Mickey Mousing Around For Thanksgiving – Part 2

While I know that many people would consider this a crime against nature, our alarm went off at 4:30 am on Thanksgiving morning.  And we had no turkey to get cooking.  We had to get to Disneyland an hour early for our "Magic Morning" that let us in the park an hour before everyone else.  That let us in before everyone else, which let us ride the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean a couple of times before things got crazy.


We then wandered over and tried to pull the sword from the stone.  Didn't budge for any of us.


The Daughter took her Halloween costume dress (san makeup and wig) and wore it on Thursday.  It was really cool.  A lot of the cast-members (the term for Disney employees) seemed to be genuinely thrilled to see someone her age getting into the magic aspect of it all.

And Jack was impressed.

We then ran over to Toon Town and played with all the sight gags that they've got going on over there.


We ran across the Mad Hatter and Alice playing a musical chairs style game along Main Street USA.  The Hatter played the self-obsessed joker.  Alice was his dizzy blonde assistant / victim.


The whole gang met up for Thanksgiving dinner (and the only whole group shot of the trip) at a restaurant by one of the hotels.  I had the Thanksgiving plate, and it was pretty good.  Even came with a slice of pumpkin pie.  And still suffering from the lack of sleep, I took full advantage of the free refills on the Diet Coke.


And then we posed with the B-I-L and his girlfriend before heading back to the parks.


We then saw "Small World" all lit up for the evening, which was, I have to admit, pretty breathtaking.

We then hopped across the no man's land separating Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.  The park was MUCH emptier.  Except for the weird teenage rave that is the Mad T Party.

And the it was off to the Tower of Terror…


… where I wondered how they ever dusted an attraction that is supposed to look a certain level of dusty?  Until I started wondering why I was flying up out of my seat.


  • When did "guacamole" become a politically incorrect term?  Bought a chicken sandwich in Disneyland that came with "avocado salsa".  Really?  REALLY?  Avocado salsa?  Trust me, I know guacamole, and that was guacamole.
  • The patio in front of the Pizza Port in Tomorrowland is a great place to view the nightly fireworks.  I know they are designed to be seen form Main Street, but that's where everyone is, and you have to fight the crowds, and get there early, and wait in a human corral with the rest of the herd, etc.  Tomorrowland is a lot less crowded, and you still have great sight lines.
  • Hitting a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner is a great way to keep from REALLY overeating.


Padded Cell Princess said...

Avocado salsa?? Seriously?? I'm not too surprised given Disney can be over the top PC, but that's just ridiculous. I loved the Tower of Terror but I still got nervous every time I went on it. I thought the worst part was having to walk down the long flight of concrete stairs out of the ride when your legs have just been turned to jelly!

Cora said...

You put me to shame. I can't believe you're already on Day 2 and I haven't even started my first DL blog post yet.

SkylersDad said...

As usual, I love all the pictures. Disney has changed so much since we were there just after the bronze age.

So. Cal. Gal said...

Being from CA, we know our guacamole but I wouldn't touch avocado 'sauce'.
Sounds...icky. Your first trip to Disneyland looks and sounds amazing!

Candy's daily Dandy said...

I'm still not over the "avocado salsa", cmon really??

AND the Tower of Terror made me ALMOST hurl and scared the beJesus outta me. And I'm an adult.
I can only imagine what it's like after a turkey dinner....

Shana said...

Awesomeness, as always. You always seem to have so much fun!

Jan said...

Great pictures! There's nothing better tan getting into a park before the crowds!