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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Christmastime at Disneyland

NOTE: This should have posted back in December. I don't know what happened but it never posted!! Rather than delete it, I decided to go ahead and post it. Again, I know know why it never posted and I apologize because I know some of you look forward to my updates.

I went to the Park about a week ago with two things in mind: I wanted to see all of the decorations, of course, but I also wanted to get some pics of me at the Park.


The castle looked very festive and I couldn't wait for it to get dark so I could see it in all its glory!


I got there around 1:00 pm and surprisingly, it wasn't very crowded. They had this vehicle parked in front of the castle and it made a fine photo opp!


In all of my 62 years, this was the first time I ever got to sit in the driver's seat of a Disneyland vehicle!

I didn't really have a plan in mind so I walked and walked and walked all over the Park. I noticed this display case as I entered a shop in Frontierland. This is new!


I knew the parade would be starting so I walked back to Main Street to catch a glimpse of it.


While waiting, I admired the old gas lamps along Main Street. Walt knew what he was doing when he was putting this place together!


Watching the tree go by really put a smile on my face.


Parade time is a good time to shop - the stores are less crowded, LOL. By this time I was ready for a snack so I went to Fantasyland to try the Gray Stuff.

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I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant but it was delicious! The only part I didn't like was the cookie on the bottom. I tasted it but decided to toss it.

I left the Park to meet a friend for dinner at the Grand Californian and while I was there I did check out the tree in the lobby but I forgot to look at the gingerbread house! What a dope!


Then it was back to the Park to ride the train and see the lights!



So pretty!!





Oh how I love this castle!





Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976)

I missed this when it first aired. I have no idea if it ever aired again but thank goodness for YouTube!!
Enjoy!!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Is Disneyland HAUNTED?! REAL Paranormal Ex-Cast Member Ghost Stories

First of all, sorry I missed last Friday! Dang! So sorry!

It's that time of year folks. Time for ghosts and goblins and witches and monsters. In other words, my peeps, LOL

I've heard stories of possible hauntings at Disneyland and I've even heard one from a very reputable source while I worked at the Park . I am trying to coordinate a recording session with two former castmembers so we can tell our various Disneyland ghost stories. Keep your fingers crossed and if I manage to pull this off, you will be the first to hear about it.

That being said, it took a while to find a decent video to share with you guys. This one has three stories and in all honestly,I only the third story to be actually creepy.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Another Visit To The Parks

I had to go back to the Parks because I had missed a few things and...well...I just love it there, LOL. This little guy by Mater's Jam-BOO-ree is adorable!



I tried several times to get a decent shot of the window displays in Ramon's but the lighting was never quite right. This one reminded me of Sugar Skull art and I'm willing to bet there is a hidden Mickey somewhere in there!


I completely missed this little guy the last time I was there.


It wasn't dark enough to see but the trees are full of purple lights. It looks great!


Believe it or not, I did not notice the bats flying out of the tower on my last visit. Let it be known that I would make a terrible eye witness!



This is such a cute idea!




Now we are at Disneyland and I am sitting on the upper level of the Hungry Bear restaurant. I noticed the cranes and just sat there, staring. I wondered to myself if it was "good show" that the tops of the buildings could be seen above the trees and then realized that by the time Galaxy's Edge opens, the trees will be tall enough to block this view from the Hungry Bear.
At least I hope so!


After I ate, I examined the new path that will lead guests to Galaxy's Edge.


As I was leaving the Hungry Bear, I stopped to take a few pics of this building. Yes, it's a store but I recently learned that it is a very special store. Not because of the merchandise contained within but because this little building has been here since Disneyland opened in 1955! This are was originally part of the Indian Village and at that time, it was used as a trading post. Pretty cool, no?



By this time, I'm getting tired and ready to go home so a couple of quick pics of the Haunted Mansion and then I'm headed home!





Friday, September 22, 2017

Halloween Is In The Air! Part 5

And now...a brief visit to Disneyland!


I love seeing all the Fall colors in the Park, especially in the planters.


Yes, I had to take advantage of this, LOL.


I decided to ride the Mark Twain...It was nice to see one of the keel boats.


It was also nice to see guests enjoying the island!



They have added quite a few Weeping Willows along the shoreline. I think it's a nice touch.




It's also a lot easier to see the Fort now. I just wish they would put roofs on the towers so that it at least looks like it used to even if we no longer have access to it.



Here is a brief video of some of the noticeable changes along the river.





It's been a while since I've been on the island. Seeing these stairs made me want to go back and explore it again.
 


Now we're chasing The Columbia, LOL!!
 

It was really hot and muggy so I decided to leave and relax a while in the lobby of the Grand Californian. On my way out, I checked out the goodies in the Candy Palace. These rice crispy treats are BEYOND adorable!



It was nice to see the planters in Downtown Disney looking festive!
 

Well folks, our visit has come to an end but don't worry, I went back a few days later!