Happiest (Birthday) Place on Earth

I took advantage of the free birthday admission to Disneyland yesterday. I really hope anyone who can has done this or will if your birth anniversary falls in the latter part of the year. Since we couldn't really swing buying E a ticket when we'll be buying our annual ones for Thanksgiving, I got my friend, Jenn, to agree to brave the heat for a few hours since she has a pass. And since we hadn't hung out in ages and thought it would be a fun way to get together!

Since I go to Disneyland in November every year, I get to experience the wondrous Christmas decor, but had never seen how they do it up for Halloween, which is actually my favorite holiday. It is AMAZING. If you know me at all, you know I love, love, love pumpkins and the color orange. Both were everywhere! I'm going to try to post more photos soon, very soon.

It was lovely spending time with Jenn until she had to go and pick up her kids. She was happy to ride a couple of things that she just can't do with the youngsters. Being a frequent visitor, she also had a lot of insider tips, like a good, shady place with lots of open tables for lunch and what gift shop had G-Force merchandise. I had to splurge on at least one gift for myself! : )

Once Jenn left, I spent several hours there alone, which I thought might be kind of weird. I actually had a great time, riding a couple of rides, such as my favorite Indiana Jones, again and walking around taking photos without making companions wait around for me to get the perfect shot. I stayed for the special Halloween theme pyrotechnics show, which was pretty much the standard high quality Disney fireworks, but with lots more, like projection, actual fire and Zero the ghost dog flying around near the Castle (you may have seen Tinkerbell there!). Amazing!

So, if you do go, make sure you wear your birthday button proudly. All of the cast members say "Happy Birthday" to you (I'm pretty sure it's required of them), as well as lots of strangers, especially others celebrating the day too. There were TONS of October 1st babies in attendance, which makes sense. Count back to New Year's Eve. Uh huh.


Nanette said...

Awww, sounds like a fun day!

madretz said...

What a great day! Makes me wish that I went on my bday! Sounds like so much fun.

I've always wanted to spend 1 day alone there for the reasons you mentioned. It'd be nice to be able to take photos & shop on my schedule.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you had a fun birthday. I liked the Indiana Jones ride too. Cool.

paper lotus said...

glad you had a good birthday! better than being at work where everybody pretends they don't know it's your birthday so they don't have to be nice to you. not that i'd know what that was like or anything.

Jodi said...

paper lotus--> The one year I did work on my birthday was kind of awful...most forgot. Then, this year, they didn't necessarily forget, but went ahead and had cupcakes, etc to "celebrate" when I wasn't there. Nice, huh?

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