Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"The Happiest Place on Earth" (P*S*C* #14)

Right now, the above quote seems quite is snowing back here at home with freezing temps and is NOT the happiest place on earth! Of course I am talking about Disneyland!
Here we are at the gate. We managed to be at the park before it opened and were surprised with how many people were there on a Tuesday morning in early January. Is it this full every day?

Our first stop was to Adventure Land. How could we have possibly missed The Enchanted Tiki Room on our last visit here in 1999? We were totally charmed by this original 1962 vintage attraction. Singing along with the exotic, accented birds and their warbling Vegas-style showbird friends as well as the flowers and "natives" sure put us in a happy state of mind!

Next we took the Jungle Cruise. Love those animals - and the schmaltzy narrative by our boat captain. Such danger lurks around every turn in the river!

Of course we took a ride through the underground caves featured in Pirates of the Carribean...and happily noted their updating to include Jack Sparrow aka Johnny Depp in many of the scenes.

Certainly the photograph of the famous castle had to be included in this blog! It's as magic..and you'd expect. Somehow we kept seeing this little "princess" decked in her princess dress, ears, crown and high-heeled gold shoes carrying Bambi around. She's assuredly living the dream!

Wes and I needed our breaks, and due to this being "Happiest Place on Earth" we figured we'd stuff our faces with happy foods, too. Check out this Mickey pretzel and chocolate s'more.

The day was fully spent at the park. Night time came and we watched the closing fireworks show. It was a bit disappointing that there was no character parade. And that It's a Small World was closed. But, we still loved our time being happy and feeling the magic.

Good times. Feeling like kids again. Sorer feet - but well worth the trip.

Coming: Hail to the Chief


Timi + Andrew said...

How fun! I just cannot wait to take Will to a fun trip like this! Disneyland - soon we will come!!!!!!

Melissa said...

We went to Disney World a few years ago and it was the first time for both of us...Hubs had so much fun, he requested going back for his birthday this year. Poor dear is just going to have to make due with the surprise trip to Paris I was secretly plotting behind his back. ;)

Sarah said...

Oh Deb! Now I want to go to Disneyworld! I want to ride on the Dumbo ride!

Jed and Anne said...

Disneyland looks even better than ever! I think that when we were there last time we were just so obsessed with what our oldest younger cousin was doing as she was only about 2 yrs. old or so. Your pictures make me want to go back someday to check it out again. How fun! Were you tempted to break out your special mouse ears during your stroll around the park?