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    Cool How I spent the night at Disneyland and...

    ...got on TV.

    It was Memorial Day weekend in 1990. People were looking forward to the movie, "Dick Tracy"; a Dick Tracy live show was scheduled for that summer at the Fantasyland Theatre. But that day in 1990, the theatre was being used as the home for the local broadcast of the Children's Miracle Network. Hosting the show was John Schneider of "The Dukes of Hazard" and the beautiful Jayne Kennedy, most famous for being on CBS's NFL broadcasts as a reporter for the pre-game show. It was fun seeing them and getting their autographs and it was especially funny when a guy went up to Kennedy and said, "Marilyn McCoo, I'm your biggest fan." I enjoyed the show so much, I lost track of time. One time, I looked at my watch and saw that I had missed the last MTA 460 bus back home. I was stranded!

    But it all worked out. I soon realized that it was past closing and no one told us to leave. I asked a Disneyland Security guy, who was dressed in a trench coat like a CIA agent if we were allowed to stay and watch the show. He said, Sure," and that we could leave anytime we wanted; just ask a security guy to escort you back to the main entrance. If you wanted to stay till the morning, it would be fine as long as you didn't leave the theatre. They would even supply free coffee and snacks the whole night. At 8AM, we'd be allowed to leave and visit the park if we liked without buying a ticket.

    The real reason they were letting us stay was this: At one point in the show, Kennedy was going to go on live in front of the audience, which was about 25 of us scattered through the seats. That was no good, so they asked us all to squeeze in all into one tiny section behind Kennedy and give the illusion that the theatre was full!

    And that's how I got on TV. I could see myself in the monitor, so people all over the country could see me (and 25 others).

    I stayed till 8AM and left to get some breakfast at a Main Street restaurant. After I ate, I rode as many rides as I could till about 10:30AM. Utterly exhausted, I took the bus home.

    Of all the times I've visited Disneyland, this was definitely the most memorable. It was pretty darn cool.

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    Re: How I spent the night at Disneyland and...

    that is pretty darn awesome....great story!!! i so wish i was there, but i wasn't even born yet
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    Re: How I spent the night at Disneyland and...

    Wow, I always like imagining what I'd be like to be at the park during the night as a kid. You'd be dodging people who are working (I don't think disneyland goes dead in the night) but it'd be really dark and creepy.... shame you had to stay inside though but great that you got to have a free day even if you were too exhausted to use it. Sounds like it was a fun time

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    Re: How I spent the night at Disneyland and...

    How cool is that?! What an awesome experience! Thanks for sharing

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    Re: How I spent the night at Disneyland and...

    That is an awesome story! Thanks for posting it!

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    Re: How I spent the night at Disneyland and...

    That sounds so cool!!

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    Re: How I spent the night at Disneyland and...

    Thats pretty cool, it was nice of the security guy to let you stay

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    Re: How I spent the night at Disneyland and...

    Something I want to clarify. The theatre we were in is that outdoor theatre near the Toontown Station of the DLRR. I don't know what it's called now. Is it some kind of meet-and-greet for princesses?

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    Re: How I spent the night at Disneyland and...

    Quote Originally Posted by Not My Real Name View Post
    Something I want to clarify. The theatre we were in is that outdoor theatre near the Toontown Station of the DLRR. I don't know what it's called now. Is it some kind of meet-and-greet for princesses?
    Princess Fantasy Faire Dungeon or Fantasyland Theatre

    Whicever you prefer. But thats really cool! I dont think I was born yet. Can not wait until I am 18 to have my every day Disneyland trip.


    Thank you Solitary!

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