In 1967 my father bought a Pontiac Catalina and a dingy old travel trailer and took his girlfriend, my brother and me on a road trip. Over the next 8 weeks we drove 13,498 miles, visited 51 parks, and saw wonders like geysers, redwoods, grizzlies, and the Summer of Love in San Francisco. The trip made an indelible impression, cementing my appreciation for the natural world and the American landscape. This summer Pamela and I hope to repeat the experience for our family.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

1967: Disneyland

9:50 Left for Disneyland. Marge dropped us, Mr. Maus, and Craig off in the parking lot. Rode tram to entrance. Entered and walked up Main Street, U.S.A. A replica of a 19th century American Town was at ¾ scale. First we took the Matterhorn bobsled ride that takes you up in a steep climb and down a series of fast, sharp, thrilling turns. Second we took a voyage in the submarine Nautilas, that was very interesting. Third we viewed the show in the Enchanted Tiki Room. The animation there is fabulous. Fourth we took the mine train through nature’s wonderland where we saw various animals and Painted Desert with an old unfaithful geyser. Fifth we went on the Pirates of the Carribean. This ride cost 17 million dollars and was really fantastic. Ate lunch at Carnation Plaza and listened to an old fashioned band while eating. Wasted time until 12:10. We were supposed to have seats for the Golden Horseshoe Revue but through a mix up we lost our seats and had to stand. Sixth we rode the boat through the “Jungle” full of animals and cannibals. Took train ride around Disneyland. On this trip we saw the Grand Canyon, the Primevil World and got off at Tomorrowland. Seventh we went trough G.E’s Carousel of Progress. You sit in a theater that rotates around a center hub in which are animated displays. Upstairs is progress city, a miniature modern city. Eighth we saw Small World in Fantasyland. As we walked to the gate we registered in the insurance of life and got a free constitution. As we left we got our hands stamped with florescent ink so we could get back in. Took tram to hotel where we were picked up.
6:00 Arrived home, ate, sat around.
7:30 Returned to Disneyland Hotel. Took Hotel tram to main entrance and went in. First we saw great moments with Mr. Lincoln on main street. First you see a slide program on Lincoln’s early life. Then you enter a camber where an animated and very realistic Lincoln gives you a speech. Watched the short fireworks display and saw tinkerbell fly. Second we proceeded to Tomorrowland and rode the Peoplemover that had just opened that day. It takes you around Tomorrowland and through some of Tomorrowland’s buildings. Next we went to the Bell exhibit called America the beautiful. You stand in a circular room and watch 360 movies of various points in the country. Then Craig, Bruce and I left the adults and went to the Up John exhibit but it had been changed and wasn’t very good. We went to the penny arcade and had some target practice with the guns. Had a coke at Cake Gardens and joined the adults again. We escorted them to the Rudy Vallee show in Tomorrowland at 11:00. While they watched that we rode the skyway (a cable car) and the pirates of the Caribbean again. We ran to Fantasyland and rode Peter Pan’s Flight. Afterwards we ran to the Mad Tea Party. Here you turn your cup by turning the wheel in the middle. We turned ours so fast we couldn’t stand up when the ride stopped. Met the adults after the show at 12:00. Exited through main gate, took tram to hotel and car.
12:15 Left Disneyland
12:25 Arrived at home
12:30 Went to bed.

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