It was 1997 and I was 26 on my first (and only) trip to Disneyland. I was touring with "Toy Story on Ice" at the time and we were playing Anaheim over Christmas week. A terrible time to experience Disneyland, but my only chance!
I L O V E D it! I spent one whole day there and was only able to experience a few attractions due to the crowds and lines of many hours. That was OK with me, though. I very much enjoy the design of the parks and I loved just soaking up the atmosphere. It had been 12 years since I'd been to Magic Kingdom at WDW and I was hungry to see the original. The park felt quaint to me, yet I loved that it was so compact with so much to see packed in there. I started my day in Adventureland so by nightfall I'd be in Tomorrowland.
I also remember enjoying how every now and then you'd feel pockets of Disneyland's history. It was a nice mix of modern Disney and vintage Disney. I'll never forget the Sleeping Beauty Castle's walk-thru. I loved that and felt like I'd been transported back to the 50s! I also remember feeling like I'd discovered something. I was the only person in the walk-thru at the time, and if I remember correctly, the door to enter the dioramas was a bit off to the side and a bit off the beaten path.
I'm hopeful that I'll get back to Disneyland sometime '06 to see part of its 50th Anniversary. The photos and articles about Disneyland's refurb for this event are amazing. I'm very much looking forward to seeing it again.