December 2005 Slideshow
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When: December 8th and 9th, 2005

Just had to go to Disneyland on it's 50th birthday.. sheesh.. Well once again we'd let a bunch of years go by without a Disneyland trip. I decided, like just about every other person in the bloody world, that I definately wanted to go during the 50th anniversary celebration. Maybe in a few years I'll not regret the decision, but for now I can certainly say I never want deal with crowds like that ever again. It was so crowded it was like when the Electrical parade was closing down. Next time I'll make sure it's gonna rain or there's an earthquake in LA or something.

Don't get me too wrong tho. We had a pretty good time. There were a couple things we'd not seen yet so it was fun getting to do that. The Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, the re-opened and re-themed Space Mountain, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and the Fireworks. Hadn't seen the Pooh ride either but that wasn't really worth making the trip for. Most pleasant surprises were how great Space Mountain turned out and how great the park itself looked. The Tiki room looked and sounded fantastic!

Unique occurances on this visit include getting to walk backstage on the Jungle Cruise side of Main Street, (I'd been routed backstage on the other side of Main Street and once behind Fantasyland in 1996) and touring the park with one of our number driving and ECV (Pat had a broken foot). We got to try out a few of the handicapped methods of ride boarding. Some were fairly nice and clever. Most do not reduce the amount of time waiting to ride but I must admit it DID get us through that nasty Peter Pan's Flight line faster!

I was mellow about taking pics this time...

Anyway the trip would have been fabu if there weren't so many of the unwashed masses in MY PARK. :-) Get yer fill with this section cuz the next one ain't coming anytime soon. London and Scotland in Summer of 2006 and probably BVI again in 2007.

NOTE 9/21/2009: Wow was I bitter after this trip or what? Well it stuck because here it is Sept 2009 and we've still not been back... until next month! Just Kel, Aran and I this time and for only 2 and a half days. I'm celebrating my third race and 2nd half-marathon, though if I overdo it I may be limping the entire trip. I chose the first week of October purposefully trying to avoid anything that may draw crowds. I'll probably take lots of pics as will Aran. The pics will likely go up on Flickr and Facebook much sooner than here due to the fact that it's hella less work.. But I won't shirk my duty!

Oh and yes in 2006 we went back to the UK and rode canalboats, but in 2007 we did not end up going back to the BVIs. Kel and I went on 2 mini "Let's Get Fat" vacations. To WDW in June and New Orleans for Thanksgiving. Spent over half of 2008 losing the weight, then went to the Middle East in October of '08. Kel lost her job in the spring of '09 so we went to London for a week in May on the cheap.

Text Last Modified Mon Sep 21 11:00:10 2009

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Merry Christmas During The 50th
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Chicken BIG
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Center of the Esplanade

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Pat & Melissa in Iowa?
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Goofy Butt
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Main Street Train Station

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Photo Collage
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Me and the X-Mas Tree
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X-Mas Tree

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Castle During the 50th
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Skeleton on Balcony
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New Orleans Square Decor

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Nightmare Decor
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Nightmare Decor

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Melissa on the ECV Ride
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Addition to Castle Rock
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Critter Country During X-Mas

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Pooh Collage
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Critter Country Decor
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Kel & Pat in Critter Country

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Mark Twain in 50th Regalia
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Mark Twain in 50th Regalia
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Tiki Room Rebirth

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Tiki Room Rebirth
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Tiki Room Rebirth
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Matterhorn from the Tiki Room

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Adventureland Sign Torchified
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Front Row Seats on the Mark Twain
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Indian Chief
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Indian Kid
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Indian Shaman

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Pontoon Bridge

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Nightmare Decor
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Matterhorn from Autopia
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Tomorrowland Train Station

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Kel on the Matterhorn
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Melissa and Pat on the Matterhorn
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Main Street X-Mas Decor
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New Space Mountain Interior
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New Space Mountain Interior

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New Space Mountain Interior
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1955 Model
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1955 Model

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1955 Model
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1955 Model
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Space Mountain Model

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Castle Decked out for the 50th
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Melissa and Kelleye

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Snow White Grotto
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Me and Kel on a Gold Pan Boat
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Misc Fantasyland Foliage

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Toad Hall
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The Sword in the St.. er .. Anvil
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Back of Castle

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Carrousel Horsey
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Snow White Entrance
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Snow White Entrance

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Mr Toad's Wild Ride Entrance
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Me and Kelleye on a Gold Toad Car
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Kelleye on a Gold Carrousel Horse

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Me and Kel on a Gold Dumbo
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Kel and I in a Gold Teacup
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Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys

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New Orleans Square X-Mas Decor
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Musicians in New Orleans Square
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Building in Hollywood Backlot

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Hollywood Tower Hotel

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