There are many things I love about the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, but one of the best are the drawings. The prizes are AMAZING!
Our tour started on Main Street where we signed some paper work and were issued headsets so we could easily hear our tour guide Jeff.
As we walked down Main Street, we learned the history of Disneyland and Walt’s dream to provide families with a place to make memories. The windows on Main Street all pay tribute to important people at the Disney company. Here is picture of the window honoring Walt’s father Elias Disney.
We stopped at the flag pole and heard Walt Disney’s opening day speech that is immortalized on the Dedication Plaque.
To all who come to this happy place:
– WELCOME –
Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past … and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.
July 17, 1955
From there we entered Fantasyland to ride Peter Pan’s Flight, one of the original rides from opening day.
We learned about Walt’s love for trains and the many travels he took with his wife Lillian. Did you know that he once gave Lillian a petrified tree stump for their anniversary?
After all that walking (Walt’s shoes are hard to fill!), we took a little break at the Enchanted Tiki Room. We watched the first show to ever use animatronics while snacking on a Dole Whip.
We returned to Main Street for a visit to the lobby of the Main Street Opera House. The tour took a somber note as we learned about Walt Disney’s unexpected death in 1966.
We finished with a tour of Walt Disney’s private apartment over the Fire House on Main Street. With the exception of returning a few personal pictures to the Disney family, the apartment remains furnished and decorated the same way as when Walt died.
Visiting Walt’s apartment was the experience of a lifetime for this Disney girl. It was so easy to imagine Walt and Lilian standing at the window watching their guests having the time of their life down below.
Whenever Walt was visiting Disneyland, a lamp shone in the window. Since his death, that light has remained illuminated day and night as a reminder that Walt will always be with us and his legacy lives on.
Thank you Sara for inviting me to go on the tour with you and an awesome group of bloggers. I will never forget the experience.
Disclosure: I was invited to the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I paid a conference fee to attend and received discounted & complimentary items from Walt Disney World and their sponsors. I was not asked to write about our experiences at the conference. All opinions are my own.