Another surprise visit! We decided to stop by just for the evening. No pics, but I wanted to share some things before I turn in.
There is a new display in the planter as you make the first turn under the freeway overpass on the Mickey&Friends tram. It is for Halloween Time and has Mickey and Minnie dressed up, and it was very cute and lit up at night, but of course you go by so fast I barely had time to see it! Also, there is a grassy patch on the walled side of the tram route, and as we were coming back, we saw some people setting up another display with several pumpkins! It's getting me excited for what awaits us at Halloweentime.
I'm not sure if it has been reported yet but something is finally being done about the baby-blue paint on the ground of Space Mountain's queue. It appears as though someone took a paint roller and spread dark blue paint over the light blue, and the slightly bumpy texture makes it look almost spongy. It looked shinier to me, so I'm supposing they used a glossy finish on it too. But whatever was done, it looks great! It will not show grime or dirt or gum or other contents of peoples' shoes nearly as much as the plain light blue has! In fact, in the area directly in front of the Space Mountain sign before you go inside, there was a place where it just ended, where the painters stopped the night before! I wish I had gotten a picture of it. There wasn't any particular line where it cut off either; it was a little here, none there...it kinda made me want a paint roller.
By the way, Space Mountain was not using Fastpass and the line did not exceed 30 minutes. Beat that!
And Splash was a near walk-on. Not many takers on a Friday night!
I noticed that the walls in front of the old Radio Disney / new TomorrowLanding shop have moved back about 15 feet, and the structure itself is coming along.
We rode the Disneyland Railroad to avoid battling Fantasmic/PoD crowds at about 7:30. We timed it just right so that we passed IASW just as the parade floats were heading backstage, and the Lion King float was right in front of us as we passed by, with Goofy, Timon, Dopey, and others waving! That was magical.
There was absolutely no sign of the 50th anywhere to be found, save Sleeping Beauty Castle. All the Main Street 50's are gone, along with the flower planters and Tinker Bells that were on the lamp posts.
We did our traditional end to our visit, watching R...DCT from IASW. It didn't seem likely because the winds were picking up earlier today, but things calmed down and the show was just as great as always. The smoke, however, seemed to be going every which way! We were coughing quite a bit as we rode IASW immediately afterward. Then we went home, and now I'm enjoying some chicken noodle soup, and I'll head for bed. Good night!