For anyone who already knew, Disneyland had celebrated it's 60th anniversary, which is its Diamond celebration. I didn't want to miss this, so yesterday after having my job interview and getting my car back from a recall check-in, I went straight to the theme park.
It was around 5:30 when I got to there and it was a MESS. Lines were being formed all the way past the exit, and people were just walking everywhere, wondering when Disneyland would stop being overly capacitated. CA Adventure was open to us, but we needed to still wait in line.
I didn't mind this, simply treating the line like one at Space Mountain (one of the LONGEST lines to wait in). But I was desperate for one thing: they gave Inside Out pins once you went through either theme park. Seriously, almost every person in line had one, and I REALLY wanted one. I wore my graduation sash and received a whole lots of congrats from people, I liked that but what I REALLY wanted was the pin.
Some old man behind me named George informed me about how the 50th anniversary was a little more "organized" compared to the 60th, and how lots of people are just "giving up" on even waiting in line and going home. Not me, not him, we both know that we would regret this. I told him that I would rather wait all night than never getting anything, and I said the same thing about the pin.
Apparently he grabbed an extra when he went to Disneyland earlier. He used to work there as a chef, and now owns his own catering business; his wife currently works as a chef there, and he had to bring her home before coming back and enduring the line.
So he gave me his extra pin. Because he understands how much I would want it, and that no doubt there wouldn't be any left.
We pretty much got along, talking about stuff and everthing. It was like being with a dad or even a grandpa. Plus, when someone who was leaving the line called out that they had two tickets for the FRONT row of World of Color, George got those for US. I was blown away.
The line got more hectic as we got nearer. He told me to stay close to him because, well, it would get crazy. And it sort of did and he made sure to put me in the right direction, holding my arm while so many people taller than me went in all directions. We finally managed to get through the entrance of CA Adventure. And I just couldn't leave his side. We bonded so well.
And thus we watched the special World of Color together. It was beautiful, far more spectacular than any Disneyland parade or fireworks. And in the FRONT row! I might not have ever gotten to see this had it not been for him!
Afterwards, we went on a few rides together. We went on the Little Mermaid ride which was even more enjoyable. Then Toy Story Mania. It was the first time in a long time since I went up against someone in Toy Story Mania; he beat my score by 9,000. Finally, we went on the Mike and Sulley to the Rescue ride. Me mentioned he owns rare collectibles of the cast, such as Boo. How awesome is that?
Finally, we stopped at Cars Land where we just talked about stuff. He was really impressed that I was a Creative Writing major, just as I was impressed that he could make a small yet quick upside down cake for a last-minute wedding. It was midnight when he said he had to leave, catering business tomorrow.
Never thought I'd hug a stranger, but he was never really one to begin with. He made this Diamond celebration for me an amazing experience. I mean, he got me the IO pin, and a spot to watch for World of Color. I actually cried when we said goodbye, and we made out last glances at each other before taking different directions of CA Adventure, knowing we probably wouldn't see each other for a very long time. It took me a few moments to get it together afterwards, knowing that this was another Disney memory I would never forget; like the guy who made my WORST day at Disneyland become one of my BEST nights ever with a Sven doll.
So for the last 13 hours I've walked around, rode, and it was around 3 AM until Disneyland was finally opened because people were leaving. It was a SERIOUS rave party in that theme park, and lots of people were buying coffee to stay awake. I nearly passed out on the train ride because I could barely keep my eyes open.
5 AM and I bought a slushie in which I hoped the sugar would boost me up. This was the first time ever I've seen darkness slowly turn to blue in the sky.
The last ride I rode before it was 6 AM was the Haunted Mansion. And I saw the Hatbox ghost.
Walking across a nearly empty Disneyland was quite an experience for me. The feeling was just like Senior Night in high school when the park was only open to students that ranged all the way to morning. What a great time to have after just graduating.
So it was 7 AM when I finally came home. I managed to get at least an hour of sleep before I had to wash up, change, wear my Diamond celebration shirt before having to pick up my buddy Austin. We were to go to Frank and Son today.
I didn't start feeling disoriented until we actually got there. And I just ate their crappy McDonald's parody food because my last meal was at 3 AM.
But I did buy some pretty cool stuff:
Anger POP! figure from Inside Out. They FINALLY arrived! Unfortunately, Joy didn't come out yet, and the out of all the emotions, Anger was the most rare in comparison. So I bought him. Now I just got to figure out where to put him. Probably next to Xibalba and La Muerte.
Disney Pin Trader's Delight pin...of HARDSCRABBLE! Remember last time how I finally an ice cream pin of Terri and Terry? Well, now they have HER! They hardly have a pin of her save for Teacher's Day back in 2014! There was an Art pin, but I wanted Hardscrabble SO much more! I am HAPPY. Total amount spent
: $35 I'm SO going to buy the other emotions and the Art pin next time.
After that, I had to drive my buddy back to his house, then dropped him off at his work. I nearly passed out while waiting for him to get ready. And finally, when I got home, I just took off my pants and went to bed. I still feel a little groggy, but other than that, I'm so happy to be home.
Being up all night makes me a little Dopey.
But it's the best feeling in the world when you know you just celebrated the anniversary of the happiest place on Earth.