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    Talking My First Birthday Spent at Disneyland Resort (Warning: Many Sort-if-ish-Big Pictures)

    PS: Sorry if the page loads up very slowly for you. My pictures are a tad bit big and I have no idea how to resize them.

    Footnote:

    This day happened on Saturday August 25, 2012, but is (hopefully) going to be posted on Saturday September 1st. The reason I couldn't post this trip report on Sunday August 26, 2012 was because I was so darned tired! I am serious, I was knocked out for a few more hours than I normally sleep. Plus, I had a whole week of school and schoolwork to get through, so that’s another thing. That explains why this trip report is roughly a week late. Anyways, onto business.

    I was born on August 22, 1996, and my 16th birthday was approaching really fast. Well, technically, the day of my party was approaching because August 22, 2012 is a Wednesday; a school day, and I can’t do much on a school day, so I always like to pretend that the Saturday of that week is my actual birthday. For the last 15 years of my life, I’ve always spent my birthday inside my own household, and do the same thing over and over again. Guests come over, I receive gifts, I thank them, we have cake, and they play poker while I’m on my computer upstairs. They were also celebrating two other birthdays on that day, but I wasn’t old enough to celebrate in the traditional poker game (I also don’t know how to play or have the urge to even play poker, but that’s a whole different story) I was alone upstairs, might I add?

    Every year it’s been that same old routine, but it just seemed to be getting duller with every year. Money, cake, computer, done. My special day almost felt like a rat race or a daily grind. It just didn’t seem special to me anymore. Then, on my Summer Vacation (My first summer vacation, might I add? Long story short I didn’t go to a traditional school for grades K-9 so I didn’t have traditional summer school until I turned Sophomore over the break between grades 9 and 10.)

    Anyways, back on track…on my first day of Summer vacation, right after school, I also got my first Disneyland Resort Deluxe Annual Pass. Today this post is going to be filled with the word FIRST, so if you want to play a drinking game, every time I say the word first or any rendition of first, you drink. Of course, then again, I don’t approve of alcohol as it turns good things bad, can get you drunk, and smells funny, so take a drink of water instead. Water’s good for you anyways! Drink away!

    Sorry, I always type out things as if I’m talking; derailing every sentence with something irrelevant. I Picked that trait from various places. ANYWAYS, my Birthday was coming up and I had an Annual Pass in my possession…You could hear the cogs clinking in my brain. I’ve been going to Disneyland WAY too often over my vacation. For (Roughly) the first month of my vacation, I went to Disneyland every Mon, Wed, and Fri. Yes, maybe I should of taken that good old saying, “Too much of a good thing” into perspective. Near the end of my first month, I may of visited 12-15 times with only 1-3 days of rest in between. Disneyland also became a daily grind for me, so for the last 1 and ½ weeks of my summer vacation, I stopped going to Disneyland so regularly, except for the occasional Friday.

    Anyways…add that to the list of words to drink to…I decided to spend my Birthday at Disneyland. My long absence helped rejuvenate my love for Disneyland, and I yearned for more Disney once again. So I decided to spend my birthday at Disneyland Resort, making it not only the first time I’d ever spent my birthday outside of the household, but also the first time I’d ever spend my birthday at Disneyland. Naturally, I was excited. So for the week leading up to the Saturday of my day at Disneyland, I got ready. I picked my clothes I’d be wearing for the day (A new pair of sneakers that I would wear for the first time, a fresh pair of comfy, black socks, clean pants with deep pockets, polished glasses, and my favorite feature of all, a Doctor Who T-Shirt). I also got a haircut because previously beforehand, my hair was much like Ron Weasley’s from the Harry Potter films. It was long but balled up. It was very heavy and very annoying to take care of. I got something much shorter and easier to style. (It was also a test for Dapper Day, but that’s a whole new story). Every day I scrubbed my body, face, and teeth vigorously, for I wanted my day to be absolutely perfect. I saved up lunch money and previously owned money that totaled up to $145. I was going to town.

