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    Re: Favorite All Time Memory of Disneyland is...

    Whenever I'm in SoCal for Christmas vacation, I always go to DL at few times. A few years ago, during an especially warm Christmas Day afternoon, I decided to go back to my car and ditch my sweatshirt for a T shirt. As I opened my car door I heard someone calling my name from a few feet away. It was someone who I had been friends with in Orange County for many years, but had drifted apart when I moved to Chicago and he to Hawaii. He and his parents had just pulled into a parking space a few cars away. What are the chances of this happening? Two old friends from thousands of miles away reuniting at our favorite place. A magical memory, for sure.
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    Re: Favorite All Time Memory of Disneyland is...

    Quote Originally Posted by Chapter13
    This post reminds me of that lucky little girl who was the 2,000,000,000th guest. The green eyed monster keeps coming up when I think about her.
    I can relate all too well Chapter13!


    Like most of you have already posted, I have a lot of really great DL memories but my most recent trip really stands out in my mind as being the best vacation of my life. My husband knows how much Disneyland means to my mom and me so he helped us convince my family to spend Christmas at the park (my dad is more of a traditionalist who would prefer to have dinner at the house with relatives). I cannot say how thankful I am for that trip! There were so many magical moments that bring a smile to my mouth every time I think of them. I cannot list them all here but a few include Christmas dinner at The Blue Bayou, getting caught in the "snow" storm on Main Street USA after the best fireworks display I have ever seen, and having the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Disneyland decorated for Christmas during the 50th anniversary celebration. Every minute in the park was so amazing and I will never forget the feeling of seeing all the lights and feeling Christmas cheer, Disney style.

    This is a photo of my family and me in NOS soaking up the beautiful decorations.



    This photo shows our attempt to fit all 4 full-sized adults into the golden Peter Pan ship. The other couple are friends who moved from Nebraska to California who drove down for the day to enjoy some Disney cheer.



    This photo was taken at the Tiki Room exit as homage to our love of the pineapple whip.



    This shot was taken with my husband at the foot of the amazing golden anniversary Christmas tree. It was so huge, I could not believe it was a real tree!



    This is a photo of my mom, sister, and me after our divine Christmas meal at The Blue Bayou.



    This picture of me, my husband, mom, and brother was taken right after the "Remember" fireworks display. If you look closely you can see the "snow" shadows on our faces!



    This photo of my husband and me with my family was taken on Christmas day at the entrance to the park with Tinkerbell. I was so happy that she worked holidays!

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    Re: Favorite All Time Memory of Disneyland is...

    Is that from all you MiceChat readers? 2 pages worth? Anymore great story memories out there?

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    Re: Favorite All Time Memory of Disneyland is...

    My favorite all time memory is when my fiance proposed in front of the castle the week before christmas last year. I was completely shocked and surprised and the cast member got some great pics for us.

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    Smile Re: Favorite All Time Memory of Disneyland is...

    I have 2 - first, when my husband proposed at the wishing well in 1999 - it was so romantic and I was completely surprised! He asked someone to take our picture there and I had no idea what was going on until he was on one knee!

    The other was in 2004 when we told my parents we were pregnant, and we told them right in front of the castle. We gave them a homemade card with a before and after picture, the after with a baby graphic inserted into their arms (it was a picture of them at Dland too!) Little did we know we were having twins so a little Disney magic was happening all along!!! We have since cherished bringing our little boy and girl to the happiest place on earth many times, and I would actually have to say being there with them is the best thing of all!!!

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    Re: Favorite All Time Memory of Disneyland is...

    Seeing the ghosts in the ballroom and trying to figure out how it was done (I know now).

    Electric Light Parade.

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    Re: Favorite All Time Memory of Disneyland is...



    That's me entering Disneyland for the very first time. I went to Disneyland last year, on July the 16th. I was there for the Anniversary. It was a great week.
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    Re: Favorite All Time Memory of Disneyland is...

    So many of these posts have brought tears to my eyes! I love it! Thanks for starting this thread.

    None of my memories are nearly so heart wrenching but...

    I have sosososoooo many memories since I have been to DL over 30 times and this is without an AP.

    1. Going multiple times on New Years Eve as a child. I don't have any specific memories, just a general memory of revelry and joy.

    2. Every time I have been able to take a first timer and watched their eyes light up.

    3. Taking my good friend from England's son on his first trip to the US.

    4. Spending time with one of my good friends and her three kids when they just happened to be at DL at the same time as me.

