IASW in its Christmas mode. WOW! The colors are wonderful! It was 6:45 and a door opened at the front of the ride for a small "procession" of dolls. In all my visits to Disneyland, I've never seen this. I didn't even know it occured. While we watched, Vic heard a voice say, "Are you here to see the kitschy thing?" Assuming the question was for someone else, she didn't respond. Again, "Are you here to see the kitschy thing?" Turning around slightly, she discovered that a young man was asking her the question. She replied that she didn't know what "the kitschy thing" was. He said, "Just wait... it's coming up. I call it the kitschy thing. It's awesome."
Then it began. The lights went off and projectors flashed colors and images on the IASW facade. Accompanied by music from The Nutcracker, the show lasted for several minutes. Changing colors, dancing patterns and snippets of cartoons flashed in amazing accuracy and detail on IASW. If you can... get yourself to Disneyland to see this. It's pure Disney magic!
Everything's starting to shut down for the fireworks. We've seen them several times so we dash to the Toon Town Station and catch the last train outta town. We travel to Main Street Station by way of The Grand Canyon then head to Downtown Disney. Vic takes me to Sephora where she buys a couple of Christmas presents for her youngest daughter. Finally, we wind up at the Uva Bar where we get ceviche and a Lemon Drop for Vic... a nice medium rare ribeye and a Manhattan for me. As we eat, the bartender takes freshly washed glasses out of the dishwasher and suddenly we smell POTC. You know the smell... it's unique. Apparently, the Uva Bar dishwasher duplicates it perfectly.
After paying our bill, we head to the tram, walk right on without waiting and get our own row all to ourselves. The Los Angeles freeways were 70mph all the way and we were home in 45 mintes.
What a day!
So now I'm sitting here typing to you while sipping an icy Cazadores. Life doesn't get much better than this!