My earliest Disneyland memory is from '92. I was 5 years old and my family got lost in the parking lot trying to find our car. I remember by Dad being mad, my Mom being tired, and me running around excited to see the fireworks in the sky.
Visiting Disneyland in the 70's and 80's, it seemed forever to get across the parking lot to get to the Main Gate. Having to traverse the parking lot and be able to see the Disneyland skyline was enough to get everyone excited. And a few sprints to the tram loading area would ensue followed shortly by our parents or whom ever yelling at us to wait.
Then leaving Disneyland at night while listening to tram spiel "This tram does not go to the Disneyland Hotel."
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I have to admit, I never had any strong feelings about the parking lot. I find the new front courtyard facing DCA much more picturesque than a sea of cars. I used to avoid riding the monorail since the parking lot view was too much "reality land".
Still, it was nice to get there early and park literally steps away from the front gate.
There are times I walk through DCA and t hink "I may have parked my car right here."
great photo. sad to say that I miss the old parking lot.
I added the blog site to my favorites. I spent a little time looking at the old photos.
for those of you looking for a photo of the "ditch" between Rivers of America
and the Jungle Cruise, go to the Apr 23, 2010 post of that blog. I know that
I've been over that bridge, but I would have been in a baby carriage at the time.
Edit: the connection from the opposite direction is shown in Dec 7, 2010 post.
Last edited by gary94080; 12-10-2010 at 12:39 AM.
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