I remember parking way out in a huge parking lot. My dad stood in line and bought ticket books for the family. It seemed like it took forever (maybe ten minutes, but we were excited kids!) for my parents to figure how to use the A, B, C, and D tickets for us to do all we wanted. Actually, what kid can do all they want at Disneyland! Finally, we walked past the big flower Micky Mouse and under the train, then we were in!!
One of the first rides we went on was the Jungle ride. Wow! As we waited in line, there were sawhorses around by us. It was a real adventure riding in the Jungle boat. They even shot guns at hippos. It seemed so real! We didn't get to do the whole ride, because it wasn't done yet. Part of the river where they were working was closed off, so we could see how they made it. I remember seeing the top of a hippo and the dry ground. (couldn't find a picture of a hippo but it looked a lot like this elephant)
We rode on the river boat and took the raft over to Tom Sawer's Island where my brother and I got to run free and play in the little caves. What fun!!
Going over the moat and into the castle was exciting making me think of princes and the mean witch in Snow White. I loved the rides in Fantasyland and can remember being brave when we rode the boat and coming out of Pinocchio's whale's mouth. I liked the Dumbo ride, but it was scary the first time. Jim and I rode together. I always kept Jim safe. I was the big sister.
Another of my favorite rides was the submarine. It didn't open till four years later, but I loved it! It seemed so real!
From Fantasyland we went to Tomorrowland. I still remember being so very tired! In later visits, we took the gondola (Skyway) which opened the next summer. I was afraid to ride on in it, but my parents held on to us and it was ok.
I loved Tomorrowland! The Monorail was thrilling! It was getting dark by then, and they turned on the lights. I felt like I was in the future. It looked so exciting with sleek small cars, smooth molded homes, and electric toothbrushes!
Now I have lived to see that future, and far more, but I will always remember the day our family went to the wonderful, magical new place called Disneyland.