Friday, December 19, 2008

Strolling down Main Street USA

I can hardly believe this month is almost over and that Christmas is next week. Where did the month go? It always seems that the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas simply evaporate into thin air. Poof! It's over and a New Year has begun.

Well, one of my favorite activities during this time of season is to spend some leisure time strolling the streets and walkways of Disneyland with a hot cup of coffee in hand.
I especially love it when it rains.

Have you ever seen the TV series Gilmore Girls? I used to love that show and the town that it was filmed in... Stars Hollow (really just the back lot at Universal), but they made it look like a genuine turn of the century town complete with a Gazebo in the town square. That's where I've always wanted to live...Stars Hollow. What does strolling the streets of Disneyland have to do with Stars Hollow you might be wondering. Well, Main street was designed after these small towns that dotted the landscape here in American and this is the closest that I will ever come to living in one of those sleepy little towns that time has forgotten. So every chance I get I wander and window shop and dream about sweet things and simpler times.

Monday when I was there the skies were very moody with grey and white clouds.
The castle looked more like a painting from a fairy tale then an actual three-dimensional building. I don't think I've ever seen it in this light before.

The Grand Emporium with it's Mansard Style roof and widows walk above. Did you know that when this style of architecture was popular homeowners were taxed according to the square footage of the exterior of the house? The tax assessor would measure the base of the structure and count up to determine the square footage of the house while the homeowners would say that the upper portion was attic space. You couldn't be taxed for attic space... clever don't you think?

Wednesday night I met one of my cousins and her daughter at the park for a few hours. It was pouring down rain and the park was nearly empty. Around 5:30 they dimmed all the lights on Main Street and lit Sleeping Beauty's Castle. My picture hardly does it justice, but it was so beautiful with all the drippy blues, lavenders, and white icicle lights.
By the time we left we were soaking wet, but it was so much fun!

Candied apples were being made in the candy shoppe.

Stands and stands of twisted lollipops...

Even the plastic candy looked tasty.

I always love the window displays of the old coffee house on the corner. It's always filled with old apothecary jars and tin type pictures.

I have a fascination with signage and old marques. Isn't that coffee mug just wonderful? It would be fun to have a miniature one in my kitchen...hum...hubby loves to carve things out of wood. Maybe he could make me one in between all his other upcoming projects that he doesn't know about...sshh, don't tell!

This is my absolute favorite widow display in the park and the inspiration for what I want to do in my guest room. I love the greens and pinks with the dark woods and creamy fabrics. Whenever I wander Main Street I always stop and take in the beauty of this window.
I am a true Victorian at heart and find it difficult to change.

I always shrink the size of my pictures before downloading them, but I think if you click on the image you may be able to see the textured wallpaper.

More of the wonderful signs overhead.

Did you know that Disneyland has Reindeer? Every December they show up with Santa and frolic about in the paddock. When I stopped to visit they were busy eating and didn't bother to say hi. There was one that was so sweet with a big flat nose and long spindly antlers. He reminded me somehow of a bunny rabbit I once owned named Poppet. I think it was the goofy blank stare in his eyes as he stood there eating his hay. The rain was coming down so hard that I couldn't take a picture.
Well today is my birthday and I have much to get done so I best be going, but I hope you all have a wonderful stress free day and that the Lord sends a special blessing your way.


grey like snuffie said...

Happy Birthday Cori!!!! Your posts are always filled with such beauty. I have never seen any of the Disney parks at Christmas. I really love the picture of Sleeping Beauty's Castle with all it's blue, lavenders and white icicle lights---that is so beautiful. We are a long way from either park---maybe some year around Christmas we'll make a journey to one of them. Hope you have a grand celebration---you are one of God's GRAND creations!

fairmaiden said...

You are so lucky to get to go to Disneyland so often. My daughter had such a wonderful time. She spent three full days there. And got to see it all decorated for Christmas. It wasn't crowded at all so they only had to wait about five minutes for rides. Last time we went to Disneyland was I think six years ago. We went the day after Christmas for Holly's birthday.

And Birthday wishes are in order for you too, I see. Happy happy birthday dear friend.

My hubby and I saw the movie Australia tonight. Loved it!!!! I think I cried 3 times. I hope it wins the Oscar this year. We haven't seen a film like it in a very long time.

Joy said...

Cori, what a lucky duck you are to be able to live so close to so much magic!

I know what you mean about the feel of Stars Hollow. My oldest daughter and I watched The Gilmore Girls from beginning to end on DVD over the course of a few months. I was loathe to see it end. There was much quaintness and charm to the series, including the sets that made up the little town.

ellen b. said...

Happy belated birthday Cori!! I've been away from my computer for a couple of days...
I hope you are celebrating in a wonderful way...

Moorea said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Cori, Happy Birthday to you!

I love the pics from Disneyland. It has been 11 years since we were there. I never thought of all the decorations they do for Christmas, that would be alot of fun to see-
thanks for sharing. I cannot believe that everyone but us is getting snow! Drat!

NO STOCKINGS UP YET! Hahaha. I did, however, get to wrap gifts this afternoon, as my mom & dad took the Big Guys home with them after church. It was nice not to have to hide anything. The Littles took a long nap- so it all got done. I really need to got those stockings down!

Love, Moorea

Joanne Kennedy said...

Oh Happy Late Birthday!

Looks like I missed some mighty pretty things at Disneyland this year. I never did get around to getting a year pass.

I loved the Gilmore Girls. I went to WB Studios when they were filming and got to see the whole town. We even got to get out and walk around the Gilmore Girls house. It was so fun! It made it seem so much real to me. Like a town that was real.

Merry Christmas. I sure hope we can get together in 2009 a few times.