Sidebar: Hawaiian Sunsets

I don’t know if it was because of the weather, the vastness of the Pacific, or what, but Hawaii had the most beautiful sunsets I’d ever seen. Here are four for your ooh-ing and ah-ing pleasure.

People pep-stepped or out-right ran to the beach with their cameras every evening at sunset. And when I say "people," I mean me and my husband.

People pep-stepped or out-right ran to the beach with their cameras every evening at sunset. And when I say “people,” I mean me and my husband.


A Video Tour of Our Room

I took video of our room which turned out to be pretty poorly lit, I’m afraid! I did a bit of editing, added a few flash photos and some music… it turned out ok. Definitely not an “art film,” but it will give you an idea of the accommodations we had at the Grand Californian Resort.
To view the video, click HERE.

Disney Store, Downtown Disney, Anaheim

Looking out from our balcony

Looking towards Disneyland

Can you see Space Mountain?


On this trip, I set about collecting autographs for the first time. Although I did not get very many, I had a great time meeting the characters who were all really wonderful! They must practice quite a bit – especially the ones with the over-sized heads on their costumes. Most of the characters that were allowed to speak (i.e. not in over-sized masks!) were surprised that I was allowing them to have an entire page for their signature. I can’t imagine making them try and scrawl on a shared page!
NOTE: I tried to align my comments with the photos, but couldn’t figure out how to do that – the extra spacing was removed upon publication! Oh well – I’m sure you can figure out what I’m talking about!

The Queen of Hearts


I like how Pluto added a bone!


Pinocchio didn’t realize he could have the full page and left room for Geppeto to sign as well.

Minnie Mouse

Minnie liked my hat – a Mickey pants ear hat with a tail sticking up out of the top. Otherwise known as a “Mickey Butt Hat” – at least by me – I doubt they were marketing it under that style name…

Mary Poppins

Mary & Bert were so fun! Mary was happy to use my red market as it was color coordinated with her Jolly Holiday dress. We agreed that color coordination was important and she said, “But there is really no excuse for Bert’s tie!”

Bert (from Mary Poppins)

Notice the chimney sweep broom!

Mad Hatter - winner of most awesome autograph!

Now how did the Mad Hatter know it was my Un-Birthday? His autograph was the most creative – and he was the most excited to have a full page!

Holiday Autograph from Goofy

Goofy added a Christmas Tree in honor of the season to his autograph – it’s the little things…


Evil Queen

The Evil Queen was magnificent in person! Very fun to watch with the children – who didn’t seem frightened of her at all! She was a great poser – always with mouth down-turned, feet turned out and a frown on her face.

Mickey’s Fun Wheel: A Disney Sidebar

We had a fabulous viewing spot for the Wonderful World of Color show on the boardwalk of Paradise Pier, across from the giant ferris wheel. The light display on Mickey’s Fun Wheel was very nearly hypnotic as we waited for the start of the show. I took a short video clip – wish I’d recorded more! – added a couple of snapshots from the area and put it to “The Spectrum Song.” The song is from one of the old World of Disney television shows and sung by Ludvig VonDrake – remember him? Click here to view the video on YouTube.

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Mickey's Fun Wheel at night

Mickey's Fun Wheel at night - beautiful!

The Chrismas Miracle: A Disney Sidebar

Riding the Matterhorn presented us with a Christmas Miracle. Several rides after our trip through the mountain, Don discovered his sunglasses case – with custom-fitted clip-on sunglasses – was missing from his jacket pocket. He asked a cast member outside a Disney wedding (seriously – people were getting married in the park with Mickey & Minnie in attendance…) about a lost and found. She suggested that we go back to the ride and see if it was still there awaiting a time when it could be taken to the central lost & found. So that’s what we did.
Lo and behold, an angel dressed in a Matterhorn-style parka returned unto us Don’s sunglasses! Alleluia!

Matterhorn Mountain

The Matterhorn - Location of a Christmas Miracle!