    I set multiple alarm clocks to ring (On my clock, my old iPod, my new iPod, my phone, and my computer), all set to ring at 5:15 AM. Why? Doesn’t that seem like an overload? Here’s why. Beforehand, whenever I went to Disneyland, I was always late. 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, whatever many hours, I was never there early enough to experience the park at its lowest guest rate ever. But this day was different. I wouldn’t be like the rest. It was a special day that would not miss for the world.

    I got up, cleaned myself, put my clothes on, and brought everything I would need. A phone for communication, my school I.D. for identification, house keys for when I get home, a wallet packed with $145, my Annual Pass for admittance and price reduction, and an iPod for keeping record of my endeavors and listening to music when stuck in a really long line. Everything I needed was planted inside my pockets. I read what the weather would be like. Temperature would be 81*F, partially cloudy and a 68% humidity rate. Not as bad as the heat wave as the week before, but still hot in my opinion. I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington for the first few years of my life, so naturally I grew to love the cold. 60-70*F is my favorite temperature range. Anything above 80* is too much and I get sweaty and sticky, which meant every time I went to Disneyland over the summer, I left hot and sticky. It was not a good feeling, but I wouldn’t let that slow me down!

    I set off for Anaheim at around 6:00 AM for an hours drive. The sky was very gray and dull and really cool outside. Not the kind of weather you’d expect for the happiest place on earth, but it was my kind of weather, so technically, for me, it was the happiest place on earth. I was dropped off at Disneyland Resort at around 7:34 AM. Headed over to City Hall to pick up my one of a kind birthday…sticker…I was hoping for a button, but a sticker will suffice.

    I managed to snag a few before-opening-hours camera shots with my iPod. Now please note, I am no photographer or have a one of a kind HD camera, so don’t beat me with a stick over that.

    EDIT: Strange, I always imagined iPhone pictures to be a bit...smaller...Hopefully they aren't too big.



    Trust me...I'm a Whoovian.















    I find it strange to see a roll down gate in the doorway of the Penny Arcade. Always so used to it being open, seeing inside, watching people meander about inserting pennies and not-pennies-but-quarters into the machines. Much fun.



    Slight refurbishment at Coke Corner.



    I find an empty park beautifully haunting. It's like the ghost of the dead walk these paths. Plus, it makes the lands seem much bigger than normal.

    Anyways, this would also mark the first time I've ever attended the Rope Ceremony. What is the rope ceremony? Well, before opening hours the rest of the park is roped off from Main Street. We commoners are told to stay behind while those special people with those before park package things get to use the park all for themselves. Lucky guys. Anyways, at roughly 8:00 AM, when the park officially opens, they blare music and announcements across the land. Once the rope falls, everyone runs to their rides even though everyone else yells at them to not run. It's all very funny to me, so I just strolled along to Space Mountain. Requested row 6, and rode Space Mountain as I normally would. It was fun and the line was short. Really short. I got to go to these rope ceremonies more often!

    After Space Mountain, I decided to go onto the Matterhorn. Walking through Tomorrowland, I really did feel all alone. It was a bloody fantastic feeling; having Disneyland all to yourself. Anyways, the Matterhorn was the Matterhorn. It was bumpy, rough, un-padded seats, smelled like paint, and I loved every single second of it. Plus line was so short I could board straight from the station instead of waiting in line that wrapped around the mountain.

    I also did another first. I walked down the Big Thunder Trail. Well, that’s what I called it. It’s that stretch of path that goes from Fantasyland to Frontierland that goes past Big Thunder Ranch, over Bear Creek/Jumping Fish pond, past Big Thunder Mountain, and straight into the heart of the frontier.

    Have some more grainy pictures!







    And the pink horse is my bestest friend if you know what I mean.



    Call me nitpicky, but isn't the engine's smokestack a tad too tall to enter the mine entrance?





    We're comin' into bear country now folks...



    Look at that...so empty, and so peaceful. Tranquil almost.



