Photo Credit - My Mam! I apparently deleted my photos of the entrance so you have a photo from Mams Nikon P+S
Swooping right back to the start of the holiday let me set the scene. It's just me and my Mam, who hate flying, getting off an awful flight with puffy cry eyes, into the biggest airport I've ever seen and struggling to find our coach stop, with phones that won't work. On the coach that is over full the non-English speaking driver separates my Mam and I and I get stuck squashed into a window seat next to another non-English speaking person, who would of been more comfortable with the two seats just for her bless her. All whilst absolutely knackard after having less than 3 hours sleep.
All I wanted was to get to Disneyland asap and phone Jake to check on him and Baker and let him know I got there okay. It took forever. Check in went smoothly, we got to our room and then broke down as the phones still wouldn't work. There was nothing we could do about it and so as not to waste a whole day of park passes, we went. (Check out the photos below of super moody 24 year old Danielle!!)It isn't all bad though and I don't mean to make my introduction to Frontierland's photos sound so depressing. In fact the reason we headed straight for this land out of them all was Phantom Manor - the best place to go, without many crowds and get right into the Disney spirit. What made it even better was getting to discover the graveyard which I've never gotten to stroll around before...maybe a little morbid but it put a smile on my face. While on the way there we spotted our first character, Jack Skellington, and after a photo and a chat with him, it put a big grin on my chops too.
My 'I've had no sleep, a bad flight and can't get in touch with anyone' smile! haha
Although I was down, things did make me smile and thankfully that evening when we went back to the hotel early we worked out a way to get Mams phone working and finally spoke to Dad and Jake! That took such a weight off our mind. We were also originally under the impression that there was no WiFi at all at Disneyland, though I must of just gotten my wires crossed as there is Free WiFi in all if the Disney Hotel lobbys and restaurants. It was so nice to have a Google hangout with the 3 men back home and get to chat on Facebook messenger every night while we ate.
Anyways, I should of been taking this time to big up Frontierland - but does it really need it? Just look how pretty and serene it is. The River Boat (usually the Mark Twain, which is out of action currently and replaced with the Molly Brown) is a great way to take time out and just relax, We were so lucky that all the kiddies drag their parents to the front or the top deck and so we had the whole back of the boat to ourselves, I really enjoyed that. Though I have to admit the fact that the geysers don't work like they did back in '96 is a little underwhelming. According to the forums they have been dormant since they broke down in 2008 and it's very expensive to repair them :( Such a shame as it makes the river boat ride just that bit more special.
Just like most of the lands the main attraction was another I didn't get to do for the 3rd visit out of 3! Being too young, being with someone afraid of heights and then someone with a bad back means that I still haven't gotten to ride Big Thunder Mountain but I got to watch lots of people have fun and look forward to eventually getting to have a shot in years to come. My absolute favorite thing about Frontierland though is the wildlife. The river is full of birds! Ducks, Sparrows and even Herons it makes it even more special for someone like me. Looking back on the photos makes me love and appreciate it alot - again the details are what make me fall in love with this place every time I see it again.
Finally that leads me to the musicians. I have more photos to share of Disneyland performers in my Main Street USA post but I want to give a quick mention to how talented these people are. All of the bands were superb and set such a lovely atmosphere - I liked to be there to applaud and cheer the loudest so they knew they were just as appreciated as those other..more famous cast members ;)