Okay, time to briefly talk about our accommodations in Anaheim.
We stayed at the Sheraton Anaheim Hotel, about five minutes from the park.
They have a shuttlebus that was pretty efficient (though obviously you may get in trouble if you’re trying to get to or from the park at an especially busy time). I know the castle décor looks a bit cheeseball, but it was actually a really nice place to stay.
The regular rooms were simply decorated, but they were really large.
The only complaint I can make is that there weren’t enough outlets, and the ones that were there were in oddly inconvenient places. Not much of a deal breaker, really.
The courtyard has lots of little nooks and crannies where you can relax peacefully.
But let’s get back to the park, ‘cause it’s getting dark!
Disney parks take on an entirely different feeling at night.
It’s something other parks just can’t quite replicate. In those parks, it just feels like the same place but with lights. Disneyland just feels like a different place altogether.
We’re winding down now, visiting the shops of Main Street USA. It was in one of these shops that we encountered the coin operated “Make Pinnochio Dance!” machine.
It’s amazing that I didn’t bust out a “PULL THE STRINGS” here, but I guess I decided that throwing out lines from “Ed Wood” isn’t nearly as catchy as it used to be.
A lot of people believe that “Steamboat Willie” was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon. It wasn’t (“Plane Crazy” was eight months earlier), but it was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon with a synchronized soundtrack. Now you can correct your friends too!
Okay, time to loiter in the middle of the street.
We timed it perfectly, so we’d be at the park right at the tail end of the Independence Day celebration (the holiday decorations stayed up until the end of the weekend)
Because of that particular timing, we were able to see the “Disney’s Celebrate America” fireworks show on Sunday night (the day we arrived at the resort).
And on the following Monday (the 8th), it was the normal non-holiday show.
Both shows were fantastic, but it’s very clear that the Anaheim park is limited in what kind of fireworks they’re permitted to utilize. They definitely weren’t as big as what you get at Walt Disney World. That’s not a criticism, though, as the lower level fireworks worked perfectly well with the shorter castle and reduced overall viewing area.
When it was all said and done, we really enjoyed the Disneyland Park. While there’s a lot of familiarity, the layout and attraction selections are varied enough to keep it fresh.
And, rather appropriately, our visit to Disneyland Park ends with a Mouse.