I have two bad news-es for yous-es.
1. This is the last of my Disney posts.
2. For some reason there is a serious lack of pictures.
Sorry. I know the finale should be grand- but I don't know if I was just over seeing my vacation through my camera- or if my phone died or what... but there are just not many pictures. And this is two days worth of park hopping. What the heck?
The penultimate day started at the Magic kingdom. Look how incredible the poinsettias are. I know you're probably sick of me and my poinsettias... but I just love them!
The bulk our our time this day was spent in Adventureland/Frontierland/New Orleans Square/Critter Country. There may not have been a ton of pictures- but by thunder there was shopping! Here is yet another idea for a gift for me... you know, if you feel like it.
And here we have contender #3 in the Heather's Head decor competition. This one actually has a story behind it. When I went to Disneyland four or five years ago I saw this tiara. I almost bought it but it cost the same as a small country so I didnt' get it. I regretted it. I even went so far as to ask people who were going to Disneyland to get it for me... no one did because I still couldn't commit to it. I'm a chicken. A non-committal Chicken.
So which one did I end up taking home? You'll see at the end of this post. Don't spoil it!
It really is a small world after all! While wandering the park we ran into Megan! She's in my book club- you remember the best book club in the world?
As we meandered, we came across Pooh, Eeyore and Tigger. They're just cute in their little hats. Awww...
I loved the Christmas tree in Pooh Corner.
Again with the imagineers- did they just bring in some produce and say, "ok- Rabbit is decorating a tree- what would it look like?" and they put vegetables on a Christmas tree!
We passed another churro cart that was selling weird churros. Honestly- normal churros were hard to find. they were all doing something a little different. this one was watermelon flavored. Personally I thought that sounded gross. Alex bought this one- but I just asked to take a picture of it. I didn't even want to try it.
These were the poles decorated around Splash Mountain. Teeny beehives! So adorable!
Speaking of Splash Mountain- it was closed while we were there. It was super sad because it was Nonee's favorite and it's nice to go on it in her honor.
BUT I won't lie- It was not super hot that day... I mean, it was January for crying out loud. I was a fraction... a teeny tiny fraction- glad that it was closed. I didn't want to get soaking wet and then just walk around in soggy clothes all day. If it's not hot enough to dry you out- it's not worth getting wet.
We went around to the other side of Rivers of America and took a ride on the Mark Twain. We all stood up on the upper deck- but Lisa stayed down with Jenna.
This is one of the snackies that we got that night. I don't think I tasted it- but I thought it was super cute. Seriously- put a Mickey head on just about anything and it makes it that much more awesome.
That evening we wandered over to Toon Town. We took Alex on Roger Rabbit and then shopped around and enjoyed the decor.
We went through Minnie and Mickey's houses and then got the chance to meet Mickey.
One of these nights- I can't remember which because apparently I stopped taking pictures- we went to see Fantasmic. Right up there with corndogs, Fantasmic is my favorite thing about Disneyland. BUT they have recently updated it. Again- I understand the purpose of change... but I hate change. Fantasmic was pretty perfect the way it was- but they took a lot of classic stuff out so they could add some more contemporary characters. It went from freaking amazing to just ok. Sad.
The decorations throughout New Orleans Square were incredibly beautiful.
This tree was in Adventureland. It was pretty funny.
I know I mentioned it before- but I didn't post a photo. The castle at night was breathtaking.
They cancelled the fireworks that night- but we were over by Fantasmic anyway. But even though the cancelled them, they still did their Disney Magic and made it snow in the park. For people who never see snow it was probably pretty amazing. For those of us who were on vacation to get away from the snow? A little less so.
We made our way out of the park. The Christmas tree on Main Street was even more stunning at night. Wowza!
The next day- the last day. :(
We started out in California Adventure. And it truly was an adventure. It was a grey, dismal day- but that didn't stop us from going to Grizzly River Rapids. I was in trouble for mentioning the day before that I was ok not getting wet so I was a good sport about going on the ride.
