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  • If you could turn back time, where would you go?

    While I was reading over the posts, I started to notice a distinct pattern of people talking about going back in time using Mr. Peabody's Wayback machine, or Doc Brown's DeLorean. So it got me thinking, and a little curious. If you could turn back time, and go anywhere in the history of Disneyland, where would you go? I want to hear two answers. 1. If you've been to Disneyland in the past, especially if you've been there multiple times over the years, which year would you like to go back to, and why? 2. What year would you like to go back to before you were born, and why?
    Last edited by LittleScienceGuy; 12-12-2006, 10:51 PM.
    .....Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls. Disneyland proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination. In thousands of sparkling lights and electro-synthemagnetic musical sounds. The Main Street Electrical Parade!.....

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  • #2
    Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

    Oh, this is an easy one for me.
    1. A past time when I went: 1986. Had a summer pass and went to celebrate the Blast to the Past almost every day.
    2. Before I was born: To 1955. To see it in its original state.
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    • #3
      Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

      1987 to Videoapolis. My hubby said he saw me dancing there and wanted to ask me to dance but couldn't because he was working there at the time. We didn't meet until 2004, but he swore it was me.
      I would love to go back to the year Disney opened. Just to be part of when it all started. I would have loved to have been there to hear Walts opening day speech, I still get choked up everytime I hear it.
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      • #4
        Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

        the regency era

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        • #5
          Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

          I would love to have been at Disneyland on opening day !!
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          • #6
            Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

            I'll start the ball.....

            1. I would love to go back to the year 1990. That was the year of Disneyland's 35th anniversary celebration, which was really my favorite anniversary celebration. My family and I went there and had a great time. I was like 3 years old. That was when they had that super cool Party Gras parade. I remember the dancers in the parade took me out on Main Street to dance with them. We were in the middle of Town Square on Main Street doing the Conga. After we were done, I kinda got lost. I couldn't find my folks for a good minute. Slightly traumatic, yes, but that was SO much fun! XD I'll never forget that. We did all the good stuff, at least everything that I was tall enough for. lol. We did almost all of the ride in Fantasyland, including my favorite Casey Jr. We did Skyway, Submarine Voyage, People Mover (having joygasm thinking about it XD), Captian EO, Small World, Monorail, Disneyland Railroad, and etc.... We did a lot of stuff. And of course, the capper for the evening was the GREAT Main Street Electrical Parade. We watched it while getting some ice cream from the old Carnation Ice Cream Parlor. I think this was only my second or third time ever seeing it, and it was just as spectacular as before. For me, it got better every single time I saw it! I still remember seeing the It's A Small World floats. I thought the whirlybugs were going to run me over. lol. The big pink face from the Pleasure Island float scared the heck out of me. Pete's Dragon was just a little scary too. The music and the images have been burned in my memory forever. I think we saw the fireworks shortly afterwards, and then we went home. I remember the big red Disneyland Hotel sign would be the last thing I saw on the way out the parking lot. That always stayed with me because the big Disneyland sign would be the first thing I saw arriving to Disneyland. Further still, I would see "Disneyland Presents Main Street Electrical Parade" on the big drum in the Electrical Parade, and the various "D"s on the side of the Casey JR float and the flags behind the drum float. If you notice, the recurring theme here is the "D." I became fascinated with that. Ever since then, I loved seeing the "D"s in Disneyland. It's so unique, so defining. It makes you know that you're in the happiest place on earth, unlike any other. And that was my favorite time at Disneyland.

            2. If I would pick any year before I was born to go back in time to, I would choose, ironically, 1985. It's ironic because I was born in 1986. lol. The reason is because, to me, this was the golden era of the Main Street Electrical Parade. There were so many more floats apart of it that have long since been gone. Floats like Return To Oz (which I've heard was very beautiful), It's A Small World, and Pinocchio Underwater. I would've loved to seen them all together. I especially picked this year because Disneyland was open for 30 hours straight for their 30th anniversary, and the Main Street Electrical Parade had two extra performances that night. Imagine watching the parade at 1:00 a.m. or 4:00 a.m. That would be super cool! Bottom line is, the 80s rocked!
            Last edited by LittleScienceGuy; 12-12-2006, 10:50 PM.
            .....Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls. Disneyland proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination. In thousands of sparkling lights and electro-synthemagnetic musical sounds. The Main Street Electrical Parade!.....

            .....Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade!

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            • #7
              Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

              1. 1955 for obvious reasons
              2. 1983 for the unveiling of the new Fantasyland
              3. 1997 for Light Magic!
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              • #8
                Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

                I would go to Disneyland in the late sixties (1968 or 1969) so that I could see the updated tomorrowland in its full glory and still have some of the other favorites around to ride that would be dismantled before my birth.
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                • #9
                  Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

                  Originally posted by Mom2dzneboys View Post
                  1987
                  I wasn't a big fan of Videopolis but I do think this was Disneylands high tide mark....definately the year I would return to if I could.

