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    The facts may be fuzzy in my head, but the feeling is still there in my heart. I remember waking up, while it was still dark at the Hilton, where we were staying. It was the morning of July 17, 2005. The day had finally arrived . I was so excited. We were off to Disneyland. That's me, my friend Jennifer, and her 3 children, David, Brittany, and the youngest, Alyssa. This is the story of that day.


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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    It was very dark outside. I think it was between 5 and 6 a.m when we arrived at the park. I had a brand new digital camera for the trip, but I was new at taking pictures. I forgot to change the time on the camera, so I am still confused to this day, as to the times on the photos. Anyway, the day is right, and as you can see, it was dark.



    They were lining people up, and directing them into DCA. It was a very well thought out plan, and it went very smoothly. When we first arrived, another Disneyland guest in line, was kind enough to snap this picture of all of us together. I am so glad they did, because we didn't get too many group shots that day.


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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    It was a long wait in DCA. However, during our wait, we talked to many other Disneyland guests. On the way in, we were given park maps, and Golden Mouse Ears. Many people were wearing them on their heads. I couldn't get mine to stay on my head. Besides, I had made, my MiceChat Hat to wear on that day. Funny thing was that I only talked to one person, all day, who knew what MiceChat was.





    The kids were pretty patient. However, standing for a few hours in DCA, waiting for them to escort us into Disneyland, did make us a little weary. However, when our group started making it's way out of DCA, and across the Esplanade, my friend Jennifer, had the biggest smile on her face.

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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    Love it so far barbara

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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    ooh I can't wait for more






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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    I remmeber I worked that Day at DCA.. Good memories

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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    Short Story!


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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    Quote Originally Posted by scrappydawg View Post
    Short Story!
    i worked at DCA for 2 1/2 years (then we moved to vegas)

    COntinue with the trip report so sorry to dearail barbara

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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    Now this is what we encountered, when we entered the Esplanade. Those were the people that were lining up at the regular lines. We were escorted right past them, and we were on our way into the park. It was just before 8 a.m. It was well worth it to get up at 5 a.m.



    I remember people asking us, "how early did you get up?" I remember feeling so smart. I had heard about the idea to get there early, and you could wait in DCA, and be one of the first in the park. Where did I hear that? On MiceChat, of course


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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    Of course, the very first thing that we did when we arrived inside the park, was to head for the tunnel. We were on the right side. Jennifer, and I had our cameras out, and I just kept snapping. I remember feeling tired, but happy. There was a certain electricity in the air that is hard to explain. It was a magic moment in my life that I won't soon forget.


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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    Once we passed through the tunnel, we didn't spend any time at all in Town Square. We headed for Main Street. What we saw was a wondrous sight. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.













    I especially liked the shot at the end of Main Street. Those towers were set up to televise the ceremonies I believe. I remember the feeling as I walked down Main Street, that early morning, and the cast members were welcoming everyone home. It was a good feeling. I get goosebumps now, as I think about it. There were a lot of heads, with golden mouse ears. A lot of smiles.

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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    Just remembering about walking down Main Street gives me goosebumps all over again!
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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    Thanks for sharing the photos. Great memories

    My wife and son and I got in line just before midnight. We spent part of the time in a long snaking line in the tram area before being moved to DCA for the night. We were told that we were about number 1,200 in line.

    There were some gasps (and a few boos) from the people in the morning line in the esplanade as we were escorted by but I have not experienced many things as magical as being Welcomed Home down Main Street by all those employees.
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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    Now we were on a mission, and quite frankly, if I had to do it over again, I probably would have planned that morning a little differently. We didn't try and get near the castle for the ceremony, no, we went left. We went in the Pin Line. There was a special pin being sold that day, and we wanted to buy it. So, yes, we went left.

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    Re: Remember It All Started With A Mouse - A Tale of July 17, 2005

    seeing pictures like this really makes me sad that I missed out on such a great event!


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