Our helper guy- I can't for the life of me remember his name and apparently the photo we took of him was on someone elses phone because once again... I don't have it. Ugh- anyway, he was awesome. He was really fun to tease with He promised that we wouldn't get very wet.
We got so wet.
And then as we came around to the loading zone- he asked if we wanted to go around again. Sure! We couldn't possibly get more wet.
We might as well have jumped in a pool. There was not a dry inch on any one of us. He asked if we wanted to go around a third time- but we were done. That was enough.
I felt bad for anyone who sat on any rides after me for the next little while because there was just no drying off quickly. Sorry guys. I swear it was Grizzly water- not Heather water. Eew.
Of all the dumb things, one of my Disney bucket list items was to see a feral Disney cat. And luck of all luck- that day we saw TWO! We talked to a cast member and she was telling us that there are dozens- hundreds?- of feral cats who help keep the parks clean. They are well taken care of, fed and kept healthy.- this much I knew. They try to avoid contact with them as much as possible to keep them feral. Once they become more domestic and get used to human contact, they lose their hunting drive. So when they get to the point where they are not afraid of people, they are adopted out to cast members. These two beauties are named Francisco and Snickers. At the time they were both very close to being adopted. They'd been coming out more and more during the day and getting used to people. I'm sure by now they have homes. Aren't they so sweet?
At this point we broke up the group a little bit. We all had different things we wanted to do. Kim and I really wanted to see the Frozen show at the Hyperion theater. So we went over, grabbed some popcorn and sat and waited to get into the theater. The show was cute- but I won't lie- I totally dozed off in the middle of it. Am I getting old?
Later we met up with the crew at the Animation Studio. Some wanted to go to Turtle talk with Crush- I wanted to go to the Artists Studio. This was my picture.
It's Zero. You can tell, right? It's not that bad. I'm probably not ready for my job as an animator, but I thought for a first time attempt at this character it wasn't so bad.
On our last pass of the pier I had t make sure to stop and document it. I will never see Paradise Pier again. It's sad. But of all the changes I am actually excited for Pixar Pier. But this was my final farewell to Paradise.
We stopped at the wharf for a bit to get some ice cream and visit for a bit. I had a long chat with a janitorial cast member and he gave me all the inside 411 on the new Pixar Pier. I'd share it with you- but now that it's complete- there's no point.
We finally decided it was time to head over to the Magic Kingdom. On our way out I saw some cute things I wanted to take a picture of and realized I didn't have my phone. Enter Panic Mode. The last time I remembered having it was while siting on the bench over by Ghiradelli. I ran- and if you've seen me you know that's a feat- back to the wharf. Thank God for good people. My phone was sitting there on the bench and the guy there said he was there protecting it until someone came back for it. He said if I didn't come back in ten minutes that he'd turn it in. Oh my gosh. My hero! I love honest people.
I'm such an airhead! The last time I was at Disney I left my PURSE sitting on a bench and it was turned in. The time before that I left my camera in the bathroom and it was turned in. This time my phone- that's what I love about Disney. I'm sure there are creeps every once in a while- but in general we're all there for the same reason. People there are just good. They know that losing something like that could totally ruin someones trip so they go out of their way to save someones day.
Thank you Thank you!
This is the picture I was going to take when I lost my phone. and Pluto was nice enough to give me a money shot while he was between guests. Seriously, I love it when they do that. :)
We spent the remainder of the day mostly in Fantasyland. They did an awesome Christmas light show on Small World.
They tried to dazzle us with the magical Disney snow- but meh. So we just shopped on our way out. I made one last friend as we walked out.
I miss my sister. I miss her every day but I miss her most when I'm at Disneyland. Whenever I leave it's almost like I'm leaving her behind. I know that probably sounds stupid to most people... but if you knew Nonee like I did, you'd get it.
Sigh... Until next time Disneyland. Thank you for being so wonderful.
PS- this is the winner of the decorate Heather's head competition! Was it really a competition? eh, who knows. I had to sell off one of my siblings to pay for it- but every princess needs a proper tiara. I wore it all the way back to Utah. Partly because it was easier to wear it than to pack it. And partly because I wanted the magic to last a little big longer.
This is my "back to reality" face.