Liles' Family Christmas Eve 2011

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ~Mary Ellen Chase

Post Parade Cavorting (Page Threeee)

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Storybook Land Canal Ride
Into the whale we go....

Storybook Land Canal Ride
Burp.....

Did You Know? - When plans for the much grander Disneyland were being made, there was to be a "Lilliputianland", inspired by Madurodam, a miniature city in the Netherlands that Disney once visited. However, the technology did not yet exist for creating the miniature animated figures that were to inhabit the "Lilliputian" village, so the canal ride opened under the name Canal Boats of the World.

It was intended to be a journey past miniature recreations of the great landmarks of the world, but time and money prevented its completion. The ride was plagued by other problems. The outboard motors were prone to overheating, often forcing the boats to be pulled by hand, and because the attraction opened with little landscaping, it earned the nickname among park executives as "The Mud Bank Ride".

After only two months of operation, the Canal Boats closed on September 16, 1955 while Storybook Land was constructed and the muddy banks were landscaped with miniature plants, including a bonsai tree planted by Walt Disney himself. The idea of having Monstro the whale consume the canal boats came from a never-implemented concept for a "Monstro the Whale" ride, in which small boats were to be swallowed by Monstro and hurtled down a watery path into a pond below.

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Storybook Land Canal Ride

Merry Go Round

Did You Know? - A carousel (from French carrousel, from Italian carosello), or merry-go-round, is an amusement ride consisting of a rotating circular platform with seats for riders. The "seats" are traditionally in the form of rows of wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts, many of which are moved up and down via gearwork to simulate galloping, to the accompaniment of looped circus music. This leads to one of the alternative names, the galloper. Other popular names are roundabout and flying horses


We are about to take flight


Giddy-Up Horsey

Did You Know? - Inspired by the Griffith Park carousel, Walt Disney wanted something similar for his new theme park: a carousel consisting of all jumpers. A park model Menagerie Carousel was purchased and moved to Disneyland in 1954. The carousel was built by William Dentzel in 1875 and had been operated at Sunnyside Beach Park in Toronto, Ontario, since 1922; it had three courses of horses and other animals on a platform 72 feet (22 m) in diameter.

In preparation for Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration, the Happiest Homecoming on Earth, King Arthur Carrousel was closed for extensive renovations and reopened in February 2003. These renovations included an entirely rebuilt turntable platform, a new computerized operating console and system which halts the carousel each time at the same spot, removal of a row of four horses to accommodate a four-course-wide bench and wheelchair clamps with an access ramp for ADA compliance, which reduced the count of horses to 68.


Carri's flask is desguised as a camera


We are all allowed a bad one....

One More Try At The Haunted Mansion


The Flag Retreat


Time for Catal


Egelant Dining At Catal, Downtown Disney


Herb Silverstein wears his ONLY Christmas shirt.... Irene approved


The giggles are catching


Oh oh... She is drinking out of her camera again


Off To Dancing

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