The 24-hour Disneyland Celebration: Making Your Own Fun
Last week my family and I decided we wanted to be part of the kickoff for Disneyland's 60th Diamond Celebration. Disneyland marketing did a great job of getting the word out about this 24-hour celebration and it worked. In addition to my family, it appears as if the rest of Orange County (and a significant bit of the rest of the state) all showed up with the same idea.
We had made plans with some of our fellow Disneyland-loving friends to meet up and share the day. We had all previously agreed that we would have no expectations for day. We knew it was going to be super busy. We just wanted to be part of the start of what is going to be a great celebration.
MacSparky and my daughter #1 got there at about 1:00 pm and were able to get into Disneyland....and they were they last group for the day. Daughter #2 and I were about 30 minutes behind them and got completely shut out. My friends were stuck in traffic getting into the Park. Since we couldn't get into Disneyland, we all headed to Disney California Adventure (DCA) for the Celebration. Both parks were really busy. MacSparky wanted to do a Periscope video but there were so many people using their phones in such a concentrated area, that he couldn't get the bandwidth to pull it off. Just getting text messages through was difficult.
MacSparky and daughter #1 wanted to be with us so they gave up their coveted Disneyland access to join us in DCA. Within an hour, we were all together and our own party was about to begin.
Our first stop was to get a World of Color Fastpass. It is one of the new DCA entertainment offerings so we were happy with that. Plus, I am a big NPH (Neil Patrick Harris) fan, so I was excited to see him host this new evening Disney show. DCA was filling up quickly as Disneyland officially was shut down for the rest of the day to new guests. That, at least was the "official" story. They did periodically allow some guests in Disneyland. (My cousin and couple other friends were able to gain Disneyland entry somehow after 5pm.)
Anyway, we were fairly a large group of Disney friends so we decided to invade Bugs Land. Why not? Some of us had never done some of the attractions and shows in there. We also headed to Animation Studio and headed to the Beast's Library to see which characters we were. It was fun figuring out that there were some attractions and show that some of us had never seen so we tried to work on that list. It is always a treat to see some Disney friends experience something new and see the delight in their eyes.
Before our World of Color show, we were able to just sit down and visit. Half the fun of having fellow Disneyland Passholder friends is meeting up at Disneyland Parks, having a fun meal together and getting in some good conversation. Some of us were happy to sit and talk all things Disney and some us went on more rides. We didn't feel pressed to cross things off a list.
We had our Fastpasses for the second World of Color showing and we got to our designated wait area soon after the first show let out. Once we were shown to our section, we found just the right viewing spot and waited for the show to start.
The new World of Color - Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney was a really good. It was a tribute to Walt Disney and his dreams of Mickey Mouse and Disneyland. I enjoyed the nod to Disney heritage and how it relates to decades of success at Disneyland and Disney movies. I can't wait to see it again.
We were also able to participate at an intimate quick D23 meet-up late that night. This D23 video gives you a good idea of the 24-hr party. My friends and are made it into the 11pm segment.
My friends and family joke that The Diamond Celebration 24 hour party is that day that "Disneyland owned us". There is humor in waiting in the Starbucks line for an hour at midnight. There is humor the Parks running out of food by 1am. There is humor not being able to get onto your devices because the bandwidth could not handle the amount of traffic/people trying to send and receive messages. It was easier for us to actually call one another vs. texting each other. There were people littered everywhere with their devices plugged into any available wall socket that they could find so they could recharge their phones.
May 22, 2015 will be a day in our Disneyland family memory as a day filled with adventures and stories. We now have a running joke when we get to the Esplanade. We look at each other and say "Do you think we can get into Disneyland today?"
It's always a treat and luxury to get to be able to go to Disneyland. We never take it for granted and we always make our own fun. After all, "it's the happiest place on earth."