This is the beautiful glow of Cinderella’s Castle at night time in Disneyland. It is stunningly alluring. All the rides are nicely lit at night, and Main Street looks dazzling.
The “Paint the Night” parade is a spectacular treat as well. Maybe we didn’t plan as well as we should have because it was well over two hours before the parade, and benches were overtaken either with people or just simple blankets or jackets saving spots (which, by the way, I don’t think is right, but how do you enforce that?).
Jana and I found two empty spots at the end of a long concrete bench. There was a woman staking claim on the bench, and we thought we’d make sure those two uncovered spots weren’t taken. This woman was simply not exuding the Disney spirit. She rudely snapped, “I’m on the phone!”. So we decided to just sit there anyway. Really, it would have taken a second to give a thumbs up or say yes as opposed to the way she made such a scene. Why the nerve of that evil queen!
The rest of our parade experience was all fun though. It was even an adventure taking turns to head down to the Alice in Wonderland bathrooms where the doors are all painted with a different playing card. We people watched before the parade began, but that could get dizzying after awhile what with the constant strollers and people zooming by. And then finally, we saw the lights and heard the music starting up around the bend.
What a great parade! Many Disney movies were represented and the costumes were amazing. There were lights in every color. Kids were transfixed. Disney is magic and for sure it will bring your “happy” out. It’s great having those memories to look back on.
We had a full day on that last leg of the vacation. I reflect back on daring myself to ride Splash Mountain, and it turned out not to be as fearsome of a plunge as I imagined. Jana and I laughed and hooted the whole time. We savored Dole® smoothies and ice cream in the Enchanted Tiki Room. I will never tire of those birds. It amazes me how everything is so synchronized. The day was good to us. We enjoyed our shopping time in downtown Disney. So many stores all in one.
One drawback? Pirates of the Caribbean was closed for renovations! My favorite ride. We were both disappointed. But you know what? We may just go back again real soon, do Disneyland all over again and get to ride past those pirates after all. Stay tuned.