A Golden Storybook Afternoon

Disneyland Storybook Land Monstro

Your journey begins entering the land of Storybook through the mouth of Monstro, the famous whale from Pinocchio


For some reason, I never seem to make it on to the Storybook Land Canal Boats until night time. Even on this day, I didn’t quite make it until later in the afternoon. Although I love my blue skies and sunshine, I really liked these golden tones and decided to run with it. Variety is the spice of life, right?

On this particular voyage I asked to wait to be seated in the front row of the boat, which was a great idea. I captured some nice shots of the water with no guests in my way, and even managed to catch the Casey Jr. Circus train making it’s rounds.

For me, Storybook Land is one of those timeless gems at Disneyland Park that some people forget about. There is so much detail and upkeep around this attraction that really deserves more credit: from the small details of the miniature villages from classic Disney films, to the immaculate maintenance of the landscaping. This attraction features so much precise hedge-work, perfectly-planted florals, and expertly-trimmed tiny trees. Aside from the flora, the fauna plays a hand in this too. One of my favorite things about this attraction is the many ducks that hang out and sleep around the small villages and islands, looking like giants in comparison to the small-scale surroundings. I have always said, if I were a Disneyland duck, I would want to sleep in Storybook Land for many reasons: the beautiful surroundings, lots of water, dark at night with a little ambient light, and zero foot traffic!


Disneyland Storybook Land Boat

Another boat in the distance passes by the palace of Agrabah from Aladdin, as a duck appears to be a giant on the shore


Disneyland Storybook Land Casey Jr.

The Casey Jr. Circus Train passes in front of Cinderella’s castle, behind the patchwork quilt inspired by the 1933 Silly Symphony “Lullaby Land”


Disneyland Storybook Land Arches

The archways that Aladdin and Jasmine are said to have flown over on their magic carpet ride.