So I came down last weekend for the first time since MiceChats 2nd anniversary party in late January. I haven't posted a trip report yet because I fix a/c units in the Central Valley and it was 104 degrees today...
But I digress.
When we went into the Park Friday morning, I had my trusty Carolwood Pacific Historical Society nametag with me since I had read that while only Club 33 members could officailly ride the Lilly Belle, CPHS members were usaully granted passage since the CPHS is a club dedicated to the history of Walt Disney and his railroading hobby.
I approached a conductor who was at the base of the Main Street train depot, and presented my namebadge and asked him if it was true about members of the CPHS being able to ride the Lilly Belle, to which he replied that it wasn't necessary to be a Club 33 member or a CPHS member to ride. He said that Disneyland had decided to include rides in the Lilly Belle as a "granted Dream" in the "Year of a Million Dreams" promotion!
I was very excited at that new, and sure enough, the next day I was at Tomorrowland Station and up rolls the #5 - The Ward Kimball, and following her is the Lilly Belle. Tigerlily and I hopped aboard and asked one of the conductors of we could ride in the Lilly Belle and were told that rides began and ended at the Main Street Station, and only if there was enough staffing to afford a conductor for the Lilly Belle.
We pulled into Main Street Sation and within a couple of minutes a very nice young man named Brian escorted us back to the Lilly Belle where we had a delightful ride around Disneyland with our well-informed conductor.
He confirmed what we were told the previous day and so when my brother called me Monday from Disneyland, I told him to go to the Main Street Station and ask for a ride on the Lilly Belle.
He was told that only Club 33 members can ride or VIP's. My brother went and asked about this at City Hall and he was told the same thing.
I don't get it. Can communications be that bad between CM's that this kind of thing can happen, especially after having it confirmed by 2 conductors only 2 days prior?