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  • [Fun] Most Vivid Memory From First Visit

    What is your most vivid memory from your first visit to Disneyland? Mine was from October 1968 when I was four and a half. Mom, Dad, and I were driving from Arizona to Northern California. I had never been to a theme park (any any amusement park, for that matter). I remember walking through the castle and being assailed by a riot of color, music, and kenetics of pre-1983 Fantasyland. Mom says that my eyes were as big as suacers. I also remember being afraid of Adventure Thru Inner Space and had nightmares about it for years.



  • #2
    Screaming like a terrified toddler when my father convinced me we were ACTUALLY being shrunk on Inner Space. In my defense, I was an actual terrified toddler. And my dad was (and likely still is) a massive jerk.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by BogLurch View Post
      Screaming like a terrified toddler when my father convinced me we were ACTUALLY being shrunk on Inner Space. In my defense, I was an actual terrified toddler. And my dad was (and likely still is) a massive jerk.
      I'm wondering how many of us dating back into the seventies are going to have "TERRIFIED OF THAT DAMN INNERSPACE RIDE" as the most vivid memory.
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      • #4
        I was a baby my first visit was sooner then I can recall. Although possibly the 2nd or 3rd I can recall as my memory of the park still as a toddler sitting in the Mine Train Through Natures Wonderland and barely being able to see over the sides at the animals as my Mom or Dad were holding me.

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        • #5
          Being burned by someone with a cigarette while watching fireworks. He wasn't looking for little kids, I was 8 and he swung his arm and hit me with the cigarette.
          If you see a cute yellow lab puppy with a yellow cape, WAVE! It might be us! (Or it may be someone else that lurks here!) Thank you for asking before you pet! Next trip, Dec 22-Jan 3rd.

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          • #6
            Sitting and watching a night time parade and some talking tree came over and scared the poop out of me. This was in the early 80s.

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            • #7
              Being on the Rocket to the Moon 1959...(being only 5year old )

              and scar ,that we would not be able, get back to earth ! !
              Soaring like an EAGLE !

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              • #8
                Being completely overwhelmed by the Haunted Mansion. I don't remember ATIS every scaring me. It always seemed kind of fake (though I loved it).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BogLurch View Post
                  Screaming like a terrified toddler when my father convinced me we were ACTUALLY being shrunk on Inner Space. In my defense, I was an actual terrified toddler. And my dad was (and likely still is) a massive jerk.
                  my first memory is the same thing! ATIS scared the you now what out of me the first time I was watching the omnimovers go through the microscope. I can still see it in my mind! I ended up loving the attraction though LOL
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                  • #10
                    Age 7, the Rocket to the Moon -- experiencing the "G-forces" at liftoff and being 100% convinced it was real.

                    "With the acquisition of Marvel and now of Lucasfilm,
                    Disney may have finally found the grail. You don't need
                    imagination or art. All you need is a brand."

                    - Neil Gabler

                    "I didn't know the story of baby Jesus could be any better,
                    until Thor told it to me."
                    -
                    Young girl at Disneyland's 2017 Candlelight Ceremony

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
                      Age 7, the Rocket to the Moon -- experiencing the "G-forces" at liftoff and being 100% convinced it was real.
                      That part that scar me.....it felt so real !
                      Forget the Moon ,I wanted get back to Earth..........
                      Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                      • #12
                        3 years ago was my first visit - I'm a newbie haha - I remember being a 29 year old man shedding a few well hidden tears during the fireworks. it was intense to finally get to Disneyland
                        I don't think imagination is dead. Anywhere or in the parks. I think that sometimes, we need to remember, that when you see something so highly to begin with, and then you visit it or see it every weekend, that shine it once had, it starts to wear. I think, and this isnt meant as an insult or anything rude or whatever, that sometimes, the imagination dies a little in ourselves, as opposed to the thing we are critiquing and its further diminished when it doesn't align with what we think it should align with.

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                        • #13
                          for sure rocket to the moon......100% convinced....but my most vivid and first E ticket was the Mine train thru Natures wonderland....sitting on the bench, looking over the side at all those animals I had seen on TV, so real...they were real, going over the trestle, thru the mine colors....it was all so real......always the first E ticket......because as an 8 year old I was alone in the park and had no family to dictate the values of my ticket book.....then looking for wrist watches to ask what time it was so I could catch the bus back to Lafereny Road

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                          • #14
                            Snow White. The Evil Queen and Maleficent were big hits in my family. I don't get it that it's too scary for some little kids. Totally loved it.
                            Rocket to the Moon is a really vivid memory, too. Funny how it's the one for a lot of us.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by laferney Road kid View Post
                              First E ticket was the Mine train thru Natures wonderland....sitting on the bench, looking over the side at all those animals


                              Mine Train thru Natures Wonderland
                              Always one my "E" ticket Favor,with all rocks ,waterfalls from the cascade , animals
                              It was like trip to a National Park!
                              Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                              • #16
                                OP...Vintage Mouse : Great Thread
                                Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                                • #17
                                  Thinking Captain Hook was mad at me and was looking for me, and I had to get away. Probably around 3 or 4...
                                  I am old. But still love Disneyland.

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                                  • #18
                                    I was younger than 5 on my first visit and I remember being amazed that the gray skies on POTC and thunderstorms in the Tiki Room cleared up so quickly.

                                    I also remember the strange, thorny trees that were along one of the street routes to the Park

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                                    • #19
                                      It was for my 6th bday, a couple months before hand. An early present from my grand parents who lived 3000 miles away. Since their trips were relatively rare, everyone in the family got their presents early. My brother got Knotts and I got DL. My grandfather was a generation younger than Walt, and was a total (what we'd call today) fanboy.

                                      Anyway, the Matterhorn. So huge, so fast, so tall, dark in places with MONSTERS??? Woah! I was obsessed. It was my first ride of any ride. First park of any park. What a way to start a life long love of theme parks.

                                      All day long I looked over my shoulder in suspicion thinking that an abominable snow man may be following us. And I was thrilled that these things were real (monsters, pirates, fairies). I was sternly told by grandpa that none of us would be hurt, that it was the only place in the world where these things were real, and that being afraid was part of the fun. I cried at the skeletons in the grotto... it was intense for a kid of 5 and a half!!!!! And I FLIPPED THE **** OUT when I saw Harold on the skyway. I knew it, I knew I'd see that monster again I knew that he was going to follow us. Luckily I also knew that being afraid was part of the fun.

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                                      Guardians Of The Galaxy
                                      Mission: Breakout
                                      ...is abbreviated like this
                                      GOTG M:B
                                      The colon is placed after the "M", not before it.
                                      That is all. 😉

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                                      • #20
                                        -Panicking after the giant cage "slammed" shut on Pinocchio. I mistakenly thought I was going to be locked inside forever.
                                        -Being really struck by how dark it would get on what seemed like just about every ride (Pirates of the Caribbean was particularly intense for me) and tensing up until there was some light again.
                                        -Going on it's a small world, getting to the "underwater part" and telling my grandpa he needed to hold his breath so he didn't drown.
                                        -Making my uncle take me on Star Tours at least 5 times in a row, expecting the outcome to be different every time.

                                        the good old days.
                                        Warriors, Giants, Sharks, Texans fan from the Bay Area.
                                        Annual visitor to Disneyland ('99, '04-08, '11-present)
                                        So so hyphy.

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