Much of the reason for our November visit to the parks was due to the kids’ request. They both grew up in the rainy, cool Pacific Northwest and cannot stand any kind of heat. For both of them, all prior visits to Disneyland were in the spring or summer and this time they wanted to be able to enjoy the parks without being miserably hot. We saw a little rain, chilly mornings and evenings, and warm afternoons.
I named my post Disney Vision and I mean vision in two ways. First, to incorporate the vision in creating this place, and the vision that continues to shape its development. Second, to incorporate my vision of the place, or rather, my views of it. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are successful in helping me to forget the outside world and immerse myself in the atmosphere. Part of this success is due to Disney’s efforts to shape perspective, so that everything you see in any direction is what they want you to see. Trees and walls and buildings are carefully placed to make it all as beautiful as possible. And it works.
Once inside, every ride on land or on water, every roller coaster and theatrical performance and musical event and movie and demonstration is free. All the effort and expense to get in, for me, is worth it.
Restaurants, by the way, are not free at all. Some are quite expensive, but there are many options in the park and you can get a full meal for a reasonable price. Also, it is fully expected and encouraged that you bring in whatever food and drinks you want, especially water. There are water refilling stations throughout the park too. If you want to avoid spending a penny inside the park, it is easily manageable. That is, if you have self control, haha! I spent money on souvenirs and food mostly.
Anyway, you get the idea. It can be a pretty place. In the slideshow below I will include a bunch more photos that catch my attention because the scene looks so nice. And for me, these beautiful images are unexpected in a place understood to be a sort of carnival.