Liles' Family Christmas Eve 2013 At Disneyland

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

We Are To Disneyland For Sue's 50th Christmas Eve (Page One)

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Christmas Eve at Disneyland 2013

We are off to Disneyland and this is Sue's 50th year of going to Disneyland on Christmas Eve.  When she first moved to Rossmoor and 1963, the family did not know anyone so Dad said "We are going to Disneyland today which was Christmas Eve 1963"... The tradition was started!

Christmas Eve at Disneyland 2013
Ratchet forward 50 years.... First stop before Disneyland is the Rainforest Cafe

Bob and NIck look at the menu... NIck knows it by heart

Nice hot tea to start the day

Paul wore his fur coat thinking it might be cold outside

Watch the pancakes and everyones bacon disappear

Christmas Eve at Disneyland 2013
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Christmas Eve at Disneyland 2013

We did have to stop at Catal on the way in and drop off Christmas presents for Valerie and "The Big Guy"

Perfect timing... Inside the gate at 11:00 and our tour starts at Noon!

Get get signed in and get our audio gear checked out for
the three hours of walking on the tour!

We are wired up and ready to go

Sue has our special badges

A Motley Crew for sure

We are off to see the wizard...

Christmas Eve at Disneyland 2013
Van Gogh went to Disneyland.... How do we know???

It was a spectacular day... 75 degrees with a gentle breeze

The City Hall look great

Did You Know? - Main Street USA itself is a representation of what life was like in the early 1900's. It is based on Walt's home town of Marceline, Missouri. But what most people don't know is that the City Hall building is not a representation from Marceline, but almost an exact replica of the City Hall building that can be found in Colorado Springs, Co.

California means it is always green

Everything is decorated

This here is red

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The train stations was very busy

Did You Know? - Each year, these trains travel about 20,000 miles circling Disneyland Park

Funny loaded with sound and badges... It's getting close to departure

No so much with the fat boy.... Resting before the walk

Greens and reds on the park bench

We have new digital audio this year...

Boys will be boys

Sound check 1 - 2 - 3.... 1 - 2- 3

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Who is who??? Paul we know is Goofy!

Our guide was fantastic... Karli was well versed in the lore of Disneyland

We headed to California Adventure to visit their tree and candy store

Karli keep us organized

The California Adventure tree had its own story

We spotted a train under the tree

Nick... The handsome devil

The ornaments are all hand made

Around and around it goes

A long way to the top

Some of us eat our candy real fast... and then giggle

Christmas Eve at Disneyland 2013

Putt putt put

Walt's Apartment always has a light of some type in the window

Karli knows the story well

The Disneyland tree has 70,000 light on it

Everywhere one can decorate is indeed decorated

We thought of Herb... Perhaps a relative??

The Matterhorn was beautiful against the blue sky

Dressed for the occasion

The snow is melting making the waterfall quite noisy

Snow on the castle

Karli explains the lighting on the castle

"...and here we are in Adventure Land"

"Hey Mom... I'm scared of the alligators!"
"Nick... Hate to tell you this but the alligators are scared of you!!"

This way out... But our tour goes in here

See the wild animals??

The snakes are having a feast...

Don't look... They are not wearing their shorts

Did You Know? - Adventureland is one of the "themed lands" at the many Disneyland-style theme parks run by the Walt Disney Company around the world. It is themed to resemble the remote jungles in Africa, Asia, South America, and the South Pacific. "To create a land that would make this dream reality", said Walt Disney, "we pictured ourselves far from civilization, in the remote jungles of Asia and Africa."

Adventureland provides a 1950s view of exotic adventure, capitalizing on the post-war Tiki craze. Lush vegetation resembles jungles while elements of the "other" surround the visitor. Tribal performance masks, conga drums, non-American totem poles, exotic animal statues, and architecture of Pacific influence make for a confined area wherein industry and technology take a back seat to uncharted nature.

Noted art historian David T. Doris explains Adventureland as, "a pastiche of imaginary colonial spaces, conflated within the green and foliate milieu of 'the Jungle.'"

Living in harmony


Christmas Eve at Disneyland 2013

"Come on in"

Santa in the jungle??

He is called "Little Squirt" for a reason

They are real... NOT

Hey... We have been walking for two hours so far

To Louisiana for a short visit

Even the angles are decorated

"Don't be scared... It's Disneyland"

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What time is it?

Let's go for a ride

Skeletons everywhere

Next stop... It's A Small World

We made it...

The pansies were fantastic

Did You Know? - The common names "pansy" and "violet" are often used interchangeably. When a distinction is made, plants considered to be pansies have four petals pointing upwards, and only one pointing down. Violets have three petals pointing up and two pointing down. Thus Viola cornuta is commonly referred to as a pansy.

The name pansy is derived from the French word pensée "thought", and was imported into Late Middle English as a name of viola in the mid 15th century, as the flower was regarded as a symbol of remembrance. The name "love in idleness" was meant to imply the image of a lover who has little or no other employment than to think of his beloved one. The name "heart’s-ease" came from the woman St. Euphrasia, whose name in Greek signifies cheerfulness of mind. The woman, who refused marriage and took the veil, was considered a pattern of humility, hence the name "humble violet".

Modern horticulturalists tend to use the term "pansy" for those multi-coloured large-flowered hybrids that are grown for bedding purposes every year, while "viola" is usually reserved for smaller, more delicate annuals and perennials.

In Scandinavia, Scotland, and German-speaking countries, the pansy (or its wild parent Viola tricolor) is or was known as the "stepmother"; the name was accompanied by an aitiological tale about a selfish stepmother, told to children while the teller plucked off corresponding parts of the blossom to fit the plot. In Italy the pansy is known as flammola (little flame), and in Hungary it is known as árvácska (small orphan).

In Israel, the pansy is known as "Amnon and Tamar", after the biblical characters (II Samuel 13). In The United States, pansies have been colloquially referred to as "football flowers" because of the Milwaukee "Football" or soccer decorations that use white chrysanthemums and black pansies to create a soccer ball (no flower gets quite as black as a pansy).[citation needed] In some countries of Spanish language, the pansy is known as "Pensamiento" or "Trinitaria".


Hang on... It's a wild ride

Christmas Eve at Disneyland 2013
Carri looks scared... It's OK... ONly 10,000 little kids inside

We is about to we swallowed

Did You Know? - "Children of the World" was the working title of the attraction. Its tentative soundtrack featured the national anthems of the countries represented throughout the ride all playing all at once, which resulted in a cacophonous noise.

Walt showed a scale model of the attraction to his staff songwriters Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, saying, "I need one song that can be easily translated into many languages and be played as a round."

The Sherman Brothers then wrote "It's a small world (after all)" in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which influenced the song's message of peace and brotherhood. When they first presented it to Walt, they played it as a slow ballad.

Walt requested something more cheerful, so they sped up the tempo and sang in counterpoint. Walt was so delighted with the final result that he renamed the attraction "it's a small world" after the Sherman Brothers' song.

It is argued that this song is the single most performed and most translated piece of music on Earth. The song can be heard worldwide on musical devices ranging from keyboard demos to ice cream trucks.

Very bright and cheery inside


Paul was not on the list.... A good thing!

The music, colors, and action were fantastic

Paul looks into a mirror

Fleas Naughty-Dog

Let's to go Hawaii

We are getting into the mood

No! Merry Christmas

Dance dance dance...

Christmas Eve at Disneyland 2013

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