    This picture isn't so bad. If you cut off the bottom half with the rail, added a very sunny background, and showed it to someone who knows very little about Disneyland/any other Disney park with a BTMR in it, you could convince them that you went to Utah or something. Speaking of which, Big Thunder Mountain's line was very short, so naturally, I rode it.



    Did I ever tell you I love random junk? Especially period specific stuff that sets up the scene. I do. Like whenever I go to Las vegas, I have to stop by at Buffulo Bill's Casino just to liik at the cheap and fake western stuff strewn about. Why? Because I LOVE THAT TYPE OF JUNK! So much so I actually went into an antuiqe store and bought a mining pan, lantern, and pick. Why? Because I like that kind of junk. You can craft so many stories out it if you put it in certain places with certain pieces of junk. Oh I love ya Disney, taking junk and turning into a story. Why, I could craft up a story about this barrel and stuff, but then again, I would derail the topic...MOVING ON.



    I really do love this shot...if I didn't cut off the 'B' in BIG >_<

    Oh that's going to bug my OCD for years upon end.



    Another nitpick. The rail that goes down to the train's level. That is too steep. Unrealistically steep. Whoever designed that is really buggi...oh forget it.



    The obligatory shot of the sign. Everyone has taken a picture of it, so why not me as well?



    More stuff I could make a story out of.

    Rode Big Thunder Mountain in row 15. Some guests in the row in front of me said happy birthday to me. How nice of them. I told them to have a fantastic day. In fact, I forgot to mention, on my way through Big Thunder Trail, several groups of people said Happy Birthday to me. Man, people at Disneyland are just REALLY friendly (Most of the time). I have to pay it forward so many times.

    I also chatted with a couple of the cast members there asking them a few questions. You see, a friend's brother is going to work on Big Thunder soon, and I always wanted to meet him. I know him well and he knows me well. Only problem is that we don't know each other's real name. Heck, we don't even know what we both look like. Oh well, maybe some other day.

    Stay tuned for Part 2, where I post some more grainy pictures, the Dapper Dans, and what I had for Lunch and Dinner. See you soon!

    PS: It may come a bit late because I am doing this in between the commercial breaks. In between breaks of what you may ask? The the series premire of Doctor Who on BBC America! Squee!!!


    Now if you'll excuse me, I have a Doctor's appointment, but I do promise you I will try and get as much done in between commercial breaks. Trust me, I'm a Whoovian.



    Total Tender Rides: 20
    Total Lilly Belle Rides: 9
    Total Dapper Days Attended: 2
    Total Mark Twain Wheelhouse Rides: 5

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    Re: My First Birthday Spent at Disneyland Resort (Warning: Many Sort-if-ish-Big Pictu

    Nice pictures. I love an empty (or near empty) Disneyland. When I get there at rope drop, I usually head west into Frontierland and New Orleans Square to really enjoy the tranquility.

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    So very empty. Plus TEEFURY represent!

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    Re: My First Birthday Spent at Disneyland Resort (Warning: Many Sort-if-ish-Big Pictu

    Part 2 of my Birthday Trip Report done in between commercial breaks of the new series premire of Doctor Who.

    Where was I? Oh yeah...

    I finished up Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which was a blast to ride. And yes, I am greatly disappointing that the refurbishment has been pushed back. As much as I love the ride, it needs a great deal of love, like during the final earthquake section. All the rocks were as stiff as a rock, and yes, pun intended but I have to say no pun intended because that's, like, mandatory whenever says a pun like that.

    After riding and chatting with the CM's, I felt a rumble in my stomach. I heard the Mickey Mouse Pancakes over at the River Belle were delicious, so I headed on over for breakfast, getting a couple of pictures while going over there.





    The Mark Twain will become important later on in the day.



    Aw, aren't they adorable? Especially the one on the right. All cuddled up. I have a soft spot for cute.





    He looks so lonely. The Mark Twain needs more love.

