I know alot of you out there are fairly recent Annual Passholders, perhaps you got your first pass in 2000 or sooner. I'm talking about AP holders who got theirs in their 90's. Back when you only had 2 choices for Annual Passes. Premium and Deluxe. The Deluxe passes were only about 99.00 and premium was 199.00, which included "prefered parking". For those of you who don't remember "prefered parking" it was an extra fee you used to pay to get to park up close by the ticket booths, near the disabled parking. This was pre DCA of course when you used to be able to park in that huge 100 acre parking lot. Back when you used to have a choice. Wait for the tram or just walk. We usually walked. It was faster plus you could always slug each other when we spotted out of state plates in the parking. Believe it or not but we used to have our own AP entrance, located off to the side.
I enjoyed all those summer evenings when the park was open late. My frends and I would arrive around 7:30-8:00 pm, just as the cool ocean breeze floated back into OC after a hot summer day. We would go and get some caramel sundaes at the hidden little ice cream shop on Main street, near the lockers. We'd sit and people watch. We would take a spin or two on the Peoplemover. Go watch Captain EO in a nearly empty theater. Then it was time for Fantasy In The Sky, the dinosaur fireworks show they used to have before Believe...
After the fireworks it was time to go catch the 10:30 showing of Fantasmic. By then most of the guests had gone and seating was easy for the second show. We would watch the show and head for Pirates right after. Haunted Mansion was next and if the night was warmer than usual we'd head for Splash Mountain. We would sometimes end our evening with chill out session at the Country Bear Jamboree. Most of these attractions were empty by then so there was never any waiting.
My friends and I did this almost every week. No one told us we were crazy, obsessive, sick in the head. Most were just jealous really. How many people can claim that their favorite hang out is the happiest place on earth?