                  Tomorrowland was still fully funtioning with Skyway, Peoplemover, Submarine Voyage, America Sings, Captain EO, Circlevision(with both America and China) a fairly new Star Tours, Mary Blair Artwork and Rocket Jets that were really up high.

                  Disneyland Hotel provided both a Monorail and frequent trams to Disneyland.

                  New Fantasyland was only 5 years old.

                  Motor Boat Cruise still sailed.

                  Tom Sawyer Island was fully funtioning.

                  Mark Twain made nightly runs around Tom Sawyer Island and the edges of Rivers of America were uncrowded and quite romantic.

                  Adventureland also was less crowded even though more was actually going on with Tehitian Terrace operating for both Lunch and Dinner(show at dinner too) and Swiss Family Tree House(and its' easier accent) operating.

                  Main St. Electrical Parade.

                  much more.
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                  • #10
                    Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

                    Of course I would have liked to have been there for opening day 1955...but as far as the era I'd like to return to...perhaps 1981-82...a great period for the park, with the recent openings of Space and BTMRR, the recent Matterhorn renovation, Tomorrowland in its top form (except for the silly Tron and Speedway gimmicks on PeopleMover), real swing bands at the Plaza Gardens all summer, more restaurants including the Tahitian Terrace in the summertime, so much more.

                    --Barry
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                    • #11
                      Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

                      Hello all...

                      I would want to go back to 1981 so I could see myself (at 3 years old) having fun there for the first time. I remember, very well, being there at that time, but I don't remember everything that was there, or not there. I'm at the park constantly, now, because of my Wife's anniversary present of an annual pass. This tradition will continue throughout our life together. Other than 1981, I've really only had a better time there this year. 2006 at Disneyland was the most fun I've ever had there.

                      As for what year I'd want to see from before my birth, it would have to be, not 1955 surprisingly, but 1959. My Father was part of the parade that opened the Matterhorn that year and I can just envision him in those tight leiderhosen(sp?), but I'd want to go and see it first hand. That show is being released on DVD on Tuesday, so that's as close as I'm ever going to get to it. It had better be in color...

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                      • #12
                        Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

                        1. when i was little in 1995 just to see my face and my expressions
                        2. the opening of pirates of the carribean because i would want to see the fight on the columbia on the rivers of america and it would be awesome to ride it (in all of its non-glory because of all the bugs and other etc.)

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                        • #13
                          Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

                          If I could turn back time
                          If I could find a way
                          I'd take back those words that hurt you
                          And you'd stay
                          If I could reach the stars
                          I'd give them all to you
                          Then you'd love me, love me
                          Like you used to do
                          What an idiot....

                          Yeah, I do that Twitter thing.

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                          • #14
                            Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

                            Hmm - I don't have a particular year to choose from previous visits, but I would love to see the Tomorrowland I remember so fondly - with Adventure thru Inner Space, the PeopleMover, the Skyway and Carousel of Progress. Without those attractions, for me it's hardly worth going to Tomorrowland.

                            As for a time from before I was born - I'd love to experience the Flying Saucers and the Pirate Ship. Everytime I see footage or photos of those two attractions, I think how much fun those look like.
                            She did it!

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                            • #15
                              Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

                              Originally posted by Tui View Post
                              If I could turn back time
                              If I could find a way
                              I'd take back those words that hurt you
                              And you'd stay
                              If I could reach the stars
                              I'd give them all to you
                              Then you'd love me, love me
                              Like you used to do
                              right before I read this...



                              seriously? 1994, the beginning of the end.
                              "Tonight I wash my hands of you
                              You set the bar I could not live up to
                              Tonight the light is breaking through
                              So thank you very little and send me postcards from hell"
                              Zebrahead

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                              • #16
                                Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

                                Originally posted by Tui View Post
                                If I could turn back time
                                If I could find a way
                                I'd take back those words that hurt you
                                And you'd stay
                                If I could reach the stars
                                I'd give them all to you
                                Then you'd love me, love me
                                Like you used to do
                                You read my mind! lol. I was thinking of this song when I started this thread.
                                .....Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls. Disneyland proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination. In thousands of sparkling lights and electro-synthemagnetic musical sounds. The Main Street Electrical Parade!.....

                                .....Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade!

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                                • #17
                                  Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

                                  I'd go back to summer of 1970, after the Haunted Mansion opened but before Nature's Wonderland had decayed too badly. I'd spend time in Tomorrowland absorbing the Carousel of Progress show and Adventures through Inner Space and riding the Peoplemover.

