The former Massachusetts governor made his most high-profile appearance yet at the so-called ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ on Tuesday.
Mitt Romney was spotted by surprised park-goers as he strolled through the Disneyland, accompanied by his wife Ann and their grandchildren, The New York Daily News reports.
The almost-president even took a spin with his grandson on a tame ride inspired by Disney/Pixar’s “Cars,” Luigi’s Flying Tires.
His reception was mixed. One fellow visitor, Alecia Tolosa, took to Twitter to report “people clapping when they see him”.
“Mitt Romney is at Disneyland!!! He waved to me! #YES #sohandsome,” wrote Madeline Harries. “Ya girl ran into her good ol friend mitt romney at disneyland! Holllaaaa,” wrote another, @w0lfhailee
However, Griffin Gerber asked: “Is it too inappropriate to laugh in his face?”
“One of the rides at disneyland broke down and my cousin said it was because Mitt Romney was there. This kid was raised well,” Gerber wrote.
“Mitt Romney is at Disneyland. I’d do the same thing after I lost the election to get over my depression,” wrote TJ Gilmour, who goes by @TJGilmour on Twitter.
Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, declined to confirm that Romney did attend at the parks. Disney has a policy against revealing visitors’ identities.
The appearance in the park also recalled a more hopeful time for Romney, who earlier criticised President Obama for visiting Disney World in Florida, saying: “He’s been speaking from Fantasyland for some time now.”
The Republican, who has not spoken publicly since election night, has been recently spotted filling up one of his cars at a petrol station near his $12 million (£7.5 million) beach house in La Jolla, California.
Later Romney and his wife also visited a local cinema to watch “Breaking Dawn Part 2”, the latest installment in the Twilight series of films about young vampires.
Meanwhile, Romney’s rival, President Barack Obama was carrying out the traditional Thanksgiving presidential duty of pardoning a turkey.
Two turkeys named Cobbler and Gobbler are going to have a much happier Thanksgiving than most of their kind this time of year, US Magazine writes.
“You know, they say that life is all about second chances. And this November, I could not agree more,” re-elected President Barack Obama joked during a Wednesday ceremony in the Rose Garden.
“So in the spirit of the season, I have one more gift to give. And it goes to a pair of turkeys named Cobbler and Gobbler. The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward.”
The holiday tradition of “pardoning” a turkey at the White House goes back to Abraham Lincoln, said to be egged on by his son, Tad. But in 2012, via special Facebook page Americans petitioned for saving the turkey.
“Now, I joke, but – but for the first time in our history, the winners of the White House turkey pardon were chosen through a highly competitive online vote,” said Obama, who attended the ceremony accompanied by daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11.