Easter 2009 Was On April 12th

Tradition... Off to Disneyland

Easter At Disneyland 2009

We got up and went to church and then off to Disneyland for the day.

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We arrived at 1:30 and ready to go!

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It was not too busy

Easter At Disneyland 2009
We always head for the Mark Twain

Did you know? - The Mark Twain Riverboat is an attraction, located at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, on which passengers embark on a scenic, 12-minute journey around the Rivers of America. Originally named the Mark Twain Steamboat when the park opened in 1955, the stately, 5/8-scale stern-wheeler was the first functional riverboat to be built in the United States for fifty years.

The wheelhouse, where the riverboat's pilot is stationed, is also located on the upper deck. The lower level of the wheelhouse features a sleeping area and a sink to maintain the illusion of this being the captain's living quarters. At the pilot's discretion, a small number of passengers may be given permission to ride in the wheelhouse for the voyage, after which they are presented with souvenir Pilot Certificates.

The pilot signals the departure and arrival of the Mark Twain using a horn and bell system, along with various signals to other river craft attractions. Because the riverboat travels along an I-beam guide rail throughout the ride, the pilot does not maneuver the ship. Instead, the pilot serves as lookout for other river traffic, such as the Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes and the Rafts to Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, and communicates his observations with the boiler engineer.

The boiler engineer is stationed on the bottom deck towards the stern. This is where the throttle and reverser are located. From here, the boiler engineer controls the speed and direction of the riverboat. Steam from the boiler is used to power the paddle wheels and thus pushes the craft along its guide way.

Easter At Disneyland 2009
The weather was perfect

Easter At Disneyland 2009
Zoom!!!

Easter At Disneyland 2009
The river was calm and not to many indians

Easter At Disneyland 2009
Dave enjoyed the view

Easter At Disneyland 2009
Look carefully...  A mommy and her babies are at the edge of the water

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Little fuzz balls barely able to swim

Easter At Disneyland 2009
We are ready for Billy Hill and the Hillbillies

Easter At Disneyland 2009
There for four teams of "Billy's" that play at Disneyland

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Mr Shy???

Easter At Disneyland 2009
Ah, at last... a smile!

Easter At Disneyland 2009
Inconsiderate Blubber Butts...  They waddled into the wheel chair area and stood up blocking our view... We moved!

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Although Disneyland isn’t calling it a parade, the new “interactive street party” debuting March 27 will travel along the parade route, replace the outgoing parade and essentially serve as the daily parade.

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Magnificent California Day

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It was loud!

Easter At Disneyland 2009

The Flag Retreat Ceremony

Did you know? - Beating Retreat or Beating the Retreat is a military ceremony dating back to 16th century England and was first used in order to recall nearby patrolling units to their castle. The retreat ceremony serves a twofold purpose. It signals the end of the official duty day and serves as a ceremony for paying respect to the flag. Because the time for the end of the duty day varies, the commander designates the specific time for the retreat ceremony.

Easter At Disneyland 2009
A daily ceremony for the lowering of the American Flag. The Star Spangled Banner is played and Disneyland security lowers and escorts the flag.

Easter At Disneyland 2009

Easter At Disneyland 2009

Easter At Disneyland 2009

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Ernie (the man in the center) does a fantastic job of paying respect to our country's flag

Easter At Disneyland 2009

Easter At Disneyland 2009

We Retreated To Catal For Dinner With Dave and Jeanette

Easter At Disneyland 2009