    Got to the River Belle and instead of ordering the Mickey Mouse Pancakes, I got the Mark Twain instead (Not the ship, but the food but the Mark Twain ship comes later, but don't let that confuse you). It was eggs, sausage, diced potatoes, and a biscuit. For a drink, I had sweetened iced tea. The cashier at the till gave me my Birthday Button as well. I tend to say till a lot instead of cash register. I think I've been watching too much Doctor Who, Top Gear, and British Television. Anyways, I safely stowed my sticker in my pocket on a receipt and put my button on where my sticker was and wore it proudly.

    The food wasn't half bad either. The entire thing was delicious, but the sausages were a bit of a let down. They kind of reminded me of thin cigars. They were so small I yearned for a little bit more. The iced tea went well with the biscuit, washing down the dry bits with a cool and refreshing wave of sweetness.

    I forgot to take pictures of my food since I was hungry, but I did take pictures of a friend I made.



    I called him Charles. Didn't feed him anything though, but I do assume Charles gets his fair share of meals from other patrons who throw food at him. He does look a bit pudgy around the waist.

    After eating, I did another first for me in the day. I headed over to the (still empty and not moving) Mark Twain. I asked for a ride in the wheelhouse. A cast member led me up there. Telling me it was my first time (And probably seeing the button), he acted very nicely to me, telling me all sorts of stories and answering all my questions. He even told me when and where to pull the whistle and bell, and told me how it instructs others on the rivers about the incoming Mark Twain. I must say, I LOVE the whistle and bell on the Mark Twain. I could feel the heat coming up the pipe and the bell sounded fantastically loud. You should of seen my face when I pulled the whistle passing the parked Columbia. I turned to the CM and quoted Back to the Future III, "I've wanted to do that all life!" He laughed and I laughed.

    As we sailed down the rivers, he pointed out so many things that I didn't notice from below, and we both exchanged stories that we've heard and done. He told me that he's actually met Mr. Anderson at Peter Pan's Flight. For those who don't know the story too well, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are an old couple who love to ride Peter pan's Flight last.

    Then it happened...

    The Disneyland Railroad (Engine No. 2 E.P. Ripley pulling Excursion 3) passed on by. And they did the shave-and-a-hair-cut tune on their whistle. I finished them with the two-bits part on the Mark Twain. I then switched roles as well, giving them the shave-and-a-hair-cut with them finishing off with two-bits. "I've wanted to do that all life!" After the ride, he gave me a certificate of the Mark Twain stored in a drawer. I'd be sure to come back some other day. It was really peaceful and cool, and I'd expect it to be fantastic during a hot crowded day, with the breeze going in your face and being settled in a really quiet corner of the park.

    I also think I was the only one on board. I was the only one boarded on and we left.

















    He let me feel the bed. It was very uncomfortable. Solid wood maybe an inch or two beneath the surface. Kind of remind me of the prop bed my school used in their production of Anne Frank. Just put a cover on it and call it a bed.



    Anyways, I put it into my locker on Main Street and saw the Dapper Dans come out from backstage. I followed them so I could have a full show of the Dapper Dans singing. They did a request from me (Sidewalks of New York) and even sung Happy Birthday to me. How nice of them.



    I also took a ride in the Lilly Belle, and I was quite lucky. 3 members were dropping out and since I was a party of 1, I managed to squeeze in. I love riding in the Lilly Belle provides such a different experience than in the regular coaches. You can see how many times I've ridden in my signature above me in my previous post or below me in this new one.

    It was mid-day by now, and I decided to head on over to DCA to ride Radiator Springs Racers. Why? Well, I was going to have lunch there anyways, so why not enjoy RSR while there? Took Single Riders of course since I go by myself









    Sadly, RSR is not living up to opening day. The pine trees are dying, which I hope they will soon fix, and worst of all, the sheriff is as stiff as a stone and we stopped right before the tractor tipping scene. I was actually hoping that we would be evacuated off, but no. The ride went on same as usual (And I keep on getting Ramone's paint shop scene! NEVER Luigi's! URGH >_<). Race went on just fine, but guess what. We break down for real and we have to walk off. Where do we break down? A FEW FEET FROM THE EXIT. I can't believe it. All my life I've always wanted to be evacuated off a ride walking past the scenes and such. And when that happens, I only walk a few feet before I'm off. Phewy...

