My great-grandma was a teenager when Snow White premiered, and my grandma's first toys were Snow White-themed. While she can't remember what they were specifically, Snow White has always been her favorite, and to this day she wears a Snow White watch and has a classic Snow White bedspread. As a result, all us grandkids love Disney too, but I've always been the obsessed one, and in school when we were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up, I said I wanted "to move to Anaheim and be a Disneyland person."
I live in WA, so I don't get to visit as often as I'd like, but I have been to the park 4 times so far ('91, '00, '07 and '09). As a kid I got to watch Disney Channel in the days of Pooh Corner, Avonlea and the Keri Russell-included Mickey Mouse Club. My favorite cartoons were the Disney Afternoon TV block, and my first time in '91 was with my grandma during the Disney Afternoon Avenue event. (There are no words to describe my love of Adventures of the Gummi Bears, even now.) I got to ride in the Lilly Belle car on the Disneyland Railroad in '07 and my name got called out during a parade in '09 (it was my birthday and I had my pin on). Disneyland has always brought me something beyond joy, an indescribable emotion that I only feel when I'm there, with an intensity as strong now as it was when I was a kid. It really is my Happiest Place on Earth.
I can't find any true words to describe the range of emotions on how I feel about everything with California Adventure, and I'm only looking at pictures and video. It finally feels like something as uniquely special as Disneyland. I've been putting off my next trip since '09 for years in order to see the finished product, and I've never been more excited to go again.
As a side note: my grandma, while still alive, won't likely be able to visit Disneyland again, so I've been keeping her updated using Mint's updates and this thread. When I showed her the Snow White mural ceiling on the Carthay interior photo, she got so excited. She loves the way everything looks now and can't believe it's the same park she's visited before. I'm really grateful to everyone's contributions with photos, videos, and information, since they've been my way to let her experience everything again, even if from a distance, and share it with her.