Kind of unexpected. A friend called at around 9am this morning and asked if I would like to go visit a famous Mouse. Of course I said YES! So he picked my up and hour later and we down to Garden Grove first to check out a Trade and Sale show which turned out to be much smaller than the ones in the past, and mostly pins. It took about 30 minutes to go through the whole show.
Then on to Best Buy so I could get ink carts and paper for my printer. Had lunch at Wendy's. Then on to the Park.
It was cool and crowded. We didn't get there until after 2 pm so I missed the noon meet. We went to DCA first and saw the Snow White Exhibit in the Animation building and it was really nice. Some beautiful works of art are on display and very nicely done exhibit. Then we watched the Pixar Zeotrope display and that is a lot of fun. We walked the entire Park and then crossed over to Disneyland.
I did not know the Candlelight Procession was today, but we pressed on through and just stayed away from Town Square. We walked into Frontierland and over to check out that sign with all the fun stuff from Tom Sawyer and the Pirate Island. I love it. Then we walked over to Hungry Bear for dinner. Then walked back over through and just observed people and things. No rides today at all, just too many people all thinking the same thing. I don't like standing in long lines, makes my back hurt.
We wanted to see the 5:30 Snow Show at the Castle and found a nice place right in front of the Castle to sit and watch. Only problem was, the Candlelight Procession came right by at, you guessed it, 5:30 pm, so the Castle Show was Canceled. A CM told us that both the 5:30 and the 7:30 show had been cancelled. So we walked all around Fantasyland and Tomorrowland looking in stores and just wandering. We came upon Its A Small World and it looks great with all the light on. Many more lights than I remember and all of a sudden the lights dimmed around the area and they did a whole projected light and image show on the Small World Facade to the Music from Nutcracker Suite and ended the show with the last note turning on all the Christmas Light on the facade. It was great and I am really surprised that no one has mentioned this little light show back there, or I must have missed the post in other Trip Reports. But its worth going back there and taking a look at. I have no idea what time it was when we wandered into it, and I do not know if they do it more than once, but somebody here should know.
We then walked back out through Fantasyland, and at 7pm I had to sit down, so we sat in one of the Castle Bench Seats in the wall right at the front. We saw a bunch of CMs getting ready for something, and I heard the lead tell the rest that as soon as the Castle show was over, to move everyone out of the Castle forecourt and walkway. So they did the 7:30 show after all, only at 7:10. I loved it. Everything worked and the Castle just looks wonderful. However, that being said, it is better to view this show from further back so all the lights blend together. Up close it is just too fragmented into individual lights.
We then did some walking around Main Street and killed time waiting for the Fireworks. We found a good place to sit and then another place just before showtime to stand and watch. Then the dreaded announcement was made that due to high altitude winds the fireworks show could not be done. But, it snowed and the Castle was lit for the finale. Beautiful!!!
After that we took the monorail over to the hotel, looked around at what little decorations they had, then walked back to the Parking Structure and left. I did not take the camera today, so no pictures. But there are far better photographers on this board than me, so it is better to let them show their pictures.
One strange thing I noticed. My friend told me that he saw a plush Pip from Enchanted at the Fountain Store next to the El Capitan in Hollywood. I figured I would have not problem finding one at Disneyland. Wrong! There is not one single item for Enchanted to found in either Park. Strange. They market the heck out of Pixar films, but along comes the first big success in years for Disney, and nothing! It does not make any sense. There is no mention of Enchanted in the Park at all. No window display that I could see, no dolls, no plush, nothing! Weird.