Around 10pm, our phone rings and we learn that Chelle and Karen will be leaving us for the evening and we'll have two more hostesses.
Meet Michelle and Leandra!
It was close to 10:30 and almost time for the 2nd showing of Fantasmic. Just before it though, we asked if we could have another magical moment in the parlor.
This time Geppetto showed up in the clock face.
And what was once a mirror above the fireplace, suddenly turned into a castle, along with a magic wishing star.
At 10:30, most of us filed back out to the balcony to catch the 2nd showing of Fantasmic.
After the show, everyone sat down to get a photo on the balcony.
Mike and Janet
Steph and Farman - Nice work pal
Scott and Monica
Theresa and me.
Kenny and Michael
... plus Ruston
Ruston and Michael
Ruston and Bruce
Bruce and Roger
At 11pm, there was another magical moment in the parlor. I didn't get video of it at that moment but here's another video from later on. The clock face shows Cinderella and Prince Charming. Then you hear "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes". After the two figures in the glass case start dancing and the glass slipper lights up.
From there, most people retired to the patio to lay out in the chairs and chat with each other.
Unfortunately, the evening had to draw to an end. We were told earlier that our guests had to be out before the park closed. Around 11:45, everyone started to file out.
Good night Dream Suite.
Those of us who were still left lined up on the stairs to get a group photo.
Paula - Words cannot express how much I appreciated Ruston asking me to be a part of his special evening there. All of the furnishings and magical nuances everywhere were absolutely astonishing. Needless to say, getting to spend time in the Dream Suite was the experience of a lifetime! I really felt like Cinderella when I was there because I was dreading the moment when the clock would strike midnight and my evening would be finished. There are so many wonderful things to experience, from the French Provincial style furnishings in the main room to the two bedrooms which are themed to Adventureland and Frontierland. I loved everything about being there, but I think watching the fireworks with everyone and seeing the train go around the Frontierland Room were at the top of my list.
One of the most amazing elements of the suite was the bathtub in the Master Bath which includes a stained-glass window, music, and stars which light up on the ceiling when you flip on the appropriate switch. Without a doubt, however, the highlight of my evening was getting to watch the FANTASMIC! show twice out on the balcony which overlooks the Rivers of America, high above the crowds, without someone’s head blocking my view. Needless to say, it was an evening filled with wonderful surprises and I am so grateful to have been invited to be part of such a special and truly magical evening. Many thanks again to Ruston for inviting me to be a part of his special night, the memories of which will undoubtedly last a lifetime.
I asked Scott to share some of his thoughts on the night.
Scott - It was everything I would expect from Disneyland. Amazing and not over the top. There were so many awesome things and so subtle that they didn't distract. Sitting on the balcony watching the first Fantasmic took me back to the original reason why I got my Annual Pass. I was young enough at heart to be lost in a place like this, but old enough to appreciate it. I haven't felt that for some time here. I feel like it has really become about bottom line and not about the quality of the show. I know in part it is because I am jaded and in part because the quality has slipped a little. I felt old school again in the Dream Suite with old friends and new. Can't wait to see all the pictures, thanks Joe for taking them. Thanks to everyone for being so fun. Thanks to Monica for including me and special thanks to Ruston for allowing us into your special night.
Scott is sad to be leaving.
Who's awesome? This guy is awesome!
I asked everyone else if they wouldn't mind sharing their thoughts on their time in the Dream Suite.
Bruce - My stay was just magical. The constellation tub (oh how I long to lounge in there), the swan faucets, the magical hour chimes of the living room clock, The Jolly Roger shadow floating across the moon, even the $2,000 garbage bins and the incredible Disneyland Dream Suite stationary. It was all so richly detailed and beautiful. Capped off by our seemingly hour long photo shoot taking a group photo. The longer it went, the more wild it got and the more fun I had doing it.
Watching Fantasmic from the balcony really touched me, but the real showstopper for me was the fireworks. It was a new show, we had a phenomenal view and private speakers for the soundtrack. It was the moment when all the magic and unique specialness of the day really hit me and I truly felt moved to tears. Close friends and new friends enjoying a truly unique experience. That one moment above all the others resonates most with me.
The day was winding up and we all retired to the courtyard. Lounging, talking, watching the fireflies and admiring the lanterns. It felt like a perfect way to end this truly memorable day. A day that I’ll always remember for its new experiences, unbelievable beauty and good friendships.
Monica - We were amazed at every perfect detail. It truly was an experience that made me feel not only lucky to be one of the select few to experience it but also so happy to work for a company that took such time to create something so magical for everyone who came through. Anytime we found something new we gasped and gazed in complete awe. One of the best parts was being able to experience it with other true Disney fans who really appreciated it. My favorite part however? The bath tub…yeah, I may have snuck a quick pic inside… As the night ended, Scott insisted we ask about staying since the occupancy we were told was 6. Obviously, we didn’t but we did manage to take one last pic (despite everyone waiting outside for us to go). I kinda love this picture. A lot. It kind of looks like it’s a reflections of us as little kids…exactly how we felt that night.
Up next, our after hours tour of the park!