Thursday 31 December 2015

It's Christmas season in Disneyland!

Once we finished at the Haunted Mansion we headed to Critter Country. We were in line for the Winnie the Pooh ride when it broke down so everyone started to leave the queue. We didn’t really have anywhere to be so we waited and it wasn’t long before they had the ride working again. 

Once we finished the ride we went in to Pooh's corner to explore the shop:
Lookie all the yummies:
I got us two of the holiday dipped marshmallows. 
They were yum but very heavy. It was marshmallow dipped in caramel, dipped in chocolate and covered in peppermint sprinkles. While we were eating the treats I explored the area a little bit taking pictures:
Then I spotted some Hundred Aker Wood friends so went to meet them. They were all done up in their Santa hats as well:  
After meeting the Hundred Aker Woods friends we headed back towards Frontierland  and spotted Jack Skellington on the way so I went to meet him. He was really funny. He asked if I was having a good day and I said yes which he said was awful. 
Next we  took a quick trip on the Columbia ship. 
We saw lots of Indians and Moose and stuff:
But then I spotted this:
The poor Mickey Elf  was drowning.  Once we got off the Columbia it was about time to head towards Small World and get a spot for the parade. We passed Big Thunder Mountain:
and across from it we spotted one of the Disney Cats, they have a bunch of cats living in the parks there to keep down the rodent population apparently. 
We got a spot for the parade across from Small World so we could watch it light up as well. It lit up at about 5.15 with no big ceremony, just a bit of music and alot of pretty lights:
Soon it was time for the Christmas Fantasy parade: 
 The parade ended with Santa who kept telling everyone how many days were left until Christmas day:
After the parade we headed to Pizza Port for food: Clickie. Once we were fed we headed towards the castle which was now all lit up!

Soon after we got there the fireworks started and they were fabulous:  

Once they were over we sat on a bench and waited for the crowd to clear a bit before we headed back down Main Street, taking pictures on the way: 
I found Copper and Todd:
Goodnight Disneyland.
We stopped off in the supermarket for a few bits for breakfast the next morning before falling into our beds after a fun filled day in Disneyland

Pizza Port

For dinner on our first day in Disneyland we went to Pizza Port in Tomorrowland. They had a range of different pizzas and pastas. 
There was so much choice we couldn't decide what to get so got a selection to share. First we got a slice of cheese pizza and a slice of pepperoni pizza: 
We also got a Chicken Fusilli: 
The Pizza wasn't the greatest but the pasta was super yummy. There was loads in the pasta as well so we felt it was well worth the price. I would definitely eat there again just for that pasta. 

Our Disneyland California Adventure begins!

Tuesday 18th November, 2015:

So our first morning to wake up in Anaheim. We got up and headed for breakfast in the Grand Californian hotel. See: Clickie Once we were fed we headed to our first park and the first park we went to on our adventure in California was the Main Disneyland Park. The queues moved slowly to get in as people using their tickets for the first time had to get their picture taken but then we were there, in the spot that Tom Hanks stood for the movie Saving Mr. Banks, in the only park that Walt Disney actually saw.
We went around the corner headed towards the hub and there was far to much to take it all at once. Pluto, Goofy and the Main street band were all there to welcome everyone to the park but we stopped by Walt Disney’s window before we did anything else:

Right underneath the window the main Mouse was out greeting people in his festive gear. We waved Happy Birthday to him and headed off to explore some more: 

The park was all decorated for Christmas and the tree in the entrance hub looked fabulous:
Then around the corner and oooh I spy the castle. I had heard that Disneyland’s castle was a lot smaller than Walt Disney World and Paris but it was definitely not as small as I was expecting it was just perfect:
I needed to stop off at the camera shop to collect my photopass card and once that was sorted we stopped by the Partners statue to get some pictures:
Of course I had to take a closer picture of the castle as well:
Next we headed through Tomorrowland passing Everest on my way:
Disneyland was built on an Orange Grove and there’s still some orange trees in the park:
After stopping in Star traders to check out some of the merchandise we headed towards Toontown where Goofy was hanging around outside his house: 
I took a few pictures around Toontown as we tried to take in everything there was to be seen: 
 I spied Minnie Mouse greeting people in her back garden: 
Since Mickey Mouse had made it back to his house from Main street though I decided to pop in there to wish him Happy birthday. His house was decorated very nice:
It was nice to see he even recycles his gloves:
While I was wandering around his house he decided it was snack time and was heading off for a break but stopped to pose for pictures on the way:
After saying goodbye to Mickey Mouse I decided to check out the town square. 
It was cute. The wreaths were all themed to the "store" they were on so like the fireworks one has fireworks through the wreath because it's on the fireworks store. 
After that I decided to try out my first ride, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin:
It said 15 minutes wait but this one felt longer but I waited and soon enough our taxis arrived. 
After that I decided to go explore another part of the park but first a stop for some ice-cream:
That thing was rock hard though and since it wasn’t a particularly warm day it didn’t soften very quick either. I was passing by the Golden Horseshoe and could hear music so decided to pop in to have a look while I was eating my ice-cream. A show called the Laughing stock Co. was taking place. I missed the start but it seemed funny. They had three guys up on stage in a kind of 'blind date' game where the mayor (the guy in the black hat) was trying to find a husband for his daughter (the man... er I mean lady in the pink dress)
After the show I continued on my way to try find Adventureland and commented to my trip buddy how everything was in the wrong place in this park. I'm used to Disney World or even Paris which is more similar to Disney World than Disneyland. Disneyland main park was alot bigger than I thought and nothing was where it should be in my head. I found New Orleans Square instead and we wandered through there looking at the Christmas decorations. 
On the way out of New Orleans Square I passed the Holiday Haunted Mansion. I have never actually done the Haunted Mansion and I'd looked up You Tube videos before the trip and I knew this one was all themed to Nightmare before Christmas plus the wait time was only ten minutes so we decided to try it. 
Not sure I would want this wreath on my door at Christmas:

The gingerbread house looks alot bigger when it's in front of you than in photos and the smell of gingerbread when you went into the ballroom made me want to hop out of the doom buggy and eat the gingerbread house:
Next we go in search of some critters...