Leading up to Easter, a few folks asked us if we’d be celebrating at the park, to which we responded with an emphatic “NO”, certain that it was sure to be wall-to-wall people. I can’t really say what came over us when we woke up early Sunday morning and decided to give it a shot, but I’m sure glad we did!
We arrived around 10am, and our first stop was to meet the Easter Bunny. We had never met him at Disneyland before and from the photos I’ve seen online, he is absolutely adorable! He was set up in Town Square, and we were happy to find his line wasn’t too long, so we hopped right over.
While waiting, we noticed Bert striking up conversations with guests in the area.
I couldn’t help but wonder if those kids knew just who they were lucky enough to meet.
Friendly cast members were passing out free Peeps to those waiting in line. Don’t mind if I do!
When we first arrived, we saw Mickey & Minnie out greeting guests in their regular attire: Mickey in his tux & tails and Minnie in her signature red & white polka dots. Shortly after, we saw them head backstage only to re-emerge a few minutes later in their Sunday finest!
Could they be any cuter?!
People all around were going crazy over their cuteness. We never saw where they went once they passed us, so we weren’t able to get a photo with them. It seemed they may have just taken a stroll down Main Street, and then went straight backstage again on the other end of the street. I was just happy that we were able to see them since it seemed like such a random occurrence.
At this point, it may seem like we’d been in line for at least an hour, but all of this happened in the span of about 15 minutes. Before we knew it, we were at the front of the line meeting the most adorable Easter Bunny I have ever seen!
“Thank you, Easter Bunny!”
Afterward, we made our way through some of the shops on Main Street, and admired the lovely Spring window displays along the way.
The gorgeous pink trees in the Hub were calling my name, so we spent some time photographing them, along with the pretty spring flowers all around.
Christmas has always been my favorite time of year at Disneyland, but it’s in the Spring that the park’s natural beauty truly shines, making it a very close second.
Around this time, we decided to take part in the Disneyland’s Twitter based scavenger hunt. I posted a review of the event on AdventuresbyDaddy.com, As a result, we found ourselves back in the Big Thunder Ranch area, and were happy to find that it was practically empty! The area was full of spring decorations, and we met Minnie in yet another outfit (her third costume change so far, and it was only 11am!), and some of the Country Bears!
The Country Bears were quite mischievous, which I can only assume is a result of them not having a show to do.
Apparently, Wendell’s selling soda in the park to save up for a new mandolin:
Afterward, we hopped over to Fantasyland and were excited to find that Casey Jr. (one of our favorites) had NO line! We could see the crowds in the park, but somehow we were lucky in avoiding them most of the day.
Pretty flowers in bloom around the carousel.
Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother greeting guests by the castle.
We found this cute little guy perched up on the castle.
Next, we saw this mama duck with her babies over by Storybook Land Canal Boats – I like to think she’s the wife of the big guy we saw standing guard on the castle wall.
After oohing & aahing over the ducklings, something caught my eye. Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit were all together and cutting through the crowd. Usually we’ll see 2, maybe 3 of these characters together, but never all 4. And rarely when they stroll through Fantasyland do they actually stop to meet guests, so when they parked themselves next to the Mad Tea Party I made a beeline for them and claimed a spot in the quickly forming line.
Even though the line was growing longer by the second, they made time with each and every guest that came to see them, and seemingly with no handler. Not to sound sappy, but it was truly an unforgettable moment.
By the end of the day, we rode just one ride, saw one show, encountered countless characters, and had one of the best Easter’s I can remember having in at least the last decade – all from just acting on an early morning whim. Sometimes, those whims can lead you on some pretty magical adventures.
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