Friday, October 18, 2013

Today at Disneyland: Halloween Time

My husband had the afternoon off from work, and we enjoyed lunch at our favorite restaurant, El Cholo, followed by a few hours at Disneyland.

It was an absolutely beautiful fall day in Southern California, as can be seen below:

Click any photo to enlarge for a closer look.

I like to periodically spotlight some of the Main Street, U.S.A. tribute windows. This one honors former Disney President Frank Wells, who died tragically in a helicopter accident in 1994. The window's theme was chosen as Wells had just missed climbing all of the Seven Summits, having to turn back from trying to summit Everest.

There's also a tribute to Wells in Disneyland's Matterhorn ride, where a crate is labeled "Wells Expedition."

The Market House recently reopened as a huge Starbucks:

You can still play checkers in the Market House, however!

The Halloween Tree in Frontierland honors the late Ray Bradbury, whose ties with Walt Disney and Disneyland reach back for decades:

As a Westerns fan, I was particularly taken with this pitcher, which is part of a display at Big Thunder Ranch:

Some of the seasonal decorations along Main Street, U.S.A.:

While were were in the park we also visited the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms exhibit in the Disney Gallery, featuring design artwork by many of Disney's greatest artists, including Marc Davis, John Hench, Dorothea Redmond, Rolly Crump, and Collin Campbell. I plan to share some photos of the exhibit later this weekend. (Update: Here's the post!)

Have a great weekend!


Blogger pvitari said...

Laura, are you looking forward to Saving Mr. Banks with Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney?

9:32 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Yes, I'm curious to see it, hope it will be good.

Thanks for stopping by!

Best wishes,

9:40 AM  
Blogger Irene said...

Just about everyone I ask (admittedly Disney fans like me) is looking forward to seeing Mr. Banks. I wish I could have been at the Park when they did some of the filming but I was out of town. I was at Disneyland on Thursday with a friend from Chicago - weather has been really good lately. Isn't it nice to be able to drop in when we want? :)

10:21 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

We really are fortunate, Irene! We had the nicest afternoon, though we didn't go on a single ride, plus it's great exercise walking around the parks for a few hours. Win-win! LOL.

Hope I see you in a park soon!

Best wishes,

10:22 PM  

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