                                  Then I'd ride the Mine Train several times. I would love to see the rainbow caverns and with the digital video camera I'd sneak in, maybe I'd be able to record the insides in color (there doesn't seem to be a film of the insides of the caverns in color that I've been able to locate). In any case, it would be great to have a reminder of that once glorious portion of the park.
                                  "Say, uh, ever hear of the devil's paint pots? Real mystery of the desert. Bubblin' pots of mud in all kinds of colors."

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

                                    A time in which I already lived? I'd say I'd like to go back to 1978.

                                    A time in which I WISH I'd lived? The Roaring '20's, 1940's or 1950's.

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

                                      1) I would want to go in '92...back when I was really small and a lot of stuff I barely remember or never saw was still there and I missed out on.

                                      2) Sometime in the early 70's...to see the old Frontierland, the old Tomorrowland, so many different things. I wouldn't want to go to Disneyland from opening day...that day was a nightmare from what I've read!




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                                      • #20
                                        Re: If you could turn back time, where would you go?

                                        You all had some great ones on here. I've enjoyed reading them. A lot of you picked years in the 80s. This makes me glad. To me, the 80s was a new golden era for Disneyland. When all the great trademark attractions were still alive and active within the realm of the park. This is a time when Disneyland was really riding that wave from the Main Street Electrical Parade. We just ate that time up. It was truly good times.

                                        It's hard picking one time to go back to during my years at Disneyland. I already said before I'd go to 1990, but I have another one. I think that it would be just absolutely wonderful to go back and relive the final night of the Main Street Electrical Parade. That night was truly magical and yet sad, surreal, and mind numbing. My thoughts were very divided that night. It had been over two years since we last went to Disneyland, and obviously since we saw the parade, which was my favorite thing in the park. So I was so excited to see it again, and excited that I would be apart of the final performance of it, essentially apart of history. Never before or since have I been on hand for such a pivotal turning point in the history of Disneyland, or Disney for that matter. What was even more remarkable was the fact that my folks made a point to get us down to Disneyland to see this event, without me asking! If you knew my folks you'd understand, but they're the type of people to be very indifferent about a lot of things; sometimes downright cold. I was 10 years old at the time, and there was no doubt that I wanted to see the parade before it left Disneyland, and the thought crossed my mind that it would be so super cool to be there for the last performance. However, I also knew that my folks probably wouldn't want to, even if I begged to go. They are what we would call regular party poopers. lol. So I just let it go, and accepted the fact that I was going to miss out. Imagine how shocked I was that Monday morning, when they got me up early, and I realized that they had took the day off from work; and then we started driving southeast on our typical route to Orange County. LOL! They were trying to surprise me, but I knew from the start of the day exactly what they were doing. Why else would my sister take a day off from work, on a Monday; and it was too much of a coincidence that today was the last day of the Main Street Electrical Parade. We were going to Disneyland, for the first time since before the Skyway left. I'll never forget how taken I was that my stone cold folks actually had enough heart to let us go to this major major event, especially for me. It wasn't like them. That just goes to show you that this parade transcends ALL age, socio-economic, and demographic barriers. Yes, we're slightly poor people, which is another reason why I thought they wouldn't want to go; but they made it happen because this was for the Main Street Electrical Parade, and even they knew how wonderful it is and how much everyone loves it.

                                        I remember that night like it was yesterday. It was a perfect full moon that night, and we were just three days away from Thanksgiving. Early that evening, I rode Big Thunder Mountain for the very first time in my whole life. I was finally tall enough. lol. I remember that we missed the start of the first performance because we were riding Alice In Wonderland. I still regret that a little today. It was kinda ironic that when we got off the ride, the Alice In Wonderland was just starting to roll by. lol. We stood there and watched the whole thing, and it was beautiful. It was fitting that we watched it there because we had never watched the parade from Fantasyland before, so it was good since this was the last day. My folks are typically not the type of people to get a good spot for a show early, like a parade. However, this time around, we got to Main Street with ample time to catch the last performance, which was at 8:30 pm. We stood on the corner in front of the Disneyland Emporium. I remember Michael Eisner and Mickey Mouse gave some sort of announcement before the start. I don't even remember what they said. Then that baseline dropped, and the electronic announcerman's voice come out of nowhere (seemingly) to declare the beginning of the Main Street Electrical Parade once more. Then the lights went out, like always, and I heard the biggest roar come up out of the crowd. I had never heard anything like that in Disneyland before or since. Of course, my voice was added to that mixture. lol. It was a great feeling of unification, knowing that everyone there felt exactly the same way that I did. When Blue Fairy, and all the other floats came by, it was business as usual. If you didn't already know, you wouldn't have known that this was the last time the parade was performing. There were very few, if not any at all, indications of it. That always struck me. It's like, how can you keep it business as usual when you know this is the last time? I think of the performers when I ask that question. I know that it must have gotten really emotional at times. As each float passed by, we all said good-bye, and I tried to keep my eyes on each one for as long as possible, since this was "the last time" I would see them. It was hard letting the floats go. I never did believe that the parade was going away forever. I kept saying to myself the whole day, and the whole farewell season too, that someday, somehow, the parade would make a comeback. Even as a 9-10 year old, I could see that this parade was, and still is, WAY too loved to just let go that easily. Fortunately, I was right, as I found out later.

