15 May 2010

Just a little bored here.....

So it's a Saturday night and I'm here at home.
What do I do?
Watched Lord of the Rings on TV,
write in my journal,
eat dinner,
and now write a blog ;)

I forgot to mention the fact that I got to tour
Walt Disney's apartment on Main Street!
This is something that only 1% of cast members get to do!
And only guests that purchase a package get to do also.
Yes I teared up a bit,
to be sitting in the same room that Walt used to sit, rest, create, etc.
He also would bring his grandkids up there to play.
Could you imagine being one of those grandkids?!
Oh man...I get chills just thinking about it.
All of you that have been to Disneyland at least once
have seen the light on in the window over the firehouse right?
I'm sure most of you know why it's there,
but just in case here's why:

When Walt was with us, if his light was on,
it meant anyone could go up and ask him a question
and he'd be there for any cast member that needed him.
Well after he passed,
to keep his spirit there in the park, we have a lit lamp 24/7, 365 days a year.
And sitting in that apartment you could definitely feel his presence.
It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.
And no we were not allowed to take pictures up there.
There is one published picture of Walt's apartment
with Walt, his wife Lillian, and some of their grandkids
playing on the floor.
We took one picture in the same spot that
they are in in the apartment.
I don't know how many of you know much about Walt Disney,
but he was a huge kid.
We have a train running along Disneyland because Walt loved trains,
he used to chase after them as a boy.
And did you know that Main Street was modeled
after his boyhood hometown in Missouri?
He wanted his guests to feel the magic of the turn of the century,
something which I believe everyone feels.

**Fun facts about Main Street**
- The scent of vanilla is pumped into the street
(makes you buy more hahahahaha)
- If you go into the corner by the Markethouse,
you will hear as ambiance:
a piano lesson, someone singing in the shower, and a dentist appointment
all occurring simultaneously.
- The windows that have writing on them are all dedicated to
specific people.
This is the highest honor anyone can receive at Disneyland BTW.
(Cast Members have our own window :>)
I know this is probably one of the most random posts I've done,
but if y'all like it maybe I'll do one like this for every land?
Especially Tomorrowland and Fantasyland ;)

Hope you enjoyed a bit about Walt Disney and Main Street!

Walt giving the opening day speech:
“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.”

3 comments:

  1. I loved this post! I feel like someone is going to hunt you down for sharing all of these secrets though!

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  2. Don't worry! I can't sign like that anymore either! That recording was a couple years old. No, I am much worse now.

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  3. Love this post! Especially since we are planning a family trip too! I might even send the little facts to my sister-in-laws who are Disneyland freaks! haha

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