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    Re: Parking Lot/Structure memories

    I don't think there's anything wrong with structure, it is good for what it is. It's more that I miss the old parking lot.
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    The thing I liked best about it was that as soon as you paid at the toll booth and made your way through, you knew you were at Disneyland. You could see it and hear it and feel it. You'd hear the train chugging into the station, the whistle from the Mark Twain, etc.
    Well put. There was just this sense of anticipation walking from your car to the main gate, getting closer and closer with the Main Street Train Station in clear view. It was always a nice feeling, very exciting. You don't get that from the tram ride path that hides everything, and then drops you off into the shopping mall (an admittedly good shopping mall, but not Disneyland).

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    Re: Parking Lot/Structure memories

    Here is a shot of my favorite parking lot memory.

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    Re: Parking Lot/Structure memories

    Quote Originally Posted by bearride View Post
    Here is a shot of my favorite parking lot memory.

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    Great pic. All vans and cars, no SUV's.
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    Re: Parking Lot/Structure memories

    Quote Originally Posted by mistyisjafo View Post
    Memories from a Parking Lot Crew member (86-88):

    The one summer it got so hot the asphalt was registered to be 150 degrees. We had PL CMs fainting (me being one of them) and one had to be taken to the hospital.

    Driving or Rear Trams - Going around and around and around. After a while you saw the same cars on the ends and would memorize the license plates. If you were RTing you were happy to have people to talk to late nights because it would be so cold and boring.

    Driving- Just to clarify, there was a specific route that you took through out the day. Each stop was strategic and choreographed. Sometimes you had to be very skilled driver because people would park their car in spots not assigned or have overly large cars. You basically ran an obstical course. Plus avoid running people over because guest seem to completely ignore large automobiles with long strands of cars being dragged behind it. I was constantly honking and yelling "GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!!". And yes, after several months of driving you become nuts. It makes you nuts!

    Tollgates:Hi welcome to Disneyland. Parking is $. Please stop looking at me like your surprised to find out, no I don't know where Mickey is today, yes it sure is busy, and I'm sorry you had to wait to get into the Park today for at least *insert time here* (also thinking "Get used to it"). Have a great day!

    Parking: Stand and Point, Walk and Point, Move Cones/Place Cones, and lots of shouting and trying to get peoples attention and avoiding cars where people are not paying attention and seem to think its ok to run over the person in the ugly orange polyster outfit. Slow days were a misery, you'd stand at the end of an isle and wait wait wait with nothing to do. We'd do things like park all the same color or same type of car in a row to fill the time. Cones were a constant source of entertainment and sometimes used to toss under cars who's driver was being difficult. Busy nights, like July 4th, were a nightmare. Then there's the one idiot who got hopped up and drugs and ran his car into a line of cars.

    Best Question:
    Where's the boat that takes you to the entrance?
    -I never went to Walt Disney World so I was stumped. When I told them there wasn't one they didn't believe me.
    Obviously, tram drivers today don't have to worry about dodging cars and so forth. But does it take a lot more skill to drive the newer trams with so many more cars?

    I wonder of it's a better experience overall to work the PL today as opposed to then.

    Thanks, mistyisjafo, for sharing those memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tahoebob54 View Post
    Way back in 1985 I remember pulling into the parking lot , a few minuts later when another car pulled in just a three spots down. as soon as the car stooped before anyone even got out of that car there were at least 4 security cars behind said car. I did not stop and watch what happened next, but it would my guess they did not see Mickey Mouse that day!
    Just found this forum after searching through Yesterland, and stumbled upon this thread. Now for my first post... That person in the car three in front you you in 1985 may have been me!

    My memory of the parking lot was from around 1985 as well. I was visiting Disneyland with a friend and being much, MUCH younger (and much more ignorant) pulled up into the parking lot and, well, lit up something you aren't supposed to smoke, if you catch my drift.

