I really enjoy watching Disneyland get dressed up for the holidays, in ways both small and grand. I was really taken by the flowers in front of the New Orleans Square station on a recent trip to the park. It’s the touches like these that really tie things together.
It’s the details like this beautifully scripted sign that keep me hunting for more embellishments, more stories and more avenues for my imagination to wander down (there’s no turning back when that happens!). This sign can be found in the hearse at the entrance to the Haunted Mansion. Reservations to what you ask? The swinging wake inside, of course! Better get in quick. (Wait for it……..) I hear there’s room for one more.
Finding a way out of the Haunted Mansion is not much of a challenge but finding the desire to leave might be. As if the ethereal E-ticket experience wasn’t already enough to have you plotting stow away strategies for another ride through, Little Leota beckons you to hurry back as you unwillingly glide up the escalator.
The Court of Angels has long been a favorite spot of many Disneyland fans, myself included. As I’m sure you’ve heard, the gateway to the Court of Angels has closed to make way for a new entrance to the exclusive Club 33. In our brief tenure of having a Disney site, we’re no strangers to changes being made to the Park we love, some for the better and some perhaps not. I don’t want to complain — sentiments regarding this change have been sad enough already — so I will say that I have many wonderful memories of this area and will miss it. What I want to do instead is share my favorite memory – watching guitarist, Ernie McLean come down those steps for a blissful half hour set of jazz, something I reflect upon often. What’s your favorite memory of the Court of Angels?
This is one of those moments that I anticipate. Once you’ve reached the parrot in the queue for Pirates of the Caribbean, it won’t be long before you set sail with scalawags and buccaneers. But I don’t mind getting stuck here for a while either. I really enjoy listening to the parrot and watching the boats return.
Michaela and I like to spend a lot of time in New Orleans Square and such was the case on our last visit. In particular, I wanted to visit the fountain because I’d read over at Dlandlive that it had been given a short refurb. I always love to see things at the parks when they’ve just had a facelift. Sometimes it’s fresh and sometimes it’s completely different. In the case of the fountain, I would say it was definitely plussed. The color contrast and detail really stood out. As we stood there enjoying the peaceful day and the steady trickle of the fountain, a hummingbird showed up and decided to take a short bath. We had maybe a few seconds and he was gone as quickly as he’d arrived.