Halloween Time! at Disneyland
It all started one day when I got this thing in the mail. It wasn't even addressed to me. It was addressed to my cousin Eva who used to live with my family but now just has mail sent here sometimes. It was a Disneyland magazine advertising the resort and it had this huge pumpkin, jack-o-lantern thing on the cover. I flipped through the magazine, totally fascinated, thinking to myself and the Universe that I would like to go there during Halloween Time someday, as I'd never been there at that time and seen it decorated up that way. When I finished flipping through the magazine, I looked at the cover again. Oh, it's a pumpkin with Mickey ears—how cute. I ripped the cover off and taped it up on my wall of vision boards and psychic paintings—the place where I manifest stuff. Someday. I had trouble sleeping that night and rolled around restlessly in bed. Then I suddenly sat up and turned on the light. I stared at the magazine cover on my wall and it was only then that I realized that it wasn't just a pumpkin with Mickey ears, it was Mickey as a pumpkin! I laughed at myself for taking that long, three times looking at that illustration, to really see it.
The next day, as GG and I were driving to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Fest, he told me out of the blue that he might be going to Disneyland the next weekend. My whole body lit up with excitement and without really thinking about it, I invited myself on the trip, hahaha! It took a couple of days going back and forth about the practicality of taking the trip, but as I stared at the Mickey pumpkin on the wall, I couldn't deny that it felt like the Universe was telling me to go. Everything was too perfect and it felt like a hunch, and one should never violate a hunch!
So that Friday night we started on our way down to Anaheim, stayed at a great hotel (had a discount!), and bright and early the next day we were there, Disneyland, at Halloween Time, just like I had envisioned one week before:
At the entrance
Just inside Main Street
I took a lot of pictures of It's a Small World
I noticed all sorts of new things on It's a Small World that I hadn't seen before, like the bush animals outside look new to me:
And I saw all these characters from the Disney movies that I never noticed before...
Alice and White Rabbit
There were many others. GG checked later and these new additions were apparently made in 2008, so they were already there when we went in January this year. No recollection at all! But that's good, because then it's like every time I go, it feels new to me.
Super cuties at a stand just outside of It's a Small World
My favorite rides this time were It's a Small World, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, the Haunted House that was decorated with Nightmare before Christmas stuff—I like the visually stimulating rides.
Some other stuff from Halloween Time:
Day of the Dead stuff
Day of the Dead band
Main Street, on the way out, feels really short. I mean, we walked into one store and because all of the stores are connected, when we walked out, all of the sudden, we were already at the other end of the street and at the entrance. I wasn't ready to leave, haha!, so I made GG walk back with me along the outside of the stores on one side of the street and then back down on the other side just so I can get my fill of Main Street and the last bits of Disneyland before we absolutely had to go.
One more look at Main Street
He's winking on this side!
The next day we took our time heading home. GG wanted to check out this famous hot dog place and it happened to be nearby, outside of Knott's Berry Farm:
Pink's bacon burrito dog
Hopped over to the Snoopy store across the street after Pink's and I found the cutest Lucy hat. They have all these Peanuts paraphernalia with the gang as first drawn back in the day and then how they look now:
I wanted to get some Chinese/Taiwanese snacky stuff before leaving the L.A. area so we drove around and found this place called Cofftea, as in Coffee and Tea. The people there are so nice! And the food is good, too. I ordered a hot milk tea, yummy, and this, yummy yummy:
Condensed milk and chocolate toast
We admired the way the sprinkling of the sprinkles were so precise that they landed only in the chocolate sauce on the plate.
Somewhere in the middle of nowhere on our way home, GG asked me what I'd like for dinner. I said, "Noodle soup. Asian noodle soup." He said he didn't know where we could get noodle soup, except that there is this one Chinese or Vietnamese place at one of the rest stops that he'd seen before, but he didn't remember where. So we were going to stop at this big ranch place to look at their menu and I suggested that we also go check out Denny's across the way, and then suddenly, right there in front of us, was this Oriental Express Restaurant, the exact same place that he was talking about. The Chinese sign said something like "cow palace", indicating that they specialize in beef. No surprise, since we were in the midst of cow country. It made me wonder if they would have anything like a vegetable noodle soup, but I figured, What the hey, go in and take a look. And I think we probably walked into the one place in all of miles around that had a Chinese vegetable noodle soup, just like I was wanting. Miracle.
Add to that the miracle of finding my calendar for next year later at another rest stop, hee hee!
Well, that was my second trip to Disneyland this year. I will not say it's my last, because they have hung up the Christmas decorations already and I do love my Christmas decorations! I'll leave it open—you never know when Disneyland might call again.