Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, or any other holiday… May this season be joyous and happy for each and everyone of my fellow DisNerds. I thank you for your continued support, and wish each and every one of you a very happy holiday!
Hello, dear readers! I had planned to post this from California, but the lovely Wi-Fi situation being what it was, this just didn’t happen. That being said, now that I’m back, I have a few pictures that I look forward to sharing with you! The first group of pictures comes from one attraction in Disneyland: It’s A Small World Holiday. The decision by the powers that be at Disney to give Small World a holiday makeover is just genius. For a couple months each year, the attraction becomes all Christmased out, as guests are led on a holiday celebration around the world. The song that never seems to leave one’s head is partnered with Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls for an even more unforgettable experience, and the results are, to say the least, catchy and fun. With that much being said, I will now stop with words, and let pictures of this attraction speak for themselves.
Quick note: All of these pictures were taken with no flash, as flash photography is not allowed on the attraction. Therefore, a few of the pics may seem a little fuzzy. However, I hope to have caught enough of the spirit and essence of the ride to pass along to you, dear readers!
(To see bigger versions of the pictures, click on the pictures in this post.)
Merry Small World, Indeed.
The Mayans may have said 2012, but Small World predicts we carry on!
Prospero Ano y Felicidad!
It’s the thing to say on this bright Hawaiian Christmas day!
Can It Be?
We’ll end with a few night time shots:
Nothing quite as beautiful as Small World Holiday at night…
That will do it for this photo essay – I’ll try to have more pictures up next week! Hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving!
Note: This post is part of a 15 Day challenge with questions referring to Disneyland or Walt Disney World. For more information, or to see all 15 questions, please refer to the introductory post, The 15 Day Disneyland Challenge. As stated in that post, I am not the creator of the challenge – just a willing participant!
Day 6: Your Favorite Parade
I’ll be honest. I’ve never been a huge fan of parades. Sure, they’re fun and have great music a lot of the time; they’re also a great way to see characters you may not be able to meet elsewhere in the park. However, to me, waiting for and watching parades are taking up valuable time that can be spent elsewhere – like a less congested Fantasyland or Tomorrowland. There are rides to ride, people!
That being said, I do have a fondness for some parades. Of course, I’m a fan of the Main Street Electrical Parade (later to be titled Disney’s Electrical Parade, but let’s face it – Main Street, USA is its rightful home and always will be!), with its sparkling lights and electro-synthemagnetic musical sounds – it’s a classic, and a pretty one at that! I still remember being able to watch parts of it from overhead on the Skyway, but that’s a post for a different day. The latest offering, Soundsational is pretty fun, too. It embraces the idea of a parade over show stops, with great music and fun interactions. One of my daughter’s favorite activities is riding on my shoulders after the parade is over and following the last float down Main Street. What daddy couldn’t appreciate that?
There is, however, one parade, that seems to catch my attention more than others: A Christmas Fantasy Parade.
And the soldiers actually play their trumpets!
I think perhaps it’s just because I am an absolute nut when it comes to Christmas. The entire season is magical for me – throw in Disneyland and I’m just plain enchanted. The parade itself, with the oft repeating music, marching soldiers, dancing snowmen, ice skating Mickey and Minnie, Santa and so much more, is a spectacle to behold. Add in the factor that this is an annual occurrence; it gives me time to miss it and discover it new the following year! Now that I’m a parent, it’s even more fun to enjoy with my little girl; to keep our eyes out for whoever may be coming up next to spread the Christmas cheer!
“Have a Tiggery Christmas and a Poohriffic New Year!”
I will admit, there is one part of the parade I’m okay with missing: the reindeer. Yes, they’re cute and entertaining, but when you’ve seen this after working at the Disney Store for countless Christmases, you tend to be a little concerned:
*SHUDDER* I guess there’s one part of Christmas and Disney that just doesn’t do it for me.
Alright, dear readers, now it’s your turn. Do you have a favorite parade? If so, feel free to share below!
*Quick note – I’ll be taking tomorrow, July 4th off from the Disneyland Challenge, but be sure to check in for a few Independence Day themed video links!