At 2 in the morning (remind me to check next time to make sure the tea is Herbal, not regular....), I recalled that this year of 2012 will mark my 50th year of visiting Disneyland. My family made our first visit in 1962 after coming back from visiting my paternal grandparents in Omaha, Nebraska and it was love at first sight for my dad and me.
That first visit started an annual tradition for our family, one that I am still carrying on today! Ok, a lot more often than annual, but the thought is still there!
Who knew how far that first visit would take us and all the Disney-inspired things we would be able to do? I have had the privilege of going to Marceline, Missouri for their annual ToonFest and attended a couple of special events on Walt's family farm. I got to speak briefly in the Uptown Theater and evened signed Walt's barn. We even got to meet many Disney Legends along the way. My hubby - who grew up in Anaheim - and I got to visit the Burbank Studio and, just last Sunday, we were honored to ride in the Lilly Belle at Disneyland.
It has been a been a great 50 years! Here are a few pictures since 1962:
Our first visit:
One of the souvenirs I still have:
My brother and I riding a much-missed ride:
Celebrating Disneyland's 50th Anniversary with the Golden Ears: