Chapter 1 (October 30): Its Halloween-lo-ween Well almost. It certainly looks a little more like Halloween when I finally arrive in the parks, even a little quicker than thought thanks to the train being 5 minutes early and the guys at Ibis Budget being really helpful. I walk past the last showing of the day of the Trick or Treat on the Street show. Good to know where the munkies will be tomorrow. They have new costumes, I need new photos. Its late afternoon, but the villains are supposed to be out still. So a beeline to the castle courtyard it is. The decorations are done really nicely. No ones in sight yet, so I sit down and wait for the clock to strike and the villains appear. Frollos walking around and signs, but doesnt stop for a photo. Hmpf. Quite a number of characters appear, and unfortunately another walker too Shan Yu! *happy squee* He blanked me last year when I tried to get my drawing signed, so I chase after him. Due to the number of villains out (and most of them hiding in the covered area of the castle) it is really crowded, and a character in such a large outfit certainly doesnt help. Eventually I manage to corner him after pretty much running around the length of the courtyard three times and thankfully, this time he signs! I see a crown and black hair. The Queen of Hearts! Another walker. Aaargh! Thankfully I manage to get the drawing in her line of vision and she stops. And pretends to walk of with the drawing as she wants to keep it. Be my guest, as long as I get my photo please. I get the drawing back, but with signature in French. Not that I mind chasing after characters. But this is getting a bit silly and borderline dangerous. Sounds of small things dropping to the pavement. Whats going on OMG stampede! Why is everyone running to the small balcony now? Oh wonderful, Frollo has the brilliant idea to start throwing candy from there. I know we all have to die eventually, but I didnt exactly want to die that way. I flee to the villains in the walkways. Now wheres Facilier? I spotted the hat a minute ago One of the pushers changes my plans. Thanks to a shove I land on my knees in front of Jafar. Umm hi there! *tries to smile sweetly and struggles to find drawing* Thankfully Jafar seems to enjoy the day of someone kneeling to show his appreciation and I get a picture and an autograph too. Cruella is next. She loves her drawing, ensures me I can come back and see her anytime. She even enlists a photographer for me after my pleas for someone to take a photo are ignored because I am alone like her. (Youre not alone now anymore Miss DeVil, you got me. ) She finds a nice young gentleman without larger problems and he actually knows how to handle my camera for a change. Now theres Facilier and guess what walking around. Oh screw this. DOCTOR FACILIER!!!! (imagine this screeched in my best mad fan girl voice) Mad fan girl voices rarely fail. He stops, grins and comes over to me. Too bad though, its the imposter Facilier. Mali! Now how did Malificent sneak through?! *dives in next scrum* Thankfully the drawing works again and I get through rather quickly. Maybe that will teach boyfriend to laugh at me when I spend all weekend at the drawing table. Whats moving over there? Oh cool, the Hag is out! I had such problems finding her last year. She catches sight of her drawing and suddenly I am her new favorite. But now I really should go and hunt for a parade spot, its getting really tight, even for the Bella Notte space. Im heading for the shortcut when I spot a combination of pink and screaming neon green near Auberge. Okay, forget about the parade. Thats Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters! *happy squeal* Just when its my turn the group splits. The stepsisters are playing a game with the children. That means I only get her Ladyship and Drizella. Anastasia signs, but no picture. My friend from the Cruella scrum has followed me, so we join forces. My French is as bad as his English, but with pointing and lots of sign language we get along just fine. His name is Yohann. The character handler says the Tremaines will be back in 15 minutes. Okay, so lets wait. Whats that moving candy jar over there? Huh? Goofy in his candy outfit? Wasnt he supposed to be on Main Stree oh well, parade is running anyway, so lets go and meet Goofy. The Tremaines take their sweet time to show up. I hang out with a nice family and their adorable daughter in Stitch outfit. Finally they show, and my newfound friend Yohann is back as well. I always have a backup plan, so after having the Tremaines sign my photos from the Disneyland Christmas parade Yohann and I finally both get our group shot with them. To top it off? Gaston is out. The only time Yohann and I are both in the scrum and cant move. Grrr. Yohann goes off to his hotel, from what I understand hes leaving tomorrow morning. I have some time to kill until my dinner reservation at Inventions, so I head off to Frontierland to take pictures.