Monday, November 13, 2017

Halloween at Disneyland 2017 Part 2

By Nick

Halloween at Disneyland 2017 Part 2
Sat. Oct. 28th, continued

Part 1 can be found here.

Following the hour long production of Frozen at the Hyperion Theater at Disney's California Adventure (DCA) we walked back to Cars Land to take in the neon and Halloween lights...

...and then made our way over to Disneyland, where we planned to catch the 9:30 fireworks.

My wife Barbie, me, and our friend Nicole

Being as it was an absolutely gorgeous Saturday night, and the last weekend before Halloween, and this is a locals park, it was absolutely jammed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen lines for photos and food like the ones I’ve seen here! It's sort of hard to see in the photo below, but there seemed to be a half hour line to get pictures in front of the Partners Statue of Walt and Mickey!

In case you’re wondering what that is on top of Sleeping Beauty Castle, it’s snow. Yep. More on that on a future installment.

We made our way to New Orleans Square where we planned on waiting in the relatively short 45 minute line for Pirates of the Caribbean, (Haunted Mansion was 100 minutes) and arrived just as Cast Members were telling guests it was down. So we thought we’d go and get beignets and mint juleps at the Mint Julep Bar.

That line seemed longer than the Haunted Mansion line!

Hop on the Disneyland Railroad? The crowd to get on that was 10 people deep.

Ooookay. We were tired, jet-lagged, and getting crankier by the moment. We made an executive decision to skip the fireworks.

We meandered through the New Orleans Square shops, checking out the decorations as we made our way out.

As we passed Pirates I noticed a stream of people walking through the queue quickly. It was opened, and uncrowded! We got on in 10 minutes, thus salvaging what had been a pretty rough evening!
In case you are unaware, Pirates in Disneyland is longer than in Walt Disney World (WDW) with several more scenes.

After getting back to DCA, we headed to the Cozy Cone for snacks, picking up a couple of Halloween themed Macaroons, with marshmallow stuffing and candy corns. It was good, especially if you like sugar. Pure sugar.

Barbie and I were crashing fast, so we said goodnight to Nicole and turned in for the night.

Stop back Friday for Part 3!

To hear me discuss this vacation, please check out The Disney Exchange Podcast Episode 152!

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