    5. Last fall taking my fiance on his first trip to DL and taking him from a skeptic to a Disney appreciator. He'll never be a fan like me but he agreed to go only to get me to stop begging him and I can't tell you how delighted I was when he admitted that it was a pretty great time. Then over New Year's he had wanted to go down to LA again but to go to USH for two days. I tried to convince him that it was really a one day park, but he didn't believe me. By the end of the first day he was asking to go back to Disneyland. The most exciting thing of all...we are now going to be making my first trip to WDW this fall and he agreed to a whole week with all the trimmings! We are paying out the wazoo but boy am I happy! What a sweet boy!

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    Re: Favorite All Time Memory of Disneyland is...

    My best memory was finally breaking my curse of not being able to take a date to Disneyland! Been trying since 8th grade...didnt happen till 2 year of college!! So anyways, it was my girlfriends birthday, and I got the fantasmic balcony seats. I grabbed her a slice of chocolate cake, and I walked back to my seat, there I reached into my pocket and pulled out 2 little candles. I stuck them in and lit em up, but being the shy guy I am, I couldnt sing happy birthday to her on my own, So asked an oh so kind woman seated next to us to help get me started. She was more than willing to participate, so there I sang her happy birthday on the balcony of the disney gallery for her birthday, with her own makeshift birthday cake... that smile that appeared on her was absolutely priceless...I will never forget it....
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    After hearing everyone's stories and comments... I can't freakin wait to find out what my all time favorite first time memory of Disneyland is going to be. It could be ANYTHING!

    I'm so excited I can't sit still! ;o)

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    Re: Favorite All Time Memory of Disneyland is...

    I have many, since I have either been visiting, or working, at the Park for the last 45 years. I got my first real kiss from a girl, at age 11, in a Skyway bucket going through the Matterhorn circa 1967. I'm one year older than the previous post-er who talked about attending that year. It truly was a magical time for DL with all the new attractions.

    One I don't think I've shared before...when I worked at New Orleans Main Kitchen in the summer of 1980, we were severely shorthanded by injuries. We were super-busy, but it was too late in the summer to get new hires in and trained.

    One Sunday, my sixth workday in a row (more uncommon back then) I worked as a lead on a very busy day from 7am-3:30pm. At about 4:30, I'd just gotten home, and had just sat down with a cold one, watching (Druggas would appreciate this) Gilligan's Island - when the phone rang.

    The night lead called me and said that someone else had called in sick, and he was gonna go under - could I please, please, please come back in.

    I dragged myself back to the park for another eight hours...And for some reason, the other lead (a good friend named Rick Nielsen whom I've lost track of) and I weren't ready to go home...we sat in the chef's office and told jokes and just laughed, and supervisors joined in - and we all adjourned to breakfast at HoJo's ( a favorite DL night crew spot in the day) and ate and talked and laughed until almost sunrise.

    As I've said before, when you work at the Park, there are elements of "just a job", and you do become aware of what I call the iron fist inside Mickey's white glove.

    Still, it's unlike any other work experience you'll ever have.

    Thanks for letting me share this -

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    Re: Favorite All Time Memory of Disneyland is...

    Quote Originally Posted by Radiobarry
    I got my first real kiss from a girl, at age 11, in a Skyway bucket going through the Matterhorn circa 1967.
    First off, great memories! Next, I wonder how many moves were busted on the Skyway before they shut down...if only those buckets could talk!

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    Re: Favorite All Time Memory of Disneyland is...

    My best memory so far has to be spending our honeymoon 15 years ago at the Park, and getting to see the wonder of Disneyland in the eyes of my new bride...especialy after her first experience with a roller coaster (Big Thunder)...which we rode, walk on, 6 consecutive times, with Ruth literally screaming "ROLLER COASTER. LETS GO AGAIN!!!" every time.

    Soon to be upstaged with a story about our kids, next week I'm sure. (Their first visit is Fathers Day)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanaimobar
    Soon to be upstaged with a story about our kids, next week I'm sure. (Their first visit is Fathers Day)
    Well happy early Father's Day!!!

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    Re: Favorite All Time Memory of Disneyland is...

    Quote Originally Posted by localdisnyfan
    Ok...I have more than one....

    1) Anniversary #4...We got into Club 33 AND our Disneyland Hotel manager friend hooked us up in the corner suite on the 9th floor facing the park. What an amazing day....and night! We watched the fireworks from our balcony, we had Mickey Mouse bathrobes, jacuzzi tub...it was a very romantical night!
    What Hotel was this at?! The big day is comming for me and I think this would be a great idea!
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