Disney in December

Posted by on December 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm :: No Comments

Sick of the twenty-something temps that have put a freeze on Utah? Me too. That’s why I was extremely excited to leave them for Disneyland and a little 70+ bliss a couple of weeks ago.

The curves and loops of the Paradise Pier looked pretty in the pink of the setting sun.

The curves and loops of the Paradise Pier looked pretty dressed in the pink of a setting sun.

The character actors in Disneyland always do a terrific job.

The character actors in Disneyland always do a terrific job.

I insisted on everyone riding the teacups even if they vomited.

I insisted on everyone riding the teacups even if they vomited.

Jason’s company graciously pays for all of their employees, and their families, to travel to Disneyland every December. The timing of that trip this year couldn’t have been better. As a snowstorm was dumping ten inches of powdery mayhem in Utah we were frolicking in shorts and t-shirts in nearly 80-degree weather. It was glorious!

My age has never stopped me from behaving juvenilely.

My age has never stopped me from behaving juvenilely.

Lightning McQueen was sleek and amusing.

Lightning McQueen was sleek and amusing.

The Main Street tree us always enormously impressive.

The Main Street tree is always enormously impressive.

Since Jason works with our friends Adam and Jeremy, their company’s Disneyland outing is typically accompanied by a lot of chuckling, screaming and strolling with buddies. We didn’t spend every second with our small gang of chums but we hung out with them plenty.

Flick was so thrilled to meet me his butt wiggled with excitment.

Flick was so thrilled to meet me his butt wiggled with excitement.

Christmas decorations pop up in random places in the park.

Christmas decorations pop up in random places in the park.

The Haunted Mansion gets a brilliant Nightmare Before Christmas transformation.

The Haunted Mansion gets a brilliant Nightmare Before Christmas transformation every year.

You're never too old to be silly. Trust me.

You’re never too old to be silly. Trust me.

I made it a point this time to sample as many of the tasty treats afforded by the park as possible. Surprisingly, there are some great food options available if you know where to look. I gobbled all things delicious including: hand-dipped ice cream bars, asparagus-bacon skewers, pineapple whips and hand-battered corndogs. (Yes, I made an exception to my no-hotdog policy.) Along with all that fabulous junk, Jason and I also took in the fancy fare at Napa Rose and the Blue Bayou. Although we consumed a lot of yum and then some, I believe the Blue Bayou provided our best meal experience. Nibbling spicy grub with my spicy man beneath the glow of abundant twinkle-lights suspended from a serene faux-sky was far more romantic than the setting’s fakeness might suggest.

Now that's my kind of royalty!

Now that’s my kind of royalty!

Jason and I don't need an epic setting to provide incentive to plant a smooch but having one never hurts.

Jason and I don’t need an epic setting as incentive to plant a smooch but having one never hurts.

The little kids were excited to meet a real princess.

The little kids were excited to meet a real princess.

A greasy turkey leg was Jeremy's dearest Disneyland desire.

A greasy turkey leg was Jeremy’s dearest Disneyland desire.

Disneyland is always impressive but Christmastime adds an extra layer of magic to the park. Between the enormous sparkling tree, the numerous glittering wreaths strung across Main Street, the occasional showering of bubble “snowflakes” and the nightly fizzing of Christmas fireworks, Disneyland is saturated with nostalgia during the holidays. We rode all of our favorite rides plus we took some time to appreciate the seasonal alterations to the Jingle Cruise, “it’s a small world” and the Haunted Mansion.

I love running across rope bridges as much as the next five-year-old.

I love running across rope bridges as much as the next five-year-old.

The traverse climbing wall at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail was trickier than it looked.

The traverse climbing wall at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail was trickier than it looked.

The Tower of Terror is definitely one of my favorite rides despite its tendency to make me feel queasy.

The Tower of Terror is definitely one of my favorite rides despite its tendency to make me feel queasy.

I like the goofy ones.

I like the goofy ones.

Disneyland in December, when the sunshine is warm, the food jolly and the decorations bright, might possibly deserve to be called the happiest place on earth.

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