It’s hard to believe it’s almost Christmas. Whether you’re counting down to Christmas with Haunted Mansion Holiday, getting to the park early for a handmade candy cane, or getting snowed on during a stroll down Main Street, if you can make it to Disneyland during the holidays, it sure makes the season more merry and bright.
New Orleans Square
Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disneyland staple and certainly one of my favorite rides. I love stopping on the bridge where I took this shot to take in the view, especially when it’s empty like this. I really appreciate all the work Disney puts into making the line a fun and interesting place to be. With the exception of encroachment on my personal bubble, I really enjoy waiting in lines at Disneyland. And why not when there are so many fun lines to wait in?
Avast! If ye be after the keys to unlock yer future, Fortune Red of New Orleans Square will point ye in the right, proper direction. But be warned me hearty, Fortune Red be a buccaneer who don’t take kindly to a squiffy or a scallywag. It’ll cost ye two doubloons fer his consultation, savvy? After that, it be up to ye what ye do with the booty. So keep a weather eye, or it could be Davy Jone’s locker for ye!
You may recognize this sign from New Orleans Square. It’s one of the shops where you can find Haunted Mansion or Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise. They also stock Vinylmations. It’s definitely one of the many stores that is as much fun to look at as it is to shop through.
With all of the creativity poured into smaller details like the scroll work of this sign, sometimes it’s the most fun just to walk through the parks looking for things you haven’t seen before. Chances are that even if you have been a million times you’ll find something. Or maybe you’ll see something in a new way. One of my favorite places to do this is New Orleans Square. I especially love the signs you can find along your way through here.
There is something inherently epic about most everything in Disneyland. For all of us obsessive Pirates fans, we know that this building marks the entrance to fulfilling all our swashbuckling fantasies. With the beautiful clouds and a cool Fall breeze blowing in, the scene definitely conveyed a change in the winds, says I. Of course this building also used to house the Disney Gallery before being converted to the beautiful Disneyland Dream Suite, all of which add to its grandeur. Drink up me hearties yo ho!
Trains are amazing. Trains in New Orleans Square are even better. As a kid, my favorite part of climbing aboard the Disneyland Railroad was getting to see the Grand Canyon and Primeval World. As an adult, I continually find myself skipping the grand circle tour of the Magic Kingdom and just hitching a ride to New Orleans Square. I still love the full tour and occasionally I make it all the way, but hanging around the New Orleans station is the bees knees. Outside all the charm of the French Quarter and the allure of Pirates and Grim Grinning Ghosts, I believe this train station to be responsible for much of the magic and attraction to this land. From the telegraph office, Walt’s opening day speech tirelessly taps out through the air in Morse code, and it sets the tone.
This picture was a little tricky to get. Trains have a tendency to move, which of course was what I wanted, but it demands a commitment to post-processing. The only place to get this angle that I’m aware of is from the exit only area, which can be risky. I had been wanting to get this shot for a while, but a request for it sealed the deal. Elvis, this one’s for you.
It’s almost that time of year again when the crypt doors creek and the tombstones quake. The Disneyland Resort will begin it’s Halloween season festivities officially this Friday. Of course, the Haunted Mansion will be overrun by Jack Skellington and his friends, but there’s nothing quite like the Haunted Mansion to help set the mood for spooks to come out for a swinging wake!
Step right up to have your fortune read by Fortune Red! I did, and he told me that people want some pirate pictures. So I asked him to smile for me, and this is what I got. If you get the feeling that you’re about to be made into an adult who has a sweet job testing toys, you’re not alone. Fortune Red and his Main Street counterpart, Esmeralda, both emanate a slightly Zoltar feeling. If you don’t follow, I’m referencing the Tom Hanks move “Big”. I think these Disneyland fortune tellers are amazing, funny, and a lot less creepy than Zoltar. If you’re not sure where to find Fortune Red, you’re not alone again. While I was taking this picture, a woman thought I was trying to take a picture of a bathroom! People can be so weird, right? Fortune Red is tucked away across from Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square. Pay him a visit next time you’re headed that way. He’ll help you unlock the buried treasure of your future.