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I am the biggest dork on the face of the planet. This was told to me by one of the guys I work with at Sylvan. Why? Here’s the simple reason.
I was at Disneyland on Sunday the 17th. That was the big 50th anniversary day. The official day that 50 years ago, Walt opened the park. We got up mid morning, and got to the park, and brought Isaac for his first “memorable” visit to the mecca of Mickey. We weren’t there to ride the big rides, but it was a bonus to go on some of them, we were there to soak it all in and have a killer time.
Upon walking in the gate, we got a really cool limited edition map with a replica o fthe official opening day map on the inside and a pair of golden, dated mouse ears. Isaac kept his mouse ears on for all of 10 seconds. Not fast enough for me to snap a shot. Dangitall. From there, we wandered onto Main Street, and made a pilgramage to the Partners statue. Took some pictures, thanked Walt for the park and dodged the other people who were doing the same thing around the statue. (For those who have never seen it, Partners is a statue in front of the castle that has Walt holding Mickey’s hand and pointing the way.) Onto the first activity for the day! LUNCH!
We went over to our favorite lunch haunt, French Market, for the fried chicken, big bread bowls and kids meals and to watch the trains and the Side Street Strutters. We also love the whole area it’s in (New Orleans Square)and it’s proximity to two of our favorite rides. We sat and ate lunch and relaxed.
Isaac got a bit restless and we finished off lunch, and headed over to the Haunted Mansion. Posted wait: 20 minutes. Real wait: 7 minutes. Isaac got put in the sling (which I heard about 20 million times: “Where did you get that Finding Nemo sling!” My answer: “Abbyslane.com! Just ask Stephanie, and she’ll make you one too!”) From Mansion, we went to Pirates…posted wait 25 minutes…real wait:10 minutes. My child is officially a daredevil. he loved the drops….laughed all the way down both of them. He wanted to grab the animatronic cats, but we had to remind him that it wasn’t Booger he was reaching for..and there was WATER! Thank god for slings! Thank god for slings!!!
We then stopped over at Hungry Bear and met up with Adrienne and the Mouseplanet crew! GO MOUSEPLANET! We got some drinks, cooled off and then trekked off to Small World and The Enchanted Tiki Room (no..no the new management version. The ORIGINAL..the one that you can sing along with.) Much to Doug’s chagrin, Isaac LOVED the dole whip! This child eats more and more like his mommy and her weird foods every day! WOOHOO! BUT, I digress…
We hung around the park doing “little things” here and there, and watched the dedication moment. I got all sorts of chill-bumps when Iheard Walt’s speech over again. It was wonderful to see! I think he would hve been impressed by all of us sitting there, rivited to the screens, ear to ear grins, laughing with him.
As we were walking to the exit, Doug spied the movie that now occupies the Opera House where Mr. Lincoln ususally is. We decided to take a chance on seeing it! We got in, and let Isaac RUN! He loved it! He ran around where the office exhibit usually is, and made great friends with a lot of new people who smiled at the little boy running around, laughing. He really stole one of the CM’s hearts, who came up to me with stickers for him, and one dated for his baby book with teh date and “walking around at Disneyland’s 50th!” It was absolutely wonderful! The three of us enjoyed the movie. If you can see this, it’s great! Steve Martin and Donald Duck…nuff said.
We went home, and I was kind of a bit meloncholy. We’re moving in a few weeks, and this was my last hurrah at Disneyland. I guess I feel this weird kinda connection there. Having worked there (yes..the green train with the seats forward, otherwise known as Excursion, will always be MY TRAIN!!), and being able to walk the park, and now bringing my son, made me all kinda misty eyed. People on Mouseplanet write about being in the “Disney Zone.” I was totally there on Sunday. I could hve cared less about things, I was not worried abotu anything for a few hours on a Sunday. I was happy with my Mickey Pretzel (saltless, thank you very much) and my Dole whip. I laughed and gigggled and didn’t even feel self consious singing in the Tiki room! I’m also glad I made history. I was there! I was there! How many people can really say (at least in my family) that they were involved in a totally mellow, historic event? Yep, I shared my moment with a ton of other people, but SO WHAT!! I was in my Disney Zone, and now, I’m kinda feeling a “Disney Hangover” where I just feel like I’ll never hear the telegraph pop out the opening day speech in blips, I won’t see my original Tiki room…but oh, well. I guess all Disney Addicts feel like this. I can’t wait until Isaac realizes what he was involved in. I think then, my Disney Hangover will be gone…when he realizes that Mommy and Daddy took him to make history.