Four-fifty. Four-seventy five. Six dollars for a teenager to get in and ride all those rides. Amazing. And yet there was a leftover E Ticket loose inside one of the ticket books! (This was long before "E" stood for "electronic.")
(Which ride to go on? Hard to choose, but probably "Pirates.")
The souvenirs from my most recent trip to Disneyland are different than the ones I found at the estate sale: a PDF printout confirming my online ticket purchase; a receipt for a Build-Your-Own Lightsaber at the "Star Wars" gift shop in Tomorrowland (I told you I went there with a 10-year-old); a folder on my computer full of digital photographs.
Even though the admission price to Disneyland has gone up (understatement!), it's certainly easier and better to pay a flat admission fee and ride all the E Ticket rides you want without having to buy another coupon book. And digital technology certainly makes it easier to get the tickets in advance and navigate around the park.
But I wonder: How can we make sure we save our best memories to share them with future generations, when the records of those memories exist only in cyberspace as a string of ones and zeros, or can be deleted from a cellphone or a file with one wrong push of a button?
The paper memories trigger the remembrance and the sharing with others. How will we remember to explain what an E Ticket was, to someone who was born long after E Tickets were history?
I think I'd better print a few of the best photos and put them in a scrapbook or photo album, just to be sure these memories can be passed along. And when I pass them along, I will remember to explain about the importance of E Tickets.
(The horse-drawn trolley. The "Mark Twain" riverboat. And Donald Duck. It's good to know some things never change much.)
Wikipedia.org explains E Tickets (officially E Coupons):
There are tons of websites devoted to the history of Disneyland. This is an interesting one: