Today we made our annual all-day Christmas visit to Disneyland. It was a brisk but sunny day, and the park was filled with Christmas cheer.
Our college daughter was able to take a day off from finals and come home for the Disney visit. She'll be home for Christmas break in a few more days!
River Belle Terrace is not quite done with its refurbishment -- rumor has it the restaurant reopens on Saturday, December 15th -- so no Mickey Mouse pancakes today. Instead we had breakfast at the Blue Ribbon Bakery:
River Belle, incidentally, looks beautiful inside, based on a peek through the windows. They opened it up a bit by removing some of the walls that previously separated the food stations from the seating area, but it still has the classic cozy River Belle "look." It appeared that training sessions were going on in the restaurant this afternoon.
A Christmasy view of the Matterhorn:
Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle by day:
One of the beautiful wreaths in It's a Small World Holiday (shot without flash):
We saw Giselle from ENCHANTED at Disneyland for the first time; she came down Main Street in a carriage prior to the start of the Christmas Fantasy Parade.
Speaking of the Parade, I can't count how many times I've seen the Christmas Parade, but it's always a particular thrill to see the wooden soldiers marching down the street. Over the years a number of musician friends have performed as the soldiers.
We called it a day after 11 hours, without seeing the fireworks, but it's a good thing, as we later learned tonight's fireworks were cancelled halfway into the show due to wind.
Another year, another happy Christmas memory at Disneyland!
Previously posted at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings: Christmas trip visits in 2005 and 2006.