The Lovely Christine and I went to Disneyland for Christmas. I'm not a huge Disney fan, mainly because I know a little too much about Disney.
It's a happy place...as long as you have fun the way prescribed by DisneyBack in the 1990's, I worked for a company in Orange County, first as the head of their computer training division, and later as the head of the programming/networking division. While I was the training manager, we got the contract to provide all the computer training for Disneyland employees. As the guy running that part of the company, I had to go through the Disney employee orientation, and had to spend a fair amount of time working there. In any event, seeing it from the other side of the magic, as it were, took a little shine off the "happiest place on earth." I mean, yeah, it's a happy place...as long as you have fun the way prescribed by Disney.
In any event, Chris, not having that experience, still thinks Disneyland is a magical place, and she really wanted to go. So, we did. We were the first car through when they opened the gate at 7:30am, and we stayed until they closed at midnight.
Through the course of the day, I took about 1300 pictures. Here is a very little sampling of the day.
These are gonna be collectible. Disney has these special, gold, 50th anniversary mouse ears hats. Naturally, Chris bought one.
You know, I have to wonder if Alice's boyfriend ever asks, "Uh, hey, do you think you could, uh, put on the, you know, the costume?"
I just love the expressions on the people as they shoot down the big drop on the log flume ride.
In the post 9/11 world of magic, security is a little more visible at the happiest place on earth. Not only do they have K-9 teams roaming around, but you have to submit to a search of all bags and backpacks at the entry.
I would've thought this reference to the casting couch might be a little risque for Disney. Apparently not. I suppose that the thinking is that kids won't catch the reference, and adults won't be all that keen to explain it.
This is about as Christmassy as Southern California gets. Note the clear blue sky, and lack of snow. It was about 75°, too.
Disneyland has several very good bands roaming around the place. For some reason, I just like this picture.
One thing about the Disney cast members. When they see a camera, especially a big, pro-grade camera like mine, they are attracted to it like moths to a flame. I got several close-ups like this of cast members who gave me a pose.
Snow White announces her intention to invade Poland, and gain lebensraum in the east.
They've completely redecorated the castle for the 50th Anniversary. It's very...pink.
I've included this picture, because it has a kind of hidden history. This is the side of the Disneyland City Hall, right next to the entrance. The second floor is actually an apartment that Walt Disney kept as Disneyland, and the balcony on the left is where Mr. Disney used to sit and watch people come in to the park. When I took the orientation for Disney, the leader of my orientation group was a real Disney convert, and he explained in hushed tones that they've kept the apartment exactly as Walt left it when he died. Then he breathlessly informed us that he, himself, was honored enough to tour the apartment when he was employee of the month. I remarked, sotto voce to another contractor who was taking the orientation with me, "So, if you do a really good job, and become the employee of the month, you get to look at the apartment of a dead guy?" The tour leader was not amused.
Here's a night shot of the park, taken from Tomorrowland.
One of the rock bands doing a concert in Tomorrowland.
Here's the Magic Castle at night.
So, there's some Disneyland Christmas photoblogging for you.
The thing about mouse ear hats is, that no matter how much of a badass you try to be, it just doesn't work with the hat.