Disney provided media passes for this post, but I purchased all food.
We have been getting a lot of rain in Southern California lately. I'm really not complaining - especially not after the LA drought for the last few years. I haven't been back to Disneyland since taking Leslie Durso and Melanie Maras for their birthdays last spring. So Abe and I look at our calendars and realize we need to go NOW, before he begins a new full-time job and his weekdays are no longer free. The only time we can do it, there is rain forecast for the entire day.
Still, I am determined. I pull on my Bogs Rain Boots (still my favorite) and layer up. Sadly, this is the first time I can't wear my Minnie Ears, since I have to keep my real ears warm! We don't go first thing in the morning, like usual. We hit the park around 2pm, and grab a late lunch (without having a reservation) at Carnation Cafe. I have dreams about the fried pickle spears there.
The last two times I visited the park, the lines were intense. This time, we flew through every ride. We hopped between both parks and got to experience the new Soaring Over the World. Plus, the skies cleared up, which meant we'd be able to see the evening's entertainment!
The Main Street Electrical Parade is back (for a limited time - through June 18th)! This is really the reason I had to get to the park ASAP. I haven't seen this parade since I was a little girl at Disney World; in college I used to dissect the "Baroque Hoedown" song with my fellow music geeks. There are a bunch of parade-themed treats available throughout the park too - including these Cheshire-Cat and Caterpillar Marshmallow Wands (similar to the Tigger Tails I love).
Check out the video below to see me cry like a baby during the parade.