    Well, at least I got an automatic ride on again.



    I decided to wait a it since I was hungry. I was going to eat at Carthay Circle Theater Restaurant for Lunch. While in the lounge, I decided to have a little drink. Before hand, I ate there and had the Wild Berry Lemonade. Today, I thought I'd try something a little different. The Rose Petal Soda

    (Sorry, the iPod is terrible with pictures in a dark enviorment, and I absolutely HATE flash photography.)





    Not really a soda, but the petal was delicious. I would love to buy a whole box of that stuff.







    (Note to self: Bring actual camera. These grainy picture are really terrible quality.)

    For lunch, I had the Carthay Biscuits (Bread balls filled with a filling and a side dish of cheese to put on it), a Pan Roasted Lamb, and for drinking, the Shirley Temple or Roy Rogers Drink.





    Shirley Temple or Roy Rogers was very nice. Does anyone know where the Disneyland Resort gets their cherries? I see them everywhere; Mint Juleps, Shirley Temple or Roy Rogers, Sundays, Desserts, etc. and they all have those few traits in common; very sweet, seedless, and small. I could eat a whole box if I could. They're that good.





    The biscuits man. They were little balls of warm chewy cheese covered heaven.







    The lamb was to DIE FOR. At first, I thought it would be a rack of lamb, but this was actually a much more pleasant surprise. The lamb sat on a small bed of steamed vegetables and sauce. Vegetables included tomato, cut green olives, and what I think was steamed Brussels sprouts. The lamb itself was fantastic. Its a lamb hot dog rolled up in a lamb meat blanket. Sort of like a pig in a blanket, except the blanket is made of pig.

    I didn't plan on having dessert because I could hardly finish up the lambs. They look small on camera, and even in real life, but it WILL fill you up. I will warn you about that. Anyways, my waitress got my a complimentary birthday chocolate truffle.







    It was dark chocolate on the outside with a stripe of white chocolate and a dark chocolate interior. If you are a fan of card chocolate, you will LOVE your birthday at Carthay Circle Theater Restaurant. If you're not, like me, it is still a really delicious truffle. I prefer milk chocolate because it has less of a strong flavor, but the dark chocolate in my truffle was still really good.

    Part 3 to come soon, here I cap off my day with a few more paragraphs and show off what I got from my visit.

    If you'll excuse me now, my commercial break is done and the series premier of Doctor Who is going to end soon.

    ---------- Post added 09-01-2012 at 11:18 PM ----------

    The third and final part of my Birthday trip report.

    Before I continue, I must talk about my waitress. She is one of the best waitresses I've ever had. She was very helpful, her voice was very welcoming, and she had a smile that could give a thousand smiles. She just made my day a whole lot more brilliant that it should of. Oh Cast Members. Going above and beyond the call of duty to help someone get that little something to make their day all a little more special. She made my day feel so much better, that I went down to Guest Relations/Chamber of Commerce to write up a good report for her, and made sure that she gets something special in return. Dear Waitress, I'm not sure if you're out there and even read MiceChat. I hope you can recognize who I am from the picture of my T-Shirt posted above. And I just want to say thank you for making my day feel a whole lot better, and hope you got something special in return. Cheers!

    EDIT: OH! I FORGOT TO MENTION! I gave her a 20% tip. Hope you liked my present from me to you.

    Right-o, anyways, moving on! After eating and talking about her at the Chamber of Commerce, I headed over to Carsland once again to use my re-entry ticket. It went a lot smoother, but I still got a stiff sheriff and RAMONE'S AGAIN. I swear (Cross my heart hope to fly stick a cupcake in my eye) since opening day, I've always gotten Ramone's paint shop. Oh well, at least I will have another ride line to memorize again.