    Very stupidly, we did this in our car, parked right in front of the security tower, over on the west side of the entrance in front of where the Indiana Jones ride is now. (Didn't know the security tower was there at the time....) Well, by the time we got out of the car in just two or three minutes, we had about 4 Disneyland Security guards around us, asking us what we thought we were doing. "Going to the park of course", was our reply, as smug as a 20 year old can be. They asked us what were smoking before we got out of the car and of course our answer was, "what do you mean, we weren't smoking anything in the car!" They then pointed out the security tower to us, and said that unless we wanted the Anaheim police to take a look in the car, we should do ourselves a favor and just leave and come back tomorrow.

    At that point, not being that stupid, we profusely appologized and left immediately. So, we did not see Mickey that evening as we had planned. Pretty stupid looking back and something that is kind of humiliating, but thought I'd share it here, as it is quite a vivid memory of the parking lot for me.

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    Re: Parking Lot/Structure memories

    three years ago... I worked as a parking/tram guy. almost three months.. that is all i could take.

    if you get there after about 9pm they stop charging for entry.

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    Re: Parking Lot/Structure memories

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryEwing View Post
    Very stupidly, we did this in our car, parked right in front of the security tower, over on the west side of the entrance in front of where the Indiana Jones ride is now. (Didn't know the security tower was there at the time....) Well, by the time we got out of the car in just two or three minutes, we had about 4 Disneyland Security guards around us, asking us what we thought we were doing. "Going to the park of course", was our reply, as smug as a 20 year old can be. They asked us what were smoking before we got out of the car and of course our answer was, "what do you mean, we weren't smoking anything in the car!" They then pointed out the security tower to us, and said that unless we wanted the Anaheim police to take a look in the car, we should do ourselves a favor and just leave and come back tomorrow.

    At that point, not being that stupid, we profusely appologized and left immediately. So, we did not see Mickey that evening as we had planned. Pretty stupid looking back and something that is kind of humiliating, but thought I'd share it here, as it is quite a vivid memory of the parking lot for me.
    Of course, you're not the only one that ever happened to. Some rather well-known people were busted for similar "activity" in that parking lot. Steve Cauthen, the triple crown winning jockey in the 70's, was caught smoking pot there, for one that I can recall.

    No security towers in the M-F structure now, but I'm always assuming that there are cameras everywhere. Sometimes I wave to them.

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    Re: Parking Lot/Structure memories

    OK this story goes way back, it was summer of 1976.
    I remember the date, because it was the night before I turned 16.

    My friend and I were driving around in his dadís F350 Ford pickup.
    5 guys up to no good
    I think there were two in the cab and three in the bed.
    Back then you could ride around in the bed of a pickup.

    Somehow we ended up in being chased by a low-rider.
    I think it was a í64 Chevy Impala.
    We were going south on Harbor.

    My buddy tried to ditch the Chevy by turning into Disneylandís parking lot.
    It was after Midnight, so they were no longer taking tolls at the booths.
    There were hardly any cars left in the lot.
    We went back and forth the entire length of the parking lot quite a few laps.
    There were some pretty serious dips in the parking lot for drainage.
    When the Low-rider hit those dips, sparks flew out two feet to either side of the car.

    Disney security had golf cart like cars back then, but they were pretty good at driving them.
    It was amazing how good they were at stopping our truck.
    They worked as a team.
    They corralled my buddy in pretty good, so we ended up stopping in the lot near the Kennel.
    They did however, lose the low rider.
    The last that we saw of him was a bunch of sparks as he headed out the West street exit.

    Disney Security pretty much read us the riot act.
    They did a pretty good search of the truck though.
    And no, there was nothing like that to be found.
    They saw that we were being chased, so they didnít call the cops or anything.

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    Re: Parking Lot/Structure memories

    Quote Originally Posted by Duck44 View Post
    Great pic. All vans and cars, no SUV's.
    Suburban to the far right.....

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    Re: Parking Lot/Structure memories

    Just remembered a story from a buddy of mine. He grew up near DL, and some friends of his were hired by Disney to clean the parking lot each night. One night Walt shows up, and catches them playing dice. Walt joined the group playing until the wee hours of the morning. The boys thought they didn't have to do their job because the boss had been messing around with them. But Walt told them to get crackin, The lot still had to be cleaned.

