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  • [Question] What Are The "Little Things" That You Appreciate About Disneyland?

    This may have been done before, recently, or not. If so, I apologize for rehashing it.

    If not, well then I hope this thread can really show any viewers what about the resort that can really make a person happy. This thread is coinciding with another more serious thread that I have posted, some of you viewing this may have found your way to this one from that particular one.


    We all know that everyone likes, or loves, the attractions, characters, or shows. But as the title asks, what are some of the "little things" that make you appreciate Disneyland? What are some of those things that you'd like to point out and share with others? Please feel free to let us know, and include some pictures if you'd like. And they can be anything, even very fond memories that you may have of a visit long ago, or a more recent visit to the resort.

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    Everything they do is First Class. Example; the gas burning steet lights on Main street are real gas burning lamps. Disneyland is a living work of art. The planters and landscaping is almost always perfect. Every little detail is attended to from how they treat guests to how things are painted and created.
    Hidden Mickey - Tower of Terror



    Hidden Mickey's here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatzup...7623565921220/
    Check out my Wal't Apartment tour here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatzup/sets/72157625183415995/

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      The atmosphere and how everything just seems so happy at the park.

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      • #4
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        Christmas time, where you can walk down Main Street, hear the Christmas music, smell the peppermint that is blown through the vents on the buildings onto the streets, the lights and the decorations. And the sight of Small World as you walk down the parade route through Fantasyland.

        I love the holidays at the park.

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        • #5
          Re: What Are The "Little Things" That You Appreciate About Disneyland?

          Originally posted by disneylandfanatic View Post
          The atmosphere and how everything just seems so happy at the park.
          Exactly. There are a million little interesting details, but the overall happy feeling is the best part.

          One day I was leaving the park, walking down Mainstreet, when a cast member who was there for parade crowd control made eye contact and spontaneously high-fived me.

          Another evening I was on the tram going back to the Mickey and Friends parking structure, and the conductor said "Everyone on board sit well back in your seats with your feet on the floor ... and a smile on your face". It definitely put a smile on my face - what a great capper for a lovely day!

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          • #6
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            i like just sitting on a bench or outside table, watching people enjoying their day
            looking at the view of NOS from Frontierland

            actually looking at a view of anything in general
            Originally posted by JungleCruiseFan
            You know what they say- The party don't start 'til Jordon walks in.
            Originally posted by penguinsoda

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              Originally posted by Cowboy Jim View Post
              Exactly. There are a million little interesting details, but the overall happy feeling is the best part.

              One day I was leaving the park, walking down Mainstreet, when a cast member who was there for parade crowd control made eye contact and spontaneously high-fived me.

              Another evening I was on the tram going back to the Mickey and Friends parking structure, and the conductor said "Everyone on board sit well back in your seats with your feet on the floor ... and a smile on your face". It definitely put a smile on my face - what a great capper for a lovely day!


              I still remember the time when one CM on the tram said on the mic "When you wish upon a star, you may, you may just find your car." :lol:

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                I like the little international dolls in It's A Small World.
                Last edited by Ride Warrior; 11-02-2009, 07:15 AM.
                To Boldly Go Where No MiceChatter Has Gone Before!

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                  Re: What Are The "Little Things" That You Appreciate About Disneyland?

                  Ok, here's a strange one for you. I know the area to be revealed is quite small and would be impossible, but I think about this every time:

                  On "It's a Small World," in the Africa scene, the boat passes by the hippo with the lit-up eyes, and I don't look at the entire hippo. I only glance at its eyes, and I look for as long as I can at its mouth, with the two teeth. I look at the lighting inside and think about what it might be like to live inside that mouth, to rest against one of the teeth and read, to go further back and furnish it with a bed, refrigerator, etc.

                  Less strange would be the Haunted Mansion. I look at every single decoration, every single window, everything attached to that house. And I think how much I'd want to have a house like that. Expensive, no doubt, but to me, it feels homey.

                  In short, the ability to imagine as wildly as you want while you walk around a true imagination heaven.
                  Last edited by RoryLAronsky; 11-02-2009, 02:09 AM.
                  There's no such thing as too many books. Now go bring the 18-wheeler around.

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                  • #10
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                    Walking out onto the Esplanade, hearing the music, seeing some ears, catching just a glimpse of the flowerbed, and realizing, "Hey...I'm here."
                    *I am an employee of The Walt Disney Company*
                    *All words above are my own and do not represent TWDC, nor do I speak on their behalf*
                    *All words above conform to the Social Media policy distributed to employees; no confidential information is divulged*

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                    • #11
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                      For me, colors. As a kid I never realized there were so many colors until I went to Disneyland. The old Rainbow Caverns in Frontierland was an eye-popping wonderland of fluorescent waters. The lights on Sleeping Beauty Castle at night were like watching Disney's Wonderful World of Color show, but live right in front of you instead of on your TV set. The view of Fantasyland at night from the Skyway was a feast for the eyes, especially after the 1983 makeover of Fantasyland. And riding through "it's a small world" is practically a college-level course on color theory. The colors are a huge factor in why that ride is still there after 43 years, as far as I'm concerned. Disneyland is so colorful, especially at night, that it makes the rest of the world seem drab.

