Just a few pictures from our Disneyland trip last Friday.
Blue skies and happy kids made for a relaxing day. The warm weather and Grad Night brought out the crowds, but we avoided the bigger rides in favor of the Mark Twain steamboat and A Bugs’ Land. We also took the train around the park, something I hadn’t done in years.
We accidentally found the most peaceful spot in Disneyland—Miss Chris’ Cabin in Big Thunder Ranch, next to the petting zoo. (I didn’t even know there was a petting zoo!) It is a log cabin with a fireplace and a padded rocking chair, and two long tables with crayons and coloring pages for the kids. The ideal place to sit a spell.
Thinking it must be a new spot, I asked a cast member how long the cabin had been there. She said, “Well, it used to be over by the Matterhorn, but they moved it here eight years ago.” Eight years! It just goes to show that there is always something new to discover at Disneyland.
Rancho del Zocalo for lunch, a parade, Napolini for dinner, fireworks, and then it was time for the Fantasmic! show. Kyle ordered a bread bowl of clam chowder and found us a great spot, front and center. But before the show started, the whole crowd was asked to move about ten feet away from our places.
Three security guards cleared the crowd and kept anyone from crossing to the other side.
“What’s the issue?” I asked the guard.
“I’m not at liberty to say,” was his reassuring answer.
“Are we in danger?” I pressed.
“No…It’s just a safety issue.”
So we weren’t in danger, but there was a safety issue.
A combination of curiosity, persistence, and a sense of impending doom caused me to ask the other guard, but having overheard my conversation with the first guard, he had even less to say.
The third security guard was more forthcoming. “Someone left a package unattended for ten minutes, and we’re bringing in a dog. Happens all the time.”
I quietly urged Kyle to head for the hills (er, New Orleans Square) where we watched from afar as the dog sniffed out the package. All was safe, and the show went on, only slightly delayed.
Bomb scare and all, it was a wonderful day at the Happiest Place on Earth!
Now the question is, do we renew our passes, or wait ‘til next year?