    I headed back over to Disneyland and decided to pop into the Disney Gallery. Sitting on a display case was the book I've been waiting for a long time. It's the book about the illustrations of the posters of the park. $40. I haven't even read it yet, but I plan to...with latex gloves on a clean table. It's too special to me to ruin.

    After that, my day started to go into the daily grind mode. Rode the Main Street Transportation until they all packed up for the day and waited at New Orleans Square for relief fireman and engineer friends to come out and pull the train. This is what happens. I became friends with them through a couple of tender rides but those were just lucky days. They usually take the non-tender rider trains, No. 3 or 5. Today they took 3. So I can still talk to them, I ride in the very first passenger car behind the locomotive all the way around until they get off for break. When they get off, we chat a little bit and all that. It's really nice to have friends who work in the park. Gives you something to look forward to when ever you visit.

    Anyways, this went on for who ever knows how long, and I didn't really mind. I love riding the Railroad. Hearing the whistle, feeling the rumble, seeing the stuff work, it's all fantastic to watch, listen, and even smell n' taste. Continuing on with my daily grind of Disneyland, I did my normal routines; Splash Mountain [x]...Haunted Mansion [x]...Jungle Cruise [x]....Indiana Jones [x]...Funny story about Indiana Jones. I try not to take single riders when riding. Why? I cannot request the driver seat 9Says so on the card I am handed) that SR cannot request seats. Why is that important? Because on Indiana Jones, I am part of the story. Let me explain.

    When we get onboard the transport, I turn around so that the first and second rows can see and hear me properly. I tell them that I am their designated driver for the evening and that I will get them safely through the temple with their riches and goods in hand. I introduce myself as Captain Rex at the cockpit. A few have caught my reference while the others think my name is actually Rex (Possibly didn't see the button/I didn't have the button on my unbirthday). So anyways, I did the whole routine. Since I plan on driving a stick shift in real life once I am able to, the transport felt like home. I would not only act like I'm steering the jeep, but also holding the clutch and shifting into proper gears. Those who watch me see that I am having a blast, and I could hear them laugh along with me. A few highlights would be in the bridge sequence. Whenever I go, the jeep always seems to stop at the edge and lurch forward. I made it a part of my story; as we slow down, I shift into gears but into the wrong gear. "Wrong gear!" I would yell out to the rest. This would soon transcend into the snake room. Why does the jeep slow down when the snake attacks? Because my gears have gone stuck again (For those who pay attention to the driver). For those who ever get the drivers seat or request the seat, I always reccomend that you pretend to drive. You become part of the show and make things more believable. Seriously, if no one is driving, then is the transport possessed? That's the only explanation.

    Also, I had to kick myself in the rear buttocks for not only missing the Parade, Coke Corner Rag Time Pianist, The Voices of Liberty, but also the Flag Ceremony. HOW could I miss the FLAG CEREMONY. I will never forgive myself for that.

    Anyways, my time at the parks was nearing the end. I wanted to stay until closing time, but had to leave early due to the party at home (We also celebrate 2 other birthdays on the same day due to them being in the week and well), so I couldn't miss that. I had to leave at 8:00, so around 6:45 I went to Carnation Cafe to have dinner. I would be trying something a little bit different. Although my main course (Chicken Fried Chicken) is the same as last time I ordered it, I was going to have an appetizer and a dessert to go with it.



    Fried cucumbers. They were VERY HOT and VERY GOOD. My only complaint is that there wasn't enough sauce to go with it. Dear Chefs at Carnation Cafe. Please add more dipping sauce. Thank you.





    Chicken Fried Chicken was good as always. I got to commend the chefs for the skin. It's not too thick yet not too thin. Not too soft yet not too crunchy. Not too oily, yet not too dry. Fried chicken at it's finest. And the vegetables aren't half bad either. I am a man who dislikes his peas, but I would gladly gobble them up if prepared as it was in my meal.



    For dessert, a delicious Milkshake with a lot of extra ice cream! Delicious! Very smooth and very creamy!





