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On top of everything else going on this past weekend, we had plans on meet some friends at Disneyland on Sunday. JP and I got there at about 11am. By noon, it was raining hard and [ profile] martini_tim and [ profile] bigsabu were ready to go.

JP, Matt and I decided to tough it out. We wound up having a really fun, albeit wet, day.

Yikes!  Rain! Matt's pancho was perfect for the rain.  I bought one, too.

At one point in the afternoon, we ducked out of the pouring rain and in to the Grand Californian for some cocktails and lady time.

JP's drink came with a light-up Tinkerbell.  JP is kind of like a light-up Tinkerbell. 324/365

Later, we saw the Aladdin show and hit Tower of Terror, Little Mermaid, Haunted Mansion and Star Tours. We did not appreciate It's a Small World. Our boat was partially flooded (not our fault!), so our shoes got soaked.

At the end of the long day, we were all glad we came. Matt and I wound up renewing our annual passes, so we're back to being able to go whenever we want!
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I spent the weekend in Anaheim for Gay Days at Disneyland. JP called me Saturday morning to say he was sick and couldn't make it. I was disappointed, but I told him I would be fine. There were plenty of other people to hang out with all weekend.

This year was especially neat, because it was the one-year anniversary of me meeting [ profile] fogbear and [ profile] putzmeisterbear. We joked about it a few times. Also, a year ago, I met [ profile] xxtapemakerxx in person. "Met" is almost pushing it. We kind of said, "Hey you!" in passing.

This year, I saw so many friends. Some of them I see all the time, but some I hardly ever see (like Bobaloo) and a few were brand new friends (Urso, Jeph and Kevin from San Fransisco. Eric and Mike V from LA. Don and Allen from ???. To name a few.)

I took a few pictures. )

Every year is a totally different experience. I can't wait until next year.
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According to Facebook, yesterday was "Unofficial Tron Day", so we swung by to see what was up. It didn't seem very Tron-like, but a ton of guys we knew showed up. It was more like Unofficial Bear Day.

In line for Dole soft-serve Corndogs at Disneyland rule!

ZOMG, it's Matt!!! JP was so ready to go home.

Disneyland has transformed a little for me recently. It's become much less about all of the rides and much more about spending time with my friends. Since Anaheim is sort of right between San Diego and LA, it's a great meeting place for all of us Southern Californians.

I should say that elecTRONica was extra fun, though, thanks to Cobbie and his friends.
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The other day, when we were at Disneyland, I was talking to the guys about Snow White: An Enchanted Musical. Something like 6 years ago, back in the corner of the park, Disneyland put on a Broadway-caliber musical based on the 1937 feature film.

It was awesome. Not only was the set super-elaborate, but the songs were slightly redone to sound more modern. Last night, I discovered that the whole show is up on YouTube. Check out this clip, at about the 3:50 mark. To update the sound, Snow White's vocal part was dropped an octave.

SWaEM is just part of a grand tradition of elaborate staged musicals at Disneyland. I recall seeing Beauty and the Beast on that same stage, years before it went to Broadway, and a really cool Hunchback of Notre Dame stage show. The stage for that one is still around, I think. You can see it from the train.

Now, that part of the park is reserved for little girl birthday parties or something. It's a shame. I wish they would continue to put on stuff like this.
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Yesterday, I went to Disneyland with [ profile] pinner123 and my dear, sweet hus-cougar Mark. We almost didn't go, because the weather forecasts kept telling us it would rain. Miraculously, it didn't rain at all. Yesss!

It was super fun and sassy, and it definitely kicked the holiday season in to high gear for us.

Pre-Christmastime at D-land

I almost never hang out with Dave and Mark at the same time, so it was a fun treat. We tried to rotate the odd man out on the rides, and we all "fit" in the teacup ride...


And then, of course, the fireworks show at the end of the night did not disappoint. It was both crazeballs and amazeballs.

Crazeballs fireworks

The best part, of course, was the fake snow after the fireworks. Per tradition, Mark cried and I laughed.
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Went to Disneyland for Gay Days on Sunday. The day to go was Saturday, but we rocked it!
My day is best summed up by this pic.

Click here to read all about it. )

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Feeling like I needed my gay batteries charged, I took Thursday off to go to Disneyland. I'm pretty sold on going during the week these days, by the way. It's much more fun.

The main excuse we had for going was World of Color, which is California Adventure's new $75,000,000 water/light/fire/laser show.

Here's how it worked.

- Show up at 10am and get a pass for the night's show. You get a spot in a reserved, colored section. Our was Red.

- Show up in the staging area by 7:45pm and wait...

- Show's at 8:15pm and quite spectacular. From where we were, some of the projections were impossible to make out, but we got the general idea. There was a lot to see. The ferris wheel across the lake is actually used as part of the show. Very cool. Plus, there were lasers, which always win me over.

- After the show, all of Anaheim is slowly coralled out of the park. I became very claustrophobic, fast. How this isn't a major fire hazard is beyond me. I suspect inspector pay-offs.

World of Color is not exactly what I expected, but I think the Imagineers did a great job with what they had to work with. Afterall, if they can get my Mark to hang out at California Adventure for more than 20 minutes, they've really accomplished something!


I got really excited earlier that day.
Little Mermaid ride: Under Construction!

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I used to work at Toys R Us. It was a pretty awesome job. I met some of my best friends of all time there (including my Mark) and I totally got in to collecting toys.

In an effort to veer away from being a complete hoarder, I've almost entirely stopped buying toys. But, I'm still all about Star Wars "guys". I usually buy them, OPEN UP THE PACKAGE, set them up at my desk at work, then eventually throw them in a box in the garage.

Then there are these niche Star Wars figures, available only at Disneyland/Disneyworld (and perhaps [ profile] njbearcub1's shop), that are Disney characters dressed up as Star Wars characters. I know, they are lame, but I like em'!

Just saw these today and got really excited:


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