Here's something a lot of you might not know about me: I'm a serious Disney freak.
Okay, most of you probably know that about me and while a number of my friends cringe at the idea of the Happiest Place on Earth (ahem, you know who you are), me? I could live there. I could go every year. I would even be tempted to move to...um. Never mind. No, I wouldn't.
What I did do three years ago (thanks for the reminder, Facebook), was head to Disneyland during Halloween season. My BFF and I had always wanted to do one of the holidays there, so this seemed the perfect solution. And, I have to say, whatever Disney celebrates, they just do it right. Guests become immersed in the season and the spirit (ha!). Yes, there are crowds and yes, this is possibly the biggest market of commercialism on the planet, but I don't care. I even donned my Merida inspired dress (my hair makes it an easy fit) to join in the festivities.
Okay, yes, the dress is purple so it's pseudo Merida (minus the bow and arrows), but I had a good time Trick-or-Treating. The smell of pumpkin spice and hot chocolate fills the air, the strained tunes of haunting music filter through the invisible speakers and strange skeletons, pirates, and creatures walk among the entranced.
One of the things I love is Disney's attention to detail. Every inch of space in the park pays homage to the given season (someday I'm getting there for Christmas!) and while I'm not a big Halloween fan in general, the cutesy/creepy aspect fits my personality to a T.
Especially when it comes to the Haunted Mansion, which they deck out in all its NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS finery. This ride is one of my faves anyway, but they really go the extra mile at this time of year. The only down side was we couldn't find pumpkin fudge (don't ask--I wasn't the one looking for it, LOL). There were, however, endless arrays of treats and goodies to be found throughout the park.
As a writer, I love the idea of world building and I honestly think that's where my fascination with Disney comes in. From the second you walk into the park, you are immersed. You become part of the story, which is the same thing we as authors try to do for our readers. So whether you're a Disney fan or not (and it's okay if you're not, I promise!), finding those worlds to escape to can make life all the more richer. And fun.
So now you know my favorite way to spend the spooky season. How about you? Chime in in the comments--I'd love to know. :)
A geek at heart, national bestselling author Anna J Stewart writes "refreshingly unique, quietly humorous, and profoundly moving romance" (RT Book Reviews) for Harlequin Heartwarming. THE BAD BOY OF BUTTERFLY HARBOR will be released in December and will launch her Butterfly Harbor series. visit her online at www.authorannastewart.com to read more about her books and to join her mailing list.