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Shortiemetoo
05-15-2005, 04:58 PM
I'm just curious what your most memorable/favorite memory or event from a Disneyland trip is for you and/or your family?!
I think mine is when I was about 19. I paid for a trip to Disneyland for my brother and I. We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel. It was off season in April as it was my brothers birthday and we were celebrating the fact he was going to graduate from High School in June.
We were stalling and not wanting to leave Disneyland so we got in the line for the Matterhorn. As we exited the ride it was actually about 3 min. after closing time. We headed toward the monorail to ride back to DL hotel and there was an announcement. Someone had rented the park for the night from 6 until midnight. They were inviting anyone left in the park at that time to stay and enjoy it with them!!
Well needless to say we stayed AND enjoyed it more than I can say. There were only about 2500 people in the park. It was fabulous! Then we rode the monorail back to the motel that night and were in the front car with Michael Landon and his family...turned out they had rented the park!! Pretty cool memory!!!!
Now if only I could get to club 33! ;)

Disney Vault
05-15-2005, 05:20 PM
That is an amazing memory. That is so nice he would allow other people to stay in the park when he paid for it.

MommyTo3Boys1Girl
05-15-2005, 05:35 PM
May not sound exciting to all of you, but taking my boys in the fall. The Christmas decorations, the sparkle in their eyes. Seeing them mesmerized by the fireworks and EP! That too me holds a lifetime of memories.

disney jones
05-15-2005, 05:40 PM
the night we were upgraded the President's Suite at DLH because the Hotel was full (May, 1998)

our first visit at Christmastime (Dec, 2004)

mkcbunny
05-15-2005, 05:48 PM
Having just gotten back from taking my husband to Disneyland for his first visit, I have to say that hearing him scream on Big Thunder Mountain RR is probably my new favorite memory. But the whole trip, really, was something special.

Lekta
05-15-2005, 06:11 PM
My honeymoon in Disneyland. It couldn't have been any better.... wellll, ok, so if we had stayed at GC perhaps, but otherwise, flawless!

Crazy4DL
05-15-2005, 06:17 PM
I think mine is when I was about 19. I paid for a trip to Disneyland for my brother and I. We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel. It was off season in April as it was my brothers birthday and we were celebrating the fact he was going to graduate from High School in June.
We were stalling and not wanting to leave Disneyland so we got in the line for the Matterhorn. As we exited the ride it was actually about 3 min. after closing time. We headed toward the monorail to ride back to DL hotel and there was an announcement. Someone had rented the park for the night from 6 until midnight. They were inviting anyone left in the park at that time to stay and enjoy it with them!!
Well needless to say we stayed AND enjoyed it more than I can say. There were only about 2500 people in the park. It was fabulous! Then we rode the monorail back to the motel that night and were in the front car with Michael Landon and his family...turned out they had rented the park!! Pretty cool memory!!!!



How absolutely wonderful!! :)

Shortiemetoo
05-15-2005, 06:19 PM
Wow, how fun, I hope I hear more magical memories...I have a lot of great family memories also! Especially with my daughter and niece!!! A really funny one is when John Lithgow asked her if she wanted his autograph and she said "no thank you!" lol

tod
05-15-2005, 06:46 PM
25-hour party, July 17, 1980.

Timed it so I was in the Skyway going over Fantasyland just at dawn.

That's about the peak.

--t

Walt'sbirthdaygirl
05-15-2005, 06:49 PM
The opening weekend of Star Tours. We had a room at the DLH and a "guide" to escort us onto the rides ( I was working for a radio station and we were expected to man the both most of the weekend) so we never had to wait in line and , well it was Star Tours, need I say more.

pirateabbie
05-15-2005, 06:58 PM
My favorite memories are of riding on Pirates with my dad each time we went to Disneyland. He and I would always sing along and sprinkle the ride with "Arrrr mateys..." and "Dead men tell no tales..." Even when I was at the surly, "my parents are so embarrassing" stage, I would always forget to be embarrassed and would just enjoy spending time with my dad. We are going in October and even though Pirates won't be open (although I'm still hoping) I'm still looking forward to spending time with my dad.

