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    Ye Olde Parking Lot

    I found this picture on the wonderful blog, Main Gate Admission. I can't help but let out a long "ahhh..." upon gazing at this somehat zen-like image.


    (original link: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_sxxVwZobCh...600/BlogSept23)
    Last edited by Werner; 12-06-2010 at 09:29 AM. Reason: reference to original link

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    Re: Ye Olde Parking Lot

    Very cool picture, ah the good ole days. What I wouldn't do to own a couple of those cars in that picture today.
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    Re: Ye Olde Parking Lot

    Do you think the monorail zipping past the front entrance adds to it, or do you think it is visually distracting from the symetrical facade that opened in 55?

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    Re: Ye Olde Parking Lot

    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.

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    Re: Ye Olde Parking Lot

    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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    Re: Ye Olde Parking Lot

    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."

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    Re: Ye Olde Parking Lot

    Heh, that's interesting. Thanks for posting it.
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    Re: Ye Olde Parking Lot

    I remember if you parked inside the monorail, that was a decent parking spot. I thought the angle of the picture was a little high up, then I realized it was taken from someone on the monorail.

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    Re: Ye Olde Parking Lot

    Quote Originally Posted by Badgermann View Post
    I remember if you parked inside the monorail, that was a decent parking spot. I thought the angle of the picture was a little high up, then I realized it was taken from someone on the monorail.
    Parking inside the monorail takes up way too many seats that regular guests could be using while your car is idling there.

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    Re: Ye Olde Parking Lot

    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. Reason: added info

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    Re: Ye Olde Parking Lot

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    Parking inside the monorail takes up way too many seats that regular guests could be using while your car is idling there.
    Nah, leaving it idling there burned too much gas. And I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving the keys in the ignition while I was in the park.

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    Re: Ye Olde Parking Lot

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    Parking inside the monorail takes up way too many seats that regular guests could be using while your car is idling there.
    That's ok. They're all waiting to ride up front with the 'driver' anyway.

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    Re: Ye Olde Parking Lot

    Wow!

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    Re: Ye Olde Parking Lot

    I have memories of the parking lot, but I often went there on a motorcycle, so I parked in the little lot near the kennel.

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