My name is Phil, and I live in Redlands, CA, about 55 miles or so east of the park. I've been an AP holder for about 8 years and have influenced many friends and family members to purchase them ever since (and yes, its a privilege to be grateful for... like a driver's license!). For the record, I'm single.
I've loved Disneyland ever since my first trip there when I was 5 years old, and owe much in my life, including my career choice (hmm, maybe they owe me!), and my interests in mechanics, science, history and technology, to Disney's influence. Though I've always wanted to be involved at the park professionally, my career is designing museum and educational exhibits; similar in many ways to the work you see in the parks. Because of this I have a great appreciation for thoughtful interpretation*, design, and theming, and how they can be used to enhance and reinforce education as well as entertainment.
OK... I'll take the brazen stand and admit that I like DCA, although I'll also stand shoulder-so-shoulder with those that say there are "improvements" that can be made almost everywhere you turn in the park. When my group first visited DCA on one of the park's preview days we went in expecting to see something different than Disneyland. We enjoyed the fresh approach, though we discussed from the onset that it was just the beginnings of a "full" park, with its share of things that didn't work... maybe more than its share. So much potential wasted under the previous regime, but it is there, including some real diamonds in the rough. Even with their hands financially bound, the artists and designers truly did some beautiful work. Try looking with an artist/designer's eye; you'll see what's there... and get excited about what could be. I'm really, really looking forward to seeing what Matt is going to do in DCA once the 50th is underway.
But, ah, Disneyland! When I walk down Mainstreet I'm back home in Redlands, and when I'm downtown Redlands I'm back home on Mainstreet (part of the reason I moved to Redlands to begin with). Disneyland touched us as children because good ideas, and good design, are timeless. Technology can change, but the heart of the matter, the core ideals that made Disneyland so special, will never be outdated, regardless of the latest corporate fad. How I'd love to sit and have lunch with Matt, after giving him the warmest handshake... no, a big hug. Our park still has its issues, but "Thank You, Matt!"
I hope to meet many of you in the days to come.
*("Interpretation", as used in this sense, means the thoughtful examination of an idea or event and its associated impact on its surroundings, i.e. people, society, history. Disneyland is a great subject for interpretation!)
Greetings to all,pleased to have finally started posting here. I have been going to Disneyland as long as I can remeber (my first visit was way back in 1969 or so the family album says) looking forward to posting along with you all as my desert home only allows me 1 (maybe 2) visits to the park a year anymore but I have a wonderful wife and 2 sons aged 6 and 11 to help share the magic these days so it makes the long pauses between trips bearable.
See you all on the boards and maybe someday get to meet a few of you at the park
Well, I joined a week or so ago, but don't remember whether I've posted here or not, so please, bear with me...
Name's Tera, 22 year-old uni student, married, from Southern Illinois, and a former CP who's been thoroughly brainwashed. I worked in Fantasyland Attractions, although Epcot holds my heart. I started reading Miceage when I was in Florida, and kept reading, because I like knowing what's going on.
Thanks for having me.
Hello all, my name is Hector and I'm addicted to Disney. "Hi Hector"
I've been in love with the place since childhood, and even more-so now that I can appreciate what a beautiful and fun place it still is [was?]. I also live in Redlands, CA (fancy that) and it's been way too long since I've been to the park. My last trip was in January 2, 2004 and I probably won't get back untill sometime after November Ah well, at least Space will be open.
During the summer (more like mid April until the end of October) you can find me working at Cedar Point, located on the beautiful (I wouldn't swin in it) Lake Erie (freakin' cold wind off the lake on cold days!) in Sandusky (where? exactly...) Ohio. It's fun, I work on a Jungle Cruiseesque boat ride (But we're better since we don't have rails :P) called Paddlewheel Excusrions and I have the time of my life all day long. So if your ever there, stop by and say "hi" to Captain Hector. I'll probably be the only Hector working at the park...
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"Tonight I wash my hands of you
You set the bar I could not live up to
Tonight the light is breaking through
So thank you very little and send me postcards from hell"
Well, I actually read through each page and recognize many of you from my past few weeks on the board. Took me a while to find this particular thread but here I am. Desertdweller is the name and I live in Palm Springs after living in Anaheim and other parts of Orange County for 40 years.
I have always loved Disney animation (my first dream of a career at age 5) and made my first trip to DL in '59...the year the Subs, Matterhorn and Monorail were opened.
There are lots of great postings and discussions going on in here and I'm looking forward to taking part in many of them.
My name's Ron and I'm a single guy living in New York City with two cats. I work behind the scenes in theatre.
I have a love of vintage Disney films, and really enjoy taking trips to Walt Disney World....I'm the kind of person that you'd barely have to twist my arm to get to go. I became an annual passholder there last June...it was cost effective for my stay there and got me some discounts so I figured "why not?" .....I've been back for a couple of weekends during the past few months so its worked out great!
Anyhow.... generally a lurker on various Disney Theme Park sites and I joined the boards here a few weeks ago.... this board seems to have a good friendly vibe with some interesting and cool people posting.
Have a good one...
I've been reading MiceAge for a couple of years because it gives an interesting perspective on Disneyland. It's nice to read (and see photos) of the positive changes that are happening there I've only been there one time, Christmas of '97, and hope to make it out to California in '06.
I probably should have popped in here first to introduce myself.
My name is Tom, I'm a certified "Disneyland Freak" (according to my wife, anyway) living in Portland, Oregon. I have four kids, three of them old enough to have been to Disneyland twice before, and one in diapers.
I first visited Disneyland in 1969 when I was six, then again in 1983. On that second visit I was crushed to learn that the Carousel of Progress was gone, but I enjoyed everything else as much as possible.
It wasn't until 2001 that I finally returned, this time bringing my kids. After spending months researching the park and finding out secrets and history and every last scrap of information I could to be thoroughly prepared, I discovered I had a love for the park that I never knew before. I wanted to know everything, see everything, gather as much as I could relating to Disneyland and its creator. Up until they cancelled the show I watched the old epsiodes of "Disneyland" on Vault Disney, and found out just how rich Disneyland's history and creation is.
My particular area of interest is Frontierland, specifically the old desert area and the Mine Train through Nature's Wonderland. I never got to ride on that, and it pains me to think about having had the opportunity but missing it back in 1969. If I had a time machine that would be the first place I'd go.
Now we have an ongoing pact to return to Disneyland as often as possible. Our next trip is scheduled for Summer of 2005, and I can't wait!
"Say, uh, ever hear of the devil's paint pots? Real mystery of the desert. Bubblin' pots of mud in all kinds of colors."