December 25, 2008

Getting cable for Christmas

Remember gliding along on the Skyway at that magic twilight hour?

Pretend it’s a winter night in 1978. The Park is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays, but today is Thursday. Up in the cool air as Disneyland’s lights come on, you’re having a lovely time gracefully cruising the cable. You’ve gotten to all your E-tickets, done most of the Ds, even started your day hours ago with an A on a Main Street vehicle. Now, you can pause to simply look out at the Magic Kingdom and enjoy the view.

If you boarded your bucket in Fantasyland, you might be thinking about grabbing something to eat and then dancing at Tomorrowland Terrace. On the other hand, if you began your Skyway trip in the Tomorrowland station, maybe you’ll slip through Sleeping Beauty Castle and catch the big bands at Plaza Gardens once you swing into the (now weed-choked and abandoned) chalet. The slight chill and the spray from the waterfall is just enough to make the snow seem real as you pass through the Matterhorn and wave at a passing bobsled.

I hope the cover photo on this beautiful souvenir guide from summer 1978 reminds you of what that ride was like. It looks to me like the image could have been taken during a deep, cold winter, but the feeling is nothing but warm.

Just the thing to wish all of you a very merry Christmas.


Kevin Kidney said...

You are a sensational writer! Your descriptions and insight really hit the mark.

And THANKS for the link!

Happy Holidays!


Yellows said...

Thank you! Love your look back at the silly reindeer. Come back in a couple days for my experience meeting Bill Justice.

Wishing you all the best in 2009.