The other day, my mentor (at work) gave me two Disney Evening Party Tickets that he luckily got through lottery. Evening Party is an event where people who won the tickets can enjoy night time Disneyland for 3 hours. Since it’s a lottery ticket, there will be less people than usual in the park. He told me to go and have fun with a friend. I didn’t really have anyone to invite and the event itself was on a Friday evening. So I was actually doubtful whether I should go alone or try to find someone who’d want to go.
I ended up going with the most unexpected person. It was my colleague’s university friend. We’ve never met each other before, but we’ve conversed several times through group voice chats while playing Switch games together. I was actually quite surprised that he wanted to come all the way from Tochigi to Chiba (where the Disneyland is located at), since it’d take more or less 2 hours by car. Moreover, he departed immediately after his work ended at 5 PM, which ended up causing him to skip dinner. I feel a bit sorry, but at the same time I’m very grateful.
Being the easily nauseated person I am, I actually didn’t ride that many attractions. Having done no research beforehand, we didn’t know where to go, so my friend just randomly entered the first building he saw. It turned out to be the Pirates of Caribbean ride. The same exact ride that I experienced for the first time when I went Japan Disneyland thirteen years ago with my family.
It was literally a trip down the memory lane. Everything was the exact same as a decade ago and it felt extremely nostalgic. I don’t even think the word ‘nostalgic’ actually depicted the flurry of emotions I felt during that ride.
I was also able to enjoy the night time illuminations. I think that was actually the spotlight for the evening party. We stood in the middle of the coldness just holding our phones up to take videos and looking at the parade while murmuring, “Woah” and “Pretty” to each other. But it was fun and it felt magical.
We didn’t ride any attractions after the parade and instead just spent the remaining time exploring the theme park. Since this was the first time we actually met each other, we talked about a lot of stuff ranging from university life to our current jobs. In the end we stopped by the souvenir store so I could get something for my mentor as a token of gratitude.
It was a fun magical night. Too magical that the next day I woke up, it felt like yesterday’s event was just a dream.