Adventures

05 MAY 2005 Disneyland's 50th Kickoff The Happiest Homecoming on Earth!

05-05-05 marked the beginning of the 18 month long celebration of disneyland's 50th anniversary, and leigh-ann and i were there to take part in the festivities! :) for us it all started out on may 4th at the lost bar... after finding out that our hotel reservations were incorrectly entered into the computer, we were sure the next few days would have their share of problems- luckily nothing drastically got in the way of our fun... around 10:30pm, we met up with other members of the micechat message board for the first offical "micechat drinkup" which i somehow managed to organize... the micechat group is a wild bunch and we had a great time with all of them... mamabot gave us a great tour of the disneyland hotel since neither leigh-ann nor myself had really ventured over there before... after a few drinks, we rode tower of terror: disneyland hotel edition! basically it was a bunch of us drunk jumping in the elevator making it shake and then screaming for dear life... this occurred on both the ride up and down... after a few hours of amusement, we decided to call it a night... we would have to be up early the next morning to get in line so a nice rest sounded good...

may 5th... what a day! we woke up around 5:30am and i got ready and headed over to disneyland around 6:30 to get my ticket for the day... see, my annual passport expired on april 25th, and my renewal got all screwed up and i didn't recieve my new passport in the mail before i left vegas... so to get in to the park, i had to wait in the ticket line and get an "i forgot my pass" ticket each day i wanted to get into the parks... luckily that inconvenience was a lot less burdonsome than i had imagined and i ended up with 3 of the 50 collectible admission tickets i would have otherwise never gotten :) anyways, back to my story... so i left the hotel around 6:30am by myself as leigh-ann didn't really need to be there to wait in the ticket line... as i was heading towards disneyland, i spotted 3 people across the street who were obviously headed to disneyland as well... 2 girls and a guy, the guy had golden mickey ears on... so i continued walking an eventually ended up behind these 3... as it turns out, the guy was jonno! jonno is a friend who leigh-ann and i met through our myspace disneyland group and we had ended up hanging out at the parks together on previous trips... as we approached the esplanade (now called the "entrance plaza" since people aren't educated enough to know what an esplanade is), we saw something quite unique... the line to get through the security checkpoints stretched almost all the way back to harbor blvd! that's a crazy big line! as i was about to comment on the line, jonno suggested i stay with him since he had friends up near the front of the line... he wasn't lying! when we finally got in line we were only maybe 100 people or so back from the front of the line... around 7am, they started letting people in... it was craziness! the news was filming people running to save a good place in line to get into the park... i, on the other had, needed to wait for a ticket booth to open, so no good spot in line for me...

omg this is a long story... i will have to finish writing it later... i guess just enjoy the pix 'til i finish the story ;)

also be sure to check out leigh-ann's photos on ravingseraph.com! she really took a lot more awesome pix than i did!