Goodbye Disney Gallery
I have loved the Disney Gallery for almost 20 years. It has been a ‘friend’ I could visit during each of my trips, even if we didn’t pay to see Fantasmic! from the balcony.
They Disney Gallery was truly a hidden gem at Disneyland. A quiet area with incredible Disney artwork, it was always fun to explore.
I will never forget the first time we heard about the Gallery. We got very lucky and happened to overhear someone mentioning seeing Fantasmic! from the Balcony. Well, I had been in line to make priority seating for Blue Bayou, but did ask the Cast Member about this special seating. Right then and there we had reservations for the Balcony for that evening. It was $30.00 each at the time and well worth the money for us.
For one night, Andy and I were treated like Royalty. It was a fantastic experience, and one we ended up repeating over and over throughout the years.
We had planned on seeing Fantasmic! from the Riverside on our trip in December, so the Balcony closing doesn’t affect us on this trip. The Gallery closing though, is something I find very sad. It is like losing a good friend.
Sure, I can see the special artwork in Disneyana just like everyone else, but it isn’t the same. The Gallery was never crowded. You could enjoy it without constantly bumping into someone else. I think that is what I will miss the most.
Or will I miss the courtyard the most? The night we finally met online friends and spent time with them in the Gallery’s courtyard, getting to know each other as our young boys ran around playing. This all happened between the two Fantasmic shows since we had tickets for the first show and our new friends had tickets for the second show.
Maybe I will miss the Gallery most because of the secret treasures it held. On our last trip, I was very insistent that I was going to the Gallery. Inside we looked and enjoyed, and then, to my surprise, I found a miniature of the Kincaid painting I really wanted. I walked out of the Gallery with a big smile and a small bag. And that picture is now hanging in our house.
There are too many memories to count them all, after the enjoyment the Gallery has given me over the years. Goodbye Disney Gallery, you will be missed.