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    Re: Parking Lot/Structure memories

    well i never really paid much attention to the parking lot structure till i grew up and started going on my own, but i remember when they were building DCA, my mom and i had gone to DL, and cuz of the changes in the parking, she got totally lost trying to find the freeway. at the time i was horrible with directions in anywhere in Orange County so i was no help to her at all, lol.


    Quote Originally Posted by JesterMn View Post
    Exiting the parking garage yesterday to visit the park, I was suddenly reminisce about the old parking lot (where DCA is now), and the times before the parking garage. Yes, Virginia, there was a time before the parking garage.

    Not only was it all flat space with power lines going through it, but if you waited until parking closing to leave, you were usually faced with about a 30-60 minute traffic jam since all the cars in the entire lot had to leave through a two lane-wide exit off what was then West Street. It was such an embraced "tradition", the Jungle Cruise Skippers used to have a joke about the "Electrical Brake Light Parade" as you left the park for the night! How did we put up with that for so many years?

    As best as I can research, the Mickey & Friends structure is about 10 years old now! Yeah, it's pretty ugly & barren, and far off. But a few big pluses: 5 out of 6 levels are covered from sun and rain (that old parking lot in the rain was not fun), and I have never had any serious traffic jams getting out of the structure. Also, I do find it much easier to remember where I parked now... losing your car in the old lot was pretty easy, even for the initiated, and you would always see families being driven around in carts by security looking for their car.

    I pitifully even remember when the structure was still being built, taking a tram ride just to go through it and see what it looked like so far. Was anyone else an equal loser?

    Anyone else have any comments/memories about either parking lot/structure?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryEwing View Post
    Just found this forum after searching through Yesterland, and stumbled upon this thread. Now for my first post... That person in the car three in front you you in 1985 may have been me!

    My memory of the parking lot was from around 1985 as well. I was visiting Disneyland with a friend and being much, MUCH younger (and much more ignorant) pulled up into the parking lot and, well, lit up something you aren't supposed to smoke, if you catch my drift.

    Very stupidly, we did this in our car, parked right in front of the security tower, over on the west side of the entrance in front of where the Indiana Jones ride is now. (Didn't know the security tower was there at the time....) Well, by the time we got out of the car in just two or three minutes, we had about 4 Disneyland Security guards around us, asking us what we thought we were doing. "Going to the park of course", was our reply, as smug as a 20 year old can be. They asked us what were smoking before we got out of the car and of course our answer was, "what do you mean, we weren't smoking anything in the car!" They then pointed out the security tower to us, and said that unless we wanted the Anaheim police to take a look in the car, we should do ourselves a favor and just leave and come back tomorrow.

    At that point, not being that stupid, we profusely appologized and left immediately. So, we did not see Mickey that evening as we had planned. Pretty stupid looking back and something that is kind of humiliating, but thought I'd share it here, as it is quite a vivid memory of the parking lot for me.
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    I was a passholder ~99-00

    Used to be in "Timon" usually, by the time I got there from Rancho Cucamonga...

    My g/f recently told me her happiest memories were the tram rides... the anticipation of the great day we were about to have.

    I must agree, having grown up in the park way back in the 70's and coming back as an annual passholder in my 30s (dream come true already)... the diesel smell of the tram and that first taste of plastic seats and that VOICE... such a wonderful feeling, like knowing you were on the escalator to heaven. This was when "CA" was under construction and all the way in, to our left was that green mesh.

    Saw Chow Yun-Fat getting out of a limo once as we breezed by one day- or so we like to tell ourselves.




    (1st post- thanks for the site and the memories, found this place reminiscing Matterhorn ride-thrus on youtube... Rainbow Caverns Mine Train For the Win!)

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    No memories of the old one, it was gone before my first trip to DL.

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    Re: Parking Lot/Structure memories

    I work for the company that designed and supplied the forms for the concrete parking structure. I was on the site quite often during the building of the structure. Bommel Construction did the work using Symons forming systems, I am an engineer for Symons. The Disney structure was, at the time of its completion, the largest single parking structure in the U.S. (10,000+ parking spaces). The mall of america had more parking, but three different structures.. Now the Seatle Airport is the largest (13,000 spaces) followed by Detroit's McNamera Airport (11,500 spaces). The MF structure was designed to be able to add additional levels if the need arises.

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