    I really took my time enjoying the milkshake, sitting back, watching people meander about and do their daily stuff. Funny thing, a duo of guests with dogs that had the special harnesses attached to them sat down across from me. A feather flew down to one of the dog's noses. He sniffed it a little, and then a little harder after that. A few more sniffs later the feather got stuck on his nose. He shook it off and landed in front of him. One sniff later and he gobbled it up. Oh my god, did that make me laugh so hard internally it felt like my funny bone fractured itself. Hard to explain in real life, but it's all due to the fact about the minor actions and looks the dog did and gave the feather.

    Anyways, my waitress brought over my complimentary dessert and sung the Carnation Cafe Happy Birthday chant.

    Happy Happy birthday...

    Something...

    Something...

    Something...

    HEY!

    That's all I remember from the chant. Anyways, the desert was a cute little single scoop of ice cream with a large mountain of whipped cream on top and little mickey mouse sprinkles on top with a single lit candle. How adorable.

    (iPod pictures are really terrible in the dark, so excuse me if you can see a lot of fuzziness.)







    It was surpisingly tasty for a simple scoop of vanilla and whipped cream with sprinkles. Must of been the sprinkles, as it gave the small thing a fire cracker punch. Left my waitress ALL my money left in my wallet. Why all of it? Because I only had about 2 dollars left if I gave her a 20% tip. So, I guess I have her a 21 or 22% tip then.

    And I went home to blow out my cake and I went upstairs, locked my door, and collapsed into my bed, still wearing my clothes and Disneyland Birthday Button. I can truly say that that single day will forever be one of the happiest days I've ever spent at Disneyland. I've kept record of it as well. I was smiling more than any other day I've spent in the park, and I've been there quite a lot. Minus the daily grind and hot and sticky weather, it was a fantastic day! And might I say THANK YOU to ALL Cast Members who not only said Happy Birthday to me, but also made my day a whole lot more brilliant! And MORE THANK YOUS to any park goer who also said Happy Birthday to me! You didn't have to! You really didn't! But that you anyways! Each and every one of you made my day a whole lot more awesome! I will try to pay it forward to anybody else who spend their birthday at Disneyland. Once again, thank you all, both cast members and visitors alike who either worked or visited Disneyland on the 25th of August and saw a person with that Doctor Who T-Shirt and Birthday Pin and made his day a little more special.

    And that's Disney Magic for you.

    There you have it. A Trip Report of my First Birthday Spent at Disneyland. Overdue by roughly a week's time and delayed a few hours more thaks to the rocking Doctor Who premire. For any Whoovian fans out there who haven't seen it, if you love watching the older series, be sure to look out for familiar faces in the crowds!

    ---------- Post added 09-01-2012 at 11:45 PM ----------

    Oh, almost forgot to show what I got in terms of stuff at the end of the day.

    Fun fact: Did you know I entered the park with exactly $145 in my wallet and left with $0.00? I didn't even have a single penny left! Money sure does seem to fly by so quickly.



    My birthday sticker and button. The sticker was saved on a spare piece of receipt paper I had from breakfast.



    The Mark Twain Riverboat pilot certificate, Lilly Belle Ticket with punched hole, and all receipts from any and all transactions I had in the park.



    The candle that was on my dessert at the Carnation Cafe. My first Disneyland Birthday Candle. The wick hasn't even been touched by me yet, so it's still pretty much left in the safe state as it was when it was last lit.





    This beautifully handsome beast of a book looks ruddy fantastic! It's big, it's colorful, it's detailed, it's what I always wanted! A birthday gift from me to...me. Happy birthday me. I sure do know how to surprise myself.

    And this is just for the heck of it. I give you my iPod and list of Disneyland Songs I have put into my library.









