Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Year's Eve Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of my New Year's Eve photo recap. If you are an avid Disneyland fan, you'll know that the Sleeping Beauty castle has been closed since 9/11 since it was considered a possible target. Well, over Thanksgiving weekend, it finally reopened it's doors with a face lift.
Lovely Statue
Sleeping Beauty is one of my all time favorite Disney films because of how stylized it is. It is often considered one of Walt's best pieces. It is considered one of the most detailed animated films of all time and I believe it was the last hand color filled animation film ever. It's a piece of artwork. Previously, the castle was filled with dioramas with "Barbie dolls". This time around, they laid tribute to the original design of the film and used the original style. I love it. The effects are amazing as well as each diorama comes to life in a mystifying way.
Eleanor Audley voiced Maleficent and is considered one of the best villains of all time. Ms. Audley also voiced Madamn Leota in The Haunted Mansion ride and the evil step mother in Cinderella.
This scene was incredible. The whole diorama lights up in a green flame right in front of your eyes.
True love conquers all (Ya, I'm a cheese ball)
It became a very eerie Disneyland after the fog rolled in around 9:30ish. It was so heavy that we couldn't see more than 15 feet in front of us. The fireworks were basically colored clouds. While it sucked for the firework views, it was pretty cool to see Disneyland covered in a thick gray fog, almost....foreboding.

Mr. Bumblebee had never seen Fantasmic from the start, so we sat down and watch it. This is where the Columbia is the location of Peter Pan and Hooks final duel. The Fog makes it look ghost like.
Move onto 11pm at night. Disneyland turns into a giant dance club. Most of the rides can be walked on, but there are djs all over the park playing some of the best hits over the last 50 years. Everyone is dancing and there are disco lights everywhere. They hand out hideous hats and noisemakers to those willing to wait for them...I skipped. My mom and I got down to Prince.
You can see the crowd that has gathered but it is all in good spirits. People are just having a blast dancing and signing the night away. Farther in the distance through the fog you can see Small World.
This was just a few minutes till Midnight...a man got up on stage and proposed. She said yes. It was pretty funny because the crowd went NUTS!
Goodbye 2008....Hello 2009!!

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