Besides, it seemed a fitting picture to post for a blog about our first full day (with Kimmy & Johanna, of course) here at DisneyLand...even though we spent the day in the OTHER park here: California Adventure. (For all you non-Disney folk out there, California's DisneyLAND has two main parks---DisneyLand and California Adventure...as compared to Florida's DisneyWORLD which has 4 parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios) plus 2 water parks). So today was a California Adventure Day for us......
...we chose California Adventure because it didn't open until 9 as compared to 7am for the main park and we had no desire to be up that early and knew that if we went into the park 2 hours after opening on a holiday Saturday it would probably be packed....plus we knew dinner and our evening event were in California Adventure anyway....so that choice was made for us....
Jason and I were both up pretty early since our internal clocks have not shifted backwards 3 hours yet...but we still spent a pretty lazy morning before we were all ready to go and headed out into the park. It was a very nice day....we spent most the day just strolling and riding rides and taking in shows and shopping....typical amusement park fare.....here are a few pics of me and Jason and the girls from our day:
|Picture of the 4 of us on roller coaster "California Screamin'"|
|Jason donning his 3D glasses to ride/play "Toy Story Mania" Ride/Game.|
|Dessert at our restaurant ("Ariel's Grotto")---an assortment of foods we didn't need to eat...and yet we did anyway...YUM! LOL|
|This "film strip" off the dessert tray is actually a ribbon of molded white chocolate with a full color imprint on it....it was very, very cool------and pretty tasty, too!|
So, now...."World of Color." You might recall that I said last night we went to see "Fantasmic!"----which is wonderful in Florida but only so-so here. This new "World of Color" show TOTALLY makes up for what's lacking in the California version of "Fantasmic!" This new show really is one of my all time favorites.
The show is very elaborate and, as you might guess from its name, very COLORFUL. In a nutshell....the show is kind of a replacement for a fireworks show (a Disney theme park staple for after dark) EXCEPT that it uses no fireworks or rockets or explosives. Instead the entire show takes place entirely on the large lagoon in front of the roller coaster and ferris wheel and it is a show of intricately choreographed and lit fountains combined with a few fire effects (like torches on the water) and large water mist "screens" onto which they can project films and images-----and then some laser effects thrown in for good measure and all set to a great soundtrack of Disney music. It's just really, really great, and these photos don't do the show justice AT ALL....but here are a few shots we got:
|The lights on the ferris wheel, which is kind of the backdrop, are also choreographed and woven into the overall show here and there.|
|Remember----NO FIREWORKS....the light you're seeing is literally just jets of water that are lit from beneath!|
|My favorite shot from the Little Mermaid portion of the show.....that's an image being projected onto a spray of WATER---not a screen.|
|Aladdin & Jasmine|
|Lady & the Tramp|
OK...not it's after midnight here and we have to be up and at DisneyLand tomorrow morning by 8am....should be a fun and exciting day with a trip to Club 33 (more on what that is for you Disney newbies later)!!