Captain Josh
05-15-2005, 07:02 PM
In my pre-hire days, probably the date I took my ex-girlfriend on because we were SOOO cool to ditch Prom.

Now that I'm working for the man, I think it has to be running the trains back to the backstage round house for the day.

Disneyfun
05-15-2005, 09:44 PM
MY most memerable was the time I came down fron Northern California and with my mom. It was the year after SPace mountain had opened. I had been on it the year before and like it so I took her on Space mounatian She got sick with an Inner ear. So she was feeling bad that we had to go back to the room so we stopped off at Caranation on main street that was still an icecream shop at the time. And I got a matterhorn. Which was every flavor of ice cream with everyflavor of topping. MMMMMM.... That same trip was the first time I got a choclate covered strawberrry. and My mom bought me a huge PLUTO he was as big as me. We thought we were going to have to by him a ticket for the plane because I would not check him in.

BQ2
05-16-2005, 07:15 AM
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We were at DLR mid week this January. We about board the S.S. Mark Twain. We already had clearance to ride with the riverboat pilot, So we were boarding last. Then, out of nowhere Mickey comes up from behind us and grabs our son by the hand and walks him on board and to the bow of the ship. It was wonderful. Everyone was looking, and wondering who is that kid? I could not take pictures fast enough. It was one of those GREAT unplanned very magic Disney moments, I will always remember. :cool:

Great thread! :D

3894
05-16-2005, 07:20 AM
It actually was this last October.

I have been going to Disneyland pretty much my whole life, first frequently then not so much.

This last trip I took my girls. They enjoyed the stuff I used to and, yes, I enjoyed the stuff my parents used to.

The circle of life, eh?

hlbtimes2
05-16-2005, 09:08 AM
I have a few- and I'm not sure I can pick just one.

1) Dec 2003, my then 5 year old getting picked at the sword in the stone ceremony. It was our last day at the park, a 1/2 day at that. It was the perfect end to a wonderful trip.

2) May 2000 my daughter (22 months) discovery her shadow, while standing in line for HM. It was Mothers day. Her little Minnie ears were casting the cutest shadow and she was tilting her head watching the ears follow.

3) My FIL's first trip was in March 1995, opening of Indy. He was about 65 at the time. He loved the Lion King parade. Every time he would hear the music he would leave us and go sit on main street to watch. He was just in awe over it.

Shortiemetoo
05-16-2005, 09:49 AM
Wow, I have tears in my eyes reading all of these great posts. That is one of the most wonderful things about Disneyland in my mind...the memories, especially with loved ones or friends who have passed away!! On the same trip with my brother when we met Michael Landon, my grandparents came to meet us one day! We of course wanted them to see everything as they had NEVER been to Disneyland! We finally got to Space Mtn. and the line was really short. It was just like the commercials they had last year, "no, scary... not at all...its just fun....come on lets go". We they went with us alright. My Grandpa freaked out and wouldn't go on any more rides after that. Not even the train...poor Grandpa...but Grandma LOVED it!!! We "had" to take her two more times...lol. Thanks Disneyfun for helping me think about that today!!!! :D

scaeagles
05-16-2005, 09:55 AM
While the Parade of the Stars was somewhat lame, my (then) 10.5 year old daughter and I were in it last summer and had an absolute blast. She was Roger Rabbit's partner, and I was with Donald Duck and did a lot of stuff with that big Noah's Ark balloon.

TDBearGrrl
05-16-2005, 09:59 AM
Sooo many great memories... I guess the ones that stand out the most are the first time I went by myself. I did a lot of people watching and it was great to not spend 10 minutes between each attraction doing the 'what do you want to do now' dance. The other one is the first time we took the two neighborhood kids. They are both passholders and go several times a year, but they think it is really cool to go WITHOUT Mom and Dad.
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