Magical Experience [Part 2 – Night]

In continuation from part 1 of my time at Disney’s California Adventure, I will resume with my favorite part, the Beast’s library.

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In the Beast’s library, there is a book that works similar to the sorting hat in Harry Potter. Instead of four results though, the book has 32 characters to match you up with depending on your personality. The way they pair you up with a Disney character is by answering five questions that have only two answers each time. The questions ran a little something like this…

 

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The interesting part about this mini character test is that they pair you up with your innocent Disney character and your villain side. For the last question, if you choose the answer “Eat lunch with nice people,” it shows you your good character side. For me, I got Lilo from Lilo & Stitch!

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As for the second answer, “Eat nice people or lunch,” my villain character was revealed. Ursula from the Little Mermaid.

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What would Disney be without magic? Disney didn’t let me down by adding a magical touch to the Beast’s Library. In the library, there were two different themes that occurred at opposite times. One for Beast being normal, and one when he turned into a beast. Of course, this all wouldn’t be in existent if it weren’t for the delicate rose.

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Petal by petal, you watch the petals gracefully fall leaving a glittery trail behind until the final and last rose petal dances its way to the ground. And when the last petal flutters away, the magical transformation is magnificent.

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The last petal fell off (the red blur in the bottom left corner of the flower case)

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As we made our way out, Aladdin was playing and no one could help but sing along to the famous song, “A whole new world.”

 

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As night slowly crept in on us, the chilly weather also made its entrance into the amusement park. I wanted to buy a souvenir anyway, so I decided to purchase a souvenir that would keep me warm and toasty through the night.

 

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As a friendly gift, the lady who checked me out at the store register gave me a badge to commemorate my first visit to their park. Although I did feel hesitant to accept it (I didn’t want to seem like a child), I figured that this was a once in a life time opportunity to receive it, so why not? After a five second hiatus, I replied,“actually, yes, I would be delighted to have one. Thank you!”

 

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Adorable decorated cake pops, but nor so adorable in the mouth. I ended up breaking off the outer layers of chocolate and sprinkles.
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Passion Tea Lemonade to help freshen up my mood to take on the rest of the night

To satisfy the needs of our raging hunger, we made our way to the “Fiddle, Fifer, and Practical Cafe” for a drink and small bakery goods.

 

The night time brought in a whole new magical feel to the amusement park as we walked up and down familiar streets from the afternoon. You could point out any object or sign there and never fail to see it decked out with Christmas lights and colored lights that helped add to your memorable experience there.

 

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With the water fanned out, they were able to project animations on it. Since this is Disneyland and California Adventure’s 60th anniversary, they made sure to amp up the quality by providing tidbits on the history of Disney and the creator of it all, Walter Disney.

 

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As sad as it was to make our exit, we decided to prolong our joyful spirits by making our way to Downtown Disney.

 

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For those who have been to a Disney shop, we are almost all aware of the high demanding prices that come with each item. Being the high prices that they are, there were many items I simply gazed at with wistful eyes. Here are some of the items that I particularly gave that wistful look to.

 

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Beauty and the Beast’s character “Chip” mugs
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Beauty and the Beast’s character “Cogsworth” clock
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It’s okay for you to judge me on this item. I don’t know what odd charm drew me to these Sanddollar socks, but I wanted them
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Stitch, the ‘chick’ magnet

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As I was walking down toward our dinner location, I couldn’t help but pass by the macaron booth and ignore all the yummy lads showing off their delicate pastel colored shells, so in response, I bought a chocolate ice cream macaron. Each bite sunk through softly with chocolaty richness.

 

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Rainforest Cafe was our pick for dinner. Not just for the quality but for the fun environment within.

 

Every 30 minutes, the entire restaurant experiences a tropical storm by turning dark with lights flashing here and there for a lightning effect.

 

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As we devoured our meal, we were accompanied by elephants two elephants that would make a sound and move every 15 minutes. Thankfully, their trunks weren’t long enough to get into our food.

 

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For the rest of the night until the closing time, we wandered around to different shops until it was time to really bid our goodbyes. The shops in Downtown are opened rather late. Before 11pm, we were able to stop by Starbucks, the Lego store, a Frozen store, a Disney art studio, and another Disney bakery.

 

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During my entire time in Downtown, I fixed my mind on purchasing this one postcard. It was perfect because this happens to be my favorite scene from the movie “Beauty and the Beast.” I am still waiting for the day when I find a gorgeous glass rose model from Beauty and the Beast to display on my desk. I will have to keep searching each time I find myself in a Disney setting.

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