What was turning into the world’s longest birthday celebration is finally coming to a close.
Disneyland hit the big 6-0 last year on July 17, and they’ve done a very good job capitalizing on it in typical Mouse House fashion. Some of the festivities got a little tired, especially around Christmas when the birthday theme superseded the usual holiday decorations and fireworks. But when the 60th diamond celebration wraps up in a couple weeks, it’ll be strange to see things revert to normal. No more Paint the Night or Disneyland Forever (tear), and no more World of Color featuring the you’ve-gotta-be-kidding-me cheese of Neil Patrick Harris (thank. the. lord).
I spent last Sunday afternoon in the parks, doing a little bit of the people-watching and a lot a bit of the piña colada drinking. The best kind of Disney day.
The Cove Bar in California Adventure is absolutely one of my favorite places in the parks. The ambiance is great, the food is delicious, they have alcoholic bevvys, and a strict no children policy. It really doesn’t get any better.
If you’re going to go through the hassle of waiting in line for a table (wait times are usually 30-45 minutes), do yourself a favor and get some booze. Their “secret menu” items include: a bright blue Funwheel, a dark purple Black Pearl, and a lemonade topped with a big chunk of cotton candy (add a shot of tequila for extra good times).
Or you can be like us and get the classic: piña colada, either with or without raspberry puree.
And lobster nachos are always a must.
We’re just now reaching the last week in August, and they’ve already broken out the Halloween merch. Try to act surprised. We weren’t, obviously. It wouldn’t be the Disney we know and love if they didn’t funnel one holiday season directly into the next.
I’m ready. Bring on the spooks.