S: Disneyland and California Adventure - December 2012
BC: Created by Deb | Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world. - Walt Disney | Disney and his brother Roy mortgaged everything they owned to raise $17 million to build Disneyland, but fell short of what they needed. ABC-TV stepped in, guaranteeing a $6 million loan in exchange for part ownership and Disney's commitment to produce a weekly television show for them. | Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. Temperatures soared to over 100 degrees that day. The asphalt, which had just been laid the night before hadn't dried completely, and it is said that ladies' high heel shoes sunk into the tar. More than twice the number of invited guests showed up at the park that day due to widespread counterfeiting of the tickets. Rides broke down and food and drink ran out. Other mishaps and malfunctions such as a gas leak near Sleeping Beauty's Castle occurred as well. Approximately 50,000 guests attended the Monday opening day. Despite the problems, guests loved the park, and attendance continued to grow. Less than 2 months later, Disneyland welcomed its 1 millionth guest. Disneyland is now a world renowned theme park and receives millions of guests each year. | In the late 1990s, work began to expand the one-park, one-hotel property. Disneyland Park, the Disneyland Hotel, the site of the original parking lot, and acquired surrounding properties were earmarked to become part of the Disneyland Resort. At this time, the property saw the addition of the Disney California Adventure theme park, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex named Downtown Disney, a remodeled Disneyland Hotel, the construction of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel. | “To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past .... and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America ... with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” - Walt Disney
FC: Disneyland and California Adventure | OurChristmas | 2012
1: A Fun Christmas To Remember... | Joe & Deb
2: Where we stayed was right across the street from the Disneyland parks!
3: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
4: Wow!!! This was so much fun! It looked so petty decorated for Christmas...
5: We didn't even know that there were 2 parks! They have really grown since we were here in 1975!
6: Some of the action on "Main Street" reminded us of New Orleans...
7: The “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” was a great show & had a nice exhibit. The miniature of the Capital building was incredible! | The animated character of Lincoln was so realistic!
8: Café Orleans served delicious food with a distinctive New Orleans flair. Deb had the Monte Cristo sandwich, the specialty of the house; and Joe had the Seafood Herb Crepe.
9: Café Orleans This was where we had lunch on our first day... Everything tasted SO good!
10: The Christmas lights on "Main Street"
11: The Disneyland parks looked so beautiful at night! They definitely go out of their way to make Christmas a special time for everyone.
12: I think Joe really liked the new Cars Land! There were so many really cool rides for kids too.
14: Downtown Disney was its own adventure... | Deb taking a rest at the "Mad T Party" outside lounge. | These candy apples & cupcakes were amazing! There were a lot of unique "Disney" sweet creations to choose from.
15: The Lego Store was fun. All the over sized things they built with Legos were so cool! The huge dragon was amazing! Noah & Caleb would just love this place! | It was fun watching the pastry chefs making at work. You could tell they really loved their jobs.
17: We had a great 3 course dinner up on the 2nd floor overlooking the parade route. Our dinner included tickets to the World of Color nighttime show - in the Reserved Viewing section. It was so awesome! | Wine Country Trattoria Restaurant with special World of Color Dining menu
18: It was so cool to see all the Mickey Mouse ears lighting up it time to the music!
19: This had to be the best Disney show ever! We just loved everything about it!
21: Out and around the Disneyland parks...
22: After going to DisneyWorld in Orlando for so many years, it was cool to see the original Disneyland...
23: We passed through these beautiful stained glass sliding doors every day on the way to the parks. They were the lobby doors at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel just up the street from where we were staying. | The parks were pretty busy because of the Christmas holidays, but we still had a great time & even rode a few good rides.
24: The "Fantasmic" nighttime show in Disneyland was great! We had reserved seating and an awesome dessert tray of scrumptious goodies & hot chocolate! Boy was it cold that night! The show ended with Disney "snowflakes." Joe had the days & nights planned out perfectly!
25: There were so many great things going on around the parks.