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?