Hi everyone. Since Disneyland's anniversary date comes closer and closer, I wanted to ask something. *I do apologize if there is a thread about this already*
Who was there on July 17, 2005? What was your experience like? What time did you get there? Anything memorable? Who did you see? Did you get the exclusive "I was there -- July 17, 2005" pin?
Well here's my story:
My parents and I woke up at 2:30am and walked to the transportation plaza near harbor blvd. We got there at 3am and waited about 2-3 more hours to get to the front of the line where we were escorted to the DCA entrance. I remember we were tired so we took a little nap in the plaza area, but what we didnt know was that we were supposed to meet up with our "wristband group." So, we packed it up and went to GRR then to Paradise pier where we met up with our yellow wristband group (I think it was yellow...maybe pink or orange) just barely. Then we were escorted between barriers over into Disneyland. I remember seeing all of the hundreds of people lined up at the park's gates and hearing from someone that the lines went all the way to the monorail station in DTD.
I remember getting our golden hats and walking into the park grinning from ear to ear. We hurridly raced over to the Rivers of America where a line was already forming half way across the river. We each got a voucher and my dad went to MS to film the festivities going on at SBC. While all of this was happening, my mom and I waited in a 8hr line to get into the Big Thunder Ranch area. It went by fast though because we met a mother-daughter couple where the mother was at DL on opening day in 1955 and met Walt Disney.
From there, we said goodbye to them and started shopping. We were able to get 3 I was there pins because we had 3 vouchers, 3 mugs, 3 tshirts, 3 walt pins, and 2 boyer mickey dollars. It was all really fun. All I remember after that is that we met up with my dad and went to the firehouse where I got a picture with timon and then we headed to DCA to finish up the day.
In the end, we ended up with about 10 or 12 July 17, 2005 mickey ear hats and a day's worth of memories.
SO, WHAT'S YOUR STORY??