                                        I'll never forget when Pete's Dragon came by. He just sat there, for what seemed like 20 minutes, but it was more like half that. He actually had a pretty nice convo with us on the ground. He was asking us to yell Brazzle Dazzle to make Elliot dissappear, and he was asking us how many times did we see his movie. I forgot how many times. lol. And when Elliot started to inch a little bit, we thought he was leaving so we all started yelling "bye!" Then he said, "No. I'm not leaving yet." We all LOL! Shortly after that, my folks made us leave. I swear to goodness, I didn't want to go; but I didn't put up a fuss because I thought to myself that they were nice enough to bring me here in the first place. They could've just said forget about it. As we walked out, I saw the finale float wrapped around Town Square, still waiting for the floats in front to move. The last image I have of the Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade was Pete's Dragon and To Honor America still frozen in place and not moving. I was thinking to myself, "they might stay there all night." I don't know what the hold up was, but I think it's a safe bet that once all the floats were out of the gate, they decided to have the parade pause for a while because this was THE last time. So might as well savor the moment, right? There were no complaints from the crowd either. lol. That image of the parade frozen in place, frozen in time has always been a very vivid memory from that night. That's the way it'll stay. I always had a sense of satisfaction leaving Disneyland. Like I just went to the happiest place on earth and I got to see the Main Street Electrical Parade too; I'm feeling pretty good. I left feeling that way again on this particular night, as if I could come back and feel that way again. The only difference was, I felt just slightly dissapointed that we couldn't stay longer or walk with the parade back to It's A Small World, but I was still satisfied nonetheless.

                                        Fast forward to 2006..... When I was reading the page on www.yesterland.com about the final public performance of the Main Street Electrical Parade, it brought back all of those strong memories and emotions. I was particularly touched when I read the last part. He spoke about how him and his son joined the crowd and followed behind the big bald eagle up Main Street to It's A Small World. Apparently, this was after we left, and also apparent, the parade didn't stay there all night. lol. Anyway, he wrote that as the parade passed through each zone, and the final announcement proclaiming "Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade!" came up, the crowd would say it along with the vocoded voice and then a huge roar would come up. He wrote that there were scores of people that made this pilgrimage back to It's A Small World. Then when they finally made it to the end, he wrote that the big bald eagle exited the park through the gates by It's A Small World and fog machines came on making the bald eagle dissappear from sight. Then the final announcement came up, but it could barely be heard because of the tremoundous roar from the crowd. That's not where it ends though. Someone in the crowd started to sing "Na-na-na-na! Hey Hey-ey! Good-Bye!", and everyone joined in. Then someone started the Mickey Mouse Club March. They all sang that togother too, all the way to the last part that says "Now it's time to say good-bye to all our company. M-I-C... See you real soon. K-E-Y... Why? Because we like you. M-O-U-S-E!" When I read that, I almost lost it. I teared up, and I don't do that very often. I was like, "Oh, gosh! Now I wish I had've at least tried to make my folks stay longer to walk the parade back." I felt like I missed out big time. I would've loved to be apart of that. I'm the type of person who would have walked all the way back to It's A Small World with the parade, if I wasn't inhibited by my folks. SMH. I got really upset. Then, the way he wrote this article was so personal. He really painted the picture. I felt like I was there. I could see everything he was saying in my imagination. And I couldn't help thinking how sad it must've been to see the big bald eagle pass through those gates for the very last time, thinking back to all the times that float, and all the rest of them, passed in and out of there over the years. It was so much apart of Disneyland, it became synonymous, it became a trademark. All that history, and they just let it go. We could always count on the Main Street Electrical Parade to be there to complete our visit to Disneyland, and now it was gone. It's like, where do we go from here?

                                        It really was the end of an era at Disneyland. It was also the end of my era there. See, that visit to Disneyland was my last visit as a kid. The next time we came to the park, I was a teenager (16); and of course everything felt different. Somehow, I still believed that the parade would be there, even though I knew it wasn't so. So, with all that said, I would love to have November 25, 1996 to live over again.
                                        .....Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls. Disneyland proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination. In thousands of sparkling lights and electro-synthemagnetic musical sounds. The Main Street Electrical Parade!.....

                                        .....Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade!

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