    According to iTunes, I've listened to the Disneyland Railroad 60 times. Since each trip is about 20 minutes, I've technically ridden the railroad for 1200 minutes! That's 20 hours! And that is not including actual in-park times I've heard it, which is technically unknown since the audio tends to just go out one ear and straight through. I guess I can now recite the entire spiel without any error now. Also, I am working on getting more music on as well as working on a DCA playlist. Once they release Carthay Circle Theater Restaurant's BGM, I will mix both that and Club 33's BGM and have classical and jazz renditions of famous Disney songs flowing out of my door.



    Total Tender Rides: 20
    Total Lilly Belle Rides: 9
    Total Dapper Days Attended: 2
    Total Mark Twain Wheelhouse Rides: 5

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    Re: My First Birthday Spent at Disneyland Resort (Warning: Many Sort-if-ish-Big Pictu

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    Nice pictures. I love an empty (or near empty) Disneyland. When I get there at rope drop, I usually head west into Frontierland and New Orleans Square to really enjoy the tranquility.
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    So very empty. Plus TEEFURY represent!
    Kind of reminds me of that dream I had one time where I was the only guest in the park. It was very strange to see it with hardly anyone in my mind. I wish that would happen some day, but the likely hood of that happening are about as big as...well, there's nothing really that big to compare the odds to.



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    Total Dapper Days Attended: 2
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    Love love love this report.

    Sounds like a great time at the park.
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    Yes!!! I love trip reports! And this one was awesome!! Great pictures, and sounds like you had a most magical birthday. I love being in the park first thing in the morning before the crowds hit! It is a most serene place, and has a special magic at that time!

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    I really enjoyed experiencing your story! I don't think I'll ever get the opportunity to experience the park alone, but I sure hope to some day

    Happy (belated) Birthday!

    PS - Most people aren't brilliant photographers with special equipment. You don't have to apologize for the dark/blurry/grainy shots. I'm just glad you took some and shared!

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    Well happy UN BIRTHDAY today. And I'm so jealous you got that book! I want to get one on my next trip to WDW this Christmas. I hope they are not sold out when I get there. I could order it online but I'm weird about buying it in the theme parks knowing I got it and bought it inside the theme parks. Makes it a little bit more special to me.
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    What a fun report! I celebrated a milestone birthday at Disneyland by getting there early too. It's SO fun when it's empty. Thank you for sharing with us and happy belated birthday!

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    Great PTR. Nice ratio of txt to pix. And for being only 16, very articulate - I could understand your post! Glad you had a great b-day.

    Reading all these various PTRs and seeing pix of DLR is getting me so jazzed for my upcoming week in SoCal. Lots of decent-to-great reports on MC as of late.














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    Brilliant trip report! Made me feel like I was right there with you! You do seem to have quite a talent for writing.

    So glad you had such a lovely time on your birthday. I've never been lucky enough to see the Park quite so empty, I envy you that. Maybe some day it'll happen for me.
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    wow thats so cool! HOW did you get to ride in the Lilly Belle?? I thought it was off limits to guests? oh and I also got to ride in the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain today! Strangest thing though, the cast member walked up to me and offered to take me up there. He probably noticed I was all by myself haha
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    Re: My First Birthday Spent at Disneyland Resort (Warning: Many Sort-if-ish-Big Pictu

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    wow thats so cool! HOW did you get to ride in the Lilly Belle?? I thought it was off limits to guests? oh and I also got to ride in the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain today! Strangest thing though, the cast member walked up to me and offered to take me up there. He probably noticed I was all by myself haha
    All you have to do is go up to Main Street station when the park opens and ask for a seat. They'll then reserve you a seat at a certain time. When that time comes, you have to be at the station to board.

    Also, thanks for the feedback guys! It really was a fantastic trip! I will also be attending the Dapper Day event on Friday, so I may do a trip report on that and try to bring in a lot of photos. May not be as long and detailed as this, but that's fine by me.

    PS: I hope you have a WONDERFUL time in the park as well Pushforth!



    Total Tender Rides: 20
    Total Lilly Belle Rides: 9
    Total Dapper Days Attended: 2
    Total Mark Twain Wheelhouse Rides: 5

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    Happy Birthday. I enjoyed every picture.
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