Chante, C'est Noel!
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We headed straight for the park from the hotel, and as soon as we put our tickets through the turnstiles and were in, I was like a kid at Christmas! OK, as Sylvia commented on my previous entry, the place was hoaching (full of - sorry, hoaching is a good Scottish word!) with kids, but at least in the park most of them were so awestruck they were quiet! To be honest, I don't mind little ones, and in somewhere like Disney you expect them to be a bit hyper - my wee objection was that in the hotel they were literally all running around wild, their parents weren't keeping an eye on them and they were a generally being a bit of a nuisance.
Anyway, rant over!
Within five minutes of us getting into the park, I had been shopping and taken photos! I had to buy a pair of black Disney gloves because Mark had decided he was stealing my other ones! It was in the first shop I saw a Christmas Stitch, the cute little blue alien/ experiment 626 from 'Lilo & Stitch'. He was wearing a little Santa jacket and hat, a scarf and had mittens on...I knew at that point one was coming home with me, it was how to buy it and get it back to the hotel without Mark knowing that would be the challenge! And in the end, he needed no persuading - but more on that on the final day!!
We got ourselves park maps for Disneyland and Disney Studios and decided to stay in the main area today. However, the wind was still gusting ferociously, and quite a lot of people were heading for the exits just after lunchtime! Fine thought we - the queues will be shorter! We wandered up Main Street USA, ooh-ed and ah-ed at the amazing Christmas decorations and had a foot long hot dog with cheese at Casey's Corner, which is opposite the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour, and the last building on the left as you walkup Main Street towards the Castle.
We were heading for Big Thunder Mountain for our first ride, but when we got near it, the path way to it was roped off, and a park employee told us because the winds were so high, branches were coming off trees so they were closing all paths under trees! Also because of the wind, Big Thunder Mountain wasn't running - big bits of the track are exposed, and they were worried bits of tree would blow onto the track too! Well...what to do!
First up we went to Pirates of the Caribbean. It was an indoor ride so we reckoned it'd be on. Mark's been to Disney in Florida before but said he didn't remember the ride, so it was fun being on with him.
Then we went to the Haunted Mansion first because it was inside, so it was definitely running! Most people were going for inside rides, or food, at this point, but the line wasn't too bad - as I said, it was near lunchtime. We made it through the Haunted Mansion in one piece, which is more than can be said the very first time I was on this ride, in Florida in 1989...I was on with my Mum, Dad was in a separate car, and we were going along the section above the Grand Ballroom when something fell into my lap.
Anyhoo - from there we started to make our way back towards Main Street to see what rides might be on now the weather had improved. By sheer luck, the Parade was about to start, and we managed to get ourselves a great spot on Main Street to watch it. I managed to squeeze up onto a bench so I got some good photos. The music is so infectious at Disney, and between Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho from Pirates and the Christmas songs and carols Mark was merrily humming and singing under his breath most of the time! The main Christmas song, written especially for Disney was Chante, C'est Noel! and we bought the CD of it and it's always on repeat at home at the festive season - there's six versions of it, one park, one kids, one piano, one brass quintet, one 'dreamy' and one instrumental version.
By the time the parade finished it was starting to get dark, so we wandered around a bit, I took more photos, and we walked through the castle, bought the CD (and a few other bits and pieces - I came back with so much Disney paraphernalia, mostly Stitch) and entered Fantasyland. We'd already been to Adventureland (Pirates) and Frontierland (Haunted Mansion), so we were racking up the lands on day 1! We hopped onto the Mad Hatter's Teacup ride because the queue was short, and much to Mark's dismay, I spun and spun and spun that cup! He did look a tad peaky afterward, and I felt a bit sorry for him! We had a go on Lancelot's Enchanted Carousel (at Mark's insistence may I add!) and decided to go back towards Main Street USA for the Fantillusion parade.
Anyway...the Fantillusion parade was utterly magical: the music was fantastic and the costumes totally incredible. After the parade passed by, we made our way to the exit to hop on a bus before the park closed and EVERYONE was trying to get back to their hotels.
And we were so excited to see what tomorrow would bring!