But, this was not my first time to Disneyland. In fact, when I was a kid, we went at least once a year. It was magic.
Have I mentioned I love Disney? Magic.
Halloween Time at DisneyLand is just about my favorite time of year. (It comes second to St. Patrick's Day) The Haunted Mansion becomes a playground for the "Nightmare Before Christmas" characters and THIS YEAR THEY CHANGED Space Mountain as well. I'm sorry to yell, but it was just about the coolest Space Mountain has ever been. It's really a shame they will change it back in November.
The other spectacular thing about this trip was that I reunited (and it feels so good) with a bunch of my very best friends from college.
These are my ladies:
I got there on Thursday and we ate dinner at Downtown Disney. It was a simple pretzel dog, but I just wanted to be down there to get into the atmosphere and start feeling the MAGIC!
Did I mention I love Disney?
We wandered through the stores and blah blah blah.....
Friday was showtime! And...more of our group arrived as well. We spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday wandering around the Magic Kingdom and California Adventure. I think we did Space Mountain at least three or four times.
I even sprained my ankle on Friday and spent the rest of the weekend limping around in glee. Nothing could stop me! Well...I did miss out on California Screamin' cause of my ankle. But, Becca and I sat on a bench and enjoyed watching all the people wander around. It was the annual Gay Days celebration and the Utah Education Association was there as well. So! There was plenty of people watching to be had...
I actually didn't see very many characters this year. But, the villains were out! That is another reason I like Halloween Time at Disneyland...The Evil Queen will be wandering around the park with Captain Hook...
My friend, Tiffani, got a great picture of Captain Hook. It really does look like he is talking to the Queen of Hearts about how useful his hook is...
Alice was everywhere! Probably because we are getting close to the new movie coming out. She was very polite.
I know that some people feel like there is more to do in DisneyWorld because it is bigger. But, I have to tell you...I have never been bored at DisneyLand. I have never felt like there wasn't enough to do! There is something about that park, small it may be, that is full of the childlike joy and excitement that Disney is constantly bringing into our lives.
I want to go back...who's with me?