If you were there when Disneyland turned 50, please share! Even if you weren't, don't be left out! What did you do to celebrate Disneyland's 50th birthday?
I'll go first:
It was the afternoon of July 16th, 2 days before I headed to the Philippines. My parents allowed me to go to Disneyland on the 17th. I learned that day that they were allowing people into DCA to wait inside before DL opened. So me and my sister agreed to leave the house around 2AM. Arriving there, we parked at the Pumbaa Lot at no cost! Heading into the transportation plaza, we find a huge line to get into DCA. I remembered how the line went too. It started at the area where the ART and Hotel Shuttles are usually are. After some switchbacks in that area, we crossed over to where the Lion King Trams would come and go. After switchbacks there, we proceeded to DCA. Anyone that needed a park ticket were able to buy them at the ticket booth that was opened. Luckily me and my sis had AP's so we went in. As I was going in, I could see the work being prepped at DL.
Disney's California Adventure: The wait
Inside, we found that only a few dining places were open to provide breakfast items, We never bought any breakfast since the food wasn't what we wanted (I would've settled on some churros!). And no rides were open to keep us entertained . We were waiting with the people that lined up across from the former Golden Dreams theater and from where we were, we could hear and see GRR being tested. Around 6:30-7AM the line was moving since we were allowed into the park an hour early (so it was actually 7AM-12AM for us! ). It was amazing going from DCA to DL using the exit gates in both parks! (the ticket scanners at DCA were programmed that night to allow admission into DL so we weren't directed to DL's turnstyles.) Me and my sister split off (we prefer doing our own things) and my day began!
Unlike most of the people, I headed into DLRR on Main Street. I learned that I was the first guest to board DLRR ! Even though I didn't do a round trip (I got off at NOS) that time, I was still honored to be the first guest to board the DLRR on it's 50th birthday! I then proceded to IJA where I saw Indy with a wait of only 5 Minutes!
I'll continue this later. In the meantime....What was your memory of July 17th,2005?