Post-Parade Activities (Page Three)
Christmas is a time for cherishing those who bring so many blessings to our lives. May your heart feel that love this Christmas and throughout the New Year ahead.
Let's take the train to Main Street
We waited at the Toon Town Station
We are next
Hey... It's a steam locomotive and often needs water
Here it comes and Paul has the iPhone ready (Courtesy of Bob)
Here it comes
Did You Know? - As of 2007, each Disneyland Railroad locomotive has been converted to burn B98 biodiesel which burns cleaner than traditional coal, wood, or heavy "Bunker C" oil normally used on oil burning steam locomotives. Disneyland then began recycling its own cooking oil into biodiesel, further reducing fuel costs.
The locomotives are fueled by biodiesel blended primarily from used cooking oils drained from Disneyland kitchen fryers then filtered and blended with enough soy based fuel to supply operation, giving credence to guests being able to smell french fries in the tunnels.
Closer and closer
Did You Know? - The Disneyland Railroad (DLRR), originally the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad (SF & DLRR), is a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railroad at Disneyland, Anaheim, California, United States, that was inaugurated on the park's live television preview on July 17, 1955.
This live steam railway was constructed for $240,000; the two original locomotives cost $40,000 each.
Riders use it as transportation to other areas of the park or simply for the experience of the "Grand Circle Tour". The Main Street railroad station is situated at the entrance of Disneyland.
Amazing! We Were Invited To Go On The Lillybelle Car
Sitting down carefully
Did You Know? - Presidential Parlor Car: The Lilly Belle
In 1974 the Retlaw (Walter spelled backwards) 1 was retired and placed in storage within the Disneyland roundhouse. Disneyland Transportation Superintendent Ken Kohler realized the need to have a special train car where VIP guests and associates could be given tours of the park in a private, secure setting.
Retlaw's president, Bill Cottrell agreed with Kohler and within two years the observation car 'Grand Canyon' was carefully transformed into the Disneyland Railroad Presidential Parlor Car.
Lillian Disney was highly influential with the design of the interior and thus the coach was named for her, the 'Lilly Belle'.
Numerous family photos and select memorabilia were placed within the car and little has changed from that day. Most of the memorabilia has been removed, but the car retains all of it's charm and wonderful ambiance.
One of the Lilly Belle's first guest was Japanese Emperor Hirohito and his wife, Empress Nagako.
What a pleasant surprise
It is always pulled by the C. K. Holiday locomotive
We were treated to the ride by Adrian
He has been on the train for two years... Nice representative of Disney
We are really enjoying the ride
Jan and Brian looking very presidential
Did You Know? - No. #106 Lilly Belle is not a presidential coach; but its first official passenger was Japanese Emperor Hirohito. It is usually added at the end of a holiday train.
On rainy days the car is uncoupled to remain in the carbarn to avoid guests spoiling the carpet with their wet shoes, as well as to avoid spoiling the paintwork.
Members of Club 33 are permitted to ride unescorted aboard the Lilly Belle with their guests at any time, other guests must be escorted by a Disneyland cast member. During the Year of a Million Dreams promotion, random guests were chosen to experience a Grand Circle journey from Main Street aboard the Lilly Belle.
Patient guests could inquire with the Main Street stationmaster about experiencing a journey aboard the Lilly Belle, there were up to 4 Lilly Belle excursions each operating day. In March 2014, the coach was restricted to Club 33 members, VIP tours, and celebrities. No reason was given.
A real treat!
Thank you Lillian and Walt
We were the last car on the train
Inside the diorama
Did You Know? - The 1958 addition of the Grand Canyon diorama painted by artist Delmer J. Yoakum necessitated a change in the rolling stock as well; instead of facing forward, the new flatcars' benches now faced right so that the passengers could better enjoy the scenes.
The diorama, which includes taxidermic animals (the only ones in the park) in lifelike poses, is the longest in the world. Painted on a single piece of seamless canvas and representing the view from the canyon's south rim, the rear of the diorama measures 306 feet (93 m) long, 34 feet (10 m) high and is covered with 300 gallons (1,100 L) of paint in 14 colors.
Animals that are included in the diorama include mule deer, mountain lion, desert bighorn sheep, golden eagle, wild turkeys, striped skunk and porcupine.
A 96-year-old Hopi chief, Chief Nevangnewa, blessed the trains on the diorama's opening day. The cost was US$367,000, and it took 80,000 labor hours to construct. The main theme of Ferde Grofé's "On The Trail," the third movement from his Grand Canyon Suite, is piped in through the train's sound system as it enters the diorama.
It was exciting to ride the car
The stained glass did a job but still... We were there
On the back of the train
May your heart and home be filled with all of the joys the season brings. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
We had a front row seat
Where is the blue?
How do they do it??
Looking sharp (Courtesy of Bob)
The Dapper Dan's arrive
Did You Know? - While the group usually performs as a quartet, they actually have up to twelve singers at each park, plus occasional substitutes. This allows them to have multiple quartets performing separately or to combine and form a larger ensemble. Membership has changed over the years as various singers have retired or died and new ones have been brought in to succeed them. Several of the Dapper Dans are members of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
It is an impressive ceremony
With military precision
Bob had an interesting perspective (Courtesy of Bob)
Doing it right
A love song to America... "America The Beautiful"
"OK Mom and Dad... Time to eat?"
It is 4:30... Time to head for Catal
See you again about 8:00 for fireworks (Courtesy of Bob)
It is a merry place indeed
Christmas is not a time nor season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and kindness, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
We have arrived
Table for eight... Under the heaters... Where is Greg?
The man of the hour
Greg had his knee replace six days earlier!
Did You Know? - Knee replacement, or knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee joint to relieve pain and disability. It is most commonly performed for osteoarthritis, and also for other knee diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. In patients with severe deformity from advanced rheumatoid arthritis, trauma, or long-standing osteoarthritis, the surgery may be more complicated and carry higher risk. Osteoporosis does not typically cause knee pain, deformity, or inflammation and is not a reason to perform knee replacement.
Knee replacement surgery can be performed as a partial or a total knee replacement. In general, the surgery consists of replacing the diseased or damaged joint surfaces of the knee with metal and plastic components shaped to allow continued motion of the knee.
The operation typically involves substantial postoperative pain, and includes vigorous physical rehabilitation. The recovery period may be 6 weeks or longer and may involve the use of mobility aids (e.g. walking frames, canes, crutches) to enable the patient's return to preoperative mobility.
Time for some bubbly
Greg tries some pain killer ... It's called a Gin Martini
Do we hear a wee bit of Shakespeare emanating from his mouth??
Pondering is underway
"We are ready"
Bob and Greg
Laid back... Still thinking about where the car is
Paul must be smuggling bowling balls in his sweatshirt
Good night sweet prince
"I might as well finish my wine"
"They really haul off cars when parked in strange hotels??"
Needed.... It is Christmas Eve
Relaxing... About time for fireworks
Back to Disneyland
Let's ride the train again
People are still coming into the park
Tomorrowland passes by
We decided to sit on the top of the train station
Lights up the entire sky
The sounds are synchronized with the fireworks
Well... After all... It is Christmas
It's almost Christmas
Finale is underway
Looks like WWIII
Reaching the stars
The tree is back on... the show is over
"Up we go... Floor #2 get ready!"
A few hearty souls remain
The Catal tree is beautiful
Valerie provided treats to the "Regulars"