                      Also the park-like quality of Disneyland is another major factor in its success. If you took all the rides out of Disneyland it would still be a very pleasant place to visit. The same can't be said for some other amusement parks and theme parks.

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                      • #12
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                        What I really enjoy is how people are more prone to be "free" walking around with ears on, singing and dancing just being free and enjoying the music and special smells of Disneyland.

                        I also love it when I'm on Pirates and when the first drop happens everyone sings "Yo Ho A Pirate's Life for Me!" Its so much fun, like everyone comes to this one happy place stress free with just the intent of pure enjoyment!

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                        • #13
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                          i love the you feel when you cross the entrance, i forget every single issue thay i have... also love to see my dad become into a child

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                            I love that everything there is a piece of artwork complete with all the detail. There is so much thought that went into everything.
                            Adults are only kids grown up, anyway - Walt Disney

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                              Re: What Are The "Little Things" That You Appreciate About Disneyland?

                              Originally posted by Caretoman View Post
                              i love the you feel when you cross the entrance, i forget every single issue thay i have... also love to see my dad become into a child
                              oooh yeah i like that too!
                              just the feeling that you've enter Disneyland
                              and knowing all the good times you've had before.
                              yeah....
                              Originally posted by JungleCruiseFan
                              You know what they say- The party don't start 'til Jordon walks in.
                              Originally posted by penguinsoda

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                                that there are so many spots in the parks where I can sit and watch people enjoy themselves and see beautiful landscaping
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                                • #17
                                  Re: What Are The "Little Things" That You Appreciate About Disneyland?

                                  As of currently, the smells of Disney. Passing by the candystore and smelling the current made candy. Natural smells of flowers and such. And a more recent update, the overpowering smell of gingerbread in Haunted Mansion Holiday. XD

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                                    Re: What Are The "Little Things" That You Appreciate About Disneyland?

                                    Since the other thread I made mention to is a bit long, due to the thoughts, the details and the little bit of passion I put into it, rather than directing you to that thread, I'll just quote a piece of it because I give mention to "the little things" which is what inspired this thread. But if you still would like to see that thread, please click here.



                                    Those little things can sometimes vary depending on the person. For a lot though, it is the ambiance. The atmosphere you get when you walk through those tunnels and into Town Square, or off that monorail ramp into Tomorrowland with the Matterhorn's huge presence before you, cast beautifully against a cloudless blue sky. It's one thing to see it from the 5 freeway, but its a whole different perspective - a magical perspective, to stand before it, gazing at it from within those walls. From the freeway, one is like "I want to go there.' Walking down Main Street and seeing it, one is like "I am there." The same goes for seeing It's A Small World during Christmas, from that same freeway. It is nothing, and I mean NOTHING, compared to what lays before your eyes as you walk down Fantasyland one December evening and seeing that spectacle at the end of that road. There were days where I would love to just simply come into the park on a November evening, during the middle of the week. Suck in, completely absorb, the atmosphere and the ambiance of Disneyland during the holidays, seeing the Christmas tree, and the decorations, and just enjoy the Christmas music that's played on Main Street. Either sitting in Town Square, or in the Central Plaza, absorb the atmosphere, relax, take in the setting, and just people watch. Believe it or not, a lot of pass holders do like to just people watch. To come in, and watch other people have fun. Think it's crazy or stupid? You sit there, watch a group of kids singing (or screaming) "It's A Small World" at the top of their lungs as they walk by, and just try not to smile or laugh, and wonder where they get their energy from. And just try not to imagine what it was like for you when you were that young and you were at Disneyland. Even during the non-holiday times, one can experience and enjoy the little things. I would think that I am not the only pass holder who can appreciate this, and perhaps this goes the same for any "west side" cast member, but it is really nice on those evenings when one can walk by the Rivers of America on an evening, and there are no crowds waiting for Fantasmic. It is quiet, it is peaceful, it is completely enjoyable when you can go to Splash Mountain or the Haunted Mansion and not have to worry about being stuck in a wall of people when you come out. It is also nice to take an evening trip on the Mark Twain around the island on a starry night. A crowded park full of guests paying money can mean a positive end on the stock market for the Disney company. But all I am trying to enlighten you with, is to learn to appreciate the little things, learn to appreciate what the "down times" or the "slow times" can bring you. (Take a moment, and picture Main Street during Christmas. Close your eyes and try to picture it. The smell of peppermint sifting through the vents. The sounds of Christmas music, and the laughter of children. Can money buy you that? I don't think so!) Because everyone should know, no matter how you try to look at it, money does not bring out a child's laughter, or a scenic cloudless, blue sky. Remember that.

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                                    • #19
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                                      The kinetic Main Street... Blinking Bright Lights, Street Cars moving up and down the street, the toot of the steam engine train.
                                      Also, the Omnibus. Today I rode it in the first time ever and it offers a wonderful perspective of main street.
                                      The Mark Twain river boat.

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: What Are The "Little Things" That You Appreciate About Disneyland?

                                        Snow White's Wishing Well. I went there with my boyfriend last night. It was completely deserted. And it was the single most romantic moment of my life. His too! It was really pure magic. I can't even really describe it, and that's what